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  • Exclusive: Clinton campaign also hacked in attacks on Democrats - sources

    07/29/2016 2:13:19 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 105 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 29 Jul 16 | Mark Hosenball, Joseph Menn and John Walcott
    The computer network used by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign was hacked as part of a broad cyber attack on Democratic political organizations, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The latest attack, which was disclosed to Reuters on Friday, follows reports of two other hacks on the Democratic National Committee and the party’s fundraising committee for candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. Department of Justice national security division is investigating whether cyber hacking attacks on Democratic political organizations threatened U.S. security, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.
  • Bill Clinton Pours On the Estrogen

    07/27/2016 11:15:30 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 26 Jul 16 | Maureen Dowd
    His life took off, he said, when he fell in love with “that girl.” He told a familiar love story, recounted in his memoir, about springtime at Yale Law School in 1971 and a “magnetic” girl with thick blond hair and big glasses and no makeup and a long, white flowery skirt. He said when he first saw her in a political and civil rights class that he wanted to tap her on the shoulder but he knew if he did, he would be starting something beyond his control. With a sky-blue tie and silvery hair and an easy smile,...
  • Bob Dole 'disappointed' in Jeb Bush for skipping convention

    07/17/2016 9:45:03 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 16 Jul 2016 | Jessie Hellman
    Bob Dole, the 1996 GOP presidential nominee, said he's disappointed in Jeb Bush for sitting out the Republican National Convention. Dole, who initially endorsed Bush for president before the former Florida governor dropped out, said he should unite behind the party and support presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
  • Hillary Clinton Is Above the Law

    07/06/2016 3:39:41 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 5 Jul 2016 | David Harsanyi
    No reasonable person could possibly square what FBI Director James Comey said about Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail system during her time as Secretary of State with his final recommendation. On Tuesday, Comey spent 15 minutes meticulously detailing every illegality of Clinton—including her negligent behavior and obstruction of the investigation. And yet, at the end of it all, he offered the absurdly counterintuitive position that no “reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges in such a case.
  • Hillary Clinton has one word for the Senate after gun vote

    06/21/2016 9:55:27 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 45 replies
    USA Today ^ | 21 Jun 16 | Steph Solis
    In a sign of unwavering partisan gridlock, the Senate blocked four gun measures Monday — two from each party — in the wake of the Orlando shooting. [SNIP] But Hillary Clinton had only one word for the Senate: "Enough." The presumptive Democratic nominee's statement included just that word, followed by a list of the Orlando shooting's 49 victims.
  • Appeals court rejects $1.8M award to Jesse Ventura in 'American Sniper' case

    06/13/2016 2:43:20 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 40 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | 13 Jun 16 | Associated Press
    MINNEAPOLIS – A federal appeals court on Monday threw out $1.8 million in damages awarded to former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who said he was defamed by the late author Chris Kyle in the bestselling book "American Sniper." The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also sent a portion of the case -- Ventura's defamation claim -- back to the district court for a new trial, saying Ventura's attorneys made improper remarks and the trial court "clearly abused its discretion in denying a new trial."
  • Clinton’s warnings about Trump actually describe…her

    06/03/2016 12:38:57 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 9 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 2 Jun 16 | Post Editorial Board
    That was a “major national-security address”? Hillary Clinton’s folks billed her San Diego speech Thursday as a big deal. And it certainly was a prime opportunity to lay out her views on foreign policy and America’s role in the world. But what she delivered was a 45-minute rant against Donald Trump — with nary a clue about her plans for leading America on the international stage. Worse, her string of dump-on-Trump quips might’ve worked better if she had substituted her name for his, starting with her attack on Trump’s “series of rants” — a perfect description of her own speech....
  • Experts see little chance of charges in Clinton email case [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE]

    03/22/2016 11:37:16 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 87 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 22 Mar 16 | ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BIESECKER
    Asked earlier this month whether she'd be indicted over her use of a private email server as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton responded: "It's not going to happen." Though Republicans characterized her response as hubris, several legal experts interviewed by the Associated Press agreed with the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • Mo Dowd: Hillary Battles Bernie Sanders, Chick Magnet

    02/06/2016 2:02:02 PM PST · by seanmerc · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6 Feb 16 | Maureen Dowd
    HILLARY CLINTON first grabbed the national spotlight 47 years ago as an idealistic young feminist, chiding the paternalistic establishment in her Wellesley commencement speech. So it’s passing strange to watch her here, getting rebuffed by young women who believe that she lacks idealism, that she overplays her feminist hand and that she is the paternalistic establishment. Bernie Sanders may be a dead ringer for Larry David, but Hillary is running the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” campaign. She can’t fire up young voters by dwelling on what can’t be done in Washington and by explaining that she’s more prose than poetry.
  • The amazing honesty of Joe Biden

    09/11/2015 10:59:55 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 61 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10 Sep 15 | Chris Cillizza
    Joe Biden's unique trait as a politician is -- and always has been -- his honesty. Sometimes that honesty gets him into varying degrees of trouble. Sometimes it makes it seem as though he's the closest thing to a real person you could possibly hope for in politics.
  • Wesley Pruden: "The birds circling over Hillary Clinton"

    08/24/2015 10:50:05 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 20 Aug 15 | Wesley Pruden
    Hillary Clinton may think those creatures making wide, gentle circles over her campaign are bluebirds of happiness, but they’re looking more and more like buzzards. They look hungry.
  • Lawyer for Huma Abedin, a Hillary Clinton Aide, Strikes Back at Accuser

    08/24/2015 10:38:49 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 24 Aug 15 | Maggie Haberman
    A lawyer for Huma Abedin, a top adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton, has accused Charles E. Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, of damaging Ms. Abedin’s reputation through “unfounded allegations” about her time at the State Department.
  • Hillary Has LGBT Fundraiser Tonight in Washington

    06/08/2015 2:10:34 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 8 Jun 15 | Daniel Halper
    Hillary Clinton is coming to Washington, D.C. for an LGBT fundraiser tonight. "Clinton will be in Washington, D.C., on Monday night for a fundraiser hosted by and attended by predominantly lesbian supporters," reports the Huffington Post. "About 120 people are expected to attend the event, which is being billed as 'an intimate fundraiser' at the Woman's National Democratic Club.
  • FLASHBACK— Boston Bomber Mom: “AMERICANS CAN BURN IN HELL”

    05/15/2015 1:59:18 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 37 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 15 May 15 | Jim Hoft
    The mother of the Boston bombing suspects says she does not believe her sons carried out the marathon attacks. “My sons were framed by the US authorities.” [VIDEO AT LINK]
  • What’s in a name? ‘Hillary’ by any other name would still be controversial

    04/08/2015 12:21:15 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 30 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 7 Apr 15 | Anita Kumar
    There’s Beyoncé and Madonna, Cher and Prince. And now Hillary. It may not be exactly the same as the long list of celebrities known by their first names. But Hillary Clinton has become known simply as Hillary in bumper stickers and headlines, on Twitter and Facebook, around water coolers and in coffee shops. Yet some Americans, mostly women, don’t think the former secretary of state, U.S. senator from New York and first lady should be called by just her first name.
  • Wesley Pruden column: "A deal with Iran built on lies"

    04/03/2015 12:18:48 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2 Apr 15 | Wesley Pruden
    "Everything about the so-called deal with Iran, including the reputations of the men who negotiated it, is a lie. It’s likely to be a deadly lie for millions of people who will die on account of it. The world should mark well everyone responsible for it."
  • Senator Presses for Info on Huma's Special Gov't Status--and Her Emails

    03/19/2015 11:11:29 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 19 Mar 15 | Daniel Halper
    Senator Chuck Grassley has sent two letters to the State Department to ask about Huma Abedin's special government status when she was a government employee--and for information on Abedin's email use while working for the government. Abedin is a close aide to Hillary Clinton, and worked for the consulting firm Teneo (under a special government employee status) while working for Clinton. "I am writing to follow up on inquiries I have been making since June 13, 2013 and August 15, 2013 regarding the State Department’s use of Special Government Employee (SGE) designations, and in particular, what steps the Department took...
  • Watch Hillary Clinton age 50 years in 60 seconds [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES AT LINK]

    03/11/2015 12:11:32 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 41 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 11 Mar 15 | David Martosko
    An unusual time-lapse video made by a Washington, D.C. nonprofit fundraiser and his friends shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton aging from her teen years to the present. Clinton, 67, is the presumptive Democratic White House front-runner and would be 69 years and 86 days old if she were to become president after the 2016 elections. That would make her the second-oldest chief executive to move into the White House behind only Ronald Reagan, who took office 17 days before he turned 70.
  • Jesse Ventura: Chris Kyle Is No Hero, He's a Liar

    01/29/2015 12:21:25 PM PST · by seanmerc · 83 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 28 Jan 15 | AP
    American Sniper is tops at the box office, but don't expect to see former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura lining up at a theater for it. Ventura, a former Navy SEAL, won $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit last year against the estate of the late Chris Kyle, the SEAL protagonist of the movie, which has sparked debate over whether snipers should be considered heroes. Ventura said Wednesday he won't see the film partly because Kyle is no hero to him.
  • Hey DemocRat Party!

    11/04/2014 7:34:20 AM PST · by seanmerc · 12 replies
    May today be the day of defeat that you so richly deserve. That is all!
  • Tempest over Obama's tea cup salute: CIC sparks anger by saluting US Marines with drink in his hand

    09/23/2014 3:14:36 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 62 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 23 Sep 14 | David Martosko
    President Barack Obama saluted a pair of United States Marines on Tuesday while holding what appeared to be a styrofoam cup in his saluting hand, a breach of military regulations that won't win him fans among veterans and servicemen.
  • Vice President Biden loves to skinny dip, says tell-all book [HORRIFIC MENTAL IMAGES]

    08/01/2014 1:00:54 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 18 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1 Aug 14 | Celeste Katz
    It's the Joe Biden you didn’t know — and might not want to see. Secret Service agents dread being assigned to protect the vice president, in part because Biden’s a big fan of skinny dipping, according to a new tell-all book. In “The First Family Detail,” author Ronald Kessler quotes unnamed Secret Service agents dishing about the supposedly “hidden lives” of Presidents and the other important people they protect.
  • Ron Paul is Putin's New Best Friend

    07/21/2014 11:32:01 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | Lucia Graves
    It used to be that blaming America for crisis abroad was largely the province of liberals. That folk wisdom appears to be changing—just ask Ron Paul. In the days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the former House member has been quick to attack the West and President Obama for pointing any fingers in the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Book: Hillary has bad heart

    06/22/2014 5:08:56 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 142 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 22 Jun14 | Drudge Report
    A new provocative work by bestselling author Ed Klein claims Hillary Clinton's health problems are much more severe than she has publicly revealed! "She had managed to keep her medical history secret out of fear that, should it become public, it would disqualify her from becoming president," writes Klein in BLOOD FEUD.
  • French Foreign Minister: '500 Days to Avoid Climate Chaos'

    05/14/2014 9:50:22 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 30 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 14 May 14 | Jeryl Bier
    Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to the State Department in Washington on Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, from Iran to Syria to climate change. Or, in the words of the foreign minister, "climate chaos." Kerry and Fabius made a joint appearance before their meeting, and the foreign minister warned that only 500 days remained to avoid "climate chaos"[emphasis added]...
  • Better Than Fiction: The Rise, Fall, And Return of Webb Hubbell [endorses Hildebeast for President]

    05/01/2014 11:02:24 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 1 May 14 | Lloyd Grove
    Hillary Clinton’s former law partner was slated for a gilded position within the first Clinton administration. But a cluster of felonies landed Webb Hubbell in jail, and frozen out of the inner circle. Now he’s a novelist, and—after a near-death experience—friends with Bill again. “I think Hillary would make a great president,” Webb Hubbell says. “I’d like to see her run. She’ll get elected. But that’s not my call. It’s not my business.” Nor is it clear that Hillary Clinton will welcome Hubbell’s endorsement. After all, he’s an ex-con—and she has kept a prudent distance for the past two decades....
  • Chelsea Clinton Leaves Door Open for Political Decision

    04/14/2014 10:59:59 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 55 replies
    Newsmax | 14 Apr 14 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Chelsea Clinton has left the door open to one day to running for office herself. "I live in a city and a state where I support my elected representatives," Clinton said in an interview with the business magazine Fast Company. "If at some point that weren’t the case, and I didn’t support my mayor or my city councilwoman or my congresswoman or either of my senators — and I’m lucky to live in a state where I have lots of women representing me, you know — maybe then I’d have to ask and answer the question for myself, and come...
  • Hillary Clinton's Circle Isn't Sure She Should Run for President in 2016

    03/19/2014 12:35:21 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 67 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 18 Mar 2014 | Peter Nicholas
    A Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy looks like a sure thing, with marquee Democratic donors and activists mobilizing for what they see as her inevitable entrance into the 2016 race. Yet some of Mrs. Clinton's closest confidants and allies aren't sold on the idea that she should run. Their cautions add an unpredictable element as Mrs. Clinton weighs whether to seek the presidency again, a decision she says she plans to make later this year. One of Mrs. Clinton's top advisers and former aides, Cheryl Mills, believes she should stay out of the contest and has told her as much, according...
  • Lena Dunham may quit acting; rails against women getting typecast

    03/12/2014 10:49:16 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 95 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11 Mar 2014 | Nardine Saad
    Perhaps we'll be seeing less of Lena Dunham on screen in the future: The "Girls" talent says she might consider quitting acting to focus on some of her other work. But don't worry, she's not going far. "I don't know if I'm going to want to act anymore. I'm always relieved on the days I don't have to. I'd rather give parts to other women than be the woman having the parts," the Golden Globe-winning 27-year-old said in the April issue of Glamour, which hits newsstands March 18. Appearing in the critically acclaimed HBO series about four 20-something women growing...
  • Will Nancy Pelosi Be the Next to Retire?

    01/30/2014 3:18:38 PM PST · by seanmerc · 60 replies
    National Journal ^ | 30 Jan 2014 | Josh Kraushaar
    With Rep. Henry Waxman's retirement announcement, many of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's top lieutenants are abandoning ship. Waxman joins his California colleague, Rep. George Miller, and Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia as close Pelosi allies to retire after this Congress. And after last year's 2012 elections, Pelosi's leading in-house strategist Jen Crider left her office, later announcing she was working for Microsoft. Their decisions are as strong a signal as any that veteran House Democrats hold little hope of taking the House in 2014, and they probably are pessimistic about their long-term prospects for a congressional majority. Miller and...
  • Martin Bashir Resigns From MSNBC

    12/04/2013 11:44:38 AM PST · by seanmerc · 246 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 4 Dec 13 | Tommy Christopher
    Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways.
  • Mommy, the Drone’s Here! [Mo Dowd]

    12/04/2013 11:39:52 AM PST · by seanmerc · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3 Dec 13 | Maureen Dowd
    The novelty of flying cars never materialized. But flying novels are right around the corner. If you aren’t nervous enough reading about 3-D printers spitting out handguns or Google robots with Android phones, imagine the skies thick with crisscrossing tiny drones.
  • Mother of fallen soldier denied death benefits [due to shutdown]: 'I won't ever understand it'

    10/08/2013 10:38:24 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 18 replies
    Today.com ^ | 8 Oct 13 | Eun Kyung Kim
    The shutdown of the federal government is now affecting some families when they are most vulnerable, denying them a $100,000 benefit to help with funeral expenses of loved ones killed while serving the country. The families of five U.S. service members who died over the weekend in Afghanistan have been notified that they won't be receiving the "death gratuity" normally wired to relatives within 36 hours. The benefit is intended to help cover funeral costs and help with immediate living expenses until survivor benefits typically begin.
  • Two Time Oscar Winner Jane Fonda Will Receive AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

    10/07/2013 3:30:10 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 33 replies
    Showbiz 411 ^ | 4 Oct 13 | Roger Friedman
    Great news: Jane Fonda has been chosen to receive the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award. The two time Oscar winner will be celebrated by Hollywood on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood. Fonda won Best Actress twice, in 1971 for Klute and 1977 for Coming Home. She’s been nominated seven times altogether, for They Shoot Horses Don’t They, Julia, The China Syndrome, On Golden Pond, and The Morning After. Before Meryl Streep, Fonda held the unofficial title of the Greatest American Actress. She also won an Emmy for The Dollmaker, and has been nominated for a Tony Award. She was...
  • Hillary in Midair

    09/23/2013 11:24:47 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 30 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 22 Sep 13 | Joe Hagan
    She’s learned from her mistakes. Three years before November 8, 2016, she’s working hard to be relaxed, calm, easy. But, all the while, the old Clinton gears are whirring.
  • Pet peeve: dogs in restaurants

    06/25/2013 7:18:35 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 79 replies
    25 Jun 13 | seanmerc
    So, my wife and I were in a restaurant this evening, enjoying a cup of coffee. In walks this woman with her dog on a leash. The dog is running around and goes up to a lady who had her young daughter with her. The lady asked the dog owner to keep the dog away from her little girl, who is allergic to dogs. The dog owner ignores her. One of the employees tells the dog owner that animals aren't allowed in the restaurant because of Health Department regulations. The dog owner tells the employee that the dog is a...
  • NSA head: Surveillance helped thwart more than 50 terror plots

    06/18/2013 7:15:31 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 101 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 18 Jun 13 | Sean Sullivan
    Intelligence officials said Tuesday that the government’s sweeping surveillance efforts have helped thwart “potential terrorist events” more than 50 times since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and the officials detailed two new examples to illustrate the utility of the programs. In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, officials cited a nascent plot to blow up the New York Stock Exchange and a case involving an individual providing financial support to an overseas terrorist group.
  • Report: Press threw Helen Thomas under bus to save its reputation [WARNING: Graphic Images/Video]

    06/07/2013 11:50:48 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 28 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 27 May 13 | Paul Bedard
    The White House press corps was so worried about its reputation when veteran reporter Helen Thomas ranted against Jews in 2010 that it quickly moved to discredit her journalistic creds and personally attacked her as crazy in a bid to save itself, according to a new journalism school analysis. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly details the efforts by the press corps to shove Thomas out of their club after she told a New York rabbi in a widely distributed video that Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine," and that Jews should "go home" to "Poland, Germany ... and...
  • North Korean newspaper thinks Helen Thomas is a man

    05/21/2013 2:35:01 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 63 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 17 May 2013 | Eddie Scarry
    To prove that the U.S news media “distort the truth and mislead the public opinion to curry favor with power,” a North Korean newspaper used Helen Thomas’s 2010 retirement as an example. Only problem is that Thomas (pictured right) was once a female columnist for Hearst Newspapers, not a man.
  • Poll: Carter most trusted politician; Matt Lauer least trusted network newsie

    05/07/2013 12:04:00 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 61 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 7 May 13 | Paul Bedard
    Former President Jimmy Carter stands head and shoulders above other American politicians -- including President Obama -- in a new Reader's Digest poll of the 100 most trusted people in America that also suggests the problems dogging "Today Show" co-host Matt Lauer have nicked his integrity. The new poll, provided to Secrets, proves that Washington has fallen out of favor in America. The four most trusted Americans are in show business. No. 1 is Tom Hanks, followed by Sandra Bullock, Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep. The first Washingtonian on the list is first lady Michelle Obama at No. 19. Former...
  • Al Gore Is Now 'Romney-Rich'

    05/06/2013 10:58:34 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 24 replies
    Atlantic Wire on yahoo.com ^ | 6 May 2013 | Dashiell Bennett
    Al Gore will always be known for suffering one of the most gut-wrenching losses in Electoral College history, but at least he's found a very nice way to cushion the blow. Instead, of spending eight years dealing with the worst problems the world can throw you, in the years since he became Almost-President, Gore has slowly amassed a personal fortune to rival another famous presidential loser.
  • Jane Fonda to Critics of Her Nancy Reagan Role: 'Get a Life'

    04/10/2013 8:34:14 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 44 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 10 Apr 13 | Paul Bond
    Lee Daniels' The Butler doesn't hit theaters until October, but the drama about the long-serving head butler at the White House already is being targeted by conservatives because of Jane Fonda's role as Nancy Reagan. So far, backlash to The Weinstein Co. release is fairly muted -- bloggers have disparaged the casting, and a Facebook page is promoting a boycott -- but chatter about the liberal activist has picked up recently. "The moviemakers are free to choose, but it seems like it was their way of giving people like me the middle finger," says Larry Reyes, a Navy veteran and...
  • Hugo Chavez’s Body To Be Permanently Displayed

    03/07/2013 1:56:29 PM PST · by seanmerc · 81 replies
    The Weekly Standard [via Drudge] ^ | 7 Mar 2013 | Daniel Halper
    Acting Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro says Hugo Chavez’s body to be permanently displayed.
  • Oliver Stone, Sean Penn hail 'hero' Chavez

    03/06/2013 11:00:12 AM PST · by seanmerc · 28 replies
    France24.com ^ | 6 Mar 13 | AFP
    AFP - US filmmaker and long-time Hugo Chavez supporter Oliver Stone hailed the late Venezuelan leader as a "great hero" on Tuesday, saying he will "live forever in history." Actor and activist Sean Penn, another Hollywood friend to Chavez, also paid tribute saying the world's poor had lost a "champion" and America had also lost "a friend it never knew it had."
  • Maureen Dowd: The Oscar for Best Fabrication

    02/17/2013 8:57:24 PM PST · by seanmerc · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | 16 Feb 2013 | Maureen Dowd
    I SAW “Argo” with Jerry Rafshoon, who was a top aide to President Carter during the Iranian hostage crisis, when six Americans escaped and were given sanctuary for three months by courageous Canadian diplomats. We were watching a scene where a C.I.A. guy can’t get through to Hamilton Jordan, Carter’s chief of staff, to sign off on plane tickets for the escaping hostages, so he pretends to be calling from the school where Jordan’s kids go. “Hamilton wasn’t married then and didn’t have any kids,” Jerry whispered, inflaming my pet peeve about filmmakers who make up facts in stories about...
  • Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

    12/21/2012 11:37:37 AM PST · by seanmerc · 45 replies
    AP ^ | 21 Dec 12 | Julie Pace
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, elevating the longtime lawmaker and foreign policy expert to the top diplomatic job he had coveted. "He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training," Obama said, standing alongside Kerry at the White House. "Few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our policies as firmly as John Kerry."
  • White House: Obama and Biden were never aware of requests for more Benghazi security

    10/12/2012 10:52:25 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 65 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 12 Oct 12 | Josh Rogin
    Vice President Joseph Biden speaks only for himself and President Barack Obama, and neither man was aware that U.S. officials in Libya had asked the State Department for more security before the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, a top White House official told The Cable. Biden has come under fire for saying at Thursday night's debate, "We weren't told they wanted more security. We did not know they wanted more security there." The Cable asked Deputy National Security Advisor for Communications Ben Rhodes whether Biden was speaking for the entire Obama administration, including the State Department,...
  • Obama Campaign Shifts Into Extreme Attack Mode

    10/05/2012 10:53:09 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 21 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 5 Oct 12 | Keith Koffler
    With its candidate having been swamped in the debate by an aggressive and articulate Gov. Mitt Romney, the Obama campaign is switching fully into attack mode, moving beyond earlier assaults on Romney’s business record and wealth toward a new drive to destroy his character. Casting completely aside the Obama 2008 brand of a hopeful unifier, Obama’s operatives Thursday dived straight the jugular, working on multiple fronts to brand Romney a liar. The campaign, Obama aides made clear, would henceforth be conducted exclusively Chicago style. In a vicious and personal assault rarely conducted at the highest level of U.S. politics, White...
  • Obama aide denies Bush bashing

    10/03/2012 10:15:07 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 15 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 3 Oct 12 | Kevin Robillard
    President Barack Obama’s reelection effort is not blaming the sputtering economic recovery of the past four years on former President George W. Bush, his deputy campaign manager insisted Wednesday. “We’re absolutely not doing that,” Stephanie Cutter said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “In fact, we’re taking credit for the 5.1 million private-sector jobs that have been created over the past four years despite being handed the worst economy since the Great Depression. We’re taking credit for the million jobs that were protected under the president’s efforts to save the auto industry and the increase in manufacturing jobs for the first time...
  • Rush Limbaugh: As Predicted, the Corrupt Polls "Tighten"

    10/02/2012 1:44:25 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 17 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 2 Oct 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: CNN is panicking over their own poll. As predicted, the polls are starting to tighten. CNN, at least what they're saying, they're starting to panic. You'll hear the sound bites coming up. Oh, by the way, the Washington Post poll that was so devastating to Romney in the swing states, this goes beyond simple incompetence or media malpractice. This is genuine corruption. We find out, and from the Washington Post's own pollster, that they based last Friday's poll of Romney being up ten, 11, whatever it was in those three swing states, on 160 people with a...