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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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Experts: New Clinton State Dept. emails show donor ‘access,’ not ‘favors’ - USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/08/23/experts-new-clinton-state-dept-emails-show-donor-access-not-favors/89118156/


Although a conservative group investigating Hillary Clinton’s relationship with donors to the Clinton Foundation maintains that newly released emails prove she granted special “access” and “favors” during her State Department tenure, nonpartisan experts say that Judicial Watch is right about the former but has not yet proven the latter.

Their insights are important as the Clinton Foundation, the family’s charity, becomes a crucial flash point in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Clinton's Republican challenger, Donald Trump, is accusing the Democratic Party's nominee of “pay to play.” It's a narrative sure to continue after Trump hired Republican operative Steve Bannon, who wrote a documentary alleging the Clintons got rich from their connections with big business and foreign governments, as his campaign's CEO.

Judicial Watch, which obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act request, released 725 pages of documents Monday, including 20 exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department. It alleges Clinton’s former top aide, Huma Abedin, provided “special expedited access to the secretary of State” for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. Many of the exchanges involve former top Foundation executive Doug Band.
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Report: Clinton told FBI Powell advised use of private email

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/19/politics/hillary-clinton-colin-powell-email/



(CNN) — Hillary Clinton told the FBI that her predecessor Colin Powell recommended that she use a private email account during her tenure as Secretary of State, according to a new report.

The New York Times reported on the revelation Thursday, based on notes from Clinton's interview with the FBI about her server that were delivered to Congress this week, and on a preview of a book about Bill Clinton's post-presidential years.

The notes from the FBI's interview with Clinton, conducted during its probe of the issue, reveal that she told investigators that Powell had advised her to use a private account.

Additionally, an excerpt from journalist Joe Conason's upcoming book on Bill Clinton, "Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton," provides more detail.
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House Republicans outline their case against H. Clinton 4 perjury in letter to U.S. Attorney 4 D.C.

http://www.businessinsider.com/house-republicans-clinton-perjury-case-2016-8


House Republicans on Monday outlined their perjury case against Hillary Clinton in a letter to the US attorney for Washington, DC, naming specific inconsistencies in her public statements while under oath before Congress.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asked US Attorney Channing Phillips to investigate Clinton in July after the FBI announced it wouldn't recommend charges against Clinton over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

At issue was FBI Director James Comey saying the agency's investigation found that Clinton sent and received classified information on her private email system, despite her earlier statements to the contrary.

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They pointed to her testimony under oath before a congressional committee during which she said nothing on her server was marked classified at the time it was sent or received:



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There are a few other statements that they cited but the one they start with is Hillary's statement that "nothing was marked classified at the time I sent or received it". They point to Comey's statement that "a very small number of the emails containing classified information bore the markings (my emphasis) indicating the presence of classified information.".

Of course, we now know that Comey was referring to letters "c" in two or three emails. This is NOT the same as "Marked Classified" as Rep Cartwright got Comey to admit in the House committee questioning of Comey's investigation into Clinton's handling of emails. Cartwright forced Comey to admit that NOT one of the emails he said contained classified information had the required Classified Header on it.

The issue of the emails not having Classified Info Headers on them is something I thought should be publicized and have brought up several times(and here) (to the dismay of some): e.g. that Clinton did not mention
Comey's admission about the lack of Classified Headers on her emails in her Fox interview ... and that none of the GOP toadies of M$M will bring up the lack of Classified Headers in any of their treatments of Clinton's emails.

Hopefully, this perjury "case" will not get very far with the U.S. Attorney for D.C., but it is a way to keep the talk going of Hillary's emails and questions (illigitimate though they are) about her truthfulness. The GOP is hoping that keeping questions about emails and whether she spoke truthfully about them or not - will keep the uninformed (i.e. people who get all their 'news' from M$M) thinking there must be a valid reason for continuing to ask these questions. Continuing to ask these questions implies that Clinton was not truthful, or at least sneaky about her emails. This is how disinformation and Big Lies work.




House Republicans Break The Law By Leaking Classified Clinton FBI Interview Info

http://www.politicususa.com/2016/08/17/house-republicans-break-law-leaking-classified-clinton-fbi-interview-info.html

There are already reports that House Republicans are leaking classified information from Hillary Clinton’s FBI interview in violation of federal law.

Clinton campaign chair John Podesta tweeted that he is hearing that Republicans are leaking to reporters:

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John Podesta ✔ @johnpodesta

Already hearing from people who have been contacted by reporters with knowledge of the content of their interviews in FBI 302's. (1/2)
7:45 PM - 17 Aug 2016
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Everyone knew that House Republicans were going to leak the classified information. The FBI was so sure that House Republicans were going to leak the information that they sent a warning along with the notes from Clinton’s interview that the information was classified.

The whole point behind the Republican desire to get the material was to try to drum up a new scandal that will take the focus off of Donald Trump and his imploding presidential campaign. House Republicans have been using the edited leak strategy to put out bits of misleading and out of context information since they took back the House majority.
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Hillary says: Donald says he has a secret plan. It turns out the secret is he HAS no plan


here's the correct link: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/trump-reveals-national-security-plan-clinton-says-doesnt-one/




Trump Campaign's New CEO Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Clinton Team - MotherJones

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/stephen-bannon-breitbart-huma-abedin-roger-stone-donald-trump


Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News whom Donald Trump has appointed as his new campaign CEO, hasn't been shy about trading in on the deepest fringes of conspiracy theories against Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff. Just a month before taking the helm of Trump's campaign, Bannon used his Sirius XM radio show to question whether one of Clinton's closest aides is tied to Muslim terrorists.

On July 5, Bannon invited Trump pal Roger Stone onto his daily radio show, Breitbart News Daily, to talk about Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide and vice chair of her 2016 campaign. Abedin has long been at the center of discredited, racist conspiracy theories thanks to her Muslim heritage, and Bannon and Stone happily treaded into those waters during the July interview. "You've got more breaking news on Huma Abedin," Bannon kicked off. "By the way, Roger, I still can't figure out how she got the security clearance. Can you help me out here?"

"It's very, very hard to understand because of her ties to the Muslim World League." Stone replied. "And the league's ties to extremism and to terrorism, to an organization, a trust, which funded the actual attack on America on 9/11 are inexorable. This is a fact; this isn't fiction. And Hillary continues to dodge all of these questions."

The fringes of conservatism have spent years questioning Abedin based on little more than her ethnicity. In 2012, former Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, sent a letter to the State Department requesting an investigation into Abedin's supposed ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Her letter was widely condemned, even by fellow Republican John McCain and the conservative Daily Caller.
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AP Sources: Manafort tied to undisclosed foreign lobbying

http://www.mediaite.com/online/exclusive-nbcs-andy-lack-to-meet-with-keith-olbermann-on-possible-msnbc-return/


WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's campaign chairman helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party's efforts to influence U.S. policy.

The revelation, provided to The Associated Press by people directly knowledgeable about the effort, comes at a time when Trump has faced criticism for his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin. It also casts new light on the business practices of campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Under federal law, U.S. lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties and provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department. A violation is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Trump shook up his campaign organization Wednesday, putting two new longtime Republican conservative strategists as chief executive officer and campaign manager. It was unclear what impact the shakeup would have on Manafort, but he retains his title as campaign chairman.
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... of course, this isn't nearly as important as Hillary's unmarked "classified" emails...



thanks to DemocratSinceBirth for the tip...
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1251&pid=2369972

FBI turns over Clinton email probe documents to Congress. Comey to be awarded the Watergate Abuse of

Power award. (I mean, he should be._Bill USA)


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/08/16/hillary-clinton-interviews-by-fbi-have-been-delivered-to-congress/


The FBI has turned over to the GOP-controlled Congress a variety of material from its criminal probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, said federal law enforcement sources on Tuesday.

That material includes an investigative summary from the FBI’s probe of Clinton; reports known as “302s” containing interviews with the Democratic presidential nominee and others; and classified emails found on her private server. FBI Director James B. Comey announced in early July he would not recommend charges against Clinton despite finding that she and her staffers were “extremely careless” in their use of the server.

Several House committees received the documents, including the Oversight and Government Reform, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Judiciary panels.

“The FBI has turned over a ‘number of documents’ related to their investigation of former Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Committee staff is currently reviewing the information that is classified SECRET. There are no further details at this time,” said an Oversight spokesman.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership explained - Vox.com

... I guess nobody needs to be told this TPP is not a simple issue. I thought Vox did a good job explaining it, without getting too far into the technical weeds... as they say.


http://www.vox.com/cards/trans-pacific-partnership


The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement among countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, including the United States, Japan, Vietnam, Australia, and Chile. Negotiations on the treaty were completed in October 2015, and the treaty was released to the public in early November.

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This map from the Congressional Research Service shows the countries that are parties to the TPP and the volume of US trade with each of them. The TPP is expected to reduce trade barriers among these countries, lowering tariffs on goods such as trucks, rice, and textiles.

But it would do a lot of other things, too. The agreement could require countries to adopt stricter labor and environmental rules, provide stronger legal protections to drug companies, lengthen the term of copyright protection, give foreign investors a new way to challenge countries' laws and regulations, and much more.

In short, modern trade deals like the TPP are about a lot more than just trade. They've become one of the major ways the world hashes out the rules of the global economy. And that's a big reason the deal has become controversial. For example, digital rights groups and global health advocates who are not normally focused on trade issues have warned that the deal could negatively impact digital innovation and the global effort to combat AIDS, among other things.
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Nissan develops new ethanol fuel cells to jump infrastructure hurdle & safer & cheaper than Hydrogen

http://www.autonews.com/article/20160614/OEM05/160619961/nissan-develops-new-ethanol-fuel-cells-to-jump-infrastructure-hurdle


YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Nissan Motor Co. has developed a new kind of fuel cell drivetrain for cars that taps an onboard tank of ethanol instead of pressurized hydrogen, delivering a cheaper and safer ride that it says is more user friendly.

The new technology, dubbed an e-bio fuel cell, aims to combat a common hurdle to deploying traditional hydrogen fuel cell vehicles: the lack of a hydrogen fueling infrastructure. Nissan’s system uses bio-ethanol, derived from renewable crops such as corn or sugarcane, and that refueling infrastructure already largely exists.

E-bio fuel cells should also be less costly than traditional hydrogen systems because they don’t require the expensive carbon-fiber storage tanks for pressurized hydrogen or costly precious metals such as platinum as catalysts for electricity generation.

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“By using this fuel, it can have wider application,” Executive Vice President Hideyuki Sakamoto said today while announcing the development. “We do not require a hydrogen infrastructure. That is the biggest advantage, along with better safety.”
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