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  1. Hillary never saw a classified email in four years either despite communicating with the White House, the Pentagon, the CIA, NSA, foreign governments, and our embassies around the world on a daily basis. Bill Clinton may be an authentic phony but his wife is just a phony phony. The sooner Democrats wake up to that the better for them.
  2. Chris Matthews: Who'll Watch 'The Two Cuban Guys' If Trump Doesn't Debate? Cher must not be as sick and tired of being lied to and manipulated by the Fox News channels of the world as the rest of us. And that is with a complete lack of hypocrisy, if the US were feeding the hand that bites it by giving millions in advertising and viewership to ISIS I would feel exactly the same. The Saudi money at Fox has found its influence.
  3. He will bludgeon them into handing over the cash. Mexico must pay for the wall and, until they do, the United States will, among other things: impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them); increase fees on all border crossing cards of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays); increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of overstays); and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico [Tariffs and foreign aid cuts are also options]. We will not be taken advantage of anymore. I don't really buy the dodgy parts, though. After watching old videos of Trump testifying before Congress on taxes and the economy....behind the carnival barker demeanor is an extremely serious, crafty and intelligent guy.
  4. On the other hand, Trump does seem conceited and arrogant enough to avoid failing in front of the world at all cost. He has also promised that as president, he would not talk as much, be less combative and have a much different tone than as candidate. But how do you go from "loud mouth arrogant bully" to reserved and not totally mess with your supporters' minds ? More seriously, I do think you need to read the "Art of the Deal" to truly understand the underlying artistry of the campaign - that to some extent this is a deliberate strategy by Trump to get free coverage. And it works. The bravado and insolence are all part of the broader plan. His brash public persona is a calculated one, and almost an exaggerated self-caricature. Here is a PowerPoint-type presentation that summarizes the book: http://www.flame.edu.in/pdfs/fil/book_review/FIL_The%20Art%20of%20the%20Deal.pdf
  5. It started out fact finding but there have certainly been incriminating and smoking gun leaks since November or so when Tom Fuentes, former assistant director of the FBI. made these comments “When you have this amount of resources going into it …. I think it’s at the investigative level.”
  6. I'm not holding my breath either. It is irrelevant to me whether she is prosecuted as long as Democratic primary goers are aware they in choosing her they are indeed voting for a criminal who decided when she took the job as Secretary of State that she was above the law. But the FBI has also been leaking like a sieve lately and some of that could be an attempt to apply pressure on the agency. Hillary and friends have been doing damage control as a counter. I have no doubt the details of the Clinton's criminal acts will be made public if Lynch stonewalls. Comey will see to it. Look for someone to write an expose if it hasn't already been written..
  7. Political drama at its finest... The FBI is ready to indict Hillary Clinton and if its recommendation isn't followed by the U.S. attorney general, the agency's investigators plan to blow the whistle and go public with their findings, former U.S. House Majority leader Tom DeLay tells Newsmax TV."I have friends that are in the FBI and they tell me they're ready to indict," DeLay said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show." http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/tom-delay-hillary-clinton-indict-fbi/2016/01/25/id/710813/
  8. The big challenge with Sanders is the philosophy of expanding the size, power and influence of government radically while at the same time reducing corporate influence and corruption. It may work to some extent in Scandinavia because there is already much better governance and more transparency in the private and public sector probably for cultural reasons. But it would go over like a massive catastrophe in the US. The president may mean well and be honest and trustworthy at heart but that doesn't translate to being trusted to act effectively to reduce the grip of special interests at all levels of government. More layers of bureaucracy between the people and the service is only going to mean more loopholes for the bad guys to find a way around. The only way to decrease influence on government is to give corporations and lobbyists less government to influence. Of course none of the candidates are actually proposing specifics on downsizing government and even if they were it is very unlikely they realize the full depth of the problem and have a real plan for taking it down a notch or two.
  9. It is pretty obvious with everything that has been leaked so far that the F.B.I. has concluded there is overwhelming evidence of criminal wrongdoing on the part of Hillary Clinton, and that they will strongly recommend that the Justice Department pursue an indictment.for willful mishandling of national security information, including Top Secret and higher, as well as acceptance of contributions to the Clinton Foundation by foreign governments in return for favorable rulings by the State Department. Then Obama has a big decision to make..Action not to take up indictment may insure the election of Donald Trump. At the very least, it is going to destroy her presidential ambitions.
  10. Hillary has grave legal issues that could totally prevent her from continuing her campaign, like felonious and criminal corruption in the highest echelons of the US government, but she has never cried misogyny as far as I know. So a Bloomberg independent candidacy would almost certainly hurt her more than the Republicans since it would give left leaning folks an outlet to push their ideas with someone who is not soiled with that sleaze). Although I doubt he would get in to be a spoiler. If a self avowed socialist is the candidate running against two billionaires, who knows ? Sometimes it really does feel like science fiction come to life.
  11. Clark was definitely the most serious and engaged Madonna has ever seemed about a candidate, and the first time she made an endorsement during the primary process. I know she was also planning a fund raiser at her LA home but he probably dropped out before it could happen ??
  12. Didn't she label Hillary as 'angry' during that Buzzfeed word association game ? Personally I predict a non endorsement since all the criminal charges hanging over her + Sanders + likely early losses and other candidates getting in is going to be a massive trap that even a Clinton won't be able to escape this time.
  13. Like Chelsea Clinton put it "I’m best friends with Ivanka for Ivanka, not for her parents or any other part of her life." But who knows, she could still secretly be voting for Trump. She has had too many issues cleaning up corruption at the Clinton Foundation and knows more than anyone how deep the family garbage really is.
  14. I think she was just nervous....Actually I'm mildly impressed she would put herself on the line against Cruz in a way that his supporters are feeling genuinely hurt and deeply betrayed this morning (...and it is sincere disappointment, I know way too many of them )
  15. The Revolution isn't going to come. Sanders has all of these grandiose ideas, but he has no sense of how to implement them effectively. His record in Congress is proof of that. He'd be a divider in the Oval Office whereas the country needs a uniter. Fifteen trillion in new spending ? Seriously ? Obama could barely get much, much more modest programs passed and that was with a large Democratic majority. So he'd spend most of his single-term in office tilting at windmills. My prediction.
  16. Maybe she will if Biden decides to run. . Something dramatic needs to happen because the candidates that are leading now are all going to be extremely weak in a general election.
  17. Sanders totally lost whatever respect I had for him with the "damn emails" comment. So Hillary violating countless espionage and public corruption laws as head of a federal agency and throwing our national security on the table for all our enemies to see without a care in the world is perfectly OK as long as most Americans don't seem to care either ??? The Clintons define corrupt elitists who think they are above the law and anyone who enables it is just as uninformed and misdirected as they are. I understand that wasn't necessarily his intention with the line but the way it came out was rather unnerving and telling in a very negative way. Bernie will be changing his tune no doubt if Hillary is indicted and he is the most obvious beneficiary of her dropping out of the race.
  18. Trump doesn't have a formal policy statement, for whatever it is worth, on virtually anything. But he has consistently called himself "very liberal" on the health care issue, since at least 1999, and talks passionately about the need to cover all Americans (Obamacare on steroids) so I'm just saying it isn't a position that can be summarily lumped on with other Republicans of going back to where we were before. "So I’m very liberal when it comes to healthcare. I believe in universal healthcare. I believe in whatever it takes to make people well and better." "You can't let the people in this country that are the poor people, the people without the money and resources go without healthcare," Trump told the MSNBC program. "I just can't even imagine. You're sick and you can't even go to a doctor. I say one thing, can you not let 25 percent of the people of the country because they have no money go without something?"
  19. Except that Trump's assurance, repeated again and again is that he will make sure every person in the country has health insurance, and that he will do it in a way that lowers rates for most Americans. And, he claims, he would do this in a way that actually lowers costs over the long term. Instead of the universal care he was touting in 2000 this new "radical reform" sounds like a suspiciously similar version of Obamacare (as it was promised). It's going to be a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with different competition with lots of competitors with great companies and they can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything. Just trust me. It's going to be terrific In order to help the poorest 25% of the population he'd "make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people." Which sounds a lot like Medicaid except most doctors don't accept it so he would presumably have to drive a harder bargain (either that or get Mexico to pay for it. )
  20. It will be interesting to see how this plays out if El Chapo is extradicted to the states to face drug trafficking charges. Sean will have a fun decision to cooperate with prosecutors or possibly be a major witness against him at trial. Although honestly I don’t see how this is so different than the interviews with Bin Laden in hiding (one just a few weeks after 9/11) or Snowden or any number of fugitives that have talked to the media on the run. Except that Penn is a gonzo journalist which means he doesn’t have immunity and aiding and abetting statues may come into play in that case ??
  21. Maybe Madonna will let him have the guns back that Charlize took away.... Seriously this is about as asinine a stunt as you can pull. All I hope is that M had absolutely no role or knowledge of it whatsoever.
  22. It is important that the issue be aired now because some officials in Democrat states would no doubt try to leave him off the ballot as ineligible. Then Cruz would have to sue to be put on, and that could drag on through the election and beyond. The Supreme Court wouldn't touch the case until after the election in any case. PS Ted Cruz and John McCain are different issues. Even though neither was technically born on US soil; Cruz had at least one American parent, and McCain was born on a US-controlled base (if not US-controlled land). Cruz had at most one American parent, presuming his mother didn't renounce her American citizenship to become a naturalized Canadian. His father had taken on Canadian nationality at the time and American only after his birth. I simply don’t believe that someone as educated and passionate about the law as Ted Cruz would not know that Canada considered him a citizen given that almost all nations in the Americas have birthright citizenship. That should be covered in an undergrad International Law class. The rather tangled and contentious circumstances with facts still not fully established is exhibit A why the Founders were concerned a child that grows up in a household with split loyalties he will retain some of that divided loyalty even unconsciously as an adult.
  23. Although millennials voted in 2008 and 2012 at about the percentage of the general population, and with free college and student debt relief initiatives now part of the package, who knows ?, all of the undercards are going to be a bit of unknown territory. Sanders' socialism could end up having more appeal than Clinton's plan for affordable college within a capitalist system. Then again as taxpayers, this age group may begin to grasp the concept that everything labeled free is in actuality paid for by somebody and is a subsidy, nothing more than a redistribution of the property of some to others more favored by the selecting power. Personally I don't think appeals to the youth vote are going to be major presidential issues, particularly if there is another severe economic downturn.
  24. Sanders could still be leading in New Hampshire and within distance of Clinton in Iowa so he will win a few states but I think his chances of garnering the nomination require something happening to Clinton. Probably less than 5 percent honestly, Trump maybe 40-50%. Although we've been saying all year voters get more pragmatic the closer they are to the vote so I'm also anything but confident in these predictions...
  25. Except the US is not going to help them go to war against Iran. Maybe the mostly Shia oil workers in Saudi Arabia should try to sabotage production instead. :/
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