https://theintercept.com/2016/08/08/dems-tactic-of-accusing-adversaries-of-kremlin-ties-and-russia-sympathies-has-long-history-in-us/

http://gawker.com/i-ran-the-c-i-a-now-i-work-for-a-longtime-clinton-ally-1784871887

A FREQUENT WEAPON FOR DEMOCRATS in the 2016 election is to publicly malign those they regard as critics and adversaries as Russia sympathizers, Putin stooges, or outright agents of the Kremlin. To put it mildly, this is not a new tactic in U.S. political discourse, and it’s worth placing it in historical context. That’s particularly true given how many people have now been targeted with this attack.

Strongly insinuating that the GOP nominee, Donald Trump, has nefarious, possibly treasonous allegiances to Moscow has migrated from Clinton-loyal pundits into the principal theme of the Clinton campaign itself. “The depth of Trump’s relationship with the Kremlin is revealing itself by the day,” her website announced yesterday, and vital “questions” must be answered “about Trump’s cozy relationship with Russia.” The Clinton campaign this weekend released a 1-minute video that, over and over, insinuates Trump’s disloyalty in the form of “questions” – complete with menacing pictures of Red Square. Democrats cheered wildly, and really have not stopped cheering, ever since the ex-Acting CIA Director (who, undisclosed by the NYT, now works for a Clinton operative) went to The New York Times to claim “that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”

New Emails Appear to Show Clinton Foundation Donors Called In Favors to State Dept

New Emails Appear to Show Clinton Foundation Donors Called In Favors to State Dept
by Chris White | 3:34 pm, August 9th, 2016 230

Hillary Clinton via shutterstock Newly released State Department records, including previously unreleased emails from Huma Abedin, appear to show Clinton Foundation donors calling in favors from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The new documents released on Tuesday were obtained by the legal watchdog group Judicial Watch as part of their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that seeks information about Abedin’s unique employment arrangement with the State Department. Judicial Watch claims some the documents paint a troubling portrait of then-Secretary of State Clinton possibly giving preferential treatment to top campaign bundlers and Clinton Foundation donors.

For example, an April 2009 email exchange with the subject line “[a] favor…” appears to show longtime Clinton associate Doug Band reaching out to Abedin and Cheryl Mills, writing, “Important to take care of [name redacted].”

Abedin responds almost immediately, writing, “We have all had him on our radar. Personnel has been sending him options.”

In a separate exchange a few days later, Band emails Abedin and Mills again, this time urgently requesting help putting Gilbert Chagoury in contact with the State Department’s “substance person” on Lebanon. Abedin replies a few hours later, promising to speak with the “substance person” about the request. Band then responds again, informing Abedin that she should contact the person now, writing, “This is very important.”

It is unclear from the emails exactly why Chagoury needed to speak with anyone at the State Department. Although, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch, Chagoury is reportedly a very wealthy Nigerian-Lebanese businessman and friend of former President Bill Clinton. He is a mega-donor who, according to the Wall Street Journal, pledged between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation. ABC News reported that he made another $1 billion pledge to the Clinton Global Initiative.

According to a 2010 PBS Frontline/World investigation, Chagoury also has somewhat of a checkered past. He was previously convicted in a money laundering scheme that allegedly helped a former Nigerian dictator stash stolen money in various bank accounts in Switzerland, Liechtenstein and elsewhere. However, his conviction was expunged in 2000 after he agreed to a plea deal that required him to return approximately $66 million to the Nigerian government.

“Clinton’s top aides’ favors for and interactions with the Clinton Foundation seem in violation of the ethics agreements that Hillary Clinton agreed to in order to be appointed and confirmed as Secretary of State,” Judicial Watch wrote in a statement accompanying the release of the documents.

The statement goes on to cite a letter from Clinton to State Department Designated Agency Ethics Official James H. Thessin from January 2009. The letter states, in part:

“For the duration of my appointment as Secretary if I am confirmed, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which The William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a party….”

In addition to contact with individuals connected to the Clinton Foundation, the newly released emails also show Clinton was contacted by a fundraiser/bundler connected with her 2008 presidential campaign. In April 2009, fundraiser Lara Moresky contacted Clinton directly through email to request help getting someone a position at the State Department.

Moresky wrote that she understood the hiring process was moving slowly, but she “was hoping you (Clinton) might intervene to make sure [name redacted] was taken seriously and considered for a proper responsible position.”

Clinton forwarded the email request to Abedin, telling her to please help the unidentified individual. Clinton also appeared to request that Abedin keep her in the loop, writing, “Let me know.”

“No wonder Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin hid emails from the American people, the courts and Congress,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “They show the Clinton Foundation, Clinton donors, and operatives worked with Hillary Clinton in potential violation of the law.”

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-uncovers-new-batch-hillary-clinton-emails/

http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/JW-v-State-Huma-production-9-unpublished-00684.pdf

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/bribe/2010/01/nigeria-chasing-the-ghosts-of-a-corrupt-regime.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/no-fly-terror-list-includes-big-donor-clinton-initiative/story?id=9791786

http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/st_clintondonor_20081218.html

https://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/JW-v-State-Abedin-production-9-00684-pg-255-1.pdf

http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/jw-v-state-abedin-production-9-00684-pg-212/

Fmr. CIA Agent: Obama Displayed ‘High Level’ of Deception On $400 Million Iranian Payment

Melania Trump May Have Committed Visa Fraud, Now She’s Flat Out Lying About It

White Suspect Allegedly Killed Black Man After 911 Call About ‘Hoodlums’

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/no-fly-terror-list-includes-big-donor-clinton-initiative/story?id=9791786

A Nigerian businessman who has been a significant financial supporter for former President Bill Clinton was stopped from boarding a private jet last month in New Jersey after law enforcement authorities discovered he had been put on the U.S. government’s recently expanded terrorist no-fly list, according to a report of the incident provided to ABCNews.com.

The businessman, Gilbert Chagoury, 64, was prevented from boarding the jet at Teterboro airport in New Jersey on Jan. 15, according to the report. Law enforcement authorities reported they ultimately obtained a “waiver” from Washington to permit Chagoury to fly out of the country to France.

According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the no-fly list is designed to “keep known terrorists off planes.” The TSA website says it works with intelligence and law enforcement partners to compile the list and has a “dedicated staff to review and scrub the existing No-Fly list and ensure all nominees meet the standing criteria.”
Chagoury with Bill Clinton at a 2005 Banquet
The TSA declined to comment on why or when Chagoury had been placed on the terror no-fly list or who provided the waiver to allow him to board his flight. and referred ABC News to the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) for comment.

A spokesperson for the FBI’s TSC also declined to comment about Chagoury, saying the TSC never comments on individual names on the no-fly list.

The spokesperson did say the list is “fluid” and individuals may be moved up or downgraded at any time based on the current threat environment, but “an individual’s social status, financial means, and political affiliations are not considered” in an individual being moved up or down the list.

Chagoury’s son, Gilbert Jr., confirmed that his father had been stopped by the FBI at Teterboro. He said he would ask his father to call ABC News for further comment but the senior Chagoury has yet to respond.

A Clinton spokesman, Matt McKenna, said the former President’s office was unaware of the incident until contacted by ABCNews.com. “We had no role whatsoever” in helping Chagoury get the waiver, said McKenna. “Nor would we ever,” he added.

Chagoury is a controversial figure in Africa and Europe but it is the first time there has been any suggestion of alleged ties to terrorism.

Described as a billionaire, Chagoury runs an industrial conglomerate in Nigeria, the Chagoury Group, and had ties to a former corrupt president there.

In 2009 Chagoury pledged $1 billion via the Chagoury Group as part of his commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, according to the Global Initiative website. Chagoury also recently donated more than $1 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to a list of donors made public by the foundation in December. Members of Chagoury’s family were contributors to the 2008 Presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.

Chagoury Donated to 1996 Clinton Campaign

According to the Wall Street Journal, Chagoury’s ties to the former president date to 1996 when he donated money “to support then-President Clinton’s 1996 re-election effort, and later helped the former president land a lucrative speaking fee.”
The money for Clinton’s re-election helped to fund a get-out-the-vote effort, which legally can accept contributions from a non-US resident.

Law enforcement authorities say Chagoury was a “positive match” to the Gilbert Chagoury on the terrorism no fly list, based on his date of birth. He was traveling on a British passport which does not require a US visa to enter the country.

According to the law enforcement report, Chagoury also is named on a second watch list called, TIDE, the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center.

According to the Center website, the TIDE list is the US government’s “central repository on international terrorist identities.” Federal agencies nominate individuals for the TIDE list based on possible connections to terrorist organizations or terrorist financing, according to the website.

The report on the incident said a private jet owned by Chagoury was at Teterboro for repairs and he was attempting to leave on a second jet, a Dassault Falcon 900EX.

Chagoury, five passengers and two crew members were all detained by TSA officers who called in agents from the FBI and Customs and Border Patrol.
Chagoury with Bill Clinton at a 2005 Banquet
After being questioned for several hours by the FBI, the crew and passengers were released without incident, according to the report. By the time Chagoury’s “waiver” to fly was processed, authorities said, the repairs had been finished on his jet and he departed for Paris on that aircraft.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Chagoury, of Lebanese descent, has also been a financial supporter of Christian politicians and religious leaders in Lebanon.

The paper also cited reports that Chagoury had been the subject of “government investigations into suspected bribery by Western companies that do business in Nigeria.”

 

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http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-uncovers-new-batch-hillary-clinton-emails/

http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/jw-v-state-abedin-production-9-00684/

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Huma Abedin Emails Show Clinton Foundation Donor Demands on State Department

(Washington DC) – Judicial Watch today released 296 pages of State Department records, of which 44 email exchanges were not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to 171 of new Clinton emails (not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department). These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department

The new documents reveal that in April 2009 controversial Clinton Foundation official Doug Band pushed for a job for an associate. In the email Band tells Hillary Clinton’s former aides at the State Department Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin that it is “important to take care of [Redacted]. Band is reassured by Abedin that “Personnel has been sending him options.” Band was co-founder of Teneo Strategy with Bill Clinton and a top official of the Clinton Foundation, including its Clinton Global Initiative.

Included in the new document production is a 2009 email in which Band, directs Abedin and Mills to put Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and Clinton Foundation donor Gilbert Chagoury in touch with the State Department’s “substance person” on Lebanon. Band notes that Chagoury is “key guy there [Lebanon] and to us,” and insists that Abedin call Amb. Jeffrey Feltman to connect him to Chagoury.

Chagoury is a close friend of former President Bill Clinton and a top donor to the Clinton Foundation. He has appeared near the top of the Foundation’s donor list as a $1 million to $5 million contributor, according to foundation documents. He also pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative. According to a 2010 investigation by PBS Frontline, Chagoury was convicted in 2000 in Switzerland for laundering money from Nigeria, but agreed to a plea deal and repaid $66 million to the Nigerian government.

Clinton’s top aides’ favors for and interactions with the Clinton Foundation seem in violation of the ethics agreements that Hillary Clinton agreed to in order to be appointed and confirmed as Secretary of State. For example, Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton on January 5, 2009, in a letter to State Department Designated Agency Ethics Official James H. Thessin:

“For the duration of my appointment as Secretary if I am confirmed, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which The William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a party….”

As preparation for Hillary’s upcoming visit to Asia, Stephen Roach, chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, on Feb. 11, 2009, sends Hillary a copy of his upcoming testimony before Congress in which he would condemn any U.S. efforts to criticize Chinese monetary policy or enact trade barriers. Several days later, Hillary asked Abedin about Roach possibly “connecting” with her while she was in Beijing: “I forwarded you my email to him about connecting in Beijing. Can he come to the embassy or other event?” Morgan Stanley is a long-time financial supporter of the Clintons.

The emails also reveal that Abedin left then-Secretary Clinton’s daily schedule, a presumably sensitive document, on a bed in an unlocked hotel room. An email on April 18, 2009, during a conference in Trinidad and Tobago, from aide Melissa J. Lan to Huma Abedin asks for the Secretary’s “day book binders.” Abedin replies: “Yes. It’s on the bed in my room. U can take it. My door is open. I’m in the lobby.Thx.” Moreover, the emails show the annoyance of another Clinton aide that the schedule was sent to an authorized State Department email address and not to an unsecured non-state.gov account.

The emails reveal that Clinton campaign adviser and pollster Mark Penn advised Clinton on NATO and piracy. Another major Clinton fundraiser, Lana Moresky, also pushed Clinton to hire someone for a position at State. Clinton directed Abedin to follow up and “help” the applicant and told Abedin to “let me know” about the job issue.

The emails show that Hillary Clinton relied on someone named “Justin” (presumably Justin Cooper, a Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation employee), to set up her cell phone voicemail, rather than having State Department personnel handle it. This was in a February 11, 2009, email from Clinton aide Lauren Jiloty to Clinton, using Clinton’s hdr22@clintonmail.com address.

This is the ninth set of records produced for Judicial Watch by the State Department from the non-state.gov email accounts of Huma Abedin.

The documents were produced under a court order in a May 5, 2015, Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)) requiring the agency to produce “all emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013, using a ‘non-state’.gov email address.”

“No wonder Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin hid emails from the American people, the courts and Congress,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “They show the Clinton Foundation, Clinton donors, and operatives worked with Hillary Clinton in potential violation of the law.”

In June, Judicial Watch uncovered two batches (here and here) of new Clinton email records through court-ordered discovery.

Twice in May, Judicial Watch uncovered new Clinton emails, including emails that show Clinton knew about the security risk of her BlackBerry (see here and here).

Recently, Judicial Watch released other State Department emails (one batch of 103 pages, the second of 138 pages), with newly discovered Clinton emails also going back as far as January 2009.

In March, Judicial Watch released Clinton State Department emails dating from February 2009 that also call into question her statements about her emails. Those emails contained more evidence of the battle between security officials in the State Department, National Security Administration, Clinton and her staff over attempts to obtain secure BlackBerrys.

Hillary Clinton has repeatedly stated that she believes that the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in December 2014 included all of her work-related emails. In response to a court order in other Judicial Watch litigation, she declared under penalty of perjury that she had “directed that all my emails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or are potentially federal records be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done.” This new email find is also at odds with her official campaign statement suggesting all “work or potentially work-related emails” were provided to the State Department.

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Huma Abedin Emails Show Clinton Foundation Donor Demands on State Department

(Washington DC) – Judicial Watch today released 296 pages of State Department records, of which 44 email exchanges were not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to 171 of new Clinton emails (not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department). These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department

The new documents reveal that in April 2009 controversial Clinton Foundation official Doug Band pushed for a job for an associate. In the email Band tells Hillary Clinton’s former aides at the State Department Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin that it is “important to take care of [Redacted]. Band is reassured by Abedin that “Personnel has been sending him options.” Band was co-founder of Teneo Strategy with Bill Clinton and a top official of the Clinton Foundation, including its Clinton Global Initiative.

Included in the new document production is a 2009 email in which Band, directs Abedin and Mills to put Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and Clinton Foundation donor Gilbert Chagoury in touch with the State Department’s “substance person” on Lebanon. Band notes that Chagoury is “key guy there [Lebanon] and to us,” and insists that Abedin call Amb. Jeffrey Feltman to connect him to Chagoury.

Chagoury is a close friend of former President Bill Clinton and a top donor to the Clinton Foundation. He has appeared near the top of the Foundation’s donor list as a $1 million to $5 million contributor, according to foundation documents. He also pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative. According to a 2010 investigation by PBS Frontline, Chagoury was convicted in 2000 in Switzerland for laundering money from Nigeria, but agreed to a plea deal and repaid $66 million to the Nigerian government.

Clinton’s top aides’ favors for and interactions with the Clinton Foundation seem in violation of the ethics agreements that Hillary Clinton agreed to in order to be appointed and confirmed as Secretary of State. For example, Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton on January 5, 2009, in a letter to State Department Designated Agency Ethics Official James H. Thessin:

“For the duration of my appointment as Secretary if I am confirmed, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which The William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a party….”

As preparation for Hillary’s upcoming visit to Asia, Stephen Roach, chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, on Feb. 11, 2009, sends Hillary a copy of his upcoming testimony before Congress in which he would condemn any U.S. efforts to criticize Chinese monetary policy or enact trade barriers. Several days later, Hillary asked Abedin about Roach possibly “connecting” with her while she was in Beijing: “I forwarded you my email to him about connecting in Beijing. Can he come to the embassy or other event?” Morgan Stanley is a long-time financial supporter of the Clintons.

The emails also reveal that Abedin left then-Secretary Clinton’s daily schedule, a presumably sensitive document, on a bed in an unlocked hotel room. An email on April 18, 2009, during a conference in Trinidad and Tobago, from aide Melissa J. Lan to Huma Abedin asks for the Secretary’s “day book binders.” Abedin replies: “Yes. It’s on the bed in my room. U can take it. My door is open. I’m in the lobby.Thx.” Moreover, the emails show the annoyance of another Clinton aide that the schedule was sent to an authorized State Department email address and not to an unsecured non-state.gov account.

The emails reveal that Clinton campaign adviser and pollster Mark Penn advised Clinton on NATO and piracy. Another major Clinton fundraiser, Lana Moresky, also pushed Clinton to hire someone for a position at State. Clinton directed Abedin to follow up and “help” the applicant and told Abedin to “let me know” about the job issue.

The emails show that Hillary Clinton relied on someone named “Justin” (presumably Justin Cooper, a Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation employee), to set up her cell phone voicemail, rather than having State Department personnel handle it. This was in a February 11, 2009, email from Clinton aide Lauren Jiloty to Clinton, using Clinton’s hdr22@clintonmail.com address.

This is the ninth set of records produced for Judicial Watch by the State Department from the non-state.gov email accounts of Huma Abedin.

The documents were produced under a court order in a May 5, 2015, Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)) requiring the agency to produce “all emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013, using a ‘non-state’.gov email address.”

“No wonder Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin hid emails from the American people, the courts and Congress,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “They show the Clinton Foundation, Clinton donors, and operatives worked with Hillary Clinton in potential violation of the law.”

In June, Judicial Watch uncovered two batches (here and here) of new Clinton email records through court-ordered discovery.

Twice in May, Judicial Watch uncovered new Clinton emails, including emails that show Clinton knew about the security risk of her BlackBerry (see here and here).

Recently, Judicial Watch released other State Department emails (one batch of 103 pages, the second of 138 pages), with newly discovered Clinton emails also going back as far as January 2009.

In March, Judicial Watch released Clinton State Department emails dating from February 2009 that also call into question her statements about her emails. Those emails contained more evidence of the battle between security officials in the State Department, National Security Administration, Clinton and her staff over attempts to obtain secure BlackBerrys.

Hillary Clinton has repeatedly stated that she believes that the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in December 2014 included all of her work-related emails. In response to a court order in other Judicial Watch litigation, she declared under penalty of perjury that she had “directed that all my emails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or are potentially federal records be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done.” This new email find is also at odds with her official campaign statement suggesting all “work or potentially work-related emails” were provided to the State Department.

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http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/jw-v-state-5th-production-huma-emails-00684-3/

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/09/opinion/the-great-affluence-fallacy.html

“In 18th-century America , colonial society and Native American society sat side by side. The former was buddingly commercial; the latter was communal and tribal. As time went by, the settlers from Europe noticed something: No Indians were defecting to join colonial society, but many whites were defecting to live in the Native American one.

This struck them as strange. Colonial society was richer and more advanced. And yet people were voting with their feet the other way.

The colonials occasionally tried to welcome Native American children into their midst, but they couldn’t persuade them to stay. Benjamin Franklin observed the phenomenon in 1753, writing, “When an Indian child has been brought up among us, taught our language and habituated to our customs, yet if he goes to see his relations and make one Indian ramble with them, there is no persuading him ever to return.”

During the wars with the Indians, many European settlers were taken prisoner and held within Indian tribes. After a while, they had plenty of chances to escape and return, and yet they did not. In fact, when they were “rescued,” they fled and hid from their rescuers.

Sometimes the Indians tried to forcibly return the colonials in a prisoner swap, and still the colonials refused to go. In one case, the Shawanese Indians were compelled to tie up some European women in order to ship them back. After they were returned, the women escaped the colonial towns and ran back to the Indians.

Even as late as 1782, the pattern was still going strong. Hector de Crèvecoeur wrote, “Thousands of Europeans are Indians, and we have no examples of even one of those aborigines having from choice become European.”

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True, democratic socialism is alive and well.

It already exists and has done so in both the 20th and 21st century.

The kibbutz system in Israel.

Furtherore, the kibbutz sector has the highest (per capita) ratio of university graduates in the country and produces more than twice the national GDP level.

It also represents a high level of the Israeli tech sector and innovation.

Yes, there were initial concerns (back in the 1950’s and 60’s) that the kibbutz socialist based system would limit-reduce human characteristics such as individual motivation, drive, innovation, creativity, etc – however, this has not been the case at all.

In fact quite the opposite has occurred.

When all the basic needs of humans are collectively met, combined with a strong sense of belonging, inclusivity, and a supportive, zero stress, social environment…people are then psychologically free (and at ease) to function as productive, creative members of society.

Also note, crime rates within the kibbutz system are extremely low.

Violent crime is virtually non existant.
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http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/americans-distaste-for-both-trump-and-clinton-is-record-breaking/

Here is another view by a journalist named below:

“As the United States moves forward in our presidential election this fall, it feels like many voters are more undecided than ever. Last week, the GOP nominated former reality TV star Donald Trump at their Republican National Convention, while this week, the Democratic party nominated Hillary Clinton — though neither won without some disruption. Republican delegates contested Trump’s nomination, as did Democratic delegates, and both saw their fair share of protests outside their conventions. So what should you do if you want to vote outside the two major parties? Well, these Jill Stein and Gary Johnson highlights will help you pick between the two non-mainstream candidates if you’re considering a third-party vote.

It’s no secret that Trump and Clinton both polled at record-breaking lows this year regarding favorability as far as presidential candidates go. Politicians and lawmakers within the GOP tried to stop their own candidate for months, and Sanders delegates and supporters protested Clinton’s nomination over the course of the Democratic convention. Perhaps this is the year Americans are starting to look outside of the two-party system for their candidate, and in some ways, that can be attributed to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign calling for political establishment reform.

Americans are certainly looking to third-party candidates this year, with Johnson, and Stein polling at around 3 percent over the latter half of the month of July. The candidates need 15 percent voter support to make it on the debate stage this fall, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to hear what they have to say. So what do these third-party candidates have to offer?

On Education

Stein’s platform for 2016 focuses on climate change and accessible, affordable education. Following suit with Sanders’ revolutionary policy platforms, Stein wants to eradicate student loan debt and make sure that education is tuition-free from preschool through undergrad.

Johnson’s platform on education would include abolishing the Department of Education, suggesting that individual states funding education without federal restrictions and guidelines will have more money to do so.

On Climate Change

Climate change and the threats it poses the planet are central to Stein’s platform. Her platform calls for an end to fracking and offshore drilling, and a call to protect our water supplies. Stein has also called for transitioning to renewable energy over the next 14 years and creating jobs in the process.

According to the Seattle Times, Johnson believes that humans have “probably” had an impact on climate change. Johnson also believes in the federal government’s push to protect the environment but has also pushed for punitive actions against polluters, rather than within the market.

On Military Assistance for Israel

Stein’s stance on foreign policy includes opposing U.S. military aid to Israel. She told PBS that this monetary assistance is used to “fund a government which is basically committing war crimes against the Palestinian people, violating, violating international law with the occupations.” According to her presidential platform, Stein believes in a foreign policy “based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights,” not on war.

When it comes down to U.S. support in Israel, Johnson reportedly believes in cutting to Israel. In 2011, he called the state an ally to the U.S. and suggested that “it’s a mistake for us to think that we’re going to dictate to them actions when it comes to Palestinian statehood.”

When it comes time this fall, whether you vote Democratic, Republican, or third-party, whether you vote your conscience, or simply to stop Trump, it’s OK to learn about the third-party candidates who are campaigning through the next few months.”

Erin Corbett is a Massachusetts-based journalist, originally from Chicago. Her writing interests focus on policing, global politics, and reproductive justice. She believes in intersectional feminism, and loves a slice of deep dish pizza.\

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They did the same with Nader, blaming him that Bush and Clinton lead the way into the Iraq. They will go even further and will call Jill Stein a spoiler. Turn the silly argument around and it becomes at least more true. Clinton II had the weakest pollings against theDonald, Clinton II only won the primaries because of the mediatime she got, the superdelegats, votersupression, closed primaries,…. not many at all want her as president and she got support from the DNC (see emails), CNN, corporate world… and so on.

If the Donald becomes President, then because of ClintonII . If she loves her country, she should step back.

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Trump’s insurgency is still rolling strong. I already see how they will try to quell this one. 2 of the 3 debates planned are on major Football nights. Hopefully the American people will see through this ruse.

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Was sometimes infront of the Iraqinvasion, the world was split into the willings and the enemy and the big mediaoutlets of the land of the free played well trained the drums of war. Majority of citizens were frightened and held meetings to sing the national anthem and to feel strong together in patriotism supported with Foxnews newest stinking mushroomcloud. But it took BushII more time then expected to get into the Iraq, so there was the real menace that the fearlevel would fall. One magician came up with the idea of the freedom fries, which seemed perfect to use in that context. So the medialords and their lemmings inspired the folk to feel deep anger against those French people, inclusive French wine. Maybe there was even an “Freedom fries” official talkingpointlist for the msm, like in the case of Snowden or advanced interrogation technics or maybe soon spoiler.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_fries

For me that is dangerous “journalism “ and using the word freedom fries in that context was bizarre, like it feels bizarre to respond to “No more wars” with “USA””USA”

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Thanks. I see that Assange was on CNN of all places and talking about the leaks coming from within the Democratic Party- not from Russia. He also talked about a new set of leaks- do you know what this is about? Curiously enough, the guy who was accused of giving the leaks from within the party was mysteriously murdered two weeks ago.
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New Emails Appear to Show Clinton Foundation Donors Called In Favors to State Dept

New Emails Appear to Show Clinton Foundation Donors Called In Favors to State Dept

by Chris White | 3:34 pm, August 9th, 2016 230

Hillary Clinton via shutterstock Newly released State Department records, including previously unreleased emails from Huma Abedin, appear to show Clinton Foundation donors calling in favors from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The new documents released on Tuesday were obtained by the legal watchdog group Judicial Watch as part of their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that seeks information about Abedin’s unique employment arrangement with the State Department. Judicial Watch claims some the documents paint a troubling portrait of then-Secretary of State Clinton possibly giving preferential treatment to top campaign bundlers and Clinton Foundation donors.

For example, an April 2009 email exchange with the subject line “[a] favor…” appears to show longtime Clinton associate Doug Band reaching out to Abedin and Cheryl Mills, writing, “Important to take care of [name redacted].”

Abedin responds almost immediately, writing, “We have all had him on our radar. Personnel has been sending him options.”

In a separate exchange a few days later, Band emails Abedin and Mills again, this time urgently requesting help putting Gilbert Chagoury in contact with the State Department’s “substance person” on Lebanon. Abedin replies a few hours later, promising to speak with the “substance person” about the request. Band then responds again, informing Abedin that she should contact the person now, writing, “This is very important.”

It is unclear from the emails exactly why Chagoury needed to speak with anyone at the State Department. Although, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch, Chagoury is reportedly a very wealthy Nigerian-Lebanese businessman and friend of former President Bill Clinton. He is a mega-donor who, according to the Wall Street Journal, pledged between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation. ABC News reported that he made another $1 billion pledge to the Clinton Global Initiative.

According to a 2010 PBS Frontline/World investigation, Chagoury also has somewhat of a checkered past. He was previously convicted in a money laundering scheme that allegedly helped a former Nigerian dictator stash stolen money in various bank accounts in Switzerland, Liechtenstein and elsewhere. However, his conviction was expunged in 2000 after he agreed to a plea deal that required him to return approximately $66 million to the Nigerian government.

“Clinton’s top aides’ favors for and interactions with the Clinton Foundation seem in violation of the ethics agreements that Hillary Clinton agreed to in order to be appointed and confirmed as Secretary of State,” Judicial Watch wrote in a statement accompanying the release of the documents.

The statement goes on to cite a letter from Clinton to State Department Designated Agency Ethics Official James H. Thessin from January 2009. The letter states, in part:

“For the duration of my appointment as Secretary if I am confirmed, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which The William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a party….”

In addition to contact with individuals connected to the Clinton Foundation, the newly released emails also show Clinton was contacted by a fundraiser/bundler connected with her 2008 presidential campaign. In April 2009, fundraiser Lara Moresky contacted Clinton directly through email to request help getting someone a position at the State Department.

Moresky wrote that she understood the hiring process was moving slowly, but she “was hoping you (Clinton) might intervene to make sure [name redacted] was taken seriously and considered for a proper responsible position.”

Clinton forwarded the email request to Abedin, telling her to please help the unidentified individual. Clinton also appeared to request that Abedin keep her in the loop, writing, “Let me know.”

“No wonder Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin hid emails from the American people, the courts and Congress,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “They show the Clinton Foundation, Clinton donors, and operatives worked with Hillary Clinton in potential violation of the law.”

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-uncovers-new-batch-hillary-clinton-emails/

http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/JW-v-State-Huma-production-9-unpublished-00684.pdf

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/bribe/2010/01/nigeria-chasing-the-ghosts-of-a-corrupt-regime.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/no-fly-terror-list-includes-big-donor-clinton-initiative/story?id=9791786

http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/st_clintondonor_20081218.html

https://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/JW-v-State-Abedin-production-9-00684-pg-255-1.pdf

http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/jw-v-state-abedin-production-9-00684-pg-212/

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/no-fly-terror-list-includes-big-donor-clinton-initiative/story?id=9791786

A Nigerian businessman who has been a significant financial supporter for former President Bill Clinton was stopped from boarding a private jet last month in New Jersey after law enforcement authorities discovered he had been put on the U.S. government’s recently expanded terrorist no-fly list, according to a report of the incident provided to ABCNews.com.

The businessman, Gilbert Chagoury, 64, was prevented from boarding the jet at Teterboro airport in New Jersey on Jan. 15, according to the report. Law enforcement authorities reported they ultimately obtained a “waiver” from Washington to permit Chagoury to fly out of the country to France.

According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the no-fly list is designed to “keep known terrorists off planes.” The TSA website says it works with intelligence and law enforcement partners to compile the list and has a “dedicated staff to review and scrub the existing No-Fly list and ensure all nominees meet the standing criteria.”

Chagoury with Bill Clinton at a 2005 Banquet

The TSA declined to comment on why or when Chagoury had been placed on the terror no-fly list or who provided the waiver to allow him to board his flight. and referred ABC News to the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) for comment.

A spokesperson for the FBI’s TSC also declined to comment about Chagoury, saying the TSC never comments on individual names on the no-fly list.

The spokesperson did say the list is “fluid” and individuals may be moved up or downgraded at any time based on the current threat environment, but “an individual’s social status, financial means, and political affiliations are not considered” in an individual being moved up or down the list.

Chagoury’s son, Gilbert Jr., confirmed that his father had been stopped by the FBI at Teterboro. He said he would ask his father to call ABC News for further comment but the senior Chagoury has yet to respond.

A Clinton spokesman, Matt McKenna, said the former President’s office was unaware of the incident until contacted by ABCNews.com. “We had no role whatsoever” in helping Chagoury get the waiver, said McKenna. “Nor would we ever,” he added.

Chagoury is a controversial figure in Africa and Europe but it is the first time there has been any suggestion of alleged ties to terrorism.

Described as a billionaire, Chagoury runs an industrial conglomerate in Nigeria, the Chagoury Group, and had ties to a former corrupt president there.

In 2009 Chagoury pledged $1 billion via the Chagoury Group as part of his commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, according to the Global Initiative website. Chagoury also recently donated more than $1 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to a list of donors made public by the foundation in December. Members of Chagoury’s family were contributors to the 2008 Presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.

Chagoury Donated to 1996 Clinton Campaign

According to the Wall Street Journal, Chagoury’s ties to the former president date to 1996 when he donated money “to support then-President Clinton’s 1996 re-election effort, and later helped the former president land a lucrative speaking fee.”

The money for Clinton’s re-election helped to fund a get-out-the-vote effort, which legally can accept contributions from a non-US resident.

Law enforcement authorities say Chagoury was a “positive match” to the Gilbert Chagoury on the terrorism no fly list, based on his date of birth. He was traveling on a British passport which does not require a US visa to enter the country.

According to the law enforcement report, Chagoury also is named on a second watch list called, TIDE, the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center.

According to the Center website, the TIDE list is the US government’s “central repository on international terrorist identities.” Federal agencies nominate individuals for the TIDE list based on possible connections to terrorist organizations or terrorist financing, according to the website.

The report on the incident said a private jet owned by Chagoury was at Teterboro for repairs and he was attempting to leave on a second jet, a Dassault Falcon 900EX.

Chagoury, five passengers and two crew members were all detained by TSA officers who called in agents from the FBI and Customs and Border Patrol.

Chagoury with Bill Clinton at a 2005 Banquet

After being questioned for several hours by the FBI, the crew and passengers were released without incident, according to the report. By the time Chagoury’s “waiver” to fly was processed, authorities said, the repairs had been finished on his jet and he departed for Paris on that aircraft.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Chagoury, of Lebanese descent, has also been a financial supporter of Christian politicians and religious leaders in Lebanon.

The paper also cited reports that Chagoury had been the subject of “government investigations into suspected bribery by Western companies that do business in Nigeria.”

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-uncovers-new-batch-hillary-clinton-emails/

http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/jw-v-state-abedin-production-9-00684/

http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/jw-v-state-huma-production-9-unpublished-00684-2/

Huma Abedin Emails Show Clinton Foundation Donor Demands on State Department

(Washington DC) – Judicial Watch today released 296 pages of State Department records, of which 44 email exchanges were not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to 171 of new Clinton emails (not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department). These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department

The new documents reveal that in April 2009 controversial Clinton Foundation official Doug Band pushed for a job for an associate. In the email Band tells Hillary Clinton’s former aides at the State Department Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin that it is “important to take care of [Redacted]. Band is reassured by Abedin that “Personnel has been sending him options.” Band was co-founder of Teneo Strategy with Bill Clinton and a top official of the Clinton Foundation, including its Clinton Global Initiative.

Included in the new document production is a 2009 email in which Band, directs Abedin and Mills to put Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and Clinton Foundation donor Gilbert Chagoury in touch with the State Department’s “substance person” on Lebanon. Band notes that Chagoury is “key guy there [Lebanon] and to us,” and insists that Abedin call Amb. Jeffrey Feltman to connect him to Chagoury.

Chagoury is a close friend of former President Bill Clinton and a top donor to the Clinton Foundation. He has appeared near the top of the Foundation’s donor list as a $1 million to $5 million contributor, according to foundation documents. He also pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative. According to a 2010 investigation by PBS Frontline, Chagoury was convicted in 2000 in Switzerland for laundering money from Nigeria, but agreed to a plea deal and repaid $66 million to the Nigerian government.

Clinton’s top aides’ favors for and interactions with the Clinton Foundation seem in violation of the ethics agreements that Hillary Clinton agreed to in order to be appointed and confirmed as Secretary of State. For example, Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton on January 5, 2009, in a letter to State Department Designated Agency Ethics Official James H. Thessin:

“For the duration of my appointment as Secretary if I am confirmed, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which The William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a party….”

As preparation for Hillary’s upcoming visit to Asia, Stephen Roach, chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, on Feb. 11, 2009, sends Hillary a copy of his upcoming testimony before Congress in which he would condemn any U.S. efforts to criticize Chinese monetary policy or enact trade barriers. Several days later, Hillary asked Abedin about Roach possibly “connecting” with her while she was in Beijing: “I forwarded you my email to him about connecting in Beijing. Can he come to the embassy or other event?” Morgan Stanley is a long-time financial supporter of the Clintons.

The emails also reveal that Abedin left then-Secretary Clinton’s daily schedule, a presumably sensitive document, on a bed in an unlocked hotel room. An email on April 18, 2009, during a conference in Trinidad and Tobago, from aide Melissa J. Lan to Huma Abedin asks for the Secretary’s “day book binders.” Abedin replies: “Yes. It’s on the bed in my room. U can take it. My door is open. I’m in the lobby.Thx.” Moreover, the emails show the annoyance of another Clinton aide that the schedule was sent to an authorized State Department email address and not to an unsecured non-state.gov account.

The emails reveal that Clinton campaign adviser and pollster Mark Penn advised Clinton on NATO and piracy. Another major Clinton fundraiser, Lana Moresky, also pushed Clinton to hire someone for a position at State. Clinton directed Abedin to follow up and “help” the applicant and told Abedin to “let me know” about the job issue.

The emails show that Hillary Clinton relied on someone named “Justin” (presumably Justin Cooper, a Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation employee), to set up her cell phone voicemail, rather than having State Department personnel handle it. This was in a February 11, 2009, email from Clinton aide Lauren Jiloty to Clinton, using Clinton’s hdr22@clintonmail.com address.

This is the ninth set of records produced for Judicial Watch by the State Department from the non-state.gov email accounts of Huma Abedin.

The documents were produced under a court order in a May 5, 2015, Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)) requiring the agency to produce “all emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013, using a ‘non-state’.gov email address.”

“No wonder Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin hid emails from the American people, the courts and Congress,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “They show the Clinton Foundation, Clinton donors, and operatives worked with Hillary Clinton in potential violation of the law.”

In June, Judicial Watch uncovered two batches (here and here) of new Clinton email records through court-ordered discovery.

Twice in May, Judicial Watch uncovered new Clinton emails, including emails that show Clinton knew about the security risk of her BlackBerry (see here and here).

Recently, Judicial Watch released other State Department emails (one batch of 103 pages, the second of 138 pages), with newly discovered Clinton emails also going back as far as January 2009.

In March, Judicial Watch released Clinton State Department emails dating from February 2009 that also call into question her statements about her emails. Those emails contained more evidence of the battle between security officials in the State Department, National Security Administration, Clinton and her staff over attempts to obtain secure BlackBerrys.

Hillary Clinton has repeatedly stated that she believes that the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in December 2014 included all of her work-related emails. In response to a court order in other Judicial Watch litigation, she declared under penalty of perjury that she had “directed that all my emails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or are potentially federal records be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done.” This new email find is also at odds with her official campaign statement suggesting all “work or potentially work-related emails” were provided to the State Department.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-new-clinton-emails-produced-state-department-clinton-email-shows-concerned-records/

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-releases-state-department-inspector-general-investigation-records-related-hillary-clinton-emails/

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-new-clinton-emails-reveal-clinton-knew-about-security-risk-of-private-blackberry-avoided-use-of-secure-phone/

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-lawsuit-uncovers-more-hillary-clinton-emails-withheld-from-state-department/

http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/jw-v-state-5th-production-huma-emails-00684-3/

http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/jw-v-state-6th-production-huma-emails-00684/

http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/jw-v-state-abedin-production-9-00684-pg-265/

 

 

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