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THEY’LL BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 13: A federal court has ordered the State Department to hand over another batch of Clinton emails by September 13. Given the way the State Department and the Obama Administration obstruct justice we may see them September 13, 2033, if ever.

Get this:

Judicial Watch said the department has admitted in a court filing that some of the emails that Clinton had deleted included some “Benghazi-related documents.” That case involves emails between Clinton and the White House in the week after the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

Weren’t these supposed to be personal emails? Didn’t Hillary tell us they were about Chelsea’s wedding and yoga classes?

IF TRUMP IS SUCH A HORRIBLE RACIST, WHY DID HILLARY ATTEND HIS WEDDING? OH, RIGHT, SHE WAS PAID TO. Clinton links Trump to racists, declares him unfit for office. Standing up to racism boldly — unless someone offers you money!

WELCOME NATIONAL COMPANY OF THE WIZ, SPINAL TAP AND HILLARY CLINTON: Hillary’s ‘Kimmel’ Appearance Beaten in Ratings by ‘Teen Mom’ and ‘Friends’ Reruns.

JOHN SCHINDLER: Hillary’s Secret Kremlin Connection Is Quickly Unraveling.

As part of the reset, Hillary encouraged and enabled American and European investment in Russia, particularly in high-tech firms. A key role was played by the Skolkovo Innovation Center, a sprawling complex in Moscow’s western suburbs that was established in 2009 as Russia’s answer to Silicon Valley. With encouragement from the State Department, American companies jumped aboard. Cisco pledged $1 billion of investment in Skolkovo in 2010, and Google and Intel quickly joined the bandwagon. All three “just happened” to be major investors in the Clinton Foundation too.

This was the consistent pattern. As Schweizer explained, “Of the 28 U.S., European and Russian companies that participated in Skolkovo, 17 of them were Clinton Foundation donors” or had hired former President Clinton to give speeches. How much money these Skolkovo benefactors gave to Clinton, Inc. cannot yet be determined, but Schweizer concluded that it’s somewhere between $6.5 million and $23.5 million, with the proviso that since the Clinton Foundation has yet to reveal all its donors, the true figure could be much higher.

Then there’s the matter of what Skolkovo actually is. In truth, it’s nothing like Silicon Valley except in outward appearance. It’s a fully state-driven enterprise—funded largely by the Kremlin and acting on its orders. It does the bidding of the Russian government, and President Putin has taken intense interest in his high-tech complex, understanding its value to the country’s defense and security sector.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that Western intelligence considers Skolkovo to be an extension of Russia’s military-industrial complex—and its intelligence services.

Smoke, meet fire.

Just earlier today, Ruth Marcus had the gall to write that “Obliging a Donor Is Not Necessarily Criminal” in her latest gambit to help circle the wagons for Clinton.

Anyway, read the whole, sordid thing.

OH BOY: EMAILS REVEAL THAT TOP HILLARY AIDE RESEARCHED DRUG USED TO COMBAT PARKINSON’S AND ALZHEIMER’S, THEN PASSED INFORMATION ON TO HILLARY, Ace of Spades writes.

Meanwhile, increasing chatter about Hillary’s admitted medical condition, hypothyroidism.

By the way, the media is of course in Circle the Wagons mode around Hillary.

CNN’s very liberal media critic (would they hire any other kind?) calls Sean Hannity’s questions about Hillary’s health “reckless.”

And yet his colleague at CNN, Sanjay Gupta, has penned an article asking if Trump is at high risk for heart disease.

Will Stetler mention this? Of course not; the Guild knows its own and the Guild protects its own.

In May of 2008, Gupta also strongly questioned then 71 year old John McCain’s health — including his mental health as a former POW — during an interview with Katie Couric, in order to help CBS and Time-Warner-CNN-HBO’s preferred candidate to cross the finish line. ABC’s Charles Gibson also asked that same month if McCain had sustained any “psychological damage,” as NewsBusters notes in a post today headlined “Nets Skeptical of McCain Health in 2008, Worried About Mental Fitness.”

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Hillary Clinton’s Cash-For-Access Diplomacy.

ED MORRISSEY: Hillary Lied, Withheld Evidence, Traded Power for Money, and Could Be President: Have Americans buried their moral compass and settled for “transactional politics?”

One thing I’ve learned about the power of “mainstream” media is that while they can no longer keep stories out of the public eye, their power to gin up, or quash, public outrage remains enormous.

UPDATE: So true:

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KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON: The real scandal of EpiPen pricing.

Bernie Sanders doesn’t have the first clue how an EpiPen works or what went into developing it, but he’s sure he knows what one should cost, and he’s sure who should decide — him. You know what Bernie Sanders is? He’s a bum. He was damn near 40 years old before he ever found his way into a full-time job, and that was in elected office; before that, he collected benefits, sold his creepy rape fantasies for left-wing newspapers at $50 a pop, and never lifted a finger toward any genuinely productive enterprise. He’s been suckling greedily at the public teat since way back when he could remember where his car keys are. Funny thing, though: Now he’s a bum with a third home on the waterfront of a Vermont island worth the better part of a million dollars. Every good apparatchik eventually gets his dacha.

Mrs. Clinton is a bum and a crook who used the State Department as a funnel to guide the money of favor-seeking business interests at home and abroad into the Clinton Foundation, a sham charity that exists to pay six-figure salaries to Clintons (Chelsea is full-time executive there) and their courtiers.

These people are parasites. They make: nothing. They create: nothing. They produce: nothing. But they feel perfectly justified — they positively glow with moral frisson — standing between the people who create and build and the people who benefit from those creations.

Besides, the money to pay for ObamaCare’s medical device tax has to come from somewhere.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Hillary Clinton’s Cash-For-Access Diplomacy.

SWITCH TO REPUBLICAN! What does Hillary have to do for it to be ‘corruption’? “I’ve been really flabbergasted these past few days over the verbal gyrations that folks in the mainstream media have been performing to label the odd doings at the Clinton Foundation — and its disturbing overlaps with Hillary Clinton’s duties as Secretary of State — as anything but corruption. I guess it depends on what your definition of the word ‘corruption’ is. These days, I’m starting to wonder if that word has any meaning left.”

Words lose their meaning around the Clintons. Even words like “is.”

Related: Hillary’s Emails and Clinton Cash: the Scandals Come Together. “It is a miracle that Hillary didn’t sell the State Department’s official seal.” Well, I think she may have rented it out some. . .

FUNNY HOW ALL DEMOCRAT SCANDALS ARE INVARIABLY DISMISSED VIA IMAGINARY REPUBLICAN OVERREACH: Nets Paint Hillary Scandal as GOP Attack Line, Not Corruption.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Hillary Clinton’s Cash-For-Access Diplomacy.

IT’S DÉJÀ BRADLEY ALL OVER AGAIN! KELLYANNE CONWAY: TRUMP DOING BETTER THAN PEOPLE REALIZE BECAUSE OF ‘UNDERCOVER VOTERS.’

—PJ Media.com, today.

Related: Rush: What if there’s a silent pro-Trump majority out there that isn’t being polled?

—Allahpundit, today.

Flashback: Does the Bradley Effect Overrate Obama in the Polls?

Forbes, September 16, 2012.

The same articles were being written in the fall of 2008: Will Obama suffer from the ‘Bradley effect’?

—CNN, October 14, 2008.

Regarding Trump’s imploding post-Democratic Convention (read: post Khizr Khan) numbers, as Ace recently wrote, in a post titled “Dana Perino: I’m Not Going to Lie To You. The Odds of Winning in November are Slim,” “Yeah she’s right. No, the polls aren’t ‘rigged.’ Like Dana, I fell for that bullshit in 2012, and like Dana, I was sickened — stunned — to see Obama winning states quickly and states where I thought Romney was ahead (like North Carolina) taking forever to be called.”

“The polls are right. Deal with it,” Walter Hudson added on Monday at PJM, in a post headlined, “Trump Republicans Must Pop Their Alternative-Reality Bubble.”

In 2010 and ’14, polls predicted the GOP would retake the House and the Senate, respectively, early on in the campaign season. And while much can happen between now and November this year, I’m not going to play the “Yes, Hillary’s ahead, but…” fool’s game of attempting to read the tea leaves at the bottom of this month’s allegedly “skewed” polls.

And speaking of the Senate – gulp.

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NOTHING TO SEE HERE: Hillary hosted dinner for foundation donors — including an alleged Iran-sanctions violator.

Ed Morrissey:

Remember Walter Pinchuk? His name came up last year in an ongoing series of exposés regarding influence-peddling at the State Department through the Clinton Foundation. The steel tycoon got some face time with a “top Clinton aide” to argue on behalf of the Moscow-backed Yanukovich government in Ukraine, the Washington Post’s Tom Hamburger reported last October. The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Nicholas did a deep dive on newly released e-mails from the State Department to discover that Pinchuk didn’t just get face time with an aide while donating big bucks to the Clinton Foundation — he got Hillary Clinton to host an official State Department dinner in June 2012 for Pinchuk and other foundation donors:

While she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton hosted a dinner involving Clinton Foundation donors, including a Ukrainian businessman who had given money to the organization and who had retained a lobbyist to arrange State Department meetings.

The dinner attended by Victor Pinchuk four years ago was mentioned in a new batch of State Department emails obtained by the conservative group Citizens United through public records requests and released on Tuesday.

The Clinton campaign has tried to make hay of Donald Trump’s supposed sympathies for Vladimir Putin through the now-dismissed Paul Manafort. This shows a much more corrupt tie to Putin’s allies, and the danger is not just in regard to Russia. As Newsweek reported in April 2015, Pinchuk allegedly violated sanctions on Iran even while Hillary feted him.

THERE’S MORE: Emails Show Clinton Foundation Donor Reached Out To Hillary Clinton Before Arms Export Boost.

The email exchange about Bahrain shows the Clinton Foundation’s top executive Doug Band in 2009 asking Clinton’s State Department aide Huma Abedin to set up a meeting between Clinton and Crown Prince Salman, who had recently been named the deputy supreme commander of Bahrain’s armed forces. Band referred to Salman as a “good friend of ours.”

Abedin told Band that Clinton had initially rejected a previous request for a meeting with Salman because “she doesn’t want to commit to anything for thurs or fri until she knows how she will feel.” Soon after, though, Abedin told Band that the State Department was now offering Salman a meeting with Clinton.

Salman has directed $32 million to a Clinton Foundation program, and the Kingdom of Bahrain has donated up to $100,000 more. As Bahrain money flowed into the Clinton Foundation, State Department documents showed that between 2010 and 2012 the Clinton-led State Department approved $630 million worth of direct commercial arms sales to Salman’s military forces in Bahrain. That was a 187 percent increase from the period 2006 to 2008, and the increase came as Bahrain was violently suppressing uprisings.”

But don’t worry, because Hillary has promised to stop taking foreign money — after she’s won election.

HILLARY’S STRATEGY ACCORDING TO POLITICO: Run out the clock. 75 days left in the campaign so the clock’s running. Trump needs to pound away on her corruption and sleaze. If she’s running out the clock (in the basketball sense) I guess that means he needs to run a full court press. But he doesn’t have the press, does he? I don’t think the AP report has cracked Hillary’s Media Privilege. Media Privilege is why Team Hillary thinks it can ride out the scandals by opening pickle jars and cackling.

PAY TO PLAY: “More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.”

Meanwhile, as Ace writes, “Trump is demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor to give an independent review of the legality of this — forcing the media to admit the existence of special prosecutors for the first time in Barack Obama’s presidency. See, the concept of a special prosecutor disappeared at the end of the Bush presidency.”

Will it be enough of a springboard for Trump to cut into Hillary’s lead as she appears to be pulling apart from him in the polls?

 

 

WELL, EVIDENCE OF CRIMINALITY CAN DO THAT: Emails threaten to shadow Clinton through Election Day.

The fallout over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server appears certain to dog her until Election Day, after a federal judge ordered the State Department to accelerate its production of nearly 15,000 previously-unreleased emails uncovered by the FBI.

The State Department is under intense pressure from Republicans to release the full set before Nov. 8.

But sorting through all 14,900 documents is a gargantuan task. The first batch likely won’t be released until mid-October — just weeks before Americans head to the polls.

It’s also not clear what the emails contain. They weren’t in the original trove of 30,000 documents that Clinton voluntarily turned over to the State Department in 2014. And their release could put her on the defense in the critical final stretch of the election.

The revelation of the thousands of additional documents dovetailed with Monday’s release of another set of emails that exposed uncomfortably close ties between Clinton’s staff and the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as secretary of State.

It was only the latest development in a long controversy Clinton has struggled to move beyond.

The FBI discovered the new documents during their investigation into whether Clinton illegally transmitted classified information through her private server.

Clinton deleted 30,000 emails prior to turning over the other half to the State Department in 2014, arguing that they were personal correspondences.

But in July, Director James B. Comey said investigators uncovered “several thousand” work-related emails that were not in the group Clinton returned to State.

Investigators pieced together the deleted emails from Clinton’s correspondence with other officials and reconstructed “fragments” from old servers and machines connected to her email domain.

There are many lingering questions about the emails and the process and timing for handling them is complex.

Many.

IN AUSTIN, TEXAS SPEECH TRUMP TALKS BORDER SECURITY: Not at all surprising. He also continued his pitch to ethnic minority voters. Tough line here: “We reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, who sees communities of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future. She is a disgrace.”

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DISCOVERS CLINTON DONORS RECEIVED SPECIAL TREATMENT AT THE STATE DEPT: The AP publishes a rather detailed look at The Clinton Foundation, its donors, and Hillary’s State Dept shenanigans.

Here’s the AP’s claim:

The AP’s findings represent the first systematic effort to calculate the scope of the intersecting interests of Clinton foundation donors and people who met personally with Clinton or spoke to her by phone about their needs.

I think there have been several attempts to conduct a systematic analysis, but those attempts encountered stonewalls. The AP has examined phone logs and email traffic and come up with some interesting numbers.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. “It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.”

THIS SEEMS LIKE IT WOULD GET MORE ATTENTION IF IT INVOLVED A REPUBLICAN AND DONALD TRUMP: Dem in West Virginia governor race won’t support Clinton.

Jim Justice, a billionaire who owns multiple coal mines in the state, told a talk radio host Monday that Clinton’s environmental policies, and their effects on the coal industry, prevent him from supporting her.

“I cannot be a supporter of Hillary Clinton,” Justice said Monday on West Virginia MetroNews’s radio show “Talkline.”

“The reason I can’t be is her position on coal is diametrically, completely wrong in many, many different ways.”

Clinton attracted anger across West Virginia and other coal-dependent regions when she said in May that, under her presidency, “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

She later said she made a “misstatement” when highlighting her proposals to help economically devastated coal communities.

But she has pledged to double down on President Obama’s environmental policies, including regulations harmful to the coal industry like the Clean Power Plan.

Justice, meanwhile, sees a good future ahead for coal and criticizes people who say the industry’s decline cannot be stopped.

Why does Hillary Clinton hate the hardworking men and women of Appalachia?

ABC’S RICK KLEIN: It’s not “a few more emails,” and it’s a big deal, actually:

“We’ve already released, I don’t know, 30,000 plus,” Hillary Clinton told Jimmy Kimmel Monday, “so what’s a few more?” To answer that question: quite a lot. Clinton’s defense of her own behavior in the never-ending story of her own email server has been built on a few pillars that have shown cracks: that the practice was permitted and had precedent, that she never sent or received classified material, that she released all of her work-related emails. Colin Powell and James Comey have weakened the first two defenses. Now Clinton herself is seemingly acknowledging that there are more emails that weren’t released. That’s actually now already established. The emails disclosed by Judicial Watch include another 20 involving the secretary of state that weren’t part of the official State Department release, according to the conservative group. Maybe the rest, as Clinton told Kimmel, are so boring as to be embarrassing. But the real embarrassment could be even more disclosures, all the way through October, of work-related emails that Clinton and her team said did not exist.

And what we know is, most likely, just the tip of the iceberg.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Judge Orders Immediate Review of 14,900 Hillary Clinton Emails.

A federal judge prodded the State Department to quickly review a batch of 14,900 recently discovered emails as the controversy over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s correspondence while she served as America’s top diplomat continued to simmer.

Judge James Boasberg, in an order, set a deadline for the department to complete the email review by Sept. 22 to determine which ones contain sensitive government information and which are strictly personal conversations. That could pave the way for the emails to be released as early as mid-October.

October is always a nice month for surprises.

YOU SPELLED “DELIVERING THOUSANDS OF NEW VOTES FOR HILLARY” WRONG: Terry McAuliffe’s Second Try at Restoring Felon Voting Rights.

THE DEPARTED: Leo ditches Hillary fundraiser under shady circumstances.

The move came just days after the Hollywood Reporter said the star and his eponymous foundation could be linked to a scandal involving a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, at the same time Hillary and Bill Clinton’s own charitable fund is under scrutiny.

Guests attending the Clinton event in LA were notified via e-mail over the weekend that “the production schedule for [DiCaprio’s] climate change film ‘Before the Flood’ has altered . . . which will prevent him from returning to Los Angeles . . . As a result, Leo personally asked his friends Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel to host Tuesday’s lunch with Hillary at their home in the Hollywood Hills.”

But some attendees wondered if the move had more to do with the THR report, which said the US Department of Justice filed an asset-seizure complaint in federal court pertaining to a Malaysian fund that backed Red Granite Pictures — a production company behind the DiCaprio film “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Pay-to-play works both ways.

THIS DOESN’T SEEM LIKE A GOOD PLACE FOR HILLARY TO BE: It’s Colin Powell vs. Hillary Clinton on email.

Republicans are seizing on reports of friction between Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell to bolster their case that the Democratic presidential nominee lied to the FBI about her handling of classified information.

Powell this weekend publicly reproached Clinton’s reported comments to the FBI naming him as the inspiration for her private email setup at the State Department.

“Her people have been trying to pin it on me,” Powell, who was secretary of State under President George W. Bush, told People at an event in the Hamptons this weekend. “The truth is she was using [her email setup] for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did.”

The episode raises “serious questions about whether she lied to the FBI” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement on Monday.

“Clinton’s pattern of serial dishonesty is completely unacceptable for a candidate seeking the nation’s highest office, and her refusal to tell the truth and own up to her poor judgment is a preview of how she would conduct herself if elected president.”

That’s certainly true.

TRUMP CALLS FOR SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE HILLARY AND CLINTON FOUNDATION CORRUPTION: The special prosecutor would investigate her email scandal and her “pay to play” State Department.

JOHN OLIVER TELLS TRUMP TO DROP OUT: But of course – he’s a spokesman for Time-Warner-CNN-HBO, which is one of Hillary’s top ten financial contributors, according to Open Secrets.org.

WHILE HILLARY WAS SECRETARY OF STATE HER OFFICE DISCUSSED STATE DEPT BUSINESS WITH CLINTON FOUNDATION EXECS:

Call logs from the office of Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, show Mills had frequent contact with top executives at the Clinton Foundation. The logs, which were obtained by Citizens United through the Freedom of Information Act, indicate the foundation’s chief operating officer, Laura Graham, called Mills often to discuss State Department business.

Call it what it is. Crooked.

MY EARLIER POST ASKING WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH THE EVAN MCMULLIN CANDIDACY PRODUCED A LOT OF DISCUSSION IN THE COMMENTS, and this email from Jim Bennett:

He’s a stalking horse for Romney. The scenario would be, McMullin takes Utah, and maybe Idaho. Then, before Dec. 15, he publicly instructs his electors to vote for Romney. Some other GOP electors may follow suit, since they are nominated by the state parties, not the Trump campaign.

Then, assuming a lack of Electoral College majority, the House chooses among Hillary, Trump, and Romney. Romney’s 2012 vote total may well be larger than either Hillary’s or Trump’s 2016 vote, which has no legal meaning but shows that he’s not an absurd choice. Plus he was right abut Russia, etc. Whereas if Romney ran openly, people would only look at his 2016 vote which would be minuscule, And he wouldn’t want to put his family through a campaign being trashed by both the Hillary andTrump machines. This way he gets to be the white knight.

I expect a whispering campaign letting folks in Utah know this is the scenario might be going on soon.

The biggest flaw is the requirement that Hillary not get an outright Electoral College majority.

Yeah, it’s going to take more than one state to ensure that, probably.

EW: Birthday present: Hillary teases Bill by dressing as Dolly Parton.

Could be worse. She could have worn a blue dress.

LIE OF THE DECADE: Obama’s ransom payment to Iran out-lies Hillary and even his own Obamacare mendacity, Jed Babbin writes at the American Spectator:

Obama has said repeatedly that the deal blocks all of Iran’s paths to nuclear weapons, which is precisely the opposite of the truth. Hillary won’t disturb Obama’s lies about the Iran deal because it’s as much a part of her legacy as it is a part of his.

Obama’s lies — on Islamic terrorism, Iran, Syria, Russia, China and the rest — will remain undisturbed if, as seems likely, America elects the woman Safire labeled congenital liar as president. On Iran, Obama’s lies deserve the label “historic” because they will shape our history, and those of our allies.

When presidential lies are synonymous with policy, our nation is in great danger.

Indeed™. Or as Glenn warned in 2011, “Up to now, comparisons with Carter were a tool of Obama’s critics. From now on, they’re likely to be a tool of his defenders. Because as bad as Carter was, Obama is shaping up to be worse. Much worse.”

Of course, Carter hasn’t lacked for leftwing apologists to spin even his most embarrassing moments. The scrotal torque-inducing spin to defend his successor’s myriad disasters will be astonishing to witness in the coming years.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: New Abedin Emails Reveal Hillary Clinton State Department Gave Special Access to Top Clinton Foundation Donors. “The Abedin emails reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state. In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. In many instances, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, who worked with the Foundation throughout Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State, coordinated closely with Abedin. In Abedin’s June deposition to Judicial Watch, she conceded that part of her job at the State Department was taking care of ‘Clinton family matters.'”

WHEW! How Clinton Reassured Us That She’ll Be a Good President.

But how much reassuring did Matthew Yglesias and the Vox kids really need?

HOPE: Diverse Millennials Are No Voting Monolith.

Millennials’ disdain for traditional party affiliation means that half describe themselves as independents, according to a 2014 Pew Research report – a near-record level of political disaffiliation. They tend to be liberal on social questions such as gay marriage, abortion and marijuana legalization. Yet they skew slightly conservative on fiscal policy and are more in line with other generations on gun control and foreign affairs.

Trip Nistico, a recent Colorado law school graduate, is a gun rights advocate who visits shooting ranges – but also supports in same-sex marriage. He backed President Barack Obama in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. The 26-year-old is voting for Trump this year.

Still, Trump remains unpopular among millennials and nearly two-thirds of Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 believe the Republican nominee is racist, according to GenForward’s poll. Views of Hillary Clinton also were unfavorable, though not to the same extent.

Democrats have been winning big with Millennials on “culture war” issues, but there’s no reason the GOP couldn’t be winning on a message of economic hope and liberty.

CONFIDENCE: Clinton campaign not planning to air ads in Virginia, Colorado ahead of Election Day.

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign will make their final ad reservations for the fall this week, according to an aide, reserving — in total — $80 millions in ads through Election Day in eight states.

Two states that the Clinton campaign will not air local ads in through September and October: Virginia and Colorado.

With polls showing Clinton up handily over Donald Trump in the two swing states, Clinton’s top aides feel — citing the growth in minority communities and college-educated white voters — confident enough to pull local ads in the two states.

The GOP nominee has won with college-educated white voters in every presidential election going back to 1952.

DON’T DO STUPID SH*T: Apparent Army Opsec Brief Lists Hillary Clinton, David Petraeus As Examples Of Insider Security Threats.

A leaked Army operational security brief appears to show Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former CIA Director David Petraeus listed as two key examples of potential insider threats.

Admins of the Facebook page “U.S. Army W.T.F! moments” told The Daily Caller News Foundation this is the second time they’ve received a picture of this particular slide in the last six months. They posted the slide to their page Sunday.

Admins said the picture came from a servicemember stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.

The brief, marked unclassified, lists servicemembers Nidal Hassan, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis as examples of threats.

On the second row, the brief pictures Clinton and Petraeus. The text of “careless or disgruntled employees” echoes FBI Director James Comey’s description, “extremely careless,” of Clinton’s handling of top secret and classified information when she served as Secretary of State.

Ready to be a fully compromised president from day one.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Hillary Clinton As Tribune of the “Working Man.”

SO IF YOU HATE HILLARY AND TRUMP, WHAT’S THE POINT OF EVAN MCMULLIN? I mean, why not support Gary Johnson & Bill Weld? Yeah, they’re pretty weak tea as Libertarians go, but they’re not crooks and they aren’t tied to Moscow. And Johnson might actually carry Utah, except that McMullin will run strong enough there to make that unlikely.

The only plausible scenario it seems to me is if you think it goes to the House and they can put in McMullin if he’s #3. But how does that look — in an election charged with foreign-intelligence meddling, we wind up with the House installing an ex-CIA guy nobody’s ever hear of in the Presidency?

Or is it all just a scheme to make sure Hillary wins? What am I missing here?

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton aren’t worth losing friends over.

Marriages, either.

HUMA ABEDIN WORKED AT A RADICAL MUSLIM JOURNAL FOR A DOZEN YEARS…edited publication “that opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11,” even while working for Hillary, the New York Post reports.

Between the above report and the Hillary campaign as the source of the Obama as crypto-Muslim “birther” rumors during the 2008 campaign, the Clinton gang sure covers all the bases when it comes to interfacing with the Muslim world.

I’VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT TRUMP’S ASSOCIATES, BUT THE PRESS DOESN’T SEEM NEARLY AS INTERESTED IN THIS: Huma Abedin worked at a radical Muslim journal for 10 years.

Hillary Clinton’s top campaign aide, and the woman who might be the future White House chief of staff to the first female US president, for a decade edited a radical Muslim publication that opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11.

One of Clinton’s biggest accomplishments listed on her campaign Web site is her support for the UN women’s conference in Bejing in 1995, when she famously declared, “Women’s rights are human rights.” Her speech has emerged as a focal point of her campaign, featured prominently in last month’s Morgan Freeman-narrated convention video introducing her as the Democratic nominee.

However, soon after that “historic and transformational” 1995 event, as Clinton recently described it, her top aide Huma Abedin published articles in a Saudi journal taking Clinton’s feminist platform apart, piece by piece. At the time, Abedin was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs working under her mother, who remains editor-in-chief. She was also working in the White House as an intern for then-First Lady Clinton.

Headlined “Women’s Rights are Islamic Rights,” a 1996 article argues that single moms, working moms and gay couples with children should not be recognized as families. It also states that more revealing dress ushered in by women’s liberation “directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women.” In other words, sexually liberated women are just asking to be raped.

Well, to be fair, that last was pretty much Hillary’s attitude toward Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, et al.

WE CAME, WE SAW, A COUNTRY DIED: Libya’s Prime Minister – ‘We Will Not Become Like Somalia’

Perhaps President Hillary Clinton will come up with a plan to save Libya from the ill-considered decisions of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

REPORT: HILLARY FLIES 20 MILES IN PRIVATE JET FROM MARTHA’S VINEYARD TO NANTUCKET.

I don’t want to hear another goddamn word about Glenn Reynolds’ carbon footprint – or about the dangers of “binge flying” from Hillary’s biggest corporate supporters.

COLIN POWELL: Clinton ‘trying to pin’ her email use on my advice.

On Sunday, Powell told the New York Post’s Page Six that Clinton was using her private email long before their meeting.

“The truth is she was using it for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did [during my term as Secretary of State],” he said.

“Her people have been trying to pin it on me.”

Why must Hillary Clinton blame her personal failures on a black man?

AT THIS POINT, IT’S REALLY JUST ABOUT MAKING THE RUBBLE BOUNCE: American journalism is collapsing before our eyes.

Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, and Hillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president. But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it.

The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand-in-hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations.

The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.

The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.

Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang, suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.

Actually, I think the big inflection point was 2005. The Dan Rather forged-memo thing collapsed spectacularly, but the press realized during Katrina that if they just all repeated the same lies and ignored the people who proved them wrong, they could still move the polls. Before that, they had at least pretended to a degree of fairness, but the price of that in the Rather affair — letting a Republican take the White House — was too high for them to allow again. It was, in a sense, a foreshadowing of the “who’s gonna stop me?” nihilism of the Obama Administration, where traditions and legalities were thrown out the window in the name of power.

SURGE: GOP winning registration race in key states.

Trump’s poll numbers remain dire, but he can point to at least one ray of hope for a turnaround: Republicans have continued gaining ground in recent months in voter registration in Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Iowa, while the late surge in Democratic registrations relative to Republican registrations that occurred in battleground states the final months of the 2012 election had not materialized in numbers released in early August.

“The atmospherics of voter registration trends in those states do not point to a strong Democratic year, so that’s one negative the Trump campaign does not have to deal with at this point,” said Louisiana pollster John Couvillon, who added that spikes in registration can add a point or two to a candidate’s vote share in a close race. “The voter registration data I’m seeing does not support the idea of a surge in Democratic voter enthusiasm.”

Hillary Clinton didn’t generate much enthusiasm outside of her core supporters in 2008, and that was before her self-inflicted email wounds.

CENSORSHIP: Facebook Removes Two Popular Libertarian Pages Without Warning.

Must mean somebody thinks they’re taking votes from Hillary.

Related: Could Facebook swing an election?

Also: Tech Companies Apple, Twitter, Google, and Instagram Collude to Defeat Trump.

Plus: New emails highlight ties between White House and Google.

CLINTON CAMPAIGN MANAGER ROBBY “JOE MCCARTHY” MOOK IS AT IT AGAIN: Yes, he’s pushing a new version of the treason innuendo he trotted out a month ago. Note Mook is talking to ABC’S George Stephanopoulos, a Clinton operative with a by-line. It’s a deflection operation, to erase discussion of the Clinton Foundation’s shady donors and Hillary’s grossly negligent mishandling of classified information.

THE WAR ON HONESTY: So many lies, so little time to combat them.

The last four in the series.

War On Honesty 8: Treason, sir? Given her emails?
War On Honesty 9: Introducing Media Privilege to the lexicon.
War On Honesty 10: Mouth versus Crimes.
War On Honesty 11. The strategic weakness exposed, with footnotes.

AMERICANS ARE ABOUT TO GET THE FIRST LANDSLIDE PRESIDENT WE DON’T WANT, Kyle Smith writes in the New York Post:

We’ve got a presidential campaign that stars one of the most polarizing, divisive and talked-about figures in American life, an international celebrity and lightning rod for all sociopolitical topics going back a quarter of a century.

And she’s become a bystander in this race.

On Thursday, after the usual barrage and tumult of nuttier-than-a-Skippy-factory stories about the Donald Trump campaign, Hillary Clinton didn’t show up until page A15 of that day’s edition of The New York Times, in a story in which she practically begged America, “Hey! Over here! I’m in this thing too!”

It turns out Clinton has some sort of tax proposal. (She wants to raise them.) Nobody cares. It won’t pass. Nothing she says matters.

The leftwing reboot of the Supreme Court she’ll perform over the next four to eight years will. Good and hard, as Mencken would say.

EATING CAKE WITH HILLARY CLINTON: “Check out this 2007 Hillary Clinton for President radio ad, in which she rips into George W. Bush, saying that Katrina victims were “invisible” to him, but aren’t invisible to her,” Louisiana-based journalist Rod Dreher writes. “How times change. Here’s why Hillary Clinton cannot be bothered to come to Louisiana: she’s got a slew of fundraising events set up with coastal elites.” And as Dreher adds later in his post, “You cannot make this up! Hillary Clinton is on Martha’s Vineyard tonight at a $100,000 a plate fundraiser at the home of Lady Rothschild.”

DRUDGE LINKS TO AN LA TIMES TRACKING POLL THAT HAS TRUMP LEADING: By six-tenths of a percent. 44.2 to 43.6. Tracking polls are lousy snapshots. But the Dems have a lot of worries. The worries include Clinton Foundation donors that are, well, so shady The New York Times frets. Ah yes, foreign donors criticized for their “records on sex discrimination and other human-rights issues.” How soft the NY Times doth peddle. Trump’s rally and the Clinton Donor Fret are most ironic. Just about a month ago the Clinton campaign accused Trump — by innuendo– of treason.

I THOUGHT THAT WAS WHAT HILLARY USED: Scientists have set a new record for data transmission using li-fi.

Oh, wait, that would be “Lie-Fi” for Hillary.

THE HILL: A tale of two Louisiana disasters and media bias. “A very simple question, if George W. Bush was president right now and playing golf with celebrities in one of the richest zip codes in the country, would the headlines again be everywhere that portray him as insensitive, out-of-touch, even a racist president be the same now as they were 2005? Of course they would. Instead, President Obama continues his vacation that includes fundraising events for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the relative silence is deafening.”

Related: Obama irks La. flood victims with memo warning them not to discriminate.

WELL, WE KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT ONE: What would media say about naked Hillary statues?

In a country once rocked for two weeks by the inadvertent appearance of Janet Jackson’s nipple at the Super Bowl, media condemnation of the objectively vulgar statue suddenly proved non-existent. The mood in the national press was rather jubilant and lauding.

The tone of the media wouldn’t concern if bias in its coverage of the presidential election and cultural affairs in America was not already so out of control.

Picture, if you will, a naked statue representation of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, erected (erm…) by cover of night in Times Square and on the boardwalks of Los Angeles, the sculptor’s artistic license given free reign. Imagine the sagging breasts, the flabby tum tum, the far-less-than-pert buttocks, and for the coup de grace, creative depictions of the male genitalia. Would the sculptor go very short, or very long?

It is impossible to quantify the rage that our media would unleash on the nation and heap upon sexist and racist, so-called artists. See, there is at this point, no irony in, no shame from, and no end to, the parade of contradictions that mainstream media will foist on its viewers and readers.

When it comes to Trump, the same rules simply do not apply. He cannot speak for himself; the media will speak for him. He cannot be entitled to dignity; the media will strip it from him however they can. And it’s not because he’s Trump. It’s not because he angered the fans of Univision. It’s because he’s Republican. If it were Jeb Bush, the statue in Times Square would have been of Jeb Bush; the media criticism all the same.

Anyone who’s honest will admit that the media has long favored liberals, but the bias has been worse than ever in this election season. Bashing a political figure’s looks, private lives, and even personally attacking their family members is totally fair game — as long as that political figure is a conservative.

Just look at the coverage on Melania Trump’s white dress at the RNC. Elizabeth Wellington, a fashion writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, suggested that Trump’s dress symbolized racism. “To many, that outfit could be another reminder that in the GOP, white is always right,” she wrote.

Vanessa Friedman of The New York Times wrote, “Ms. Trump’s choice of a white dress…sent all sorts of interesting subliminal signals.” Just a week later, Wellington gushed over Hillary Clinton’s all-white DNC outfit. “White is a hue that’s both soft and strong.

But it was appropriate: Her acceptance speech was a coming out of sorts. Clinton’s white pantsuit is telling us she has arrived. This is surreal. A dream come true….”

What would the reaction be if a mainstream journalist made even the slightest negative comment about Clinton’s or Michelle Obama’s attire at the DNC? What if they were called “too old looking,” “too fat,” “too weak”? We all know the answer to this question.

Think of them as Democratic operatives with bylines and you won’t go far wrong.

MEANWHILE, HILLARY’S RESTING UNTIL SUNDAY: “Trump and Pence were also seen helping unpack a truck with supplies.”

It’s like all of a sudden he’s running a real campaign.

UPDATE: In A Rare Moment, Mary Landrieu Thanks Trump For Louisiana Visit, Throws Shade At Hillary & Obama.

After Donald Trump visited Louisiana to help unload supplies for victims ravaged by the massive, unprecedented flooding, former Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) thanked the GOP nominee and actually called out Hillary Clinton and President Obama for refusing to visit.

Here’s what Landrieu said:

Mary Landrieu: ‘I want to thank Mr. Trump for coming to LA…I hope Sec Clinton will make her way down. I hope Pres Obama will make a visit.’

— Byron York (@ByronYork) August 19, 2016

Meanwhile, Obama is has remained on vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, while Clinton has yet to even make an official statement on the flooding.

Ouch.

JOE SAUNDERS: 2 Of The Biggest Names In Media Just Spilled The Beans…Trump Was Absolutely Right.

There’s more than one way to rig an election.

With the pack-mentality newshounds in the American media baying for Donald Trump’s blood during the dog days of August, the sheer brazenness of the mainstream’s efforts to carry Hillary Clinton to victory in the November general election is passing all bounds.

And partisans passing themselves off as journalists are barely pretending anymore.

The column focuses on Chris Cuomo and Jorge Ramos, but if you think of most any of them as Democratic operatives with bylines, you won’t go wrong.

ROGER KIMBALL: Was Last Night the Turning Point in Trump’s Campaign?

Last night’s speech was significant for several reasons. Substantively, it hammered home a truth that is as uncomfortable as it necessary to acknolwedge: that the dreadful plight of Black Americans is largely the creation of Democrats.

Aside: in a rare obeisance to political correctness, Trump consistently referred to “African-Americans.” Perhaps that is politically expedient. But I believe it is patronizing. As Teddy Rooseventl observed, “hyphenated-Americans” are a threat to the integrity of the country. We are not Irish-Americans or German-American or African-Americans (a term that is especially bizarre because it is applied indiscriminately to certain dark-skinned people: Jamaica, for example, is not part of Africa). We are simply Americans whose ancestors happen to be from Ireland, Germany, Kenya, or wherever.

But back to that perhaps startling claim about Democrats being largely responsible for the plight of Black Americans. Donald Trump is quite correct: “Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party have taken African-American votes totally for granted.” Until now, anyway, the Black vote has run according to the Democratic script.

What is that script? Lyndon Johnson articulated it in its purest, as well as its crassest, form when, in 1964, he remarked to two like-minded Democratic governors that with his Great Society programs, “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”

It hasn’t been 200 years, yet, but for the last fifty years, as patronizing Democratic programs stifled freedom and individual initiative and erected an increasingly burdensome (and expensive) governmental cocoon around their minority charges, the Black vote has been largely in the pocket of its new plantation owners.

The “Great Society” did not abolish poverty. That was never the intention. It institutionalized poverty, creating along the way an engorging bureaucracy that was a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic party. As Trump pointed out in his speech in Milwaukee earlier this week, all of the nation’s failed cities–Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Oakland, Memphis, Milwaukee itself–have been under Democratic control for decades. Milwaukee, for example, has been Democratic since 1908. Do you suppose that there is a connection between the disasters—the poverty, the crime, the corruption—that have engulfed these cities and the political complexion of their leadership? Or is it merely fortuitous? To ask the question is to answer it.

Regular readers know that I have found find a lot to criticize about Donald Trump. I stand by those criticisms. But I also acknowledge a new note in Trump’s campaign. His speeches of the last couple of weeks have outlined with clarity and conviction that he is serious about bringing about significant change.

Well, stay tuned. The addition of Kellyanne Conway seems to be making a difference.

CHANGE: Clinton Foundation to Limit Foreign Donations if Hillary Wins Presidency.

And a reminder from last year:

The Federalist looked at the Clinton Foundation’s IRS filings for the period between 2008 and 2012. According to its analysis, only 15 percent of the $500 million raised during that span when towards grants for other organizations.

Nearly $110 million was paid out in the form of salaries and benefits while $25 million went towards travel expenses. Almost 60 percent of the organization’s disclosed revenue — or $290 million — was listed under the category of “other expenses.”

That pattern continued into 2013, The Post notes. Of the $140 million in money the Clinton Foundation received in 2013, only $9 million was given out as charity to other groups.

In general, groups that monitor charities’ activities say a good charity spends at least 75 percent of its income on causes related to its core mission.

Limiting foreign donations won’t fix what’s wrong with the Clinton Foundation.

IF SOMEONE DID THIS TO HILLARY IT WOULD BE A SIGN OF SOCIETY’S HOPELESS MISOGYNY: Naked Donald Trump statues pop up in several cities.

The group named the political art project “The Emperor Has No Balls,” inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen tale of an overly confident ruler titled “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” according to The Washington Post.

“Like it or not, Trump is a larger-than-life figure in world culture at the moment,” an Indecline spokesperson told the newspaper Thursday.

“Looking back in history, that’s how those figures were memorialized and idolized in their time — with statues,” he added.

The artist behind the project, who posted a video of the process, is a Las-Vegas sculptor who goes by Ginger and has extensive experience in creating and designing monsters for horror films and haunted houses.

“When the guys [from INDECLINE] approached me, it was all because of my monster-making abilities,” he told the Post.

“Trump is just yet another monster, so it was absolutely in my wheelhouse to be able to create these monstrosities.”

Also, calling someone a “monster” is eliminationist rhetoric that might lead to violence. Well, unless the target is a Republican, anyway.

“SMART DIPLOMACY:” Biden’s remark on Japan Constitution raises eyebrows.

A recent remark by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that America wrote Japan’s Constitution is raising some eyebrows in Japan.

A popular front-page column in the national Asahi newspaper said this week that the comment “was unprecedented in its insensitivity” and “could even be considered arrogant.”

Biden, appearing Monday with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, attacked Republican candidate Donald Trump for saying that Japan might need to consider obtaining nuclear weapons in the future.

The vice president said, “Does he not understand we wrote Japan’s Constitution to say that they could not be a nuclear power?”

It’s no secret that U.S. forces occupying Japan after World War II drafted the constitution, though Japanese scholars were involved in reviewing and modifying it before adoption.

Nice.

THE LONG-AWAITED PIVOT ARRIVES: FULL SPEECH: Donald Trump in battleground North Carolina. Excerpts:

I’d like to take a moment to talk about the heartbreak and devastation in Louisiana, a state that is very special to me.

We are one nation. When one state hurts, we all hurt – and we must all work together to lift each other up. Working, building, restoring together.

Our prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones, and we send them our deepest condolences. Though words cannot express the sadness one feels at times like this, I hope everyone in Louisiana knows that our country is praying for them and standing with them to help them in these difficult hours.

We are one country, one people, and we will have together one great future.

Tonight, I’d like to talk about the New American Future we are going to create together.

Last week, I laid out my plan to bring jobs back to our country.

On Monday, I laid out my plan to defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism.

On Tuesday, in Wisconsin, I talked about how we are going to restore law and order to this country.

Let me take this opportunity to extend our thanks and our gratitude to the police and law enforcement officers in this country who have sacrificed so greatly in these difficult times.

The chaos and violence on our streets, and the assaults on law enforcement, are an attack against all peaceful citizens. If I am elected President, this chaos and violence will end – and it will end very quickly.

Every single citizen in our land has a right to live in safety.

To be one united nation, we must protect all of our people. But we must also provide opportunities for all of our people.

We cannot make America Great Again if we leave any community behind.

Nearly Four in ten African-American children are living in poverty.I will not rest until children of every color in this country are fully included in the American Dream.

Jobs, safety, opportunity. Fair and equal representation. This is what I promise to African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and all Americans.

But to achieve this New American Future we must break from the failures of the past. . . .

The establishment media doesn’t cover what really matters in this country, or what’s really going on in people’s lives. They will take words of mine out of context and spend a week obsessing over every single syllable, and then pretend to discover some hidden meaning in what I said.

Just imagine for a second if the media spent this energy holding the politicians accountable who got innocent Americans like Kate Steinle killed – she was gunned down by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times.

Just imagine if the media spent this much time investigating the poverty and joblessness in our inner cities.

Just think about how much different things would be if the media in this country sent their cameras to our border, or to our closing factories, or to our failing schools. Or if the media focused on what dark secrets must be hidden in the 33,000 emails Hillary Clinton deleted.

Instead, every story is told from the perspective of the insiders. It’s the narrative of the people who rigged the system, never the voice of the people it’s been rigged against.

So many people suffering in silence. No cameras, no coverage, no outrage from a media class that seems to get outraged over just about everything else.

So again, it’s not about me. It’s never been about me. It’s about all the people in this country who don’t have a voice.

I am running to be their voice.

I am running to be the voice for every forgotten part of this country that has been waiting and hoping for a better future.

I am glad that I make the powerful a little uncomfortable now and again – including some powerful people in my own party. Because it means I am fighting for real change.

There’s a reason the hedge fund managers, the financial lobbyists, the Wall Street investors, are throwing their money at Hillary Clinton. Because they know she will make sure the system stays rigged in their favor.

It’s the powerful protecting the powerful.

The insiders fighting for the insiders.

I am fighting for you.

The People Versus The Powerful. Hmm. Plus:

Finally, we are going to bring this country together. We are going to do it by emphasizing what we all have in common as Americans. We are going to reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, which sees communities of color only as votes and not as human beings worthy of a better future.

If African-American voters give Donald Trump a chance by giving me their vote, the result for them will be amazing. Look at how badly things are going under decades of Democratic leadership – look at the schools, look at the 58% of young African-Americans not working. It is time for change.

What do you have to lose by trying something new? – I will fix it. This means so much to me, and I will work as hard as I can to bring new opportunity to places in our country which have not known opportunity in a very long time.

Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party have taken African-American votes totally for granted. Because the votes have been automatically there, there has been no reason for Democrats to produce.

It is time to break with the failures of the past, and to fight for every last American child in this country to have the better future they deserve.

In my Administration, every American will be treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally. We will reject bigotry and hatred and oppression in all of its forms, and seek a new future built on our common culture and values as one American people.

This is the change I am promising all of you: an honest government, a fair economy, and a just society for each and every American.

But we can never fix our problems by relying on the same politicians who created these problems in the first place.

72% of voters say our country is on the wrong track. I am the change candidate, Hillary Clinton is the failed status quo.

Well, this just might shake things up.

Related: Trump, Pence to tour flood damage in Louisiana.

Obama, who received his briefing by phone during his vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., has received criticism for not visiting the site of the severe flooding and storms, which has left 13 people dead.

A Louisiana newspaper on Thursday called for Obama to cut his vacation short, saying, “A disaster this big begs for the personal presence of the President at ground zero.”

Well, good luck with that. But somebody listened.

WELL, THE OBAMA ERA CERTAINLY DIDN’T BRING ABOUT MUCH IN THE WAY OF RACIAL HEALING: A Hillary Clinton presidential victory promises to usher in a new age of public misogyny.

This is why the next President needs to be a straight, white male Republican. It’s our only hope!

DEMOCRATS ALWAYS FALL IN LINE: Victor Davis Hanson: Where’s the Letter from Democratic Security Officials Opposing Hillary? “She has endangered U.S. national security by using an unsecured and unlawful personal e-mail server. She has transmitted classified information over it, some of which was most likely accessed by foreign interests. Hillary Clinton deliberately undermined government intelligence-handling protocols and ignored Freedom of Information Act requests. FBI director James Comey, after a lengthy investigation, has stated before Congress that Mrs. Clinton was untruthful in her various public explanations about her reckless behavior.”

SHE DON’T FEEL NO WAYS TIRED: Hillary resting up: no campaign events until Sunday.

HEY, WHY IS OBAMA SO RACIST? “As Twitchy readers know, one newspaper has begged President Obama to stop golfing and start focusing on Baton Rouge. But, hey, he’s got vacationing to do and stuff!”

Related: Where’s Obama? Hillary? Trump? This would be a perfect opportunity for Trump to end run Hillary and our semi-retired president on this issue, but as Rod Dreher writes, “Let’s check out Donald Trump’s statements in the same period of time. He’s said nothing to the media. On Twitter, where he is famously logorrheic, he has sent out 35 tweets since Friday. Number of tweets that mention the Louisiana disaster: zero. Number of tweets that gripe about media bias: ten.”

Sad! And more than a little pathetic, considering the opportunity both for his campaign, and prospect of bringing increased media attention to the disaster, just by campaigning in Louisiana or pounding Obama and Hillary for dropping the ball in his speeches.

WHAT WOULD VICTORIA WOODHULL, THE FIRST WOMAN WHO RAN FOR THE PRESIDENCY — IN 1872 — THINK ABOUT HILLARY? David Solway on Hillary and Gender.

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MILITARY-GRADE AMPHIBIOUS EXOSKELETON UPDATE: This Technological Breakthrough Could Give Hillary Clinton a Crucial Edge in 2016.

EXTREMELY CARELESS: Clinton Foundation Possibly Hacked.

A potentially campaign-ending October Surprise could be in the making for Hillary Clinton in the form of hacked Clinton Foundation emails, according to a report out late Wednesday evening.

Reuters is reporting that according to sources familiar with the matter, the Clinton charitable foundation had to hire a cyber-security firm to examine its data systems after seeing signs that they were hacked. The culprits appear to be the Russians, cyber-security experts say.

She can’t even protect her own secrets.

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP. THANKS, EGON: “Would remind all that this material is classified. So this is leaking of classified material,” tweets…Hillary for America’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri. Cluelessness? Chutzpah? You make the call!

THE AUTHOR IS YOUNG.  DESPAIR IS NORMAL TO THE YOUNG: He ignores several contrary trends.  That said, he’s absolutely right about the Clintons, and the would-be-noblemen.  

NEO-NEOCON: TRUMP’S DICHOTOMY—A BRIDGE TOO FAR?

I am assuming many many other people see something similar, and they don’t need the MSM to tell them about it. Trump himself gives them reason to feel that way and very little reason to feel otherwise, and he has no political history that would tell us otherwise, either.

Not to mention his many other character flaws: he defames people (and lies about them into the bargain), and he is impulsive, mercurial, and really does act at times as though he is somewhat unbalanced. He’s not crazy, but he has demonstrated many character traits—even during this campaign season itself—that frighten people and make them not trust him in terms of his basic character as a human being in addition to his character as a political candidate. You may think that shouldn’t matter, but it does matter, and it has always mattered.

Now, you can certainly counter with the idea that Hillary Clinton is a liar and extremely untrustworthy, too. And indeed, she is. And I’m not voting for her, but if I were a liberal in tune with her policy positions, I would actually consider her quite trustworthy in terms of her politics, on which she is consistently liberal/leftist. With Hillary, politically, what you see if what you get, and if you like what you see, you might vote for it despite her flaws. She also has a surface manner (as does Obama) that seems relatively steady and statesmanlike (albeit she is a bit older and more unsteady than before), certainly relevant to Trump, and people care about that sort of thing.

Read the whole thing.

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TO BE FAIR, WHAT ELSE DID YOU EXPECT HIM TO SAY? Clinton Campaign Manager Mook: Trump’s Bannon Move Could Push More GOPs to Hillary.

 

 

I REMEMBER WHEN DEMS TALKED SECESSION AFTER 2004: Will Texas Stick Around for a Hillary Clinton Presidency? Three out of five Trump voters in the Lone Star State would back secession if the Democrat wins, a new poll finds.

Nobody imagined that the EU would use military force to stop Brexit. Why should secession in America be different. Sure, there was that whole Civil War thing. But we live in a milder, more civilized age in which the self-determination of peoples is regarded as a right. And, anyway, we have to regard the Constitution as a living, evolving document, one that can change to suit the needs of the times. Right?

ASHE SCHOW: Pointless Olympics outrage over female athletes and headlines.

Those looking for sexism everywhere have found it again, at least according to them.

A headline in the Greeley (Colo.) Tribune for an Associated Press story read in large bold print: “Phelps ties for silver in 100 fly.” It then read in smaller print right underneath: “Ledecky sets world record in women’s 800 freestyle.”

Cue the outrage.

I mean, how dare a newspaper try to sell newspapers by leading with the more recognizable name? It was a surprise that most-decorated Olympic athlete of all time, Michael Phelps, only took the silver in the 100m butterfly event. And if you’re wondering why a silver from Phelps leads a gold from swimmer Katie Ledecky, just read that last sentence. Phelps is the most-decorated Olympic athlete of all time. He is a household name.

That’s not saying no one has heard of Ledecky. After her performance in these Olympics, she will no doubt get sponsorship deals and become one of the most well-known athletes in the world. But this is her second Olympics. It is Phelps’ fifth. Ledecky will become a household name after only her second Olympics showing. Phelps didn’t become well known until after his third Olympics in 2008, when he broke the record for most gold medals won in a single Olympics.

The point is to keep women agitated and ready to turn out for Hillary. Likewise, similar treatment for other Democratic constituency groups.

WE’RE GOING TO TAKE THINGS AWAY FROM YOU ON BEHALF OF THE COMMON GOOD: Clinton comes after the rich: ‘We’re going where the money is.’

She’s been channeling the spirit of Willie Sutton throughout her entire career (hence our headline), but it’s nice to see her finally make it official. Of course, once your business reaches the too big to fail level and you’re prepared to partake in what Iowahawk calls “bribery dinner theater” with the Clintons, Hillary’s statement is merely so much corporatist kabuki.

TRANSPARENCY: Congress receives FBI material on Hillary Clinton emails.

In a statement, the FBI said the materials were provided to Congress consistent with the agency’s “commitment to transparency” in the Clinton case. The material contains classified information and was provided “with the expectation it will not be disseminated or disclosed” without the FBI’s agreement, the agency said Tuesday.

Furious the FBI didn’t press charges against their political rival, House Republicans pressed the agency to release notes from its agents’ July interview with Clinton. They claim the FBI notes, which are typically kept confidential after an investigation is closed, may show Clinton provided inconsistent answers to questions about her handling of emails containing classified information during testimony last year before the House Benghazi panel.

Republicans are also demanding that the Justice Department open a new investigation into whether Clinton lied to Congress.

That doesn’t really require an investigation, does it?

UNTHINKING IS CRAZY UNCLE JOE’S SPECIALTY! Biden Does The UNTHINKABLE With Nuke Codes At Hillary Rally.

STATE DEPARTMENT EXPLORED A NIGERIAN LAND DEAL CONNECTED TO A CLINTON FOUNDATION DONOR: It’s complicated, so read the whole thing. But once again the smoke of corruption. Will the FBI look for the fire?

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): As somebody said on Twitter, the difference between Hillary and normal people is that when she gets an email from a rich Nigerian proposing a deal, it’s actually from a rich Nigerian, proposing a deal.

CHOOSE THE FORM OF YOUR DESTRUCTOR. “How Jon Stewart’s Culture of Ridicule Left America Unprepared for Donald Trump,” as explained by Jesse Bernstein of the left-leaning Jewish-themed Tablet magazine:

The process went something like this: Someone said something on Fox News that mainstream liberalism didn’t like; Stewart and/or Colbert aired a sustained critique of the idea and the thinking behind it; liberal internet publications hailed it as the greatest rhetorical victory since Darrow argued for Scopes; liberals’ Facebook feeds full of liberal friends filled up with clips of the takedown. No one learned anything, no one engaged with an idea, and nothing outside of a very specific set of ideas was given any real credence. As Emmet Rensin so perfectly put it:

Finding comfort in the notion that their former allies were disdainful, hapless rubes, smug liberals created a culture animated by that contempt. The result is a self-fulfilling prophecy. … Over 20 years, an industry arose to cater to the smug style … and culminated for a time in The Daily Show, a program that more than any other thing advanced the idea that liberal orthodoxy was a kind of educated savvy and that is opponents were, before anything else, stupid.

As Rensin deftly discerns, this sort of intellectual elitism is probably part of the reason that the Democratic Party went from getting 66 percent of the manual laborer vote in 1948 to outpolling the GOP by just 2 points in 2012. It’s the inevitable consequence of eight years of reducing George W. Bush and all of his supporters to dumbass hicks, and choosing to denigrate the poor and uneducated (if only they read The Atlantic!), rather than doing real outreach to them.

But having won WWII, the aging New Dealers of 1948 could at least look to a world-changing accomplishment with pride. (The New Deal itself, on the other hand…) In contrast, as Richard Fernandez writes, the only thing that today’s left can offer middle America is smug itself:

But to anyone outside the echo chamber the joke was on Stewart and his cronies. The average person could see the invidious contrast; how easily the email accounts of 100 Democratic bigwigs could be hacked, with what contemptuous ease someone could make off with the DNC’s emails, steal all the OPM records. They watched as time after time suspects “well known to the police” executed successful terror attacks in Western cities despite the assurances of the laughing men.

They saw ISIS run off with billions of dollars of foreign military aid; saw the “smartest people” in history rolled. They were regaled by the spectacle of Putin booting Obama out of the Middle East with a midget air force and a rustbucket navy. They witnessed a bunch of armed thugs torch a US consulate in Benghazi without the dying ambassador even able to make that 3 am call to Hillary Clinton. They watched Turkey wobble and Europe overrun by migrant tides.

It hit them:  it was these ineffably superior people who were the jokers, the clowns whose only tangible skill was to make fun of everybody so nobody would notice that’s all they were good for.  In fact the only person they could stop with any probability of success and only if they ganged up on him was Donald Trump. That was it.  They can’t see the audience in darkness beyond the footlights heading for the exits.

And with Stewart and Colbert having departed their spawning grounds, “Donald Trump Is Jon Stewart’s True Successor,” Robert Tracinski adds at the Federalist:

The real giveaway is Trump’s employment of a classic Jon Stewart trope: Clown Nose On, Clown Nose Off.

This approach dates back to Stewart’s famous, or infamous, appearance on “Crossfire” in 2004, when “The Daily Show” was still fairly new and “Crossfire” was very, very old. In a fit of insufferable self-righteousness, Stewart denounced the hosts for “hurting America,” I guess because of the way they promoted bitter partisan bickering as a form of entertainment. Because Stewart is all about Democrats being nice to Republicans, don’t you know.

Yes, there was something to this. I did my first TV appearances about this time, and the big revelation to me was that it’s no accident that people always shout each other down on today’s cable news shows. Producers deliberately induce this style because they think it makes the show more exciting than if everybody just waited his turn to engage in some kind of Dullsville substantive discussion.

But in retrospect, I think we can tell which show “hurt America” more. One was just another fairly forgettable cable TV shoutfest. The other had a transformative effect, convincing a whole generation of millennials to get their news and political opinions from one-sided fake news shows run by blatantly partisan comedians. There are now about a dozen of these, all imitating Stewart. If the sin of “Crossfire” was its attempt to turn political debate into entertainment, it had nothing on “The Daily Show,” which replaced political debate with entertainment.

But for a rather limited audience — the Northeast Corridor ruling class, and those who aspired to be, as Thomas Sowell would say, their mascots.

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DEM CANDIDATE CAN’T SAY HILLARY IS HONEST: “Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan declined three separate times to answer whether she believes Hillary Clinton is “honest” during an interview Monday on CNN.” Hillary is a presidential candidate. When Trump shoots his mouth and angers Repubs it’s big time mainstream news.

FASTER, PLEASE: Trump Advocates “Extreme Vetting” of Muslim Immigrants in Forceful Foreign Policy Speech, Roger Simon writes.

“Republican presidential candidate Donald J Trump — has just outflanked Hillary Clinton on the Left and announced what can only be described as an ultra-progressive immigration policy,” Milo Yiannopoulos enthusiastically cheers.

CLINTON NEWS NETWORK: CNN Anchor Cuts Off Jill Stein After She Questions Hillary’s ‘Competency’ For The Presidency.

JILL STEIN ON THE ATTACK: Green Party candidate slams Clinton on email.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on Monday ramped up her attacks on Hillary Clinton for using a private email system while serving as the nation’s top diplomat and maintaining a fuzzy boundary between her official and private duties.

In an interview with CNN, Stein appeared to reiterate her call for the Justice Department to prosecute Clinton for mishandling government secrets, and also joined in the attacks on her relationship with the Clinton Foundation.

“I think there should have been a full investigation,” Stein said. “I think the American people are owed an explanation for what happened, and why top secret information was put at risk, why the identity of secret agents were potentially put at risk.”

“There is much more that is coming to public attention about Hillary Clinton’s behavior, including the recent revelations about favors bestowed on the Clinton Foundation’s donors who got special deals, who got state partnerships,” she added, in a reference to recently released emails suggesting blurred lines between Clinton’s position as secretary of State and her vast personal and philanthropic connections.

“If she wasn’t aware that she was violating State Department rules, it raises real issues about her competency.”

Stein has previously criticized the Justice Department’s decision not to indict Clinton or her senior aides for the email set-up, a move that she said gave the Democratic presidential nominee “a pass.”

The explicit reference to her ties to the Clinton Foundation amounts to a doubling-down on the position, and an echo of complaints normally heard from Republicans.

I think she and Gary Johnson should be allowed in the debates, though that’s looking unlikely.

THE HILL: Five Things That Could Still Go Wrong For Hillary Clinton.

OF COURSE SHE DID: Hillary scrubs sexual assault pledge after allegations against Bill resurface.

THE POLITICAL TRADITION OF PARTY REVOLT: “Never Somebody” isn’t new. The Daily Caller provides some recent history, including examples from the Democratic Party. Ed linked earlier today to this Deroy Murdock essay arguing that #NeverTrump conservatives are “are chauffeuring Hillary Clinton to the White House.” I made a similar case after the convention.

HEALTH WATCH: Hillary Clinton’s ‘Erratic’ Behavior Raises Eyebrows.

There are many things much more worrisome about Hillary Clinton than her health.

ANDREW McCARTHY ON CLINTON CORRUPTION AND US: “If someone as squalid as Hillary Clinton is a viable political candidate, that is not a failure of our legal system. It is a failure of our culture.”

Read the whole thing.

NEVER TRUMPNIKS PAVE HILLARY’S PATH TO POWER: “Rather than encourage Trump — whose victory could secure these and other conservative goals after 16 years of molar-grinding Bush-Obama statism — the Never Trump crowd slaps away his extended hand. These malcontents should help Trump develop the best conservative ideas and present them to the voters as attractively as possible. Supply-side heavyweights Arthur Laffer, Larry Kudlow, and Steve Moore helped craft Trump’s economic proposal. The man who Never Trumpniks say ‘never listens’ heeded these free-marketeers on taxes and the Heritage Foundation on judges. Conservative Trump haters should do something productive: Offer the GOP nominee issues and ideas he can use to win.”

Read the whole thing.

Related: An Illustrated Story: What it means to be #NeverTrump.

HOOSIER DADDY? Records contradict Bayh’s assertion over staying in Indiana.

A CNN review of public records since Bayh left office in 2011 shows the Democrat repeatedly listed his two multi-million dollar homes in Washington as his main places of residence — not the $53,000 condo he owns in Indianapolis.

Just three weeks after leaving office in 2011, Bayh changed his address to his $2.3 million home in a leafy neighborhood in Washington, according to Indiana records. And often when Bayh registered his address — whether it was on an Alaska fishing license, a donation to Hillary Clinton or on the deed to his beachfront property in Southern Florida — he listed Washington as his home.

Even when Bayh returned back to Indianapolis last summer for an Indiana Democratic Party dinner, he stayed at a JW Marriott just 12 miles away from his condo. A source with Indianapolis Power and Light said Bayh’s monthly electric bills averaged less than $20 per month since 2012, suggesting little — if any — use at his Indiana condo.

You can’t run a country you’ve never been to.

PUTIN’S WEB: Manafort blasts NYT, denies he accepted Ukraine cash payments.

It’s unclear if Manafort actually received payments, but prosecutors told the Times that Manafort “must have realized the implications of his financial dealings.”

But Manafort strongly denied that he ever received off-the-books payments or has done work with the governments of Ukraine or Russia.

“My work in Ukraine ceased following the country’s parliamentary elections in October 2014,” Manafort says. “In addition, as the article points out hesitantly, every government official interviewed states I have done nothing wrong.”

The Times story was retweeted by Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager and Manafort rival who was fired in June.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, Robby Mook, called the alleged connections between Manafort and members of pro-Russian factions troubling.

Oh really?

SIX PROBLEMS WITH MEDIA’S HYSTERICAL REACTION TO TRUMP’S ISIS COMMENTS, including:

Listen, Trump might be an effective communicator with his core audience, but others have trouble understanding him. His speaking style couldn’t be more removed from the anodyne and cautious political rhetoric of our era. This can be a challenge for political journalists in particular. His sentences run on into paragraphs. He avoids specificity or contradicts himself when he doesn’t. His sentences trail into other sentences before they finish. He doesn’t play the usual games that the media are used to. It’s frustrating.

So the media immediately decided Trump was claiming that Obama had literally incorporated ISIS a few years back. And they treated this literal claim as a fact that needed to be debunked.

Related: Hyperliteral media wasn’t prepared to handle sarcasm from a candidate – or at least from a Republican candidate.

Plus a video rewind: Chris Matthews Said Cheney ‘Created al-Qaeda,’ ‘Created ISIS.’

 

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OOPS: Hillary scrubs sexual assault pledge after allegations against Bill resurface.

The Clinton campaign has removed a pledge from its website stating that all survivors of sexual assault “have the right to be believed.”

On a page dedicated to “Campus sexual assault” on HillaryClinton.com, this passage from the Democratic presidential candidate used to be prominently featured last year: “I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed, and we’re with you.”

But by February of this year, those lines had been deleted, according to BuzzFeed News.

The online website says the scrubbing came after the election-cycle reemergence of Juanita Broaddrick, who has accused Bill Clinton of raping her in 1978 when he was lieutenant governor of Arkansas.

More on Broaddrick here.

THE HILL: Former NY gov: Clinton shouldn’t have taken ‘victory lap’ after email report.

Former governor of New York and state Democratic Party Chairman David Paterson said his party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, could have handled the FBI and Justice Department’s decision on her use of a private email server with more humility.

Paterson told radio host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on Sunday that Clinton could have used the FBI and Justice Department’s decision not to bring charges against her as another chance to try to right the scandal.

“When the attorney general absolved Hillary Clinton and said that there were no criminal penalties that she would be held accountable for, she goes and basically takes a victory lap with President Obama,” Paterson said.

“What if Hillary Clinton had a press conference and said, ‘You know something? I am really happy that there are no criminal charges being levied against me, but I recognize I did a lot of things wrong. I used poor judgment, and I want the voters to know that I have learned a lesson from this situation, and I will never be in violation this way again’? ” he said. “I think that would have been a much better message than what went on that day.”

Paterson also lauded current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Democratic National Convention speech, saying it showed an ability to work with Republicans.

Hillary is no more capable of admitting error than Trump.

TRUMP SAYS HE’D BE UP 20 POINTS IF NOT FOR CROOKED MEDIA: He’s running against Media Privilege. And he darn well should.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Hillary’s short circuit.