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.

Right Wing Trying to Swift-Boat Hillary Clinton With 1975 Child Rape Case

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Right Wing Trying to Swift-Boat Hillary Clinton With 1975 Child Rape Case (Credit: Facebook)

The right wing has dug up some tapes of Hillary Clinton representing accused child rapist Thomas Alfred Taylor. This is akin to the Tony Rezko case they tried to smear Barack Obama with during the 2008 presidential campaign or even his former pastor Jeremiah Wright. Here’s an excerpt from the Washington Free Beacon’s ‘bombshell’ article:

Newly discovered audio recordings of Hillary Clinton from the early 1980s include the former first lady’s frank and detailed assessment of the most significant criminal case of her legal career: defending a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl.

In 1975, the same year she married Bill, Hillary Clinton agreed to serve as the court-appointed attorney for Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41-year-old accused of raping the child after luring her into a car.

The recordings, which date from 1983-1987 and have never before been reported, include Clinton’s suggestion that she knew Taylor was guilty at the time. She says she used a legal technicality to plead her client, who faced 30 years to life in prison, down to a lesser charge. The recording and transcript, along with court documents pertaining to the case, are embedded below.

The full story of the Taylor defense calls into question Clinton’s narrative of her early years as a devoted women and children’s advocate in Arkansas—a narrative the 2016 presidential frontrunner continues to promote on her current book tour.

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From a legal ethics perspective, once she agreed to take the case, Clinton was required to defend her client to the fullest even if she did believe he was guilty.

“We’re hired guns,” Ronald D. Rotunda, a professor of legal ethics at Chapman University, told the Washington Free Beacon. “We don’t have to believe the client is innocent…our job is to represent the client in the best way we can within the bounds of the law.”

However, Rotunda said, for a lawyer to disclose the results of a client’s polygraph and guilt is a potential violation of attorney-client privilege.

“You can’t do that,” he said. “Unless the client says: ‘You’re free to tell people that you really think I’m a scumbag, and the only reason I got a lighter sentence is because you’re a really clever lawyer.’”

Yes, this is the beginning of the attacks on Hillary Clinton. Public defenders and defense attorneys are called on to represent people they know are guilty of crimes. Jodi Arias murdered Travis Alexander in cold blood, but she was afforded a lawyer, wasn’t she? O.J. Simpson was accused of murdering two people and was represented by Johnny Cochran and others, right?

New CNN Hillary Clinton Poll Spells Disaster for GOP Tying Her to Obama

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New CNN Hillary Clinton Poll Spells Disaster for GOP Tying Her to Obama

A new CNN poll finds a heap of trouble in store for the Republican Party in their quest to take down Hillary Clinton, by tying her to President Obama. The poll found that most Americans believe Hillary Clinton will do a better job than President Obama on every issue. Um, in other words, the GOP is in trouble if they believe attacks on President Obama will drag down Mrs. Clinton.

More from CNN:

Clinton served as America’s top diplomat during Obama’s first four years in office, so it may not be surprising that some of her best marks in the poll come on overseas issues: 63% say she would do a good job on foreign policy and 61% say the same on terrorism.

But it is notable that 63% say she’d do a good job handling the economy, and 57% believe she’d handle health care well.

Now compare those to Obama’s latest job approval ratings on those same issues.

Just 38% questioned in the CNN poll say that they approve of how the President’s handling the economy. That’s 25 percentage points lower than the number who think Clinton would do a good job on the economy. Only 40% approve of Obama’s foreign policy, 23 points lower than Clinton.

The fact is, the Republicans are quickly running out of talking points to attack Hillary Clinton. Monica Lewinsky and Benghazi don’t have the sting as they had hoped. Attacking her on her health — Karl Rove saying she has brain damage — worked against them, not Mrs. Clinton. That was a total disaster. Let’s also add the fact that Bill Clinton is the most admired president of the last 25 years poses a huge problem for the GOP in its attacks against one-half of the Clinton team. The fact is, you can’t lump Hillary Clinton with Barack Obama. That’s just fruitless. Besides, she ran against Barack Obama in 2008 and voters can pretty much tell the difference between the two.

Poll: Majority of Democrats Support a Hillary Clinton Presidential Run

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Poll: Majority of Democrats Support a Hillary Clinton Presidential Run

A newly released CNN/ORC International polll finds that most Democrats would support Hillary Clinton if she wins the party’s nomination, but the survey indicates only a small number of respondents are excited about her candidacy.

Here are the key points from the survey CNN: 

 According to the survey, 63% of Democrats and independents who lean toward the party said they’d most likely support Clinton as the nominee.

That’s virtually unchanged from CNN’s May poll, but down from the seven in 10 Democrats who in February said that they’d back the former secretary of state, senator and first lady.

Forty-one percent of Democrats questioned said they’d be enthusiastic if Clinton wins the nomination, with 42% saying they’d be satisfied. One in 10 said they’d be dissatisfied, and 5% said they’d be upset.

“There are big differences between liberal and moderate Democrats that indicate that a primary challenger who runs to the right of Clinton may get more traction than a progressive challenger would,” adds Holland.

“Fifty percent of liberal Democrats say they would be enthusiastic about Clinton winning the nomination, but only 36% of moderate Democrats feel the same way.

“Nearly three-quarters of liberals pick Clinton over her hypothetical opponents. Among moderate Democrats, that figure dropped to 58%,” he added.

Hillary Clinton: Barack Obama 2008 Campaign Wanted Her to Attack Sarah Palin

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Hillary Clinton: Barack Obama 2008 Campaign Wanted Her to Attack Sarah Palin

Well, this is sure to set Alaska’s half-term governor Sarah Palin off again….Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton refused to go along with then-candidate Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign request to attack Sarah Palin immediately after she was picked by John McCain as his running mate.

Clinton said in an interview with NBC’s Cynthia McFadden, “The day she was nominated, the Obama campaign did contact me and asked me if I would attack her. I said, ‘attack her for what — for being a woman? Attack her for being on a ticket that’s trying to draw attention? There’ll be plenty of time to do what I think you should do in politics, which is draw distinctions.”

Of course, Sarah Palin couldn’t take the high road and pass on wallowing in the muck:

 Hillary Clinton: Barack Obama 2008 Campaign Wanted Her to Attack Sarah Palin