Mitt Romney on Clinton Foundation Scandal: “It Looks Like Bribery”

Mitt Romney on Clinton Foundation Scandal: "It Looks Like Bribery"

Mitt Romney on Clinton Foundation Scandal: “It Looks Like Bribery”

Clinton Foundation scandal: “Looks like bribery”

The right wing has found its talking points on the Clinton Foundation foreign donation scandal. Failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney weighed in saying, “I was stunned by it. I mean, it looks like bribery.” He may be right, but scandal surrounding his tenure at Bain Capital disqualifies him from giving his two cents. He sounds bitter more than anything.

The New York Times released a scathing investigative piece that showed from 2009 to 2013, under her watch at the Department of State, deals were approved that gave Russia’s atomic energy agency control over “one-fifth of all uranium production in the United States.” In exchange for those deals, the Clinton Foundation got thousands of dollars. Ryu Spaeth reports “the Canadian magnates behind the deal had donated tens of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, while a Russian investment bank with an interest in the deal paid Bill Clinton a cool $500,000 for a single speech in Moscow.”

More from The Week:

Mitt Romney:  “I was stunned by it. I mean, it looks like bribery. I mean, there is every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the sale of, what, 20 percent of America’s uranium production to Russia, and then it was covered up by lying about a meeting at her home with the principals, and by erasing emails. And you know I presume we might know for sure whether there was or was not bribery if she hadn’t wiped out thousands of emails. But this is a very, very serious series of facts, and it looks like bribery.”

The bottom line is Hillary Clinton can’t afford to sit back and watch this drama play out. They need to issue a statement fast. The Clintons have been mired in scandal after scandal and they try to take a hands-off approach, but it makes one wonder about the emails she deleted from her server. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) says she “violated the law” and may subpoena her personal email server if she doesn’t voluntarily turn it over for examination by an independent party, Bloomberg reports.

Trouble for the Clinton machine or business as usual?

Clinton Foundation scandal trouble or business as usual?

Clinton Foundation scandal trouble or business as usual? (Cartoon credit: Ed Gamble)

By the way, Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash, heads the Government Accountability Institute, which has “close ties to a billionaire family funding Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential run.” The said group has “received substantial support from groups backed by Charles and David Koch,” Media Matters reports. Don’t think this isn’t part of a coordinated attempt to win the 2016 presidential election. But how quickly does the right wing forgot they tried to derail Barack Obama and he still prevailed–winning by a landslide in both elections.

Donald Trump Slams Carly Fiorina as Fired from Hewlett Packard in “Vicious Manner”

Donald Trump slams Carly Fiorina

Donald Trump Slams Carly Fiorina as Fired from Hewlett Packard in “Vicious Manner” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Donald Trump slammed Carly Fiorina in an epic takedown of her presidential aspirations as being “fired from a company in a vicious manner.” He was referring to Fiorina being forced out as CEO of Hewlett Packard.

Trump told the Washington Post:  “We have a woman running who got fired from a company; now she’s running for president. She got fired from a company in a vicious manner. They eventually walked her out. And she also lost an election, not by a little bit, by a landslide. I won’t use names. Now I turn on the television, and she’s running for president. I don’t know.”

Dang, that was epic. For once we agree with Donald Trump, but don’t think he’s a credible presidential candidate either.

Martin O’Malley Slams GOP Economic Theories as “Patently Bullsh*t”

Martin O'Malley

Martin O’Malley Slams GOP Economic Policies, Hillary Clinton Progressive Evolution

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley dissed the Republicans during an interview with NPR on Monday, basically calling their trickle-down economic policies “bullsh*t.”

O’Malley also went after Hillary Clinton over her progressive evolution. Even though he’s trailing her in the polls right now, he will bring it during the primary season, if he chooses to run. O’Malley hasn’t strayed from his progressive views, while Hillary Clinton has changed her stance on certain issues.

But he had more choice words for the Republicans than his potential rival. He railed against the GOP’s economic policies:

“The Republican Party is doubling down on this trickle-down theory that says thou shalt concentrate wealth at the very top of our society. Thou shalt remove regulation from wherever you find it, even on Wall Street. And thou shalt keep wages low for American workers so that we can be more competitive. We have a different theory. Our theory as Democrats and as the longer arc of our story as Americans is that we believe that a stronger middle class is actually the cause of economic growth. What ails our economy right now is 12 years of stagnant or declining wages, and we need to fix this.”

O’Malley kept going….He slammed the GOP’s attacks on the tax code and regulations as “patently bullsh*t.”

“Our tax code’s been turned into Swiss cheese. And certainly the concentrated wealth and accumulated power and the systematic deregulation of Wall Street has led to this situation where the economy isn’t working for most of us. All of that is true. But it is not true that regulation holds poor people down or regulation keeps middle class from advancing. That’s kind of patently bullshit.”

Here’s the full transcript of Martin O’Malley’s interview.

O’Malley’s attacks may be the least of Clinton’s worries since a new book is set to drop about Clinton Cash. It may not derail her presidential aspirations. Well, that depends on where you stand on the issue.  Here’s more from Vox:

That’s become increasingly evident over the last few days, as Newsweek broke a story alleging that top foundation benefactor Victor Pinchuk’s company has engaged in trade with Iran and the New York Times reporting that a forthcoming book by Peter Schweizer argues that U.S. policy decisions coincided with contributions to the foundation from foreign entities.

But the Clintons’ critics see it as proof of the fundamental corruption that follows two lifelong politicians. The foundation rakes in money from wealthy individuals, corporations, and even foreign countries, many of which have business before a federal government that Hillary Clinton wants to run. Because they’re giving money to a charity, the contributions have a “cleaner” feel to them than campaign checks. But they’re a form of access to the Clintons all the same. Oh, and all that money pays for the creature comforts of the Clintons and their inner circle.

Let’s see how much the White House means to the Clintons and whether they will distance themselves from the foundation. I wouldn’t count Hillary Clinton out over a book.

Maya Harris Key to Hillary Clinton Getting High Women of Color Turnout on Election Day

Maya Harris Key to Hillary Clinton High Women of Color Turnout on Election Day

Maya Harris (r) Key to Hillary Clinton High Women of Color Turnout on Election Day (Photo Credit: Twitter via @MayaHarris)

Maya Harris, key to Hillary Clinton getting high women of color turnout on Election Day.

Maya Harris, the sister of California Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris, is one of Hillary Clinton’s most interesting campaign hire so far. Last Tuesday, the Clinton campaign named three wonks to lead her policy team — Jake Sullivan, a top aide during her stint at the State Department, Ann O’Leary, who worked as legislative director in her Senate office, and Maya Harris, who isn’t a known member of Clinton’s inner circle.

Maya Harris did not hold a key position in the Clinton State Department, Senate office or even her 2008 presidential campaign. Harris, a law professor and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, published a paper that may hold the key to why Hillary Clinton hired her in the first place. The paper may help Clinton expand the Barack Obama coalition that helped him beat John McCain and Mitt Romney by wide margins in 2008 and 2012 — women, particularly women of color.

Harris’ paper, entitled “Women of Color: A Growing Force in the American Electorate,” issues a scathing rebuke of politicians and political strategists of only addressing the concerns of women of color “as a part of broader efforts aimed at womeen, youth, or a specific racial or ethnic group.” Harris argues that women of color are their own fast-growing voting bloc. She maintains that any politician who wants to win must make sure that “their interests are priorities on the policy agenda.”

Harris writes, “As the 2008, 2012, and 2013 elections demonstrated, women of color are a key, emerging voting bloc with the potential to significantly affect electoral outcomes.” While Barack Obama lagged with white women voters, he overwhelming got the voters of women of color. The same held true for Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race. She writes, “turnout by women of color in an off-year election helped provide Terry McAuliffe (D) the margin of victory in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial election.”

“In the past two years [2012 & 2013], more than 2 million women of color have joined the vote-eligible population. As more people of color participate in elections, demographic trends suggest that women of color will become increasingly prominent electoral players,” Harris writes.

Maya Harris doesn’t simply address how to win the votes of women of color in elections. She addresses why politicians should try to go after this key demographic. “Women are the country’s largest voting bloc, and women of color are the fastest-growing segment of that group,” she writes. She goes on to note that “women of color represent 74 percnt of the growth in eligible women voters since 2000.”

Harris tweeted that “ are nearly 90% of overall voting-eligible population growth for women since 2012.” Here is a chart that show the importance of women of color voting bloc:

Fast-growing Women of Color Voting Bloc

Fast-growing Women of Color Voting Bloc

It will be interesting to see if Hillary Clinton can sustain the Obama coalition that came out in large numbers — women, black voters, Hispanics, LGBT and young voters. Many on the right believe Hillary Clinton won’t be able to sustain the minority turnout on election day, but the fact that she hired Maya Harris signals that the campaign is serious about expanding that coalition. Harris’ point is that most of the voters in the Obama coalition were women. Hillary Clinton can sustain that coalition. She just has to give them a good reason to turn out.

The numbers are on Hillary Clinton’s side, as the Republican Party continues to alienate women voters, particularly women of color, with playing politics with the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the country’s first black female Attorney General. While their actions may not be racially motivated, it certainly sends the message to black voters that the Republicans have little use for us. The Republicans are relying on the white male demographic to win, but that alone can’t get them into the White House. Hillary Clinton must deliver policy appealing directly to women, particularly women of color, to drive high turnout in 2016. She has to go where Barack Obama didn’t go with formulating policy that appealed to black voters. Maya Harris is the adviser who has a proven track record in understanding how to use policy to bring women of color to the polls.

Larry Upright’s Obituary Asks People Not to Vote for Hillary Clinton

Larry Upright's Obituary Asks People Not to Vote for Hillary Clinton

Larry Upright’s Obituary Asks People Not to Vote for Hillary Clinton (Photo Credit: Whitley’s Funeral Home)

Larry Upright’s don’t vote for Hillary Clinton obituary

Larry Upright’s obituary request is not to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. SMH. Really?

Upright, a staunch Republican, died at Carolinas Medical Center Northeast on Monday. Here’s the request: “Also, the family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. R.I.P. Grandaddy.”

A few people who left comments paying their respects also said they would not vote for Hillary Clinton. Um, I seriously doubt the Hillary Clinton campaign is worried that Larry Upright’s request torpedo her chances.

Click here to read Larry Upright’s obituary.

Fox News Wants a Return to Literacy Tests That Kept Blacks from Voting

Fox News Wants a Return to Literacy Tests That Kept Blacks from Voting

Fox News Wants a Return to Literacy Tests That Kept Blacks from Voting (Photo Credit: Ferris State University)

I try to ignore the right wing bluster, but sometimes I just can’t ignore the load of crap unloaded on Obama-hating Fox News. A suggestion was made to bring back the explicitly racist literacy tests.Um, anything to keep non-white people from voting.

After Fox News reporter Jesse Watters interviewed several New Yorkers who could not identify Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade observed that “studies show that Americans are poorly informed on government and politics.”

“So, is it time to revisit a test for people to be able to vote?” he asked. “Does it bother you that your vote counts as much as somebody who does not know what’s going on?”

“More than I can say,” Coulter agreed. “I just think it should be, well for one thing, a little more difficult to vote. There’s nothing unconstitutional about literacy tests. Instead, we have ballots being given in 124 different languages. And I’m pretty sure Senate debates will not be taking place in Urdu. So, what are they voting on?”

Fox News wants the kind of tests, like poll taxes, that only white people can pass, like back in the days of overt racial discrimination. And while they are at it, they would be happy if women didn’t bother voting either. They would also love it if property ownership was the an automatic qualifier for people to vote. So much for RNC chief Reince Priebus’ minority outreach. That’s all just lip service.

Of course, they will make the argument that it was the Democrats who engaged in “fake literacy tests” used “after the Civil War” to “keep blacks from voting.” Of course, they have taken over from the Democratic Party on that front.

Gravestone of Hillary Clinton’s Dad, Hugh Rodham, Found Toppled Over

Gravestone of Hillary Clinton's Dad, Hugh Rodham, Found Toppled

Gravestone of Hillary Clinton’s Dad, Hugh Rodham, Found Toppled (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hillary Clinton’s dad gravestone toppled

The gravestone of Hillary Clinton’s father, Hugh Rodham, was found toppled over in a Scranton cemetery, police said. Was someone trying to make a political statement? If so, that’s just sick.

Police Chief Carl Graziano said someone in the Washburn Street Cemetery reported that the stone was tipped over Tuesday morning, the Times-Tribune reports. It is not clear if it was tipped over, but Graziano believes it may have been the work of vandals.

It is ironic because the desecration of Hugh Rodham’s grave came as Hillary Clinton announced her 2016 presidential campaign.

I will echo the sentiments of McGloin, “I hope this had nothing to do with politics because that’s just wrong.”

European Foreign Ministers Back Hillary Clinton for President

European Foreign Ministers Back Hillary Clinton for President

European Foreign Ministers Back Hillary Clinton for President (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey/Flickr)

Hillary Clinton for president

“The foreign ministers of Germany and France appear to have come close to breaking with diplomatic convention by publicly backing Hillary Clinton’s bid for the US presidency,” the Guardian reports.

This is a huge boost for Clinton as Republican presidential candidates such as Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz are trying to paint her as a horrible secretary of state.

We are watching to see Hillary Clinton’s outreach to the black community as her campaign gets underway. This is a key demographic that she needs to win.

Right Wing Freak-Out Following Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign Launch

Right Wing Freak-Out Following Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign Launch

Right Wing Freak-Out Following Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign Launch

The right wing freak-out has begun following Hillary Clinton presidential campaign launch. Clinton’s announcement video talked listening to the voters and real people across the country showing their concerns. Um, the right wing, on the other hand, could care less about about the people. They are focused on Hillary Clinton.

Here are some tweets about Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign announcement:

Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign

Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign

Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign

It’s official….Hillary Clinton announces her 2016 presidential campaign

Hillary Clinton has officially entered the 2016 presidential campaign. She has broad appeal to the black, Hispanic, woman, and LGBT demographics, saying “We are ready for boldness.”

Hillary Clinton’s announcement video is very populist, saying she will fight for the middle class. The video featured all demographics including a gay couple, an expectant black couple, Hispanics, women, kids, interracial couple and men. She said she wants to “earn your vote.” The video was well done!

Hillary Clinton’s first tweet about presidential campaign:

Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign announcement:

Here’s the second most important tweet about Hillary Clinton’s campaign that everyone ignored:

Tweets from supporters:

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tweeted: “Hillary Clinton is smart, caring and determined. She is going to be an outstanding president.” – @madeleine

Facebook executive @sherylsandberg is among the first to like Hillary Clinton’s Facebook page.

The right wing freak-out has begun: