Thursday, July 28, 2016

Democratic Party Platform

Just going to drop it on you as the convention wraps up:

"Government seeks to limit questions in Clinton e-mail case" April 07, 2016

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for the State Department have asked a federal judge to limit the scope of testimony about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail account as secretary of state.

The government filed its response late Tuesday in a public records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative legal advocacy group. Federal District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan last month granted the group ‘‘limited discovery’’ into why the Democratic presidential front runner used an e-mail server at her New York home while serving as the nation’s top diplomat.

Judicial Watch wants to question eight current and former department staffers under oath, including top Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin.

In its response, the government asked the judge to strictly limit the questions that can be asked to those involving the 2009 creation of Clinton’s private email system. Topics the government asked Sullivan to forbid include the ‘‘employment status of a single employee; the storage, handling, transmission, or protection of classified information, including cybersecurity issues; and questions about any pending investigations.’’

The FBI is investigating whether sensitive information that flowed through Clinton’s email server was mishandled. The inspectors general at the State Department and for U.S. intelligence agencies are separately investigating whether rules or laws were broken.

There are also at least 38 civil lawsuits, including one filed by the Associated Press, seeking records related to Clinton’s time as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

Critics of Clinton’s decision to rely on the private server have suggested it potentially made her communications more vulnerable to being stolen by hackers, including those working for foreign intelligence agencies.

In response to public records requests, the State Department has released more than 52,000 pages of her work-related e-mails, a small percentage of which have been withheld because they contain information considered sensitive to national security. Thousands of additional e-mails have been withheld by Clinton, whose lawyers say they contain personal messages unrelated to her government service.

Clinton has admitted on the campaign trail that her home-based e-mail setup was a mistake, but insists she never sent or received any documents that were marked classified at the time."

Still in draft stage.

"Why is the FBI so slow on Clinton e-mail probe?" by Joan Vennochi Globe Columnist  April 06, 2016

If FBI Director James Comey feels no deadline pressure to wrap up the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server, he should.

“The urgency is to do it well and promptly. And ‘well’ comes first,” Comey told local law enforcement agents in Buffalo on Monday, according to the Niagara Gazette.

“Well” is important. But so is “promptly,” and the FBI’s definition of that is unclear.

The probe, underway for a year now, addresses a fundamental question: Did Clinton intentionally or recklessly forward classified information in a way that put the country at risk?

Getting the answer sooner rather than later seems only fair.

“Yes, there surely is a professional, ethical, and moral obligation of the Feds to finish the investigation ASAP rather than leave a cloud hanging over the electoral process,” said noted criminal defense lawyer Harvey Silverglate. What’s also troubling, said Silverglate, is that “we don’t even know who is ignoring his/her ethical obligations, since we have not been informed, to my knowledge at least, who is in charge of the investigation.” Is it Attorney General Loretta Lynch, he asks, or — given the highly charged political nature of the investigation — a designee?

Democrats have a special interest in reaching closure before picking their nominee. Even the most loyal Clinton supporters wonder if an indictment is more than right-wing wishful thinking.

But an investigation that drags on past the convention, into the fall, is more than a partisan concern. It’s unfair to the country as a whole.

Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state has come to epitomize her biggest challenge as a presidential candidate — the voters’ lack of trust in her. No matter what the FBI concludes, that political problem, years in the making, won’t go away. If no one committed any crime with the e-mail set-up, Clinton’s judgment can still be questioned. She now acknowledges it was a mistake.

But that’s different from facing assertions she should be in jail — as Donald Trump has charged — because of the way she handled her e-mail.

If Clinton is exonerated, Republicans will see it as a cover-up. If there’s a criminal indictment, Democrats will read politics into that, too. Either way, the FBI will be criticized. That’s a given. Still, it’s no excuse to kick the investigation can down the road. In its own way, that looks political too. Is the FBI trying to protect her or hurt her?

Asked last Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether the FBI had reached out to her for an interview, Clinton said,  “No, no, they haven’t.” She added, “Back in August, we made clear that I’m happy to answer any questions that anybody might have. And I stand by that.”

If her answer is truthful, and she signaled availability “back in August,” why take so long to question her? A key aspect of any potential criminal investigation would hinge on Clinton’s intent in setting up the private e-mail server. Only she can speak to that.

From a purely political perspective, it would have been better if it happened months ago. If it ended Clinton’s presidential ambitions, so be it. She could have at least moved on with her life, and the party could have moved onto another candidate.

Instead, according to media reports, the FBI is just getting to the point of questioning Clinton and assorted aides. Asked this week on “The View” if she will be able to put the matter behind her, Clinton said, “I’m sure I will, because there’s nothing to it.”

An endless investigation leaves a perpetual cloud over her head. That’s not a crime, but it should be.


"Clinton’s missteps add up to trouble" by Eric Fehrnstrom   

The dashboard warning lights have blinked on. After getting beaten in Wisconsin by Senator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, Clinton has now lost seven of the last eight Democratic contests. For the month of March, she raised less than Sanders, taking in $29.5 million compared to $44 million for Sanders. It was the third month in a row Clinton’s fundraising lagged behind Sanders.

Just as a magician’s sleight-of-hand depends on misdirection, Clinton has benefited from the spectacle created by Donald Trump’s candidacy to escape hard scrutiny. But in any other season, the number of errors committed by Clinton is enough to get her demoted to triple-A.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Clinton’s reference to a developing child in the womb as an “unborn person” inflamed supporters on the left who prefer medically neutral terms like “embryo” or “fetus.” Abortion activists worry that if a fetus is thought to possess personhood, then it arguably has a right to life. Clinton’s blunder was comparable to Trump’s statement, later retracted, that women should face “some form of punishment” if abortion becomes illegal. The difference is we expect Trump to make rookie mistakes.

Hostile questioners routinely greet politicians at rope lines. Experienced candidates know to either ignore the questions they don’t like or answer without losing their cool. Last week, confronted by a climate activist over contributions from oil and gas interests, Clinton angrily switched the subject to her opponent: “I do not have, I have money from people who work for fossil fuel companies. I’m so sick. I’m so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me. I’m sick of it.”

Clinton’s answer recalls Bob Dole’s ornery response in 1988 after he lost to Vice President Bush in New Hampshire’s primary. Asked by interviewer Tom Brokaw if he had anything to say to Bush, Dole snapped: “Yeah, tell him to stop lying about my record.” Dole went on to lose that campaign and his humorless comment lives on in the annals of campaign blunders.

The continuing refusal to release the transcripts of Clinton’s closed-door speeches to big banks on Wall Street is another unforced error. The New York Times called Clinton’s “everybody does it” defense a child’s excuse. More perplexing is why Clinton embarked on the highly paid speaking tour in the first place, knowing how it would look to liberal voters suspicious of the financial industry.

After creating a political headache, Clinton refuses to take the only medicine that can make it go away — full disclosure. Until she does, Clinton will keep losing among voters who rate honesty and trustworthiness as the most important candidate characteristics.

Clinton’s five-state sweep in the March 15 primaries seems like a lifetime ago. As Clinton’s supporters constantly remind everyone, “the math” is in her favor and she remains the front-runner for the nomination. But her inability to unite the party and her missteps suggests more trouble ahead.


RelatedObama says he will not interfere with inquiry on Clinton’s e-mails

She would never intentionally do anything to endanger the country.

"It is not known how much longer the investigation will take. FBI Director James Comey has said there is no timetable for finishing the probe and it’s being done thoroughly."

"The State Department can find no e-mails to or from a former Hillary Clinton aide who worked for the agency and also managed Clinton’s private computer server while she served as secretary of state, the government said in a new court filing Monday. The government said as much in US District Court in Washington in answer to a lawsuit by the Republican National Committee. The lack of any official State Department e-mails raises the question whether he limited his e-mail traffic using a private account, much like Clinton did during her tenure, or whether his government e-mails were deleted."

FBI probe of Clinton e-mails may be near end

So may be her campaign because of them. 

Why do you think Bernie is sticking it out until the end, and if he wins California.... oh, wait.

Clinton is criticized for private e-mails in State Dept. review

Hacker who revealed private Clinton e-mail address admits series of intrusions

That's the Clinton forces retaliating.

"The former aide to Hillary Clinton who set up her private e-mail server confirmed in a court filing Tuesday that the Justice Department had granted him limited immunity from prosecution, but filed copies of the deal under seal and asked a judge to keep them out of public view. Bryan Pagliano has invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in refusing to answer questions from Congress. Pagliano received limited ‘‘use’’ and ‘‘derivative use’’ immunity from the Justice Department, his lawyers wrote. That type of immunity generally protects witnesses from having statements they make to investigators being used against them in any criminal case — with the exception of lies or false statements — while still enabling the government to prosecute using evidence it obtains independent of that testimony."

So let me get this straight: he is getting immunity but still refusing to testify?

What are they hiding?

"The ex-staffer who set up former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s home e-mail server intends to refuse to testify, again, in an upcoming deposition. Lawyers for Bryan Pagliano said in a court motion filed Wednesday that he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at a deposition next week."

"Clinton’s State Department calendar missing scores of entries" by Stephen Braun Associated Press  June 24, 2016

And they wonder why they have a tru$t i$$ue?

WASHINGTON — An Associated Press review of the official calendar Hillary Clinton kept as secretary of state identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors, loyalists, Clinton Foundation contributors, and corporate and other outside interests that were not recorded or were listed without the names of those she met.

The missing entries raise new questions about how Clinton and her inner circle handled government records documenting her State Department tenure — in this case, why the official chronology of her four-year term does not closely mirror other more detailed records of her daily meetings.

This is such a massive breach of trust and a criminal cover-up!

At a time when Clinton’s private e-mail system is under scrutiny by an FBI criminal investigation, the calendar omissions reinforce concerns that she sought to eliminate the ‘‘risk of the personal being accessible’’ — as she wrote in an e-mail exchange that she failed to turn over to the Obama administration but was subsequently uncovered in a top aide’s inbox.

The AP found the calendar omissions by comparing the 1,500-page historical record of Clinton’s daily activities as secretary of state with separate planning schedules often supplied to Clinton by aides in advance of each day’s events. The AP obtained the planning schedules as part of its federal lawsuit against the State Department. At least 114 outsiders who met with Clinton were not listed in her calendar, the AP’s review found.

To what level of DECEIT will they not go? 

You do that in business and it's called FRAUD!

No known federal laws were violated and some omissions could be blamed on Clinton’s highly fluid schedule, which sometimes forced cancellations at the last minute. But only seven meetings found in Clinton’s planning schedules were replaced by substitute events listed on her calendar. More than 60 other events listed in Clinton’s planners were omitted entirely in her calendar, tersely noted or described only as ‘‘private meetings’’ — all without naming those who met with her.

Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said Thursday night that the multiple discrepancies between her State Department calendar and her planning schedules ‘‘simply reflect a more detailed version in one version as compared to another, all maintained by her staff.’’

Merrill said Clinton ‘‘has always made an effort to be transparent since entering public life, whether it be the release of over 30 years of tax returns, years of financial disclosure forms, or asking that 55,000 pages of work e-mails from her time as secretary of state be turned over to the public.”

Clinton’s State Department calendar omitted the identities of a dozen top Wall Street and business leaders who met with her during a private breakfast at the New York Stock Exchange in September 2009, minutes before she appeared in public at the exchange to ring the market’s ceremonial opening bell.

Can you imagine them handling executive branch documents?

State Department planning schedules from the same day listed the names of all Clinton’s breakfast guests — most of whose firms had lobbied the government and donated to her family’s global charity, the Clinton Foundation. The event was closed to the press and merited only a brief mention in her calendar, which omitted all the names — among them Blackstone Group chairman Steven Schwarzman, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, and then-New York Bank of Mellon CEO Robert Kelly.

The missing or heavily edited entries in Clinton’s calendar also omitted private dinners with political donors, policy sessions with groups of corporate leaders, and ‘‘drop-bys’’ with old Clinton campaign hands. Among those whose names were omitted from her calendar were longtime adviser Sidney Blumenthal, lobbyist and former Clinton White House chief of staff Thomas ‘‘Mack’’ McLarty, and Clinton campaign bundler Haim Saban.

Blumenthal is at the heart of all this, basically helping running a shadow foreign policy against Obama's wishes.They rejected any role for him in the administration.

The AP first sought Clinton’s calendar and schedules from the State Department in August 2013, but the agency would not acknowledge even that it had the material.

What, the State Department stonewalled the AP? That doesn't seem very transparent.

After nearly two years of delay, the AP sued the State Department in March 2015. The department agreed in a court filing last August to turn over Clinton’s calendar, and provided the documents in November. After noticing discrepancies between Clinton’s calendar and some schedules, the AP pressed in court for all of Clinton’s planning material. About one-third of those planners have been released to the AP, so far.

The State Department censored both sets of documents for national security and other reasons, but those changes were made after the documents were turned over to the State Department at the end of Clinton’s tenure.

The documents obtained by the AP do not show who logged entries in Clinton’s calendar or who edited material. Clinton’s e-mails and other records show that she and two close aides, deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin and scheduling assistant Lona J. Valmoro, held weekly meetings and e-mailed almost every day about Clinton’s plans. According to the recent inspector general’s audit and a court declaration made last December by the State Department’s acting executive secretary, Clinton’s aides had access to her calendar through a government Microsoft Outlook account. Both Abedin and Valmoro were political appointees at the State Department and are now aides in her presidential campaign.

Unlike Clinton’s planning schedules, which were sent to her Clinton each morning, her calendar was edited after each event, AP’s review showed. Some calendar entries were accompanied by Valmoro e-mails — indicating she may have added those entries. Every meeting entry also included both the planned time of the event and the actual time — showing that Clinton’s calendar was being used to document each meeting after it ended.


It seems so Nixonian, doesn't it? 

Is that what we have to look forward to should Clinton be awarded the presidency?

"Lynch to accept FBI recommendations in Clinton e-mail inquiry" by Mark Landler and Matt Apuzzo New York Times  July 01, 2016

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, conceding that her airport meeting with former president Bill Clinton this week had cast a shadow over a federal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail account, said Friday that she would accept whatever recommendations that career prosecutors and the FBI director make about whether to bring charges in the case.

“I will be accepting their recommendations,” Lynch said in an appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. The meeting with Bill Clinton, she acknowledged, only deepened those questions, and she said she felt compelled to publicly explain her reasoning to try to put concerns to rest.

“I think that people have a whole host of reasons to have questions about how we in government do our business, and how we handle business and how we handle matters,” Lynch said. “And I think that, again, I understand that my meeting on the plane with former president Clinton could give them another reason to have questions and concerns.” 

I'm surprised they didn't scrub the visit, and was that really why he went to see her?

While she insisted that the meeting was a purely social encounter, Lynch said, “I certainly wouldn’t do it again.” Lynch described the questions raised by her meeting as personally distressing for her because they stained the reputation of the Justice Department.

Good way of removing herself from the heat of decision.

Republicans said the meeting, which took place at the Phoenix airport, had compromised the independence of the investigation as the FBI was winding it down. Some called for Lynch to recuse herself, but she did not take herself off the case — one that could influence a presidential election.

The Washington Post reported that later, asked what former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. neglected to tell her when she took the job, she joked, ‘‘Where the lock on the plane door was.’’ 

That is how all this is being treated and it is not.

Lynch said she wants to handle the Clinton investigation like any other case. Since the attorney general often follows the recommendations of career prosecutors, Lynch is keeping the regular process largely intact.

Lynch said the meeting with Bill Clinton was unplanned, largely social, and did not touch on the e-mail investigation. She suggested that he walked uninvited from his plane to her government plane, both of which were parked on a tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Clinton first appointed Lynch as a US attorney in 1999.

“He said hello and we basically said hello, and congratulated him on his grandchildren, as people do,” she said Friday. “That led to a conversation about those grandchildren.”

I suppose there is no limit to the bullshit they expect us to believe. 

Or maybe they just don't care what sh** excuse they come up with. Whatever sticks to the wall.

The meeting created an awkward situation for Lynch, a veteran prosecutor who was nominated from outside Washington’s normal political circles. Even some Democrats criticized the meeting....

I think even they recognize how IMPROPER it is!


She will be out in a Clinton administration, right? 

"AG Lynch defends decision on Clinton email inquiry" by Eric Tucker and Erica Werner Associated Press  July 12, 2016

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta Lynch reiterated that her announcement that she would be taking the FBI’s recommendation was an attempt to remove the specter of political interference from the case, after a chance meeting with former president Bill Clinton last month raised a perception problem. But Republicans suggested that Lynch, a Democratic political appointee, only worsened the perception that Hillary Clinton was getting special treatment.

Perception is a nice word. It implies that what you think is real really is not. 

Quite something coming from a lying, obfuscating, and distorting pre$$. 

Don't believe your own senses; believe the pile of bull that is the paper, yup!

The election-year hearing played out amid a roiling national debate over police violence, and committee Democrats repeatedly tried to turn the conversation to that issue and others as they criticized Republicans for dwelling on the Democrats’ likely presidential nominee and her email practices.

‘‘Rome is burning, there is blood on the streets of many American cities and we are beating this email horse to death,’’ said Representative Cedric Richmond of Louisiana.

Oddly, it has all calmed down since Philly started.

But Republicans kept the focus on Clinton, trying to draw Lynch out on whether Clinton lied to the public or to Congress, and on a couple of occasions turning the conversation to then-president Bill Clinton’s impeachment proceedings 18 years ago.

‘‘Are you aware that Hillary Clinton has repeatedly lied to the public about her emails and email servers?’’ Representative Steve King of Iowa asked. ‘‘Are you aware of that?’’

Republicans on Monday formally asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Clinton perjured herself in earlier testimony to a congressional committee investigating the Benghazi and Libya attacks that killed four Americans while Clinton was secretary of state. Clinton has said she did not send or receive emails marked classified when she sent them, claims that FBI Director James Comey contradicted last week.

Lynch touched on law enforcement and policing issues including last week’s sniper shooting of five police officers in Dallas by a suspect who said he wanted to kill white officers. That followed police killings of black men near St. Paul, Minnesota, and in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The nation’s ‘‘sense of safety has been shaken by the series of devastating events that rocked our nation last week,’’ Lynch said.... 

Is that why all those false flag fakes or crisis drills gone live are happening? Takes the attention away?


Comey's decision came out when I was tuning out, so....

In Clinton Case, Obama Administration Nullifies 6 Criminal Laws

Laws are for Peasants. Hillary Skates Again

Above the Law 

no ticket 

America Has Become A Lawless Nation – Hillary Clinton Magically Cleared By The FBI

FBI Comey’s Complete Statement: Hillary Clinton Above the Law! 

No Charges Against Hillary for Serious Email Security Breaches 

American Democracy Is Now A Pathetic Joke: Great Video Shows Psychotic Hillary Clinton And The Lawless Oligarchy That Has Destroyed America!

Was Minnesota Police Shooting Staged to distract from THIS?!


Lessons from Hillarygate 

And then attention turned to a different hacking of e-mails:

"FBI investigating hacking of Democratic e-mails" by Nancy Benac Associated Press  July 26, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — The FBI announced Monday that it is investigating how the hacking of thousands of Democratic National Committee e-mails occurred, saying ‘‘a compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously.’’

Hillary's law-breaking is an oh, well, but this! 


The Clinton and Trump campaigns have been fighting over whether Russia played a role in the release of the internal DNC messages, and whether the timing of the release was politically motivated.

The experts cited in the Globe days ago laughed that off, but you know.

The e-mail uproar has created an unwelcome distraction at the launch of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, inflaming the rift between supporters of Hillary Clinton and primary rival Bernie Sanders just when the party was hoping to close it.

Clinton’s campaign, citing a cybersecurity firm hired to investigate the leak, blamed Russia for hacking the party’s computers and suggested the goal was to benefit Donald Trump’s campaign.

Trump dismissed that idea as laughable, tweeting: ‘‘The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails.’’

Sanders supporters were irate that the e-mails confirmed their long-held suspicions the party had favored Clinton all along.

Democrats have known about the hack since April, when party officials discovered malicious software on their computers. The party publicly acknowledged the hack in June.

Party officials called in a cybersecurity firm, CrowdStrike, which found traces of at least two sophisticated hacking groups on the Democrats’ network, both with ties to the Russian government.

I don't believe them. 

Those hacks vacuumed up at least a year’s worth of chats, e-mails, and research on Trump, according to a person knowledgeable about the breach who wasn’t authorized to discuss it publicly.

Oh, yeah? 

What they come up with and why haven't they brought it forward?

On Friday, the public got its first look at DNC e-mails when Wikileaks posted a cache of 19,000 internal communications, including some that suggested party officials had favored Clinton over rival Sanders during the primaries.

It wasn’t immediately clear how WikiLeaks got the e-mails, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange proudly told Democracy Now he would never tell.

We got the pre$$ citing Democracy Now now!

Clinton’s campaign didn’t hesitate to make the connection to Russia, with campaign manager Robby Mook saying cyber experts believed ‘‘Russian state actors were feeding the e-mail to hackers for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.’’

Trump’s team went out of its way to dismiss the alleged Russian connection as outlandish. Trump senior policy adviser Paul Manafort called the Clinton campaign statements ‘‘pretty desperate’’ and ‘‘pretty absurd.’’

That was my reaction.

Whatever the source, the fallout from the leaked e-mails was swift and dramatic.

When the media says whatever you know EVEN THEY ARE NOT BUYING IT!

Democratic Party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned over the weekend after Sanders’ campaign pounced on a number of leaked e-mails that they said showed that party officials had favored Clinton during the primaries.

The disclosure set off devoted Sanders supporters, who were already having a hard time moving past the bitter primary battles to embrace Clinton as the nominee.

The e-mail controversy has raised new questions about Trump’s foreign policy views with regard to Russia. 

See: Trump's Foreign Policy Platform

That clear things up?

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta suggested there was ‘‘a kind of bromance going on’’ between Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Or ‘‘maybe it’s simply just a mutual admiration society,’’ he told MSNBC.

The Clinton campaign says Russia favors Trump’s views, especially on NATO. Trump himself has spoken favorably about Putin as someone he could negotiate with.

Trump supporters did succeed in preventing a reference to arming Ukraine from getting into this year’s platform, but the document is far from pro-Russia. It accuses the Kremlin of eroding the ‘‘personal liberty and fundamental rights’’ of the Russian people.

There are extensive financial ties between Trump and Russia, and between Trump allies and Putin allies. 

What ties did the Clinton Foundation have to Russia?

‘‘Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,’’ Donald Trump Jr. said in a 2008 interview. ‘‘We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.’’ 

I'll bet it is not as much as from Israel and AIPAC.

Russia’s ability to disrupt online communications has been the subject of several investigations.

It reportedly has a vast operation of people who are used to cause havoc online. Last year, the New York Times’s Adrian Chen explored the workings of ‘‘The Internet Research Agency,’’ as it is known. Hundreds of employees are paid to mix falsehoods with truth on social media in order to mislead and misinform

The U.S. government and the Israeli Hasbara have been caught doing that, too!!

‘‘Russia’s information war might be thought of as the biggest trolling operation in history,’’ Chen wrote, ‘‘and its target is nothing less than the utility of the Internet as a democratic space.’’

The timing of the Wikileaks release, coming immediately before the convention, is one reason that analysts suspect political disruption. 

We aren't talking about Clinton's e-mails, are we? 

Why would Russia want to help her? 

And who would?

Clinton loyalists were eager to put a period on the latest e-mail episode. Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a former chairman of the Democratic Party, said Monday ‘‘we’re done’’ with the controversy. But Sanders’ delegates didn’t seem ready to move on.

And there may be more shoes to drop: James Clapper, director of national intelligence, has said US officials expect more cyber threats against the campaigns.

The latest controversy also serves as an unwelcome reminder of Clinton’s earlier problems with her handling of classified e-mail as secretary of state. In case anyone failed to make the connection, Trump was happy to tweet a reminder: ‘‘Here we go again with another Clinton scandal, and e-mails yet (can you believe).’’


RelatedDonald Trump asks Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s e-mails 

The Jewi$h War Pre$$ is saying Russia is meddling in the campaign, and the Globe is happily jumping on that ridiculous meme while bringing up the very idea of -- gasp -- RIGGED ELECTIONS!

WHERE YA' BEEN, GLOBE? That's been going on for 15 years now, once they started introducing the voting machines after the 2000 debacle in Florida. One wonders if it is more than vote fraud. There could be a more sinister motive at work regarding keeping someone around a while longer (what's with the fascist salutes?) should the "wrong" person undeniably win the vote. Read between the lines and just be happy. Ignore all those homeless kids coming to school that he is leaving behind.

This also after the Clinton's took all those campaign checks from China and as the Zioni$t Lobby owns Capitol Hill. Never mind the Foundation and all the bribery, corruption, and selling of state secrets over there to enrich the Clinton's and friends. Instead all we are getting is Wasserman Schulz e-mail scandal during Hillary's coronation.  

Then there is the question of all the meddled with elections and covert coups instigated by the CIA across this planet, past and present. My pre$$ obfuscates or omits such things, and you wonder why I stopped reading it?

Trump wants Russia as friend! Defeat ISIS. He better watch it. Somebody already sending signals (did you know the Hinckley family had connections to the Bushes, and had Reagan fallen that day.... George H.W. Bush was president anyway because for the next eight years the security and intelligence briefs were delivered to his office, not Reagan's. So we really had 12 years of H.W.).

Also seeOn Nice attack, Trump gets it, Clinton doesn’t

What he doesn't get:


"The multinational sanctions regime that she cobbled together helped pull Iran’s government to the bargaining table. The team she eventually sent to Oman, she likes to say, “set the table” for Kerry’s diplomatic banquet. But the behind-the-scenes story of Clinton’s role is more complicated than her public account of it. Interviews with more than a dozen current and former administration officials paint a portrait of a highly cautious, ambivalent diplomat, less willing than Obama to take risks to open a dialogue with Iran and increasingly wary of Kerry’s freelance diplomacy. The senator’s aides, meanwhile, suspected that Clinton was content to run out the clock on an opening. The secret channel’s origins go back to Clinton’s own special adviser on Iran, Dennis B. Ross." 

She didn't want a deal, and how do they know all that? E-mails?!

This next article was axed from the platform (it never appeared in print, people)

"Israel, US near deal for military aid" Associated Press  July 25, 2016

JERUSALEM — A senior Israeli official will travel to Washington next week in the hopes of signing a long-anticipated agreement that could result in increased US military assistance to Israel, the Israeli prime minister’s office said Monday. 

Lock it in before Trump.

The premier’s office said in a statement that Brigadier General (Reserve) Jacob Nagel, acting head of Israel’s National Security Council, will meet White House officials to sign an agreement ‘‘as soon as possible.’’

The United States gives Israel $3.1 billion annually in an agreement expiring before the 2018 fiscal year. The Obama administration has offered Israel an enhanced decade-long military aid package to ease Israel’s concerns over the US-led Iranian nuclear deal.

Since the Iran deal was signed, the United States and Israel have haggled over how much Israel would receive. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once reportedly suggested Israel might get a better deal from the next US administration.

Then again, might not and I think they shouldn't receive a damn penny. They been given way too much already.

White House officials declined to comment on Israel’s announcement of Nagel’s visit but said US and Israeli officials are in regular contact to try to finalize the deal.

The Israeli prime minister’s office said Israel does not seek an increase in the already agreed-upon $3.1 billion for the 2017 fiscal year.

‘‘Israel places great value on the predictability and certainty of the military assistance it receives from the United States and on honoring bilateral agreements,’’ the prime minister’s office said.

In a separate development Monday, the Israeli military said its warplanes hit a position in Syria from where mortar shells were fired into the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

That is an ACT of WAR, and who fired those shells (if they were really fired and not some excuse)?

The army said Monday that the shells were probably errant fire from the fighting in neighboring Syria. No injuries were reported from the rounds, which hit an open area near Israel’s frontier fence.

But Israel sends up the bombers anyway!

Also Monday, a leading Israeli human rights group said Israel has demolished more Palestinian homes in the West Bank this year than it did nearly every other year in the last decade.

The B’Tselem group reported that Israeli authorities demolished 168 homes in the West Bank from January to the end of June this year. It says that’s more than the number of homes demolished in 2015, and higher than the annual rate of demolitions since 2006, except for the 175 Palestinian homes demolished in 2013.

The group says this year’s demolitions left 740 Palestinians homeless.

Time to rebuild then, right?


Also see: 

Clinton's Freeway to Philly
Clinton Chooses Kaine
Clinton's Convention
Disunity on Display at Democratic Convention
Ladies Night at the DNC
Clinton Convention Bloom(berg)ing!
Clinton Approved Honduran Coup

I think that covers everything.