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Another Batch of Clinton's Emails Expected to Be Released Monday (Today)

A new batch of Hillary Clinton's State Department emails are expected to be released Monday afternoon. The democratic presidential hopeful has been under fire in the past few weeks over using a private email server while she was Secretary of State.


Who gives a rat's ass about NH or Iowa polls??

Hillary has SUPER DELEGATES. So what if the first two voting states are moving towards Bernie. It's only because they are the ones paying most attention right now. And,of course, those states are very white.

That is meaningless compared to Hillary's 20% already locked in super delegates, who know better than white voters from states with vigorous campaigning.

Goddamnit Bernie, do you not realize that it is Hillary's turn, for real this time!

Why Joe Biden could skip N.H. (and Iowa and promise one term) if he runs for president

Amid speculation surrounding Vice President Joe Biden’s moves toward a presidential bid in 2016, Democrats have raised two potential strategies for a Biden run.

The first: Biden, 72, could run with the promise to serve only a single term. The second: He could skip the first two nominating contests, in Iowa and New Hampshire, beginning his third presidential campaign in South Carolina instead

Whether he should run as a single-term president is intriguing, but it is also a purely a political decision — perhaps with no right answer. But the second issue, whether he could skip Iowa and New Hampshire, is a logistical question worth exploring.

The rationale for Biden to skip Iowa and New Hampshire is this: He would enter the race too late to compete in those states. Ignoring those states, which allot their delegates proportionally, would mean losing out on a few dozen delegates out of the thousands he would need to win the nomination. If he began his bid in South Carolina, Biden would save millions of dollars and have a chance to build an organization to compete with the current front-runner, former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.

There’s another reason why South Carolina would be Biden’s best opportunity. His top Democratic rivals have spent significantly less time and money there compared to Iowa and New Hampshire. Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont combined have spent just nine days in South Carolina this presidential cycle — compared to 28 days in New Hampshire. What’s more, Clinton’s campaign has been airing television advertisements in Iowa and New Hampshire for a month.


Why Clinton's email problem won't go away

Hillary Rodham Clinton's effort to quash the rising scandal over her misuse of email when she was secretary of State has so far backfired spectacularly. Instead of cutting the story short, she has fanned the flames, and now even some of her backers in the Democratic Party are worried about the trajectory of this drama, which threatens to derail her presidential candidacy.

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After inspecting just 40 “unclassified” emails that Clinton provided to investigators, the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community determined that two of them should have been designated top secret/special intelligence. They contained information based on intercepted foreign communications, and included what spies call “sources and methods.”

In case it isn't obvious from the label, that doesn't mean scheduling details — whom the secretary of State met for lunch, for instance. A “source” could mean a human spy; a “method” could mean data hacking. We don't want foreign countries to discover these particulars.

It's no wonder that U.S. spy agencies are angry about this security breach, because it's their data that Clinton staffers mishandled.

But it gets worse. Because top secret information travels on entirely separate systems throughout the federal government, it is virtually impossible that a Clinton staffer blithely or unknowingly pasted a top secret paragraph into an unclassified email.

On the contrary, it seems increasingly likely that Clinton's staff was engaged in a systematic effort to take details off classified IT systems and strip them of proper classification markings (every paragraph in an intelligence report is classified separately) before sending them out electronically. This was not only a violation of numerous federal regulations, but also a crime — a felony when it involves top secret information.

Many difficult questions now present themselves, and presumably the FBI is asking them. Did Clinton staffers in the State Department violate federal laws systematically and independently? If not, who told them to do this?

Clinton has trotted out a range of excuses, none of which hold much water for anybody familiar with federal classification realities. Even if Clinton was only the recipient, not the sender, of top secret information, she should have reported the problem at once.

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This scandal isn't going away anytime soon. Investigators have examined only one-fifth of the emails that Clinton handed over to them, so the true number of her “unclassified” emails that were actually classified may be in the thousands. Although it's premature to discuss prosecutions, Clinton's staff may well have engaged in conduct that lands less exalted citizens in prison.


The problem is not the number of debates, it is the late start and exclusivity

Six debates is not, in itself, too few debates.

The real issue is that the debates won't start until mid-October and the last two, scheduled for after Super Tuesday may not occur if the design serves it's function-- to protect the front runner.

The exclusivity clause, combined with the late start helps only the front runner. It is the front runner who has everything to lose and little to gain by any debate, and the risks increase with each debate. Gaffs, missteps, attacks can badly hurt the leader in a debate.

On protected candidate groups during the primaries


I think you have done a fabulous job setting up this forum for a contentious primary. GDP functions as the place to hash out pros and cons of each Democratic candidate. GD is saved from the flood of focus during the primary. And the protected candidate groups serve as a safe haven for supporters to post their support without being attacked for each and every post.

However, there is a risk of abuse within the protected groups. Wherein posters use the group to wage petty board wars. For example, a poster can post a hit piece on an opposing candidate, lob insults at supporters of the other candidate or even post about what another protected group has done. It can get quite silly and OPs may be "meta," flame bait, or otherwise a violation of the Group's SOP.

Here's the problem though, Hosts of the Groups may not enforce their own SOP. Then those on the receiving end of the offensive posts, who cannot post in the Group, alert as a TOS violation since an SOP alert is not acted upon. The resulting hide foments anger, distrust and perceived targeting. It generally lowers the discourse and makes the environment more hostile.

Perhaps a stricter enforcement of the SOPs of protected groups, to include not using them as a place of attack, could go a long way. The safe havens should be supportive rooms, not bunkers to wage board wars, in my opinion.

Thanks for reading.

The GOP's messy debate rules due a crowded field of worthless candidates

Here is the most up-to-date and complete GOP presidential primary debate schedule we have for the 2015 / 2016 primary season. These debates are between all the Republican candidates running for President.

The Republican National Committee has released the list of officially sanctioned debates. We have listed each debate below along with all important details. As more information is released, we’ll update this table with specific venue locations, moderators, live streams, and candidates.

August 6, 2015 9pm ET - Republican Primary Debate
Aired On: Fox News Channel
Location: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
Sponsors: Fox News, facebook
Moderators: Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace

Rules: Top 10 candidates in an average of 5 national polls
Candidates: To be determined
Notes: Fox News has added a candidate forum at 1pm ET the same day for candidates who don't make the debate cut
1pm to 3pm – Candidate Forum (second tier)
9pm to 11pm – Primetime debate (top tier)

September 16, 2015

Aired On: CNN and Salem Radio
Location: Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA
Sponsors: Reagan Library Foundation, CNN, Salem Media Group
Moderators: Jake Tapper, Hugh Hewitt,

Rules: Split field into Segment B (top 10 candidates) and Segment A (remaining candidates getting at least 1% in polls)

“Segment B” will be the top-tier candidates, while “Segment A” will be the rest who hit the 1% polling mark. CNN also notes that if the number of candidates who qualify overall for the debate are 14 or less, they will limit Segment B to only eight candidates and the rest will spill over to the second tier Segment A.

The way CNN has chosen to divide it up gives a fairer shot to every candidate rather than the rough cut which Fox News has set in place.

Candidates: To be determined

Read more at http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2016-debate-schedule/2016-republican-primary-debate-schedule/#lfOTfVD8tyA1mqjI.99

When will the Democratic debates be? Who do you think will be in attendance?

There are tentatively six Democratic Primary debates to be held between now and January 2016. Four will be in the four early primary states -- NH, IA, SC and NV.

No dates are set yet. When do you think they will be and, more importantly, WHO do you think will attend the debates?

Will there be six Clinton/Sanders/O'Malley/Chafee match-ups? Will one or more from that list not participate or not be permitted to participate? Will Webb, Biden or others jump into the race?

What say you?

Will marriage equality become the law of the land tomorrow?

Supreme Court opinions remain outstanding on only seven cases for this term. Each of the seven are important, including redistricting, another ACA challenge, lethal injection and marriage equality. Opinions will be announced tomorrow, Friday and Monday.

Will marriage equality come tomorrow? Or will it have to wait one more weekend?

If Bernie is serious about winning, he needs to go negative.

He can maintain his authenticity and aggressively challenge Hillary at the same time. He had no qualms with taking on the monied interests, it is time he identified Hillary as part of the problem, by name.

I don't mean going negative as in mudslinging. Not like what Hillary did to Obama in 2008. But negative as in draw the distinctions, make it clear, use her name.

Hillary hopes to passively coast to a primary win. She wants to avoid and ignore any of the little challenges nipping at her heels. If Bernie is serious about wanting to win, he has to force Hillary to engage.

Maybe he has a plan to make that happen, but he doesn't have a lot of time. He's to hoping turns his lasted focus attack dog on his immediate challenge.
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