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Hillary Clinton: GOP Uniter

Republicans expect to be battered and fractured by the time they finally find a presidential nominee. But party operatives hoping for unity see a sliver of silver lining: Nothing brings the GOP together quite like the Clintons.

“If you were going to choose one person who unites the Republican Party, it would be Hillary Clinton,” says Peter Wehner, a veteran of the past three GOP administrations.

Republicans have been preparing to run against Clinton in 2016 for the past three years, at least, with well-funded political groups, political action committees, and opposition research teams dedicated to taking her on. In its nascent stages, the GOP presidential primary was essentially an audition for the best candidate to run against Clinton.

But as much as the Republican establishment was ready for such matchup, it did not anticipate nominating a person it disliked almost as much as the presumptive Democratic nominee. And thus, Donald Trump has become a possible spoiler to the Clintons’ power to rally Republicans against them.


The best reason for Bernie Sanders to fight on: Hawkish, neoliberal Clintons need a watchful eye

The best reason for Bernie Sanders to fight on: Hawkish, neoliberal Clintons need a watchful eye from progressives

Yes, Sanders needs to play it smart from here. But let's not forget that we need a check on Hillary's deep failings


If Bernie Sanders loses most of today’s primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island, the wise and the mighty of the Democratic Party and the press will call more loudly than they already have for him to stand down as a candidate and to focus his and his supporters’ energies instead on helping Hillary Clinton to discredit Donald Trump or any Republican opponent.

Their logic seems compelling, so let me mention and rebut a few of its most convincing points before mentioning the…, ah, elephant in the argument that could embarrass Democrats and actually worsen conditions in the United States even if Clinton wins the White House and the Senate.

The first argument for Bernie to pack it in as a candidate and go all out for Hillary is that we can’t afford to underestimate the dangers of Trump’s slippery demagoguery and many voters’ susceptibility to it. To defeat him or any other Republican nominee, Clinton will have to move rightward, not leftward, as she had to do to head off Bernie in the primaries.

This argument doesn’t reckon clearly enough with the reality that Democrats would be uniting behind a corporatist, neoliberal grand strategy that Clinton has always supported but whose successes and credibility are nearly exhausted but that she has shown neither the inclination or capacity to change. Breaking glass ceilings and curbing racist and xenophobic policies are absolutely necessary preconditions for American renewal, but they’re also absolutely insufficient. Curbing the national-security mania, the militarist juggernaut, and predatory marketing and lending that have trapped us like flies in a spider’s web of 800-numbered, sticky-fingered pick-pocketing machines would require out-strategizing powerful enemies in ways that nothing in Clinton’s record proves she can or will do.

more: http://www.salon.com/2016/04/26/the_best_reason_for_bernie_sanders_to_fight_on_hawkish_neoliberal_clintons_need_a_watchful_eye_from_progressives/

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic (from last year)

This piece first appeared at Web of Debt.

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.

— Article IV, Section 4, US Constitution

A republican form of government is one in which power resides in elected officials representing the citizens, and government leaders exercise power according to the rule of law. In The Federalist Papers, James Madison defined a republic as “a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people . . . .”

On April 22, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement that would override our republican form of government and hand judicial and legislative authority to a foreign three-person panel of corporate lawyers.

The secretive TPP is an agreement with Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore and seven other countries that affects 40% of global markets. Fast-track authority could now go to the full Senate for a vote as early as next week. Fast-track means Congress will be prohibited from amending the trade deal, which will be put to a simple up or down majority vote. Negotiating the TPP in secret and fast-tracking it through Congress is considered necessary to secure its passage, since if the public had time to review its onerous provisions, opposition would mount and defeat it.

more: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_trans-pacific_partnership_and_the_death_of_the_republic_20150426

FBI's Clinton probe expands to public corruption track

The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state has expanded to look at whether the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws, three intelligence sources not authorized to speak on the record told Fox News.

This new investigative track is in addition to the focus on classified material found on Clinton’s personal server.

"The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed," one source said.

Clinton, speaking to the Des Moines Register, on Monday pushed back on the details of a second investigative track. According to reporter Jennifer Jacobs, Clinton said Monday she has heard nothing from the FBI.

more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/01/11/fbis-clinton-probe-expands-to-public-corruption-track.html


Anyone know if this is still an active part of the investigation? I can't keep up...

I don't care if the FBI vindicates her before the Convention. Bernie is right, she has

horrendous judgement. I can't associate myself with that mess.

Clinton IT Staffer Still Refuses to Testify Before Congress

A lawyer for Bryan Pagliano, the former State Department computer staffer who set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server, recently informed Congress that he will not testify before Senate committees investigating Clinton’s email setup.

The Associated Press obtained a letter sent by Mark MacDougall, Pagliano’s lawyer, on March 11 indicating that his client would “respectfully decline” the offers from the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Homeland Security Committee to testify before congressional lawmakers.

Pagliano declined to testify before the committees even after he was granted immunity by the Justice Department and has been cooperating with the FBI in its investigation into Clinton’s email setup.

The former State Department IT staffer asserted his Fifth Amendment right in September in response to a subpoena from the House Select Committee on Benghazi to testify before congressional lawmakers. The Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees had also reached out to Pagliano then to testify.


If Bernie Sanders Isn’t Democratic Nominee, Don’t Blame Bernie or Bust for Trump’s Victory

Why would Bernie or Bust voters risk a future with Donald Trump by refusing to vote for Hillary Clinton?

It’s structural change Bernie or Bust wants; it’s the status quo that Clinton voters want to uphold. I state the case for writing-in Bernie Sanders, if he isn’t the Democratic nominee, in this YouTube segment.

As we’ve heard throughout this election, “Don’t let perfection be the enemy of the good.”

Sure, Clinton would be better than Trump, but better won’t prevent the next endless war, or devastating financial collapse. President Obama is sending even more American soldiers to Syria, imagine what Clinton would do as president.

more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/if-sanders-isnt-democratic-nominee-dont-blame-bernie-or-bust-trumps-victory_b_9769874.html

***Opinion piece. Not my authorship. I am just posting for all to read, evaluate, and digest. I offer no opinions of my own.

Very interesting update today in regards to the FBI Clinton Server Investigation.

Very interesting update today in regards to the FBI Clinton Server Investigation.
By OmahaDemocrat
Wednesday Apr 20, 2016 · 7:19 PM EDT

Lawyers for a reporter demanding access to email messages and files the FBI has reportedly retrieved from Hillary Clinton's private server are objecting to a secret filing the Justice Department submitted to a federal court last month as part of a bid to keep those messages under wraps.


That is unique - it means the reasoning for denying the request is detrimental, not just the content.

The FOIA request was in regards to the ‘personal’ emails that Clinton deleted but were eventually recovered by the FBI. Clinton described those emails as wedding plans, yoga routines, and emails to Bill Clinton.

The DOJ now has until April 26th to explain why they couldn’t reveal the reasoning behind denying the FOIA request and why they did this in secret. If her ‘personal’ emails that she deleted contained classified content that would put her in a very precarious position. The Clinton’s have had to maintain that no classified material was located in her personal emails as legally they were all supposed to be the property of the State Department — and it is a crime to destroy classified material.

more: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/4/20/1518134/-Very-interesting-update-today-in-regards-to-the-FBI-Clinton-Server-Investigation

How many FBI agents are working on Hillary Clinton’s email server? A report earlier this week

How many FBI agents are working on Hillary Clinton’s email server? A report earlier this week said it was nearly 150, but was then revised sharply downward.


Just how serious is the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails? Since the bureau doesn’t like to speak about it publicly, people have to judge from outside signs—for example, how many agents are working on the case. So when The Washington Post reported this week than there were 147 FBI investigators looking into whether any crimes were committed in the handling of classified material on Clinton’s private email server, and whether that server was hacked, it was a bombshell. Republicans exulted and Democrats felt a rising nausea. The story swept across cable TV and the web.

Except it turns out maybe that wasn’t the case. The FBI now says there are fewer than 50 agents working the case, though it won’t say how many, and the Post corrected its article. It’s yet another case of confusion and fog of war in a story that involves a scandal-plagued political dynasty, partisan intrigue, the intelligence community, the FBI, the vagaries of federal email rules and national-security law, and the obscure world of cybersecurity. Something went wrong here—Clinton has apologized for using the server—but whether any crime was committed remains hazy, subject to interpretations filtered through a partisan lens and leaks from an investigation that remains largely under wraps.

The Post report did lay out in clear sequence how the controversy began. As soon as she became secretary of state, Clinton was frustrated by rules that prohibited her use of her personal Blackberry while in her office in Foggy Bottom. She and her aides considered several possibilities for getting her email access, including asking the NSA to provide a specially encrypted device to her, similar to the one President Obama had received. (That request was turned down.) Clinton never got an encrypted Blackberry, but she began using her private email server in early 2009.

At the end of February, the State Department released the last batch of Clinton’s emails, as ordered by a federal judge. Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported that the Justice Department has granted immunity to a former Clinton staffer to work with investigators, an indication of progress in the criminal case over the emails. Bryan Pagliano, the staffer, helped Clinton set up a server in her home in New York, which she used for her emails while running the State Department. Pagliano previously invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when called to testify by congressional committees. A spokesman said the Clinton campaign was “pleased” that Pagliano was cooperating, though what else are they going to say?

more: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/tracking-the-clinton-controversies-from-whitewater-to-benghazi/396182/
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