Sen. Lindsey Graham: House Republican Benghazi Report “Full of Crap”

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Sen. Lindsey Graham: House Republican Benghazi Report “Full of Crap”

House Republicans debunking the House GOP Benghazi findings of no cover-up by the Obama Administration isn’t sitting well with Sen. Lindsey Graham. He blasted it as “full of crap.” Who didn’t see this coming? The Republicans are literally fighting each other.  The GOP-controlled House Intelligence Committee released its report on Friday (news dump day) debunking all the nutty conspiracy theories about Benghazi, played over and over on Fox News.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday blasted a House GOP-led investigation that recently debunked myths about the 2012 Benghazi attack.

“I think the report is full of crap,” Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The House Intelligence Committee released a report on Friday evening, which took two years to compile, that found there was no outright intelligence failure during the attack, there was no delay in the rescue of U.S. personnel and there was no political cover-up by Obama administration officials.
After Graham was asked whether the report exonerates the administration, he initially ignored the question, and then eventually said “no.”

The House Intelligence panel, Graham said, is “doing a lousy job policing their own.”

Graham didn’t clearly pinpoint why he dismissed the report’s findings, but suggested its information was provided by people in the intelligence community who had previously lied to Congress about the attack.

“I don’t believe the report is accurate given the role [former CIA deputy director] Mike Morell played in misleading the Congress on two occasions,” Graham said. Source: The Hill

By the way, Sen. Lindsey Graham is exploring throwing his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential election. Um, there are no words, but then again, it will be fun to watch the GOP clown car fill up for the presidential election cycle.

Republican Benghazi Investigation Finds No Obama Administration Cover-Up

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Republican Benghazi Investigation Finds No Obama Administration Cover-Up

The Republicans quietly put Benghazi to rest after years of accusing the Obama Administration of a cover-up in the terrorist attack that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The revelation that there was no cover-up came during Friday’s news dump when no-one was really paying attention.

Wall Street Journal:  “A House report on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, concludes that the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. military responded properly and that Obama administration ‘talking points’ were flawed, but didn’t find that administration officials attempted to mislead the public.” “The two-year-long investigation by the Republican-led House intelligence committee is the latest congressional probe to examine the attacks, and its conclusions deflate allegations suggesting misconduct by the Obama administration.”

In other words, the GOP intelligence investigation debunks the party’s nutty Benghazi terror attack theories. Wow, I see why they put this out there on Friday when no-one is paying attention. Of course, some Republican nutcase will still try to use it against Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for the 2016 presidency.

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb Mulling 2016 Presidential Bid

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Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb Mulling 2016 Presidential Bid (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Former Virginia senator Jim Webb (D) said he is “seriously” considering a 2016 presidential run. This could pose a problem for Hillary Clinton and her presidential aspirations. He will be a formidable challenger.

During an appearance at the National Press Club, Jim Webb said, “We’ve had a lot of discussions among people I respect and trust about the future of this country, and we’re going to continue to have these discussions over the next two to five months,” ABC News reports.

Webb, 68, said he is looking for a “support base” for a potential campaign. The decorated Marine Corps veteran, who served in the Senate from 2006-2012 and as Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan administration, recently conducted a three-day, 800-mile tour of Iowa, and has plans to visit New Hampshire in October.

Webb, who largely focused on foreign policy and the economy in his speech Tuesday, is seen as an intriguing challenger to presumptive Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

He’s an unabashed economic populist who in the 2007 Democratic State of the Union rebuttal said the health of the economy shouldn’t be measured “with the numbers that come out of Wall Street, but with the living conditions that exist on Main Street.”

“True fairness is not an impossible dream,” Webb said. “Those at the top have continued to separate themselves from the rest of our society.” Source: ABC News

 

 

Right Wing Freak-Out Over Hillary Clinton’s Letters to Saul Alinsky Proves Nothing

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Right Wing Freak-Out Over Hillary Clinton’s Letters to Saul Alinsky Proves Nothing (Photo Credit: Fox News Video Screengrab)

Republicans are having a new feeding frenzy — Hillary Clinton’s letters to Saul Alinksy. Um, think the Barack Obama-Bill Ayres link. That went nowhere and this latest freak-out won’t either. Just saying…What’s next? Hillary Clinton’s Kenyan link?

Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveals new details about her relationship with the controversial Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development….

Clinton’s relationship with Alinsky, and her support for his philosophy, continued for several years after she entered Yale law school in 1969, two letters obtained by theWashington Free Beacon show….

Clinton’s connection to Alinsky has been the subject of speculation for decades. It became controversial when Wellsley College, by request of the Clinton White House, sealed her 1968 thesis from the public for years. Conservative lawyer Barbara Olson said Clinton had asked for the thesis to be sealed because it showed “the extent to which she internalized and assimilated the beliefs and methods of Saul Alinsky.”

So, while the right wing blogosphere is foaming at the mouth over Hillary Clinton being a radical leftist, she’s heading for New Hampshire. That’s after a successful Iowa trip.

 

 

 

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Mulling 2016 Presidential Run

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Mulling 2016 Presidential Run (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says “maybe” to a 2016 presidential run. During an interview on WCVB-TV’s political show “On The Record,” Patrick said, “There are a lot of people who have asked me to think about it.””I’m under no illusions. It’s a huge decision, not just for me but for my family,” he added.

Patrick acknowledged criticism of his eight years in office from the three Democratic candidates hoping to succeed him during a live debate aired on WCVB on Wednesday.

But as if he’s preparing for a possible presidential run, Patrick was quick to list what he considers to be his political legacy.

“Look there are always challenges,” said Patrick. “I will say that after having managed the commonwealth through the worst economic downturn in living history and through a terrorist attack, being first in the nation in education, health care coverage and veterans’ services and clean tech and so forth, that’s a pretty good management record.”

Patrick also explained why he made an exception in his usual policy of not endorsing candidates in a Democratic primary when he endorsed Warren Tolman over Maura Healey for attorney general Thursday. Source: WCVB-TV

The last time someone from Massachusetts ran for the White House (Ahem–Mr. 47%), hey came up short. I am not sure how I feel about Deval Patrick going up against Hillary Clinton. But hey, Barack Obama did it and he won.

 

Hillary Clinton: Biggest Issue With Israel is Continued Building of Settlements

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Hillary Clinton: Biggest Issue With Israel is Continued Building of Settlement (Credit: Wikipedia)

During an appearance on Fareed Zakaria’sGlobal Public Square,” Hillary Clinton said the biggest issue she has with Israel is their continued building of settlements. She also admonished them saying “don’t make life so miserable for the Palestinians.” No-one wants to live that way. There is a great deal of mistrust among both sides. The truth is, Hillary Clinton is absolutely right. You can’t want to effect change by building settlements on contested land, while blockading just about everything to make the quality of life for the Palestinians decent. It seems as though Benjamin Netanyahu is presiding over the modern-day apartheid system of the Palestinians.

Hillary Clinton’s statement comes as Secretary of State John Kerry is under fire for negotiating with Qatar and Turkey, rather than Egypt and Israel. Likud’s Communications Minister Gilad Erdan ranted Saturday night that Kerry chose to hold talks without a representative of Israel, the Palestinian Authority of Egypt. He said, “we’re a long way from a political solution.”

 

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Looking More Like a Presidential Candidate

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Looking More Like a Presidential Candidate (Credit: Wikipedia)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is looking more and more like a possible Democratic presidential candidate and he’s putting some distance between himself and President Obama, particularly on the border crisis and the undocumented children streaming across the borders. Watch out Hillary, maybe the nomination isn’t yours for the taking.

O’Malley believes these children, or “refugees” as he calls them, should be able to make “their case for protection and asylum.” He said sending them back would be “contrary to everything we stand for as a people.”

He dinged President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying they could “at least have done a better job” of building partnerships with the Central American countries where the children are coming from. These countries are ravaged by gang violence. He said, “We have failed to be good partners and neighbors,” Buzzfeed reports.

Martin O’Malley is presenting himself as an alternative to Hillary Clinton in 2016, if she decides to run. He’s banking on the party dissing Clinton for a second time, as they did in the 2008 presidential elections. O’Malley may be a longshot to many, but Hillary Clinton is walking a very tightrope. She risks alienating the base if she runs to the right of President Obama. If she runs to the left of the president, she also runs the risk of torpedoing her carefully crafted reputation as a centrist. That means, O’Malley could get by her and become an appealing candidate.

Martin O’Malley doesn’t have the charisma of Bill Clinton, the oratorical skills of Barack Obama or the star power of Hillary Clinton, but you can’t count him out. Let’s not forget a relatively obscure Gov. Bill Clinton won the Democratic primaries in 1992 and went on the beating then-president George H.W. Bush after his poll ratings soared in the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War.

Virginia GOP Attacks Hillary Clinton with Monica Lewinsky Bumper Stickers

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Virginia GOP Attacks Hillary Clinton with Monica Lewinsky Bumper Stickers

GOP’S MONICA LEWINSKY BUMPER STICKERS: “Monica Lewinsky’s X-Boyfriend’s Wife for President.” That’s how low the Virginia Republican Party has sunk, blaming Hillary Clinton for her husband’s indescretions. Retired journalist Carole Donoghue said she found a stack of bumper stickers at the Fairfax County Republican Committee headquarters in Fairfax. In case the state GOP tries to deny they had anything to do with the bumper stickers. The small print says it all: “Authorized by Republican Party of Virginia.”

Here’s more from the Talking Points Memo:

Carole Donoghue, a retired journalist, said she found the bumper stickers at Fairfax County Republican Committee headquarters in Fairfax, Va. The bumper stickers read “Monica Lewinsky’s X-Boyfriend’s Wife for President.” In small print, they included the words “Authorized By Republican Party Of Virginia.”

Donoghue talked to TPM hours after a spokesperson for Republican Party of Virginia denied the state party had anything to do with the anti-Hillary bumper stickers. The spokesperson told the Washington Post that the stickers were “an amateur effort” and the state party’s strategy “does not involve that.”

Donoghue’s discovery, however, raises questions about the denial.

Donoghue said she was out walking her dog on Sunday when she found an older man sitting on the pavement who looked like he “wasn’t doing well.” The man told her he was out campaigning for the Republican Party, and that he was diabetic and needed insulin, she said. Worried about the man’s condition, Donoghue drove him back to the county Republican Party headquarters.

Hogwash: Is Obama Planning to Snub Hillary Clinton, Back Elizabeth Warren in 2016?

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Hogwash: Is Obama Planning to Snub Hillary Clinton, Back Elizabeth Warren in 2016? (Photo Credit: Daily Kos)

The New York Post is out with an article claiming President Obama has quietly given his word to Sen. Elizabeth Warren that he will back her over Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nominee. Um, there are all kinds of problems with that theory. For starters, just think back to the 2012 presidential election when Bill Clinton rescued Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention.

President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me.

Publicly, Obama has remained noncommittal on the 2016 race, but privately he worries that Clinton would undo and undermine many of his policies. There’s also a personal animosity, especially with Bill Clinton, that dates from their tough race six years ago.

A former Harvard law professor and administration aide, Warren would energize the left wing of the Democrat Party just as Obama did againstClinton in 2008.

Thanks to her outspoken stand against big banks and the top 1 percent, Warren is the darling of progressives. She won her Senate seat thanks to millions of dollars in donations from outside Massachusetts, including from rich environmentalists and Hollywood celebrities.

 

The Clintons have come through for President Obama time and time again. Even when he getting a huge black eye over Obamacare. Bill Clinton went to bat for him, even showing up at a press conference. So, no, I don’t believe Barack Obama would go with Elizabeth Warren over Hillary Clinton.

Obama has authorized his chief political adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to conduct a full-court press to convince Warren to throw her hat into the ring.

In the past several weeks, Jarrett has held a series of secret meetings with Warren. During these meetings, Jarrett has explained to Warren that Obama is worried that if Hillary succeeds him in the White House, she will undo many of his policies.

He believes that the populist Warren is the best person to convince the party faithful that Hillary is out of touch with poor Americans and the middle class. Warren, in his view, would carry on the Obama legacy after he leaves the White House.

Besides, is there really much difference between the two women and their political ideology? Heck no. Hillary Clinton is just as liberal as Elizabeth Warren. The only difference is that she’s a heckuva lot shrewder that Warren. Let’s not underestimate the Clinton machine. President Obama owes them big. How about taking a good look at Gov. Martin O’Malley as a possible Democratic presidential candidate?

Hillary Clinton: NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Should Have Right to Legal Defense in US

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Hillary Clinton: NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Should Have Right to Legal Defense in US (Credit: Video Screengrab)

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton says National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden should have the right to legal and public defense if he returns to the U.S. She told the Guardian, “If he wishes to return knowing he would be held accountable and also able to present a defence, that is his decision to make.”

When Clinton was asked if she believed the Espionage Act – passed in 1917 – should be reformed in order to allow Snowden a defence, she claimed not to know what the whistleblower had been charged with as they were “sealed indictments”.

“In any case that I’m aware of as a former lawyer, he has a right to mount a defence,” she said. “And he certainly has a right to launch both a legal defence and a public defence, which can of course affect the legal defence.

“Whether he chooses to return or not is up to him. He certainly can stay in Russia, apparently under Putin’s protection, for the rest of his life if that’s what he chooses. But if he is serious about engaging in the debate then he could take the opportunity to come back and have that debate. But that’s his decision.” Source: Guardian

Edward Snowden was charged under the U.S. Espionage Act and was accused of stealing government property and sharing classified documents with the Guardian and the Washington Post.