.............United States Presidential Election 2016................
The election is over. Donald Trump was elected president.
Barack Obama Meets With Donald Trump At The White House
The Huffington Post
By Mollie Reilly, Deputy Politics Editor
November 10, 2016
President Barack Obama met with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday to discuss transitioning power to the Republican, who spent years attempting to delegitimize Obama’s presidency.
The two men met in the Oval Office, and reporters were ushered into the room afterward to hear brief statements from the duo.
Obama said he was "encouraged" by the meeting with Trump and the president-elect’s interest in working with his team.
"I believe that it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, work together to deal with the many challenges that we face," he said.
.............Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton..................
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, et al, in friendlier times.
A House Beautiful magazine story about Hillary Clinton's Home in Chappaqua, New York, reports at slide 13 of 17,
"No local golf or country clubs would admit the Clintons."
"Members were concerned about the level of disruption the Clintons would create, so they had to join the next closest option... Donald Trump's Trump National Golf Club Westchester." (Wikipedia)
FBI notifies Congress it will investigate new emails found in probe of Clinton's private server - Oct-28-2016
FBI will review new emails in connection with Hillary Clinton probe
ABA Journal Daily News
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Posted Oct 28, 2016 12:42 pm CDT
Updated: FBI director James Comey told Congress on Friday that the FBI will investigate new emails that appear to be relevant to its once-closed probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Comey said in a letter that the FBI learned of the existence of the emails in connection with an unrelated case, report the Washington Post and the New York Times.
According to the New York Times, unnamed officials told the newspaper that the new emails were discovered after the FBI seized electronic devices belong to Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Clinton. Weiner was under investigation for allegedly sexting a 15-year-old girl, the Associated Press reported in September.
The FBI "will take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation," Comey wrote.
Comey said he couldn’t predict how long it would take to complete the additional work and couldn’t assess at this time whether the new material may be significant.
The Washington Post calls Comey’s disclosure an "explosive announcement" that could shape the final days of the presidential campaign.
The FBI closed the Clinton email investigation in July with a recommendation that Clinton not be charged. Comey said at the time that Clinton and her staff were "extremely careless" in handling data, but "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring a case over the emails. Attorney General Loretta Lynch accepted the FBI recommendation.
In past cases involving the mishandling of classified information, Comey said in July, prosecutions "involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here."
Updated at 3:45 p.m. to note that the New York Times’s report that the emails were uncovered after the seizure of Huma Abedin’s electronic devices is based on information from unnamed officials. Read more
The essence of the FBI Director James B. Comey's letter to Congress October 28, 2016 is shown below, click to enlarge
FBI notifies Congress it will investigate new emails found in probe of Clinton's private server. 40/29 News On Demand
Comey Sends Letter To Congress Citing New Evidence (and An Investigation) In The Clinton Email Scandal [UPDATED]
- Jonathan Turley Oct-28-2016
Barack Obama Named James Comey FBI Chief For All The Wrong Reasons, The Huffington Post, Zach Carter Senior Political Economy Reporter, October 29, 2016
FBI Director James Comey Defied Attorney General With Email Announcement, The Huffington Post, by Daniel Marans Reporter, and Ryan J. Reilly Senior Justice Reporter, October 29, 2016
..............C-SPAN Road To The White House 2016...............
...................FRONTLINE - The Choice 2016...........................
CNN Town Hall Green Party Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka
2016 Presidential Election: The Candidates and Where They Stand on the Issues
As ProCon.org has done for millions of readers in past elections, you get reliable, sourced information about where each presidential candidate stands on important issues. We have posted candidate responses to 63 issues so far, and we are adding new information regularly with the goal of covering 75 issues by Oct. 8, 2016 - one month before Election Day. Read more
There may be redress for Bernie’s campaign contributors, through a federal class action lawsuit in Miami, Florida by JamPAC.
Jared H. Beck, Esq of Beck & Lee Trial Lawyers discussed the class action complaint filed against the Democratic Party and Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a video announcing the lawsuit.
There are essentially six legal claims we are asserting in this lawsuit on behalf of the composed class members. The first is a claim for fraud—against the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz—based on the revelations from the recent Guccifer 2.0 documents purportedly taken from the DNC’s own computer network. The Guccifer 2.0 documents include internal memos in which the DNC broke legally binding neutrality agreements in the Democratic primaries by strategizing to make Hillary Clinton the nominee before a single vote was cast.
Link to the First Amended Class Action Complaint, and exhibits.
Elizabeth Lee Beck, wife and law partner of Jared Beck, discusses JamPAC in this video, and court decisions in Citizens United and SpeechNow, and how she formed a SuperPAC benefiting people.
Ballotpedia Access for Presidential Candidates
In order to get on the ballot, a candidate for president of the United States must meet a variety of complex, state-specific filing requirements and deadlines. These regulations, known as ballot access laws, determine whether a candidate or party will appear on an election ballot. These laws are set at the state level. A presidential candidate must prepare to meet ballot access requirements well in advance of primaries, caucuses, and the general election.
There are three basic methods by which an individual may become a candidate for president of the United States.
1. An individual can seek the nomination of a political party. Presidential nominees are selected by delegates at national nominating conventions. Individual states conduct caucuses or primary elections to determine which delegates will be sent to the national convention.
2. An individual can run as an independent. Independent presidential candidates typically must petition each state to have their names printed on the general election ballot. For the 2016 presidential contest, it was estimated that an independent candidate would need to collect in excess of 880,000 signatures in order to appear on the general election ballot in every state.
3. An individual can run as a write-in candidate. In 34 states, a write-in candidate must file some paperwork in advance of the election. In nine states, write-in voting for presidential candidates is not permitted. The remaining states do not require write-in candidates to file paperwork in advance of the election.
The information presented here applies only to presidential candidates. For additional information about ballot access requirements for state and congressional candidates, see this article.
States that do not require write-in candidates to file paperwork in advance of the election.
New Jersey Elections
Rhode Island Elections
New Hampshire Elections
State lawmakers have developed presidential ballot access procedures in an effort to prevent non-serious candidates from appearing on the ballot. Critics of these complex procedures contend that stringent ballot access requirements discourage candidate and voter participation in the electoral process.
Ballot Access News
Seven Presidential Candidates File to have Write-ins Counted in Florida Posted on July 18, 2016 by Richard Winger
The United States Election Assistance Commission
Major Candidate profiles below
- Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party
- Donald J. Trump, Republican Party
- Jill Stein, Green Party
- Bernie Sanders, Democratic Party (ended July 12, 2016)
Federal Election Commission (FEC)
- Federal Election Commission 2016 Candidate Summary
Florida Division of Elections
- Candidate Tracking System database
Hillary Clinton: Democratic Candidate for President
Hillary Clinton 2016
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is an American politician and the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election. She served as the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, the junior United States Senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009, First Lady of the United States during the presidency of husband Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001, and First Lady of Arkansas during his governorship from 1979 to 1981 and from 1983 to 1992.
Born in Chicago and raised in the suburban town of Park Ridge, Illinois, Clinton attended Wellesley College, graduating in 1969, and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1973. After serving as a congressional legal counsel, she moved to Arkansas, marrying Bill Clinton in 1975. In 1977, she co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. She was appointed the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978, and, the following year, became the first woman partner at Rose Law Firm. As First Lady of Arkansas, she led a task force whose recommendations helped reform Arkansas's public schools, and served on several corporate boards. Read more
$153 million in Bill and Hillary Clinton speaking fees, documented, CNN by Robert Yoon, February 6, 2016
$153 million in Bill and Hillary Clinton speaking fees, documented
CNN, by Robert Yoon
February 6, 2016
(CNN) Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a CNN analysis shows.
In total, the two gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May, receiving an average payday of $210,795 for each address. The two also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic 2016 front-runner, collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks. Read more
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- US House (Rep) Benghazi Interim Progress Report
- Justice Network link: Libyan Crisis 2011-present
Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi, Libya, September 11, 2012
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Keeps Costing Money, And Chairman Trey Gowdy is still pondering a perjury investigation of Hillary Clinton
- The Huffington Post, 07/08/2016 04:22 pm ET
by Michael McAuliff, Senior Congressional Reporter
Exposing the Libyan Agenda: A Closer Look at Hillary Clinton's Emails, by Ellen Brown Esq. for Truth-Out
Exposing the Libyan Agenda: A Closer Look at Hillary Clinton's Emails
By Ellen Brown
The Web of Debt Blog
March 15, 2016
The brief visit of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Libya in October 2011 was referred to by the media as a "victory lap." "We came, we saw, he died!" she crowed in a CBS video interview on hearing of the capture and brutal murder of Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi.
But the victory lap, write Scott Shane and Jo Becker in The New York Times, was premature. Libya was relegated to the back burner by the State Department, "as the country dissolved into chaos, leading to a civil war that would destabilize the region, fueling the refugee crisis in Europe and allowing the Islamic State to establish a Libyan haven that the United States is now desperately trying to contain."
US-NATO intervention was allegedly undertaken on humanitarian grounds, after reports of mass atrocities; but human rights organizations questioned the claims after finding a lack of evidence. Today, however, verifiable atrocities are occurring. As Dan Kovalik wrote in the Huffington Post, "the human rights situation in Libya is a disaster, as 'thousands of detainees [including children] languish in prisons without proper judicial review,' and 'kidnappings and targeted killings are rampant'."
Before 2011, Libya had achieved economic independence, with its own water, its own food, its own oil, its own money, and its own state-owned bank. It had arisen under Qaddafi from one of the poorest of countries to the richest in Africa. Education and medical treatment were free; having a home was considered a human right; and Libyans participated in an original system of local democracy. The country boasted the world's largest irrigation system, the Great Man-made River project, which brought water from the desert to the cities and coastal areas; and Qaddafi was embarking on a program to spread this model throughout Africa.
But that was before US-NATO forces bombed the irrigation system and wreaked havoc on the country. Today the situation is so dire that President Obama has asked his advisors to draw up options including a new military front in Libya, and the Defense Department is reportedly standing ready with "the full spectrum of military operations required."
The Secretary of State's victory lap was indeed premature, if what we're talking about is the officially stated goal of humanitarian intervention. But her newly-released emails reveal another agenda behind the Libyan war; and this one, it seems, was achieved.
Of the 3,000 emails released from Hillary Clinton's private email server in late December 2015, about a third were from her close confidante Sidney Blumenthal, the attorney who defended her husband in the Monica Lewinsky case. One of these emails, dated April 2, 2011, reads in part:
Qaddafi's government holds 143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver.... This gold was accumulated prior to the current rebellion and was intended to be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar. This plan was designed to provide the Francophone African Countries with an alternative to the French franc (CFA).
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Hillary Emails Reveal True Motive for Libya
Foreign Policy Journal, by Brad Hoff, January 6, 2016
Newly disclosed emails show that Libya’s plan to create a gold-backed currency to compete with the euro and dollar was a motive for NATO’s intervention.
Libyan Oil, Gold, and Qaddafi: The Strange Email Sidney Blumenthal Sent Hillary Clinton In 2011 NewsVice.com, January 6, 2016
Two weeks after France began bombing Libya, in March, 2011, Hillary Clinton's old friend and advisor Sidney Blumenthal passed her an intelligence memo that supposedly revealed France's true — and quite unflattering— motivations for toppling Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
Gadhafi’s Gold-money Plan Would Have Devastated
By Alex Newman, The New American
Secret Service followed atypical protocol with Clinton’s early departure from Sunday 9/11 event, The Washington Post, by Carol D. Leonnig and Anne Gearan September 11, 2016
The Protective Mission
Who does the Secret Service Protect?
Permanent protectees, such as the President and Vice President, have special agents permanently assigned to them. Temporary protectees, such as presidential and vice presidential candidates/nominees and foreign heads of state, are staffed with special agents on temporary assignment from U.S. Secret Service field offices. Protection for the President and Vice President of the United States is mandatory. All other individuals entitled to Secret Service protection may decline security if they choose.
Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 3056, describes the agency’s authority as provided by law. Since the U.S. Secret Service’s protective mission began in 1901, the agency’s jurisdiction has expanded to meet the needs of an evolving security environment. Read more
Hillary Clinton's 'Scooby' Van Clocked at 92 MPH in
65 MPH Zone, in the Rain
Inside Edition, April 21, 2015
Hillary Clinton's medical record is out and she was diagnosed with "Complex Partial Seizures" and "early onset Subcortical Vascular Dementia" as per a letter authored by Lisa R. Bardack, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Mount Kisco Medical Group. So apparently the health letter July 28, 2015 by Lisa Bardack, MD, is not the full story on Hillary Clinton's health.
Dr. Lisa Bardack’s Faustian Bargain
By Jay Michaels
September 24, 2016
When Dr. Lisa Bardack[*] was asked to become Hillary Clinton’s personal physician in 2001, it had to have been a crowning moment in the career of the Mt. Kisco internist. Dr. Bardack could have anticipated little downside. She already had the responsibility -- and legal obligation under HIPAA -- to protect the privacy of her patient. She and her staff would have to be especially scrupulous in the case of a senator with presidential ambitions, but this should not have posed a serious problem.
Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton corrupts everyone who serves her. And this year Bardack encountered difficulties she could not have foreseen in 2001:
1. Clinton developed serious medical issues.
2. The candidate was being videoed, not only during campaign stops, speeches, townhalls, and the rare press conference, but before and after events -- by individuals with cell phones who were under no obligation to obey orders given to servile journalists to turn off their cameras.
3. The internet not only permitted the mass distribution of these videos and photos, but it enabled those who were curious to check Bardack’s reports against information available on reputable medical sites. It also enabled skeptical physicians to share their doubts with hundreds of thousands of readers. Read more
FBI/DOJ clears Hillary Clinton in E-mail scandal
FBI/DOJ clears Hillary Clinton in E-mail scandal statement by
FBI Director James B. Comey
July 5, 2016
18 USC 793 - Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information
Legal Information Institute (LII) Cornell U School of Law
FBI interviews Hillary Clinton for
more than 3 hours in email probe
The Washington Post, By Matt Zapotosky and Anne Gearan
Hillary Clinton’s email
problems might be even worse than we thought The Washington Post, By Chris Cillizza, July 5, 2016
Glenn Reynolds: About that Clinton-Lynch accidental meeting
USA Today, July 5, 2016
No reasonable attorney general meets secretly with the husband of someone under investigation.
FBI Releases Documents in Hillary Clinton E-Mail
September 2, 2016
FBI National Press Office
Today the FBI is releasing a summary of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s July 2, 2016 interview with the FBI concerning allegations that classified information was improperly stored or transmitted on a personal e-mail server she used during her tenure. We also are releasing a factual summary of the FBI’s investigation into this matter. We are making these materials available to the public in the interest of transparency and in response to numerous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Appropriate redactions have been made for classified information or other material exempt from disclosure under FOIA. Additional information related to this investigation that the FBI releases in the future will be placed on The Vault, the FBI’s electronic FOIA library.
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Read the letter Comey sent to FBI employees explaining his controversial decision on the Clinton email investigation
By Sari Horwitz
October 28 at 8:41 PM
On Friday, FBI Director James B. Comey sent a letter to Congress saying the bureau is investigating additional emails that appear relevant to the Hillary Clinton email case. Soon after, he sent a note to his employees explaining his decision. Comey has been blasted by Democrats and some former Justice Department officials who say that his decision to notify Congress of this development less than two weeks before Election Day was inappropriate and unwarranted.
"It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election," said John Podesta, the chairman of Clinton’s presidential campaign. "The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining. We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July."
In July, Comey had testified under oath before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the FBI was finished investigating the Clinton email matter and that there would be no criminal charges.
Comey was asked at the hearing whether, if the FBI came across new information, he would review it. "My first question is this, would you reopen the Clinton investigation if you discovered new information that was both relevant and substantial?" Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) asked Comey.
"It’s hard for me to answer in the abstract," Comey replied. "We would certainly look at any new and substantial information."
Read Comey’s letter to FBI employees below.
This morning I sent a letter to Congress in connection with the Secretary Clinton email investigation. Yesterday, the investigative team briefed me on their recommendation with respect to seeking access to emails that have recently been found in an unrelated case. Because those emails appear to be pertinent to our investigation, I agreed that we should take appropriate steps to obtain and review them.
Of course, we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed. I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record. At the same time, however, given that we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression. In trying to strike that balance, in a brief letter and in the middle of an election season, there is significant risk of being misunderstood, but I wanted you to hear directly from me about it.
FBI agents are ready to revolt over the cozy Clinton probe
New York Post
By Paul Sperry
October 6, 2016
Veteran FBI agents say FBI Director James Comey has permanently damaged the bureau’s reputation for uncompromising investigations with his "cowardly" whitewash of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information using an unauthorized private email server.
Feeling the heat from congressional critics, Comey last week argued that the case was investigated by career FBI agents, "So if I blew it, they blew it, too."
But agents say Comey tied investigators’ hands by agreeing to unheard-of ground rules and other demands by the lawyers for Clinton and her aides that limited their investigation.
"In my 25 years with the bureau, I never had any ground rules in my interviews," said retired agent Dennis V. Hughes, the first chief of the FBI’s computer investigations unit.
Instead of going to prosecutors and insisting on using grand jury leverage to compel testimony and seize evidence, Comey allowed immunity for several key witnesses, including potential targets.
The immunity agreements came with outrageous side deals, including preventing agents from searching for any documents on a Dell laptop owned by former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills generated after Jan. 31, 2015, when she communicated with the server administrator who destroyed subpoenaed emails.
Comey also agreed to have Mills’ laptop destroyed after the restricted search, denying Congress the chance to look at it and making the FBI an accomplice to the destruction of evidence.
Comey’s immunized witnesses nonetheless suffered chronic lapses in memory, made unsubstantiated claims of attorney-client privilege upon tougher questioning and at least two gave demonstrably false statements. And yet Comey indulged it all.
What’s more, Comey cut a deal to give Clinton a "voluntary" witness interview on a major holiday, and even let her ex-chief of staff sit in on the interview as a lawyer, even though she, too, was under investigation.
Clinton’s interview, the culmination of a yearlong investigation, lasted just 3½ hours. Despite some 40 bouts of amnesia, she wasn’t called back for questioning; and three days later, Comey cleared her of criminal wrongdoing.
"The FBI has politicized itself, and its reputation will suffer for a long time," Hughes said. "I hold Director Comey responsible."
Agreed retired FBI agent Michael M. Biasello: "Comey has singlehandedly ruined the reputation of the organization."
The accommodations afforded Clinton and her aides are "unprecedented," Biasello added, "which is another way of saying this outcome was by design." He called Comey’s decision not to seek charges "cowardly."
"Each month for 27 years, I received oral and computer admonishments concerning the proper protocol for handling top secret and other classified material, and was informed of the harsh penalties, to include prosecution and incarceration," for mishandling such material, he pointed out. "Had myself or my colleagues engaged in behavior of the magnitude of Hillary Clinton, as described by Comey, we would be serving time in Leavenworth."
Former FBI official I.C. Smith knows a thing or two about Clinton corruption. After working at FBI headquarters as a section chief in the National Security Division, he retired as special agent in charge of the Little Rock, Ark., field office, where he investigated top Clinton fundraisers for public corruption and even Chinese espionage.
"FBI agents upset with Comey’s decision have every reason to feel that way," Smith said. "Clearly there was a different standard applied to Clinton."
"I have no doubt resourceful prosecutors and FBI agents could have come up with some charge that she would have been subject to prosecution," the 25-year veteran added. "What she did is absolutely abhorrent for anyone who has access to classified information."
Smith said Congress should subpoena the case’s agents to testify about the direction they received from Comey and their supervisors: "It would be interesting to see what the results would be if those involved with the investigation were questioned under oath."
Comey made the 25 agents who worked on the case sign nondisclosure agreements. But others say morale has sunk inside the bureau.
"The director is giving the bureau a bad rap with all the gaps in the investigation," one agent in the Washington field office said.
"There’s a perception that the FBI has been politicized and let down the country."
Comey has turned a once-proud institution known for its independence into one that bows to election pressure, hands out political immunity to candidates and effectively pardons their co-conspirators. He’s turned the FBI into the Federal Bureau of Immunity and lost the trust and respect of not only his agents but the country at large. He ought to step down. Read more
What Sidney Blumenthal’s Memos to Hillary Clinton Said, and How They Were Handled
The New York Times
By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
May 18, 2015
In 2011 and 2012, Hillary Rodham Clinton received at least 25 memos about Libya from Sidney Blumenthal, a friend and confidant who at the time was employed by the Clinton Foundation. The memos, written in the style of intelligence cables, make up about a third of the almost 900 pages of emails related to Libya that Mrs. Clinton said she kept on the personal email account she used exclusively as secretary of state. Some of Mr. Blumenthal’s memos appeared to be based on reports supplied by American contractors he was advising as they sought to do business in Libya. Mr. Blumenthal also appeared to be gathering information from anonymous Libyan and Western officials and local news media reports. What follows are descriptions of some of the memos and how they were handled by Mrs. Clinton and her aides. Read more
Sidney Stone Blumenthal (born November 6, 1948) is an American journalist, activist, writer, and former political aide. He is a former aide to President Bill Clinton, long-time confidante to Hillary Clinton, and a journalist, especially on American politics and foreign policy. Read more
A Closer Look at Hillary Clinton’s Emails on Benghazi
The New York Times, By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT, May 21, 2015
The Clinton Contamination
The New York Times, Maureen Dowd, July 9, 2016
Exposing the Libyan Agenda: a Closer Look at Hillary’s
Counter Punch, by Ellen Brown, March 14, 2016
Lynn Forester de Rothschild throws Hillary fundraiser
Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild throws Hillary fundraiser
By Richard Johnson, Page Six, August 11, 2016
"The wife of British Sir Evelyn de Rothschild is hosting a dinner-party fundraiser for about 30 guests, who will pay up to $100,000 per couple." Lynn Forester de Rothschild Wikipedia
$153 million in Bill and Hillary Clinton speaking fees, documented
CNN, by Robert Yoon, February 6, 2016
Clinton lawyers fight deposition in Judicial Watch suit over emails
ABA Journal Daily News
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Jul 13, 2016
Lawyers from Williams & Connolly told a federal judge on Monday that there is no need to depose Hillary Clinton in a lawsuit over her use of a private email server filed by Judicial Watch.
Lead lawyer David Kendall said there is already a "voluminous record" about the email controversy, and many of Judicial Watch’s topics "bear no rational connection" to the "narrow legal question" allowed in the discovery grant, the National Law Journal (sub. req.) reports.
The public records suit is seeking testimony from Clinton about why and how her private email server was set up, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports. The Associated Press also has a story.
"Judicial Watch has answers to the questions that are relevant to the disputed issue of fact in this case. The fact that Judicial Watch does not like those answers does not warrant more discovery," Kendall wrote.
If Clinton is ordered to answer questions, she should be allowed to provide information in writing, Kendall said in a footnote.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan of Washington, D.C., ruled in February that Clinton aides could be deposed in the lawsuit. He didn’t decide at that time whether Clinton could be deposed.
Non-Party Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion to Depose Hillary Rodham Clinton [et al] (186 pages)
Hillary Clinton must answer interrogatories in email suit; nearly 15,000 documents uncovered?
ABA Journal Daily News
By Debra Cassens Weiss
August 22, 2016
Hillary Clinton will have to answer written questions about her use of a private server for State Department emails in a public records lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled (PDF) on Friday that Judicial Watch may serve written interrogatories on Clinton, but the group is not entitled to take her deposition, report Bloomberg Politics, the National Law Journal (sub. req.) and the New York Times.
Sullivan also allowed Judicial Watch to question a senior State Department aide accused of instructing subordinates not to discuss their concerns about the email.
Judicial Watch has until Oct. 14 to submit questions, and Clinton has 30 days to answer them.
The FBI, meanwhile, has turned over documents to Congress from its probe of Clinton’s use of a private server, including an interview with Clinton.
The FBI probe found 14,900 documents that were not among the 30,000 work-related emails returned to the State Department by Clinton’s lawyers, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton tells the Washington Post. The State Department and Judicial Watch plan to work out a plan for their release. It’s unclear how many of those documents might be duplicates or shielded from release, according to the Post.
In July, the FBI recommended that no charges be brought against Clinton. Read more
Clinton says she can't recall 20-plus times in Judicial Watch suit; group has 'carpet bomb' strategy
ABA Journal Daily News
By Debra Cassens Weiss
October 14, 2016
Hillary Clinton says in answers to lawsuit interrogatories that she can’t recall being warned about using a private email server to conduct State Department business.
Responding to 25 questions in the suit by the conservative nonprofit group Judicial Watch, Clinton used some variation of "I don’t recall" at least 20 or 21 times, according to counts by Politico and the Associated Press. A press release is here.
Clinton also said she doesn’t remember being warned about possible hacking, and she doesn’t recall any reason other than convenience for using the private server. Her answers generally track Clinton’s public statements, according to Politico.
Clinton and her husband have been frequent targets of Judicial Watch, the New York Times reports. "The organization filed its first lawsuit against the Clintons shortly after its formation in 1994," the article says, "and it pretty much never stopped."
The strategy of Judicial Watch, the Times says, is to "carpet-bomb the federal courts with Freedom of Information lawsuits." It is currently the plaintiff in more than 20 suits involving Clinton.
Critics say the group is using the Freedom of Information Act for political purposes rather than public good. Supporters say the group’s suits have led to release of Clinton emails that have informed the public debate. Read more
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Unfortunately, more like Old Colossus every day.
Donald J. Trump: Republican Party Candidate for President
Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television producer, and politician who is the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization, which is the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests. During his career, Trump has built office towers, hotels, casinos, golf courses, an urban development project in Manhattan, and other branded facilities worldwide.
Trump was born and raised in New York City and received a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971 he was given control of his father Fred Trump's real estate and construction firm and later renamed it The Trump Organization, rising to public prominence shortly thereafter. Trump has appeared at the Miss USA pageants, which he owned from 1996 to 2015, and has made cameo appearances in films and television series. He sought the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2000, but withdrew before voting began. He hosted and co-produced The Apprentice, a reality television series on NBC, from 2004 to 2015. As of 2016, he was listed by Forbes as the 324th wealthiest person in the world, and 156th in the United States. Read more
Buzzfeed: Trump gave his kids big stake in government deal
Field Negro: The narcissistic coward (re Purple Heart)
Do we want a president who openly mocks a person with disabilities? Arthrogryposis is a congenital disorder, not a measure of the man. Link to story on MotherJones.com
Is the 2016 Presidential Election RIGGED? or HACKED?
"The Voting Machines In The Feature Film 'HACKING DEMOCRACY' Will Count America's Votes In The November 2016 Elections"
"The Hursti Hack was a successful attempt to alter the votes recorded on a Diebold optical scan voting machine. The hack is named after Harri Hursti." Wikipedia
Also see Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuBasic Interpreter
Hacked, rigged, or a coup d'etat by the SCOTUS (Bush v. Gore), the U.S. presidential election is literally a proxy vote, see the Electoral College (United States)
Does a proxy vote = proxy president for the One Percent?
Can the Presidential Election be RIGGED or HACKED?
Times lawyer is surprised by viral response to Trump letter; he wrote it in about 45 minutes
ABA Journal Daily News
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Posted Oct 18, 2016
New York Times vice president and assistant general counsel David McCraw writes dozens of letters every year responding to lawyers who are unhappy with the newspaper’s coverage.
McCraw says he knew his letter on Thursday to Donald Trump’s lawyer would be different, but he was surprised by the viral response. More than a million people visited the New York Times website to read the letter by Friday night, McCraw writes for the New York Times Times Insider.
McCraw’s letter responded to Mark Kasowitz, a Trump lawyer who demanded a retraction of the New York Times story about two women who alleged the presidential candidate had groped and kissed them without their agreement. Kasowitz had written that the Times story was defamatory and constituted libel per se.
McCraw wrote the letter in about 45 minutes on Thursday morning. Three of his colleagues reviewed the draft for about 30 minutes, and minor tweaks were made.
McCraw’s letter responded that the Times had reported on an issue of national importance. "We did what the law allows: We published newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern," the letter said. "If Mr. Trump disagrees, if he believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to say and that the law of this country forces us and those who would dare to criticize him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight."
Donald Jr. Defends Trump’s Assault Remarks: ‘A Fact Of Life’
Daniel Marans Reporter
October 22, 2016
"He hasn’t spent his whole life sitting there polishing every statement he’s ever made, every conversation he’s ever had," Trump Jr. added. "He doesn’t run a focus group so he can tell you what he’s thinking. He speaks from the heart."
The latest explanation coming from Trump’s oldest son is a variation of the "locker room talk" dismissals the nominee himself has made. Earlier this month, Trump Jr. offered a similar excuse, claiming his father’s remarks made him "a normal person not a political robot." Read more
Most Donald Trump Backers Think Hillary Clinton Can’t Win Legitimately, Huffington Post, Ariel Edwards-Levy, Oct-21-16
Trump Learned His ‘Rigged’
Election Talk From John McCain
Huffington Post, by Zach Carter, October 21, 2016
Wharton students to Trump: ‘You Do Not Represent Us’
Students From Donald Trump’s Alma Mater: ‘You Do Not Represent Us’
The Huffington Post
By Tyler Kingkade
The Huffington Post
07/10/2016 12:40 pm ET
Some 1,400 students and alumni from the Wharton School condemned the GOP candidate’s "prejudice and intolerance."
Donald Trump is constantly reminding people he attended the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. It’s evidence of his "very good brain."
But nearly 1,400 students and alumni from the Wharton school published an open letter on Friday to let Trump know they in no way support him.
"We, proud students, alumni, and faculty of Wharton, are outraged that an affiliation with our school is being used to legitimize prejudice and intolerance," the letter states. "Although we do not aim to make any political endorsements with this letter, we do express our unequivocal stance against the xenophobia, sexism, racism, and other forms of bigotry that you have actively and implicitly endorsed in your campaign."
The letter concludes: "We, the undersigned Wharton students, alumni, and faculty, unequivocally reject the use of your education at Wharton as a platform for promoting prejudice and intolerance. Your discriminatory statements are incompatible with the values that we are taught and we teach at Wharton, and we express our unwavering commitment to an open and inclusive American society."
Most of the signatories are current students or recent graduates, but a handful of older alums added their names, too.
Trump graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. The mogul usually cites the Wharton school as his alma mater rather than simply saying he went to UPenn. This can be misleading because it suggests he went to the business school to receive his MBA; in fact, Trump only spent two years at Wharton’s undergraduate school after transferring from Fordham University.
What’s more, Trump doesn’t seem to have left much of an impression in college.
Reports from the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Daily Pennsylvanian found that many classmates had never heard of him. There’s no evidence he made the dean’s list or graduated with honors, The Daily Beast reported.
No current employees or faculty in the Wharton school have donated money to Trump’s campaign, Philadelphia Magazine reported last month.
Among current students, the College Republicans club president, a junior in the Wharton school named Jennifer Knesbach, told USA Today College that only a "small minority" of members are sympathetic to his presidential bid.
The UPenn administration has avoided commenting on Trump.
Open student letter to Trump: You Do Not Represent Us
You Do Not Represent Us: An Open Letter to Donald Trump
Dear Mr. Trump:
At the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, students are taught to represent the highest levels of respect and integrity. We are taught to embrace humility and diversity. We can understand why, in seeking America’s highest office, you have used your degree from Wharton to promote and lend legitimacy to your candidacy.
As a candidate for President, and now as the presumptive GOP nominee, you have been afforded a transformative opportunity to be a leader on national and international stages and to make the Wharton community even prouder of our school and values.
However, we have been deeply disappointed in your candidacy.
We, proud students, alumni, and faculty of Wharton, are outraged that an affiliation with our school is being used to legitimize prejudice and intolerance. Although we do not aim to make any political endorsements with this letter, we do express our unequivocal stance against the xenophobia, sexism, racism, and other forms of bigotry that you have actively and implicitly endorsed in your campaign.
The Wharton community is a diverse community. We are immigrants and children of immigrants, people of color, Muslims, Jews, women, people living with or caring for those with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community. In other words, we represent the groups that you have repeatedly denigrated, as well as their steadfast friends, family, and allies.
We recognize that we are fortunate to be educated at Wharton, and we are committed to using our opportunity to make America and the world a better place?—?for everyone. We are dedicated to promoting inclusion not only because diversity and tolerance have been repeatedly proven to be valuable assets to any organization’s performance, but also because we believe in mutual respect and human dignity as deeply held values. Your insistence on exclusion and scapegoating would be bad for business and bad for the American economy. An intolerant America is a less productive, less innovative, and less competitive America.
We, the undersigned Wharton students, alumni, and faculty, unequivocally reject the use of your education at Wharton as a platform for promoting prejudice and intolerance. Your discriminatory statements are incompatible with the values that we are taught and we teach at Wharton, and we express our unwavering commitment to an open and inclusive American society.
CLICK HERE TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THIS OPEN LETTER.
This letter reflects the personal views of its signatories only and is not affiliated with the Wharton School. The Wharton School takes no political position and does not comment on its students, alumni, or faculty.
Note: Signatures below are updated regularly. "W" indicates Wharton undergraduate student/alumnus. "WG" indicates Wharton graduate student/alumnus. "Penn" indicates University of Pennsylvania student/alumnus. "Supporter" indicates partner, parent, family member, or friend of Wharton student/alumnus.
Trump’s pitch: His gilded glamour
Stars and Stripes
By Virginia Postrel
Special to The Washington Post
March 20, 2016
Why would anyone vote for Donald Trump? One popular theory holds that his supporters are bigots angered by America’s changing racial mix. Another is that they’re salt-of-the-earth working folks left behind by the loss of manufacturing jobs, alienated from the moneyed ruling class and irritated by the tyranny of political correctness. Or some combination thereof.
These theories, which contain elements of truth, emphasize Trump’s dire assessment of present-day America and his followers’ discontent. They focus on negative sentiment. But an important part of the story is Trump’s positive allure — the way the candidate taps into, and projects, the most fundamental outlines of the American Dream. Read more here or below in the PDF
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Jill Ellen Stein (born May 14, 1950) is an American physician, activist, and politician. She has been described as the Green Party's presumptive nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Stein was the nominee of the Green Party for President of the United States in 2012, and was twice a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts—in 2002 and 2010.
She received 469,501 votes in 2012 (0.36% of the total votes), more than any other female general election candidate. On June 22, 2015, during an appearance on Democracy Now!, Stein formally announced she would seek the Green Party's 2016 presidential nomination. Read more
Dr. Jill Stein was the Green Party’s 2012 candidate for President. She holds the current record for most votes ever received by a woman candidate for President of the United States in the general election. She is a mother, an organizer, physician, and pioneering environmental-health advocate. She has helped lead initiatives to fight environmental racism and injustice, to promote healthy communities, to strengthen local green economies and to revitalize democracy. She has helped win victories in campaign finance reform, racially-just redistricting, green jobs, and the cleanup of incinerators, coal plants, and toxic threats. She was a principal organizer for the Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit. Read more
Green Party of the United States
The Green Party of the United States (GPUS or Greens) is a green, left-wing political party in the United States. The party, which is the country's fourth-largest by membership, promotes environmentalism, nonviolence, social justice, participatory grassroots democracy, gender equality, LGBT rights and anti-racism.
The GPUS was founded in 2001 as the evolution of the Association of State Green Parties (ASGP), which was formed in 1996. After its founding, the GPUS soon became the primary national green organization in the country, eclipsing the Greens/Green Party USA (G/GPUSA), which formed in 1991 out of the Green Committees of Correspondence (CoC), a collection of local green groups active since 1984. The ASGP had increasingly distanced itself from the G/GPUSA in the late 1990s.
The Greens gained widespread public attention during the 2000 presidential election, when the ticket composed of Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke won 2.7% of the popular vote. Nader was vilified by many Democrats and even some Greens, who accused him of spoiling the election for Al Gore, the Democratic candidate. The degree of Nader's impact on the 2000 election remains controversial.
The GPUS had several members elected in state legislatures, including in California, Maine and Arkansas. A number of Greens around the United States hold positions on the municipal level, including on school boards, city councils and as mayors. Read more
Feeling the Heartbern
By Karen Garcia
July 12, 2016
Hope you had your gallon jug of Mylanta handy for the capitulation:
To be fair, Bernie Sanders has succeeded in getting the Democratic machine to at least give lip service (for purposes of convention unity P.R.) to such initiatives as free public college tuition for working and middle class families, an increase in the minimum wage to $15, and reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act. He failed abysmally at getting them to recognize that Palestinians are human beings possessing basic human rights. He failed to convince them to turn against Party Leader Obama and oppose ratification of the brutal corporate coup euphemized as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
And the endless wars, of course, will continue. Bernie didn't even try at anything close to pacifism. War is the essential glue holding all the bipartisans together.
So.... about that "revolution."
According to Bernie Sanders, no world event will be more important than electing Hillary Clinton president in November 2016. There will be as few as possible disruptions at the party convention in Philadelphia later this month, because the hope balloon has already been popped. That promise of "taking this fight all the way to the convention?" Gone the way of the rotary phone and the used car salesman.
Hillary was her usual grimly gracious self at today's rally in New Hampshire. She allowed that Bernie's "passionate advocacy hasn’t always made him the most popular person in Washington. But you know what? That’s generally a sign you’re doing something right."
UPDATE: Bernie Sanders ended his campaign July 12, 2016
Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician who has served as the junior United States Senator from Vermont since 2007. Sanders had been the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history, though his caucusing with the Democrats entitled him to committee assignments and at times gave Democrats a majority. Sanders became the ranking minority member on the Senate Budget Committee in January 2015; he had previously served for two years as chair of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. A self-proclaimed democratic socialist or social democrat, Sanders is pro-labor and emphasizes reversing economic inequality.
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