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.”

 

Did Michelle Obama Diss VP Joe Biden by Calling for a Woman President?

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VP Joe Biden Cleans Up Foreign Policy Mess as Michelle Obama Calls for Woman President (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

(OPINION) — Is the White House through First Lady Michelle Obama slighting Vice President Joe Biden by saying she would like to see a woman president quickly? And that we have a few options for one? You know she’s talking about Hillary Clinton and possibly Elizabeth Warren. Why are they dumping on Biden?

Michelle Obama was interviewed by ABC’s Robin Roberts at a Washinton D.C. summit focused on work-family policies on Monday. She said, “I think the country is ready” for a woman president. Mrs. Obama said, “The person who should do the job is the person who’s most qualified. And we have some options, don’t we?”

The White House has called on Joe Biden to get involved in the all foreign policy nightmares unfolding before our eyes and he has done it. It seems that he is being dissed by the White House. We know President Obama owes the Clintons a huge favor for all their help, particularly Bill Clinton’s help during the 2012 presidential campaign, but Biden also saved the ticket some face during his knock-out vice presidential debate against Rep. Paul Ryan. This was after Obama’s horrible debate performance against Mitt Romney.

The fact is, I doubt Joe Biden is a viable alternative for the Democratic Party, but for the White House to openly diss him is just wrong. That’s my opinion. Hillary Clinton is being framed in much the same way as Mitt Romney — out of touch with the majority of Americans due to being fabulously wealthy.

 

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 Defends Release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Gitmo Prisoner Swap

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Hillary Clinton Defends Release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Gitmo Prisoner Swap (Credit: Wikipedia)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waded into the political muck and defended President Obama deal to secure POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom from a five-year captivity in Afghanistan by releasing five senior Taliban thugs, Politico reports. Not only will the right continue to attack Bergdahl’s father, Robert Bergdahl, they will now go after Hillary Clinton.

Clinton said, “This young man, whatever the circumstances, was an American citizen — is an American citizen — was serving in our military.” She added, “The idea that you really care for your own citizens and particularly those in uniform, I think is a very noble one.”

To be clear, Clinton did not say whether she would have proceeded with a prisoner swap and downplayed the controversy around the deal, CNN reports. She pointed out that American allies, such as Israel, had conducted such exchanges. The Daily Beast is reporting that she had reservations about such a deal during her tenure as secretary of state. She wanted stricter conditions.

Of course, the Republicans are hopping mad, with some calling for an investigation. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called for a Senate hearing into the release of the “Taliban Dream Team,” the five detainees.

Hillary Clinton said that restoring Bowe Bergdahl’s health was the most important issue at hand so the U.S. could get information from him about his time in captivity.

She added that restoring Bergdahl’s health was the most important issue at hand so that the U.S. could get as much information as possible from him about his time in captivity.

Clinton said, “That, I think, is valuable in and of itself. As we are drawing down our troops and ending the longest military engagement in combat in American history … we need as much intelligence as we can get about what is happening inside the Taliban.”

The Republicans will now attack Hillary Clinton for her position, along with the debunked but still being used, Benghazi talking points, including the famous, “what difference does it make” line.

 Hillary Clinton Defends Release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Gitmo Prisoner Swap

RNC Chief Reince Priebus Says Hillary Clinton’s Age & Health Fair Game

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RNC Chief Reince Priebus Says Hillary Clinton’s Age & Health Fair Game (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

(OPINION) — Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus must really be spooked about Hillary Clinton running for the presidency in 2016. He admitted that the goal of the GOP is to bully her into not running. During an appearance on “Meet the Press,” Priebus claimed Clinton’s health and age are fair game. Um, I guess that wasn’t the case when John McCain ran, right? Talk about hypocrisy. Actually, it smacks of sexism.

Priebus said, “What was her record as Secretary of State? Benghazi, Boko Haram, you know, Syria, Russia, those are going to be the issues that I believe will cause her to rethink whether or not she wants to run for president.” Really? Iraq and Afghanistan, waterboarding, embassy bombings and a whole host of other issues didn’t stop them from giving Condoleezza Rice some serious thought as a viable presidential candidate.

Priebus also said, “What I think is going to make her rethink whether she should actually run for president. By the way, I don’t think she will if she has another month like she just had, but the issues that I talked about are the issues that are going to make her unacceptable to the American people.”

This comes as Karl Rove shocked the panel on Fox News Sunday by digging in about Hillary Clinton sustaining a ‘brain injury.’ Juan Williams chimed in that he’s probably helping Hillary Clinton by his assertions. Let’s add the mind-blowing arrogance of former VP Dick Cheney for saying she should be held responsible for Benghazi. The right wing freakout is nothing short of amazing.

Priebus claims judging by the week Hillary Clinton had, he is very doubtful that she will run. What kind of week did she have? It seems to me that she did just fine. The fact is the name of the possible Republican presidential candidates is laughable — Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, among others. The party has nothing. They are delusional if they think they can scare the Clinton machine into retreating. Think again.

I also find it very interesting that the Republicans will attack Hillary Clinton foreign policy, when not a single Republican contender has a shred of foreign policy experience. The fact is, Hillary Clinton will probably be really thrilled if the GOP continues to focus on Benghazi despite the mess created by a Republican president in Iraq and Afghanistan. Domestic policy wins elections. Just ask George H. W. Bush. The Clinton machine would love nothing more than to talk about jobs, equal pay for women, gay rights, and so on, rather than engage in scaremongering about Benghazi and Boko Haram. By the way, President Obama did deem Boko Haram a terrorist group, but truth means nothing to many conservatives.

Of course, there was a rationale behind the State Department’s reluctance to deem Boko Haram a terrorist group, but that didn’t stop freak-out from the right:

… found their opening in a decision by the State Department not to put the group on its list of foreign terrorist organizations after Boko Haram bombed U.N. headquarters in Abuja in 2011. The FBI, the CIA and various lawmakers argued for its inclusion, but Nigeria’s government, which Boko Haram is trying to topple, argued against it, as did academic experts on Nigeria. John Campbell, U.S. ambassador to Nigeria during the George W. Bush administration, told Fox’s Chris Wallace on Sunday that, “along with a good many other Nigerian experts at the time, we all opposed designation.”Opponents figured the designation would elevate the prestige of Boko Haram, which was essentially a domestic Nigerian organization. Instead, Clinton in 2012 put three of the group’s leaders on a list of foreign terrorists. After Boko Haram killed more than 160 civilians in Benisheik, Nigeria, in September 2013, Clinton’s successor, John Kerry, finally put the group on the terror list — and Boko Haram’s brazen attacks continued unimpeded. Source: Washington Post

Pinning the kidnapping of 300 school girls in Nigeria on Hillary Clinton wreaks of desperation. I seriously doubt any of the baseless attacks on Hillary Clinton will deter her from running for the presidency. In fact, it may just encourage her to throw her hat in the ring. The only issue I see is the fact that she is too far out front this early in the game. This reminds me a lot of the 2008 campaign when Hillary Clinton was thought to have been the presumptive nominee until Barack Obama showed her otherwise. There are some rumblings about Bill Clinton, but this is nothing new. I think he’s a big asset for her.

 RNC Chief Reince Priebus Says Hillary Clintons Age & Health Fair Game

Clay Aiken’s Opponent Keith Crisco Dies After Fall at NC Home

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Clay Aiken’s Opponent Keith Crisco Dies Suddenly at NC Home (Credit: ABC News)

Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken’s opponent for U. S. House District 2 seat in North Carolina, died suddenly after a fall at his home on Monday,  the Asheboro Courier Tribune reports.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections released a statement:  “The State Board of Elections is saddened to hear of the passing of Keith Crisco. A native of North Carolina, we are grateful for Mr. Crisco’s service to our state and his community through the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Crisco family during this difficult time.”

 Clay Aikens Opponent Keith Crisco Dies After Fall at NC Home

Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat”

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Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat” (Credit: Wikipedia)

RAND PAUL FOR PRESIDENT:  Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens has made his choice for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate — Sen. Rand Paul. He writes that the GOP nominee has to be Paul and no-one else. Why? Because the Republican Party needs a “humbling landslide defeat.” Music to the ears of Democrats. Hillary Clinton, who would eviscerate him in a debate, particularly on his naivete on Iran. During an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Sen. Paul said that he didn’t think it was a good idea to rule out containment of Iran.

This man is Rand Paul, the junior senator from a state with eight electoral votes. The man who, as of this writing, has three years worth of experience in elected office. Barack Obama had more political experience when he ran for president. That’s worked out well.

Mr. Paul was in New Hampshire last weekend, speaking to conservative activists at the Freedom Summit, emphasizing the need for Republicans to do a better job of reaching out to Hispanics and African-Americans.

It’s a fine message. Or rather, it would be a fine message if it weren’t for Mr. Paul’s long political association with Jack Hunter, aka the “Southern Avenger,” a former radio shock jock who co-wrote Mr. Paul’s 2011 book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.” On April 14, 2004—the 139th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination—Mr. Hunter wrote a column titled ” John Wilkes Booth Was Right.” He also lamented that “whites are not afforded the same right to celebrate their own cultural identity” as blacks and Hispanics.

Mr. Hunter remained a member of Mr. Paul’s staff until last July, when the Washington Free Beacon broke the story. Afterward, Mr. Hunter recanted his views and pleaded amnesia. As for Mr. Paul, he defended his former aide, saying he had merely been “stupid,” that he had been “unfairly treated by the media,” and that “he got along fine with everybody in the office, treated everyone fairly, regardless of race or religion.”

So can we now, um, switch the subject?

Yes, we can. Let’s move on to a YouTube video of Mr. Paul in April 2009, offering his insights to a college group on foreign policy. Channeling Dwight Eisenhower, the future senator warned “we need to be so fearful of companies that get so big that they can actually be directing policy.”

“When the Iraq war started, Halliburton got a billion-dollar no-bid contract. Some of the stuff has been so shoddy and so sloppy that our soldiers are over there dying in the shower from electrocution.”

Then he gets to his real point: Dick Cheney, who opposed driving all the way to Baghdad when he was defense secretary in the first Bush administration, later went to work for Halliburton. “Makes hundreds of millions of dollars, their CEO. Next thing you know, he’s back in government and it’s a good thing to go into Iraq.”

Mr. Paul’s conclusion: “9/11 became an excuse for a war they already wanted in Iraq.” Source: Wall Street Journal

I have to admit, Bret Stephens had me going for a minute. But let me also add Sen. Paul tried to rewrite the whole civil rights movement during a speech at Howard University. That didn’t sit well with the black community, who won’t be coming out in droves to support a Rand Paul candidacy.  While we are at it, he should pick Louie Gohmert (R-TX) as his running mate.

Um, get out the popcorn…the GOP infighting as we go into the 2016 presidential election cycle is just starting and promises to be chock full of fireworks and drama! By the way, Bret Stephens wasn’t the only one bashing Rand Paul today.  Jennifer Rubin and Richard Cohen in the Washington Post both have scathing articles blasting him for a variety of ‘sins.’

 Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs Humbling Landslide Defeat

Mike Huckabee: More Freedom in North Korea Than in United States

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Mike Huckabee: More Freedom in North Korea Than in United States (Credit: Wikipedia)

It seems that the slate of potential Republican presidential candidates will do and say anything to appeal to the fringe element in the party.

Fox News personality and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who appeared at a New Hampshire event(#NHFreedomSummit), is quoted as saying: “I am beginning to think there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States,” citing TSA patdowns. Um, really?

Since he knows so much about North Korea, he should move there. The fact is, Mike Huckabee owes every American an apology for such inflammatory rhetoric.

Twitter exploded over Mike Huckabee’s North Korea comment:

Mitt Romney’s Top Donors Back Ex-FL Gov. Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Election

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Mitt Romney’s Top Donors Back Ex-FL Gov. Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Election (Credit: White House Archives)

Opinion:  It’s beginning to look like we could have another Bush running for the White House in the 2016 presidential elections. The ghost of George W. Bush will rear its ugly head and to the Democrats’ benefit. Let’s not forget that Jeb Bush was the one who signed Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground legislation into law.

The Washington Post reports, “Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush to run in the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.”

“Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP’s brightest hope to win back the White House.”

It’s interesting to note:  “Many if not most of Mitt Romney’s major donors are reaching out to Bush and his confidants with phone calls, e-mails and invitations to meet, according to interviews with 30 senior Republicans. One bundler estimated that the ‘vast majority’ of Romney’s top 100 donors would back Bush in a competitive nomination fight.”

All I can say to a Jeb Bush presidential candidacy is no….just no!

 Mitt Romneys Top Donors Back Ex FL Gov. Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Election