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Bill USA

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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.” __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

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Hillary Clinton vs Trump is the most lopsided US election race in the modern era: .

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/trump-clinton-begins-as-the-most-lopsided-race-in-the-modern-era-a7012321.html


Now that he’s wrapped up the nomination, his chances of being America’s next president have shot up from 17 per cent to 29 per cent.

But that still makes Hillary Clinton a 69 per cent favourite (Mr Sanders or ‘some other Republican’ both have a 1 per cent chance).



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Hacking of Government Computers Exposed 21.5 Million People

Hacking of Government Computers Exposed 21.5 Million People


Every person given a government background check for the last 15 years was probably affected, the Office of Personnel Management said in announcing the results of a forensic investigation of the episode, whose existence was known but not its sweeping toll.

The agency said hackers stole “sensitive information,” including addresses, health and financial history, and other private details, from 19.7 million people who had been subjected to a government background check, as well as 1.8 million others, including their spouses and friends. The theft was separate from, but related to, a breach revealed last month that compromised the personnel data of 4.2 million federal employees, officials said.

Both attacks are believed to have originated in China, although senior administration officials on Thursday declined to pinpoint a perpetrator, except to say that they had indications that the same actor carried out the two hacks.

The breaches constitute what is apparently the largest cyberattack into the systems of the United States government, providing a frightening glimpse of the technological vulnerabilities of federal agencies that handle sensitive information. They also seemed certain to intensify debate in Washington over what the government must do to address its substantial weaknesses in cybersecurity, long the subject of dire warnings but seldom acted upon by agencies, Congress or the White House.
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Repugnants "for" Bernie still in love with debunked 'classified info' hysteria

Repugnants are so in love with the 'classified' info in Hillary's emails meme.. they just can't give it up even though it's been reported that no information in emails received by Clinton was classified AT THE TIME THEY WERE RECEIVED.

see; http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1251&pid=1810912

FACT: None Of The Emails Sent To Clinton Were Labeled As "Classified" Or "Top Secret"


FACT: None Of The Emails Sent To Clinton Were Labeled As "Classified" Or "Top Secret"

Government Officials: None Of The Emails Were Marked As "Classified" When They Were Sent. The Washington Post reported that when the ICIG first "found information that should have been designated as classified" in four emails from Clinton's server -- two of which he now says contain "top secret" information -- government officials acknowledged that the emails were not marked as classified when they were sent (emphasis added):

The Justice Department said Friday that it has been notified of a potential compromise of classified information in connection with the private e-mail account that Hillary Rodham Clinton used while serving as secretary of state.

A Justice official said the department had received a "referral" on the matter, which the inspector general of the intelligence agencies later acknowledged came from him.

The inspector general, I. Charles McCullough III, said in a separate statement that he had found information that should have been designated as classified in four e-mails out of a "limited sample" of 40 that his agency reviewed. As a result, he said, he made the "security referral," acting under a federal law that requires alerting the FBI to any potential compromises of national security information.

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Officials acknowledged that none of the e-mails reviewed so far contain information that was marked classified when they were sent. But a new inquiry would prolong the political controversy Clinton is facing over her un­or­tho­dox e-mail system. (The Washington Post, 7/24/15)
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FACT: IG Referral To Justice Department Was Not Criminal, And FBI Isn't Targeting Clinton Herself



FACT: IG Referral To Justice Department Was Not Criminal, And FBI Isn't Targeting Clinton Herself

Reuters: Inspector General Referral Is Not Criminal. Reuters reported on July 24 that there was "no criminal referral over Clinton emails":

The Justice Department said Friday it has received a request to examine the handling of classified information related to the private emails from Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, but it is not a criminal referral. (Reuters, "No Criminal Referral over Clinton Emails" 7/24/15)


AP: U.S. Official Said That Request Of DOJ "Doesn't Suggest Wrongdoing By Clinton Herself." The Associated Press quoted an anonymous U.S. official who noted that the referral did not implicate Clinton in any wrongdoing:

The New York Times first reported the referral. The Clinton campaign said Friday that she "followed appropriate practices in dealing with classified materials." Spokesman Nick Merrill said emails deemed classified by the administration were done so after the fact, not when they were sent.

One U.S. official said it was unclear whether classified information was mishandled and the referral doesn't suggest wrongdoing by Clinton herself. (Associated Press, 7/24/15)

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These Repugnants 'for' Bernie are actually making the Bernie campaign look both bad and stupid (as stupid as Republicans who are enthralled by the Alternate Universe that lives in their imaginations)


At the starting gate: Clinton leads Trump by double-digits - CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/04/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-poll-general-election/


Indianapolis (CNN)As Donald Trump captures the mantle of presumptive Republican nominee, a new poll finds he begins his general election campaign well behind Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

The new CNN/ORC Poll, completed ahead of Trump's victory last night, found Clinton leads 54% to 41%, a 13-point edge over the New York businessman, her largest lead since last July.

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Social service shortfalls hinder health, boost medical spending

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/05/02/social-service-shortfalls-hinder-health-boost-medical-spending/83625264/


BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — States that spend more money on social services and public health programs relative to medical care have much healthier residents than states that don’t, a study out today by a prominent public health researcher found.

The study comes as the Obama administration prepares to fund its own research to support the idea that higher social service spending can improve health and lower health care costs. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed a long-awaited rule that will pave the way for more doctors and hospitals to work closely with social services providers to keep people healthier, such as with home visits or help with housing.

Health care and social services experts in West Virginia, where jobs and access to health care can be hard to come by, cite daily reminders of how improved services can save money later. Their challenge is expanding the reach of the programs they do have. "There's always more need than resources," says Audrey Morris. director of the non-profit Starting Points of Morgan County here.

The new study is the first to compare state spending on social services — which are generally less expensive than medical costs — to spending on Medicare and Medicaid and to residents' health. Many state officials, including those here, say Medicaid claims are busting their budgets and federal officials struggle to rein in Medicare spending on drugs and medical treatments, especially for chronic disease.



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Pentagon Condemns House Benghazi Committee’s Wasteful “Speculative” Investigation

Pentagon Condemns House Benghazi Committee’s Wasteful “Speculative” Investigation
http://www.politicususa.com/2016/05/01/pentagon-condemns-house-benghazi-committees-wasteful-speculative-investigation.html


In the Pentagon letter to the committee, specifically addressed to Republican chairman Trey Gowdy and issued Thursday, Hedger wrote,

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The Department is working diligently to accommodate your staff’s multiple and changing requests; however, we are concerned by the continuous threats from your staff to subpoena witnesses that we are not able accommodate.”

Mr. Hedger particularly took issue with the committee’s demand for an interview with an anonymous Sean Hannity radio call-in “individual;” an anonymous individual Hedger said the Pentagon “expended significant resources to locate to no avail. The Department of Defense continues to believe that interviewing these ‘individuals’ is unnecessary because it is unclear what additional information could be gained from these interviews.”

Hedger requested a meeting with Gowdy to identify a “productive way to help it finish its investigation” while respecting the men and women and resources of the Department of Defense.” It is noteworthy that the $6.7 million cost as of last year did not include the Pentagon’s cost in searching out individuals with no clear connection to the Defense Department or the events surrounding the Benghazi attack. It is likely that Republicans will expend any sum during an election to attack Mrs. Clinton even if it robs money and critical assets from the military.

In the strongest language possible, the Pentagon is criticizing the Republicans for “prompting and encouraging Department of Defense interviewees to go on the record and speculate on hypotheticals posed by Committee members regardless of the interviewees’ actual knowledge or expertise.” Hedger concluded his condemnation by “respectfully requesting that you ensure pending interviews remain focused on facts; rather than ‘encouraging’ speculation.”
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Let's spell it out for Bernie fans: HRC has won 12.2 miln votes, Trump: 10.1 miln, Bernie: 9.1 miln

Now, these are the vote totals for the primaries and caucuses, so it should be evident that this includes none of Bernie voters in the Hillary Clinton total. Thus, stay with me now Bernie fans, Hillary's vote total includes no independents who voted for Bernie or who just stayed home.

So, you've got Clinton with 12,272,900 votes so far.
.... and Donnie Trump with 10,116,714 votes so far.

That's percentage difference of 9.6%.


Note that Clinton's vote total exceeds Trump's by over 2 million votes ..... without any votes that may be from independents who voted for Bernie or who just didn't make it to the polls.

WE still have some more states to go, in particular California. But if the trend continues it looks like Clinton will get more votes than Trump when the primary's are all over. So one might make a prediction that in a head to head with Trump, Clinton would beat him without any of those people who voted for Bernie. Although, I would never say that most of those who voted for Bernie would refuse to vote for Clinton out of childish vindictiveness. I still think most people who are real Bernie supporters are grown-ups and would behave accordingly in the General Election.



Clinton emails continue to be non-scandal, disappointing Republicans - (check out this forum! LOL!)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/03/04/clinton-emails-continue-to-be-non-scandal-disappointing-republicans/

While we were all busy laughing about how insecure Donald Trump is about the size of his manhood, the New York Times released this story, the latest development in the case of Hillary Clinton’s emails:


A former aide to Hillary Clinton has turned over to the F.B.I. computer security logs from Mrs. Clinton’s private server, records that showed no evidence of foreign hacking, according to people close to a federal investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s emails.

The security logs bolster Mrs. Clinton’s assertion that her use of a personal email account to conduct State Department business while she was the secretary of state did not put American secrets into the hands of hackers or foreign governments.

The former aide, Bryan Pagliano, began cooperating with federal agents last fall, according to interviews with a federal law enforcement official and others close to the case. Mr. Pagliano described how he set up the server in Mrs. Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y., and according to two of the people, he provided agents the security logs.


What does this tell us? Although it’s possible there will be some future discovery, it appears that whether Clinton’s emails were vulnerable to hacking or not, they weren’t actually hacked. That’s good news! The closest thing they’ve found is some attempts at phishing scams, which means that Clinton’s email is just like every other email address on earth.




Now let’s be honest. When this story broke, Republicans were desperately hoping that we would learn that some criminal wrongdoing or catastrophic security breach had taken place, so they could then use that against Clinton in her run for the White House. But that turns out not to be the case. So the next best thing from their perspective is that there’s some vaguely-defined “scandal” that the public doesn’t really understand, but that voters will hold against her if you just repeat the words “Clinton email scandal” often enough.

They may have gotten that. I’ve certainly seen plenty of voters quoted in press accounts saying some version of, “I don’t trust Clinton, ’cause you know, that email thing.” I’m sure 99 percent of them couldn’t tell you what they think Clinton actually did that’s so awful, but they know that there was something about emails, and it was, like, a scandal, right?


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She should have known that once she started running for president there were going to be FOIA requests and lawsuits and investigations of everything she did as Secretary of State. So yes, that was an error in judgment*. But it wasn’t a crime — and it appears that no bad consequences for the country came of it — so we shouldn’t treat it like it was.
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* whether it was an error in judgement is subject to debate... .

Sources: State Dept. hack the 'worst ever'


CNN)Overlooked in the controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, is the fact that suspected Russian hackers have bedeviled State Department's email system for much of the past year and continue to pose problems for technicians trying to eradicate the intrusion.

Federal law enforcement, intelligence and congressional officials briefed on the investigation say the hack of the State email system is the "worst ever" cyberattack intrusion against a federal agency. The attackers who breached State are also believed to be behind hacks on the White House's email system, and against several other federal agencies, the officials say.

The issue is relevant because one criticism of the Clinton private email use is that it was likely less secure than emailing within the State Department's system. But the hack shows that State's system has major security issues. The State system, investigators believe, was compromised in the past year, likely after Clinton left the State Department.

Last November, the State Department shut down its email system over a weekend to try to improve security and block the intruders.

At the time, the agency tried to send a re-assuring message that "activity of concern" by possible hackers only affected its unclassified email system.

But officials say that even a breach of the unclassified system poses major security risks, because sensitive information of value to foreign intelligence agencies is routinely shared in non-classified emails.


"An error in judgement"? .. Colin Powell and Condi Rice used personal email accounts for official business and the Bush White House had a couple dozen WH advisors who had personal email accounts with a commercial email provider (all controlled by and under the account of the Republican National Committee), so Clinton was hardly doing anything out of the ordinary EXCEPT FOR THE FACT that personal email accounts provided by commercial email service providers have hundreds of personell whose job it is to protect their email systems/servers from malware and hackers. In order to do their jobs they have the ability to examine any and all emails in their system. Thus any government emails in such accounts are by definition NOT SECURE. We do know that Powell and Rice had emails with classified information in them. But Clinton's set up was, in effect, a government satellite server. As the article points out, there are no indications that her server was hacked.


SEE: THE SHOCKING TRUTH: COLIN POWELL’S EMAILS DON’T MATTER


and: FLASHBACK: When Millions Of Lost Bush White House Emails (From Private Accounts) Triggered A Media Shrug

Is Hillary Clinton really the foreign policy super-hawk she is portrayed to be?

Hillary "the Bitch for War" is an oft repeated meme here. Here's a good article from Vox.com (once again, we find the NYT promoting dim-witted anti-Hillary Bullshit):

Is Hillary Clinton really the foreign policy super-hawk she is portrayed to be?(emhasis my own)
Late on Thursday, the New York Times magazine published a lengthy profile of Hillary Clinton under an illustration of her as a toy soldier and the headline "How Hillary Clinton Became a Hawk."

The profile, by Mark Landler, traces her evolution on foreign policy, explores her legacy as secretary of state, and seeks to deduce a Clinton worldview. It's fascinating, deeply reported, and well worth reading. It also reiterates what is perhaps the defining piece of conventional wisdom about Hillary Clinton and foreign policy: she is a super-hawk.

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A few hours after the piece went online, something else was published comparing the presidential candidates on foreign policy. And the story it told could not have been more different.


It was a simple scorecard, assembled by a non-partisan nuclear nonproliferation group called Global Zero, comparing the five remaining candidates on a battery of eight foreign policy issues.

On every issue that Global Zero measured, Clinton is indicated as far less hawkish than all three of the Republican candidates, and as basically tied with Bernie Sanders. She supports the Iran nuclear deal; the Republicans all oppose it. She supports using diplomacy to solve the North Korean nuclear crisis; John Kasich is the only Republican to do so. She supports negotiating with Russia to reduce nuclear weapons; no Republican candidate does.
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Oklahoma's legislature is about to ban abortion by making it a felony for doctors to provide them

http://www.vox.com/2016/4/26/11510874/oklahoma-abortion-outlaw-felony-doctors


Oklahoma state lawmakers are well on their way to passing a bill that would make it a felony for doctors to provide abortions, unless a woman's life is in danger or she has had a miscarriage that needs to be removed. There are no exceptions for rape, incest, or the woman's health.

The bill defines abortion as "unprofessional conduct" for a physician, which means that performing one could be grounds for losing your medical license. Oklahoma's existing felony abortion law punishes non-physician care providers with up to three years in prison for performing an abortion. The new law, however, would include physicians for performing abortions.

So if you're a doctor, you risk both losing your medical license and going to jail if you provide abortions. In practical terms, that means the new bill is a total ban on abortion.

The bill has passed both chambers of Oklahoma's state legislature, but it was amended before being passed by the House and now returns to the Senate.
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