News and Opinion about Bill and Hillary Clinton

Of course Hillary isn't a name that's new or unfamiliar to anyone, since she has already served two terms as co-president.  But now her goal is to the the President of the United States, officially and without taking a back seat to anyone.  With that in mind, it's time to learn more about her.

Nobody expects that if Hillary Clinton is elected as President, Bill Clinton will sit in the car and wait for her to get finished with it.  They will serve again as co-presidents.  The people who denigrated the Bush father-and-son team in the White House as a "dynasty" are keeping silent about the Clinton husband-and-wife team.

The Clintons come as a two-for-one package deal.  When one is president, the other is co-president.  Hillary's campaign should be seen for what it is:  an attempted end-run around the Constitution to allow Bill Clinton to serve an illegal third term.

It's hard to imagine a hard-core leftist like Hillary ("It Takes a Village") Clinton becoming the President of the U.S., but with the help of the news media — the news media that only reluctantly reports about the Clintons' many scandals — it is within the range of possibility.

For a while, it appeared that Hillary's biggest obstacle was going to be the Norman Hsu scandal.  But that issue has quickly disappeared from the headlines.  More recently, the Clintons reluctantly released their tax returns, which paint a picture of just another ultra-rich limousine liberal who pretends to be the champion of the little guy.

Also please note that I don't intend this to be an ad hominem attack on Mrs. Clinton, necessarily — I would like to say that it is her platform that I oppose.  At the same time, it is appropriate to call attention to her inability to give a straight, honest answer to even the simplest question.  That's called chicanery.  Very simply, it means that she can't be trusted.

You may think that Hillary has become irrelevant to those of us outside of New York, but she will probably make another run for the presidency in 2012.

Note:  This page has been restructured and is now split into five major subcategories, but instead of putting them all on separate pages, I have left all the material on this page.

Here are the subsections:
Hillary is doing her best to hide her baggage.
    Suppression of old Clinton scandals.
    The Clinton Library, also known as Little Rock's Fort Knox.
    The William J. Clinton Foundation.
    Hillary's college thesis.
Hillary "It Takes a Village" Clinton is a left-wing Socialist... or worse.
    HillaryCare:  Socialized medicine with a very thin candy coating.
    The Baby Bond:  Hillary attempts to buy votes with other people's money.
    Hillary's leftists friends include the labor unions, homosexuals, AARP, NAACP, La Raza, and Hollywood.
Hillary is in the middle of one or more fundraising scandals which are being kept quiet by the mainstream press.
    Norman Hsu is one of the central figures.
Hillary appears to be a ruthless control freak.
    Hillary's scripted campaign events use pre-arranged shills and audience plants.
    Looking forward to 2012?
    Is Hillary going to make trouble at the Democratic convention?
Bill and Hillary work as a team:  when you vote for one, you get the other.
Hillary can succeed only with the help of the very sympathetic "mainstream" news media.
    CNN's obvious bias in favor of Mrs. Clinton.
Other evidence of poor judgment and other disqualifications.
    The "Sniper fire in Bosnia" story.
    More examples of dishonesty and prevarication.
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.



Section 1
Hillary Clinton revises history when it doesn't suit her needs.  She and her team focus on suppression of the many old Clinton scandals, major and minor.  For example, she tried not to let anybody read her pro-communist college thesis.  Her whole campaign relies on a steady supply of hypocrisy, dishonesty, chicanery, secrecy, paranoia, flip-flops, and non-committal disingenuousness we haven't seen since... Bill Clinton's presidency!

What is Hillary Hiding?  Hillary has spent her time in the Senate, and her presidential campaign, striving to revamp her image and soften highly negative public perceptions.  Instead of the cold and calculating politician she casts herself as the friendly but tough candidate; instead, of the schemer looking out for number one, she is the leader looking out for the little guy.

Getting Mrs. Clinton:  I think we've reached a signal point in the campaign.  This is the point where, with Hillary Clinton, either you get it or you don't.  There's no dodging now.  You either understand the problem with her candidacy, or you don't.  You either understand who she is, or not.  And if you don't, after 16 years of watching Clintonian dramas, you probably never will.

What will a Hillary Clinton presidency look like?  The answer by now seems obvious:  It will look like her presidential campaign, which in turn looks increasingly like the first Clinton presidency.  Which is to say, high-minded ideals, lowered execution, half truths, outright lies (and imaginary flights), take-no prisoners politics, some very good policy ideas, a presidential spouse given to wallowing in anger and self-pity, and a succession of aides and surrogates pushed under the bus when things don't go right.  Which is to say, often.

'Annie Oakley' changes her tune.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), who has cast herself in the past few days as a champion of gun owners, had a very different message when she spoke eight years ago to the Newspaper Association of America.  "CLINTON TAKES AIM AT GUNS," said the all-caps headline on the group's Web site after she told members in May 2000, during her Senate campaign, that "there isn't a more important task" than passing gun-safety laws.

Hillary Fibs in Iowa About Ethanol — She Voted Against It.  During her first visit as a presidential candidate to early-caucus state Iowa, Sen. Hillary Clinton spoke out strongly in favor of boosting the production of ethanol in the United States.  But that's a complete turnaround from her earlier actions regarding the alternative fuel, which is made from corn — and could provide a big boost to the economy of agricultural Iowa. … As a Senator from New York, Clinton has voted at least 17 times against measures promoting ethanol production, the RNC noted.

Ethanol is one of those supposedly good ideas that may not be good after all.

Hillary's First Broken Campaign Promise:  Just two weeks after inviting the American public to "chat" about her bottomless powerlust, Hillary Clinton has already broken her first campaign promise.  At the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting last Friday [2/2/2007], Hillary Clinton made her newest, most left-wing statement on Iraq.  Goaded on by — and trying to drown out — protestors from Code Pink and Iraq Veterans Against the War, Hillary pledged:  "If we in Congress don't end this war before January 2009, as president, I will."  And thus she continued the grand tradition of Clintons lying to the public.

Chicanery and triangulation

The amorphous world of Hillary Clinton:  What she personally believes seems to depend largely on the audience. … That's both the beauty and the problem of Hillary Clinton.  She's whatever she needs to be to advance the only agenda to which she is unwaveringly loyal:  the power of Hillary Clinton.

The night Hillary's funny bone went missing.  You learn a lot about people not just by what they say, but by what they don't say.  Or by what they don't do, where they don't show up.  With a Clinton, no move is accidental.  And she is, of course, considered the most likely Democratic candidate for president in 2008.  Could she win?

Many faces of Hillary – none a winner.  There's something oddly satisfying in the possibility that Clinton being herself is politically disastrous.  And, if she's really just playing one more role according to some classically Clintonian political triangulation, there's something equally satisfying to the prospect that even her fans aren't falling for it anymore.

Obama Joins Right-Wing Attack Machine.  [Scroll down] The hit against Hillary as a triangulator wouldn't have as much punch if her husband hadn't lived off poll-driven, situational politics for eight years.  In a general election, a key point of thematic contention will be whether a Hillary presidency will represent change or — as Republicans will argue — an unwelcome return to the 1990s.

The Clintons' 'politics of personal destruction'.  It may seem unfair to single out [Sen. Hillary] Clinton in this matter when the bunker in which she took shelter was crowded with her fellow quivering candidates.  But Clinton is the front-runner, quite possibly the next president of the United States, and so it is reasonable to focus on her and wonder if, as some allege, she indeed does have a spine.  In this instance, it was nowhere to be found.

Hillary Clinton's memory loss:  Hillary Clinton once again asserted during the latest presidential debate that "the American people know where I've stood for 35 years."  Yet, she repeatedly refuses to tell us where she stands on Social Security reform.  And when she does, Mrs. Clinton misrepresents the condition of Social Security when she and her husband left the White House.

Those 27 Words.  What Hillary Clinton was trying to say, it seems, was anything to avoid suggesting that she had made a mistake in voting for the 2002 joint resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq.  Admitting error regarding Iraq has become the litmus test for Democratic candidates.

Anti-war rowdies torment Hillary.  Stopping just a fraction of an inch short of saying it outright, [Hillary Clinton] calculatedly implies that she was duped by the Bush administration into supporting the removal of the Saddam regime by military force.  But if the Bush administration duped her into over-rating Saddam as a threat, then she is left to answer this question:  Who duped her spouse — President Bill Clinton — and his top aides into likewise over-rating the Saddam threat?

At Wal-Mart, Clinton didn't upset any carts.  At a Democratic presidential debate last month, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton described Wal-Mart, the world's largest retail company, as a "mixed blessing."  She spoke from experience.  From 1986 to 1992, Clinton was a member of its board of directors, carefully navigating through a spate of internal policy concerns that now weigh on Wal-Mart's corporate image.

Clinton Remained Silent As Wal-Mart Fought Unions.  In six years as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors, between 1986 and 1992, Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world's largest retailer waged a major campaign against labor unions seeking to represent store workers.

As a Director, Clinton Moved Wal-Mart Board, but Only to a Point.  Mrs. Clinton's six-year tenure as a director of Wal-Mart, the nation's largest company, remains a little known chapter in her closely scrutinized career.  And it is little known for a reason.  Mrs. Clinton rarely, if ever, discusses it, leaving her board membership out of her speeches and off her campaign Web site.

Clintons Mum on Tsunami Donation.  Multimillionaire political couple Bill and Hillary Clinton pledged on Friday [12/31/2004] to make a generous personal donation to relief efforts in the wake of the Christmas tsunami disaster.  But the ex-prez and his senator wife won't say exactly how generous they intend to be.

Liberals slam Hillary over dodge tactics.  In pointed political broadsides from some of the major liberal-leaning publications — including the New York Times and The Washington Post — the New York senator has been the target of surprisingly sharp criticism about her refusal to answer policy questions, investigative reporting about her husband's business dealings and unsavory fundraisers, and even assertions that her candidacy was solely beholden to her husband's political influence.

Slick Hillary:  Without her husband's gift for triangulation and obfuscation, Hillary Clinton has forgotten that if you're going to take both sides of an issue, don't do it in the same room before the same audience.

Clinton Not Ready to Release Tax Returns.  Resisting calls from Barack Obama to release her income tax returns, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she would only do so if she secures the Democratic presidential nomination and contended her rival had been less than candid about his relationship with major campaign contributors.

What are the Clintons Hiding?  [Scroll down]  When will Hillary Clinton finally release her tax returns?  This isn't such a stretch:  Bill and Hillary's finances are co-mingled, and the senator recently loaned her sinking campaign $5 million.  Indeed, the loan was made at about the same time that Bill Clinton ended a business relationship with another longtime benefactor that allowed him to reap a $20 million bonanza.  On top of the $50 million he's earned for himself and the hundreds of millions he's picked up for his global charities — not to mention his presidential library.  Yet he refuses to identify most of the sources of all this cash.  What's the big mystery?

Clinton Won't Release Taxes Soon.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton says she won't release her tax returns until she has the Democratic presidential nomination in hand, and not before tax filing time comes in mid-April.  Clinton argued for openness Tuesday night [2/26/2008] during her latest debate with Democratic rival Barack Obama.

Why Clinton Stands to Lose Millions:  Thanks to a little-known provision in 2002's McCain-Feingold campaign-finance reform bill, a campaign must repay the loan to a candidate before Election Day.  In this case, that's the nominating convention.  After the election has passed, a bankrupt campaign is limited to gathering just $250,000 from contributors, which means that modest sum is all it can give back to a candidate.  In short, Clinton stands to lose $11,150,000.

Poor Hillary.  The Clintons raked in more than $100 million in personal income since leaving the White House in 2001.  The idea that they would have any trouble paying back their campaign debts or compensating themselves (regardless of what the campaign laws say) for their own money spent on the campaign is laughable.

The $20 Million Blues:  [Scroll down] Clinton, however, might stay in the race in part because of financial reasons.  A little more than $11 million has come from her own pocket, and if she can't raise that by the summer convention, she'll be out the money for good. … If Clinton quits before the convention, she'll have to talk donors into giving her money to retire the debt.

The Editor says...
Maybe she can wring some more money out of the Chinese dishwashers. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Hillary's Debt-ly Sins.  Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is $20 million in debt — and vendors, consultants and aides in her home state are among those getting stiffed, new campaign-finance records show.  The debt includes the $11 million that Clinton herself lent the campaign.

Fact Check:  Clinton and jobs promised.  She's reminded of it all the time around here, so Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton couldn't have been surprised when her failed 2000 campaign promise to bring 200,000 jobs to economically desperate upstate New York became part of the latest presidential debate.  In her first term in the Senate, the region saw a net loss of 26,500 jobs, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics by the Business Council of New York State.

Crocodile tears and disingenuousness

Can Hillary Cry Her Way Back to the White House?  When I walked into the office Monday, people were clustering around a computer to watch what they thought they would never see:  Hillary Clinton with the unmistakable look of tears in her eyes.  A woman gazing at the screen was grimacing, saying it was bad.  Three guys watched it over and over, drawn to the "humanized" Hillary.  One reporter who covers security issues cringed.  "We are at war," he said.  "Is this how she'll talk to Kim Jong-il?"

The Crying GameNever underestimate the Clintonian team.  Hillary Clinton is in the midst of a complete focus-group/poll-driven/handler make-over.  And to the degree she sticks to it (a big if), she will do fine.  As we heard tonight, Hillary has now "found her voice"; she suddenly speaks more slowly, there are more bite-the-lip-like pauses, and she has been reminded not to go into frenetic panic mode or hit that screech-owl high note as much.

Tear-Jerking America's Chain.  Girls stick together when boys gang up.  But let's get something straight:  Clinton wasn't emotional because she cares deeply about the country.  She was near tears because she cares deeply about becoming the first woman president.  Thwarted ambition is the politician's waterboard.

The Latest Version of Hillary Clinton:  [Scroll down] She gushed about her "full heart," and how she had "found my own voice."  Sixty years old, with all that massive experience in the work of transforming the nation, and she's just now finding her voice?  More likely, she's just found a new way to disguise her essential self.  This is not her first conspicuous change of convenience.  When she and Bill were married, she declined to take his last name, only to suddenly adopt it for political reasons after he was voted out of the governor's office in 1980.

Never Underestimate the Power of Tears.  Conventional wisdom says that a woman should never cry in the workplace … Professional women are told that they should get tough enough to never break down in the office under any circumstance.  This week, though, the whole nation saw presidential candidate Hillary Clinton get all teary-eyed as she talked about why she is running for president and how much she fears that America might go backward.

Hillary's Crocodile Tears in Connecticut.  I have just seen Hillary Clinton and her former Yale law professor both in tears at a campaign rally here in my home state of Connecticut.  Her tearful professor said how proud he was that his former student was likely to become our next President.  Hillary responded in tears.  My own reaction was of regret that, when I terminated her employment on the Nixon impeachment staff, I had not reported her unethical practices to the appropriate bar associations.

Ambition unmasked in U.S. presidential race.  The feminist who decided to stand by her serially philandering political meal ticket, was mocked by some for crying her way to victory in New Hampshire this week, raising more questions about just how far politicians are willing to go in the quest for personal glory.  And with every such act, ambition takes another hit, a nasty character trait deployed not with a careful understanding of how it relates to ones values and ideals, but, venally, simply to get ahead.

For Cryin' Out Loud.  There she goes again.  It was another two-hanky day on the campaign trail yesterday [2/4/2008], as Hillary Rodham Clinton teared up at an event targeting female voters on the eve of the Super Tuesday elections.

Little Miss Sunshine.  Notice her gold power suits.  The wide stance.  Notice how Hillary's voice has gone up several irritating decibels as she shrieks, "I hear you," to supporters. Sen. Clinton strategically projects the image of front-runner, despite being in a statistical dead heat with rival Barack Obama. … Just like old times, the Clintons are up to their necks in smoke and mirrors and secrecy.  Despite assurances of government transparency, Sen. Clinton wants the public to know what she wants it to know when she wants it to know.

Hillary's Voice:  I have come to the conclusion that Hillary Clinton with either not get the nomination or, if she does, will not get elected.  The reason is her voice.  I don't think there is a man of voting age in America who will want to listen to her every day for four years in office. … Then there are the tears.  What American man wants a President who is prone to burst into tears when she's had a hard day or hears something that touches her deeply?

Hypocrisy

Hillary Rodham Gore:  The upside is that Mrs. Clinton is raising money from the very industries she is bashing, making her sincerity open to question.  The Center for Responsive Politics reports that Mrs. Clinton has raised $269,436 from the pharmaceutical industry, more than any other candidate, including Republicans, and $220,550 from the oil and gas industry, more than double what her closest Democratic rivals raised from the industry.

Democrats and Heretics:  while Mrs. Clinton criticizes Wal-Mart for its lack of a union and refuses money from its political action committee, Mr. Podesta's firm last year received $260,000 representing the retailer in Washington — making his firm Wal-Mart's most highly paid lobbyist. … Mrs. Clinton's campaign is a who's who of K Street lobbyists, from campaign chief Maggie Williams to communications director Howard Wolfson to a long list of volunteer advisers.  Chances are one, two or several dozen have represented, or continue to represent, positions to which Mrs. Clinton is opposed.

Saint Hillary.  Hillary Clinton is on a personal jihad against what she calls the Republican-led "culture of corruption and cronyism" in Washington.  Corruption?  Cronyism?  She's one to talk.  It's hard to think of a more unqualified candidate for Girl Scout of Washington.  But Hillary, queen of the Arkansas mafia, has appointed herself to that role in this, the next stage of her pre-2008 media makeover.

The Hubbell Standard:  Hillary Clinton knows all about sacking U.S. Attorneys.  Congressional Democrats are in full cry over the news this week that the Administration's decision to fire eight U.S. Attorneys originated from — gasp — the White House.  Senator Hillary Clinton joined the fun yesterday, blaming President Bush for "the politicization of our prosecutorial system."  Oh, my.  As it happens, Mrs. Clinton is just the Senator to walk point on this issue of dismissing U.S. attorneys because she has direct personal experience.  In any Congressional probe of the matter, we'd suggest she call herself as the first witness — and bring along Webster Hubbell as her chief counsel.

The Editor would remind you ...
Attorney General Janet Reno demanded the resignation of all United States Attorneys on March 24, l993.*

Re-written and revised history

Hillary's re-invented history:  Either Mrs. Clinton is, or used to be, dumb as a post, or she made up the story.  As it happens, Mrs. Clinton doesn't always tell the letter-to-NASA story the same way.  As she was inducted in the National Women's Hall of Fame this weekend, Mrs. Clinton said the young Hillary Rodham was 14 and inspired by Alan Shepherd's 1961 trip into space when she wrote to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  But in this transcript of a May 2005 commencement speech by Sen. Hillary Clinton, archived on her own Web site, the young Hillary is 12 when the incident occurs:  "I wrote off to this new agency called NASA, and asked how a 12-year old girl could become an astronaut."

Secrecy

Team Clinton Does Its Best Work In Secret.  Let's face it:  The Clintons will say anything in their quests for the presidency.  Just as Bill Clinton railed against Republican corruption in 1992, promising his would be "the most ethical administration in history," Hillary Clinton now is presenting herself as the antidote of the Republican "culture of corruption" and the antithesis of the Bush administration's penchant for secrecy.  What makes this argument all the more laughable is that secrecy has always been their modus operandi, and their key method of their scandal damage control.

Clinton schedule a mystery.  After a rally in Philadelphia Tuesday night, the traveling reporters covering Hillary Rodham Clinton tried in vain to get an answer to what seemed like a simple request:  What was the candidate's schedule for the next day?  Only one evening event was on the books.  But word had trickled through the press corps that she might also speak at a breakfast meeting of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  Or might not.  Or, again, might.

Clinton's Schedules as First Lady to be Released.  The National Archives announced on Tuesday [3/18/2008] that 11,046 pages of Senator Hillary Rodham's White House schedules will be released on Wednesday.  The records were the subject of a legal fight between Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, and the National Archives, which has been slow to comply with a request to release the records, arguing that the vetting process takes time.

Taboo topics

Hillary's Doomed Taboo:  Does Hillary realize that this taboo-enforcement strategy plays into the worst aspect of her public image — the dogmatic PC enforcer whose loyal aides seem, at least in public, to live in zombie-like fear that too much candor could incur her wrath?  I don't think it's too much to draw a line from Hillary's attempt to suppress the speech of her fellow candidates to a general, instinctive distaste for the tumult and self-expression inherent in democracy itself.

Clintons brace for 'wandering Bill' claims.  Hillary Clinton's aides have launched a characteristically withering attack against two long-expected biographies of the Democratic presidential front-runner.  They have dismissed one as "totally discredited" because of a single disputed anecdote, and claim that both simply rehash old ground.

Hillary carefully avoids the use of the Clinton name.

The Mononym Platform:  There's something missing in Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's recently unveiled presidential campaign, something so conspicuous in its absence that it's certain to set off debate — not on Pennsylvania Avenue, but on Madison Avenue.  What's missing is her surname.  Someone has apparently decided that Mrs. Clinton will be the first major single-name candidate since 1952, when Ike's P.R. gurus realized that "Eisenhower" was tough to fit on a bumper sticker.

It's just Hillary, if you please.  As she seeks to become the country's first female president, Clinton wants to be known to supporters simply as 'Hillary' — no married name or maiden name necessary.  Any reference to Clinton, or Rodham, is absent from the New York's senator's official campaign biography except in direct reference to her husband, Bill, or her father, Hugh.

Paranoia

Hill is Right Back to Her Old Ways.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday [3/13/2007] revived a much-ridiculed phrase she first used during the Monica Lewinsky scandal — saying there is a "vast-right-wing conspiracy" to attack Democrats and steal elections.

Is Hillary Cracking Up?  Journalists and Democratic politicians seemed to sense that once again Clintonistas had gone too far.  Of course, the Clintons always do.  They predictably overreact and it gets them into trouble — avoidable trouble.

Clinton:  Right-Wing Conspiracy Is Back.  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday [3/13/2007] described past Republican political malfeasance in New Hampshire as evidence of a "vast, right-wing conspiracy."  Clinton's barbed comments revived a term she coined for the partisan plotting during her husband's presidential tenure and echoed remarks she made last weekend in New Hampshire, which holds the nation's first primary.

Suppression of old Clinton scandals

On January 20, 2001, his last day in office, President Clinton pardoned or commuted the sentence of almost every individual whose conviction had been secured by an independent counsel during his Presidency.*  Hillary Clinton is hoping you don't know this, or you'll forget.

Let me refresh your memory...
Chronology of the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal.

First Whitewater prosecutor says 'serious crimes' were uncovered in probe.  The first federal prosecutor to probe the financial dealings of Bill and Hillary Clinton says he was poised to bring high-profile indictments against top Arkansas political and business figures — based in part on testimony from a chief witness against the then president — when he was abruptly replaced by a panel of federal judges, throwing his investigation into turmoil.

Soon-to-Be-Released Clinton Records Show Attempts to Shackle Militia.  Files scheduled to be released from Clinton White House records will show his efforts to shackle militias and set up a "strict licensing system" for paramilitary groups, Politico reports.  In other words, gun control was to be complemented — and in places, supplemented — by people control.  According to Politico, the release is certain to raise the ire of citizens already concerned about "enhancing government surveillance powers and regulating armed groups of U.S. citizens."

Unconditional Surrender.  The University of Arkansas library has backed down from its decision to block the Washington Free Beacon from accessing its special collections archives following a month-long public uproar.  The library suspended the Free Beacon's research privileges in June after the outlet published a story based on audiotapes from university archives that included Hillary Clinton discussing her 1975 defense of a child rapist.  Library officials said the Free Beacon had violated the university's intellectual property rights by publishing the excerpts without submitting a permission-to-publish form.  However, the library later acknowledged it did not own the copyright for the audiotapes.  The copyright holder, veteran Arkansas reporter Roy Reed, has said he does not object to the audio excerpts being published.

The Clinton Police State Cometh.  Political journalists are going to love the Hillary Clinton presidency.  Judging by the way Team Clinton has responded to a series of books that are critical of the elderly homeowner and her philandering husband, it will be a real treat to cover them in the White House (again).  According to Politico, for example, public relations representatives for the Clinton family have issued a joint statement condemning the recent publication of "trashy" books by Ed Klein, Daniel Halper, and Ronald Kessler, all of which reflect less than favorably on the Clintons.  The spokesmen condemned the "despicable" authors, arguing that "their behavior should neither be allowed nor enabled," and called on "legitimate media outlets" to promptly censor them.

Former Clinton Press Secretary Ensures Blackout of Book.  Former Clinton administration press secretary Mike McCurry is quietly waging a campaign to quash coverage on a new tell-all book that exposes Bill and Hillary Clinton's massive political empire.  McCurry has successfully blocked Politico media reporter Dylan Byers from writing about the bestselling Clinton, Inc., written by Weekly Standard editor Daniel Halper, according to emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  McCurry, who spoke to Halper, now claims that he "only vaguely remembers" the interview.  In the emails, McCurry tells Byers to abandon an article about the book.

Library Coordinated with Clinton Staff Prior to Free Beacon Ban, Internal Emails Show.  University of Arkansas library administrators were in contact with Clinton Foundation officials the same day the university rushed to take action against the Washington Free Beacon for publishing recordings of Hillary Clinton discussing her 1975 defense of a child rapist, according to internal emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  Administrators scrambled to "get the lawyers involved" to draft a "cease and desist" letter to the Free Beacon the morning after the "Hillary Tapes" report, and over a week before the university admitted it did not actually own the copyright for the recordings.

Clinton Donor Bans Free Beacon From University of Arkansas Archives.  A Hillary Clinton donor who serves as dean of the University of Arkansas libraries has banned the Washington Free Beacon from the school's special collections archives, after the news outlet published revealing stories about Hillary Clinton based on documents available at the university library.  The ban came days after the Free Beacon ran a story about Clinton's 1975 defense of a child rapist that drew from audio recordings available at the University of Arkansas library's special collections archives.  However, the ban was not mentioned in a June 16 email to this reporter from Steve Voorhies, manager of media relations at the university.

Rape Victim of Clinton Client Speaks Out: Hillary 'Took Me Through Hell'.  In an interview with The Daily Beast, the victim of Hillary Clinton's first criminal client, an alleged rapist whom she successfully defended, spoke out against the 2016 hopeful's women's rights record.  The victim, whom the Daily Beast did not name, was raped as a 12-year old by two men in an attack that left her in a coma for five days and hospitalized for months afterwards.  Clinton, then a 27-year-old attorney in private practice, represented her alleged rapist in court, and reduced his sentence to one year in prison.  However, the Free Beacon recently unearthed tapes from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, which houses the Clinton's document archives, in which Clinton "appears to acknowledge that she was aware of her client's guilt, brags about successfully getting the only piece of physical evidence thrown out of court, and laughs about it all whimsically."

'Hillary Clinton Took Me Through Hell,' Rape Victim Says.  Hillary Clinton is known as a champion of women and girls, but one woman who says she was raped as a 12-year-old in Arkansas doesn't think Hillary deserves that honor.  This woman says Hillary smeared her and used dishonest tactics to successfully get her attacker off with a light sentence — even though, she claims, Clinton knew he was guilty.

Hillary vs. Walker: Due Process Only Applies If You're A Liberal.  Clinton.  Champion of women, slayer of conspiracies, and a woman who as a lawyer once went hard at a 12-year-old rape victim in Arkansas was simply providing an invaluable constitutional service.  It was her job.  In the Daily Beast, the now 52-year-old victim says that "Hillary Clinton took me through Hell" — a line that would surely eradicate the political aspirations of any Republican candidate.  Man or woman.  Of course, the case against Clinton is not a question of whether the accused deserves a competent defense — this, we hope is settled.  What it should focus on is whether Clinton deployed some of that unbridled ambition to unethically denigrate and lie about a 12-year-old who was raped.

Hillary Changes Story on Rapist Defense, Claims She Had No Choice.  In a video interview with a UK website, Hillary Clinton contradicts her earlier story about how she came to represent a child rapist.  Hillary now claims she had no choice in representing the 41-year-old who raped a 6th grader, a story which is at odds with the one she told an interviewer three decades ago.

Tapes Reveal Hillary Clinton Discussing Her Defense Of Child Rapist.  A newly unearthed audio recording reveals Hillary Clinton engaging in a candid discussion of a case involving a man she defended who had been accused of raping a 12 year-old girl in 1975.  The recording is of an interview with Clinton in which she tells an Arkansas journalist how she obtained a plea bargain for the accused rapist, despite her indication that she knew he was guilty.

The Hillary Tapes.  Newly discovered audio recordings of Hillary Clinton from the early 1980s include the former first lady's frank and detailed assessment of the most significant criminal case of her legal career:  defending a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl.  In 1975, the same year she married Bill, Hillary Clinton agreed to serve as the court-appointed attorney for Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41-year-old accused of raping the child after luring her into a car.  The recordings, which date from 1983-1987 and have never before been reported, include Clinton's suggestion that she knew Taylor was guilty at the time.

Why Was Hillary Clinton Laughing About Helping Suspected Child Rapist?  It's hardly unusual for a criminal trial lawyer to gossip about a courtroom triumph on behalf of a less than admirable client, often with gallows humor and over drinks after a hard day's work.  But it's highly unusual for a lawyer to boast and laugh about such a circumstance in an on-the-record interview with a journalist — and pretty much jaw-dropping when the lawyer is Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Totally Unworthy Liberal Icons.  When Hillary Clinton ran for senator of my state I researched her background to confirm if she was indeed the smartest woman in the world as she was being touted in the media by campaign promoters.  Hillary Clinton's true character surfaced upon this research which completely belied what her campaign was selling.  But they show that the pattern of lies, deceit, fabrications and unethical behavior was established long ago.  Not many Americans even know about her misadventures with the Rose law firm and Madison Guaranty Bank nor have they heard of her fortuitous and dubious cattle futures, Travelgate and Whitewater and other overlooked scandals involving the woman whom many are still touting as the next president of the United States.

Hillary's Chinese Espionage Problem.  Johnny Chung was born in Taiwan but living in Southern California when he was given $300,000 by Chinese Gen Ji of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) Military Intelligence because, "We like your president very much."  Among Chung's objectives in using the money were to go directly to Hillary Rodham Clinton and request:  A tour of the White House[,] Lunch at the White House Mess[,] A photo op with the First Lady[,] An invitation to attend the president's radio address. [...] It would be interesting to know who the CIA White House officer was reporting back to at Langley CIA HQ about all this.  Because the PLA money, laundered through Chung and given to Hillary Clinton, comprised a felony and the Agency should have made a criminal referral to the FBI and Department of Justice.

Hillary Milhous Clinton.  She and her husband probably trail behind them more baggage than even Nixon did.  He resigned before being impeached.  The Clintons brazened it through before President Clinton was finally impeached.  He was not convicted, however, and — almost miraculously if you can remember what even Democrats were saying about them — the Clintons continued their amazing political lives.  Though they acquired still more baggage. [...] Now with all her baggage trailing behind her, it is only a matter of time before Hillary Clinton is forced to rebrand herself.  All those years, dating back to Arkansas politics, will prove too much.

I'm Sick To Death Of Bill And Hillary.  [Scroll down]  Hillary herself has more baggage than could fit into Air Force One.  Perhaps the largest and most malodorous piece is the mysterious disappearance and reappearance of court-subpoenaed law-firm records belonging to her.  After going missing for years, they suddenly turned up in her book room on the third floor of the White House.  The FBI's fingerprint analysis of the billing records revealed only the prints of Hillary and White House lawyer Vince Foster, who had committed suicide under suspicious circumstances.  The records were needed to show the extent of Hillary's legal work for a savings and loan involved in fraud.

Clintons Enjoyed Friendly Relationship With Mosque Leader.  The Daily Caller recently reported that Bill Clinton sent a handwritten note on official stationery in March 2000 to Bassam Erstwani, the chairman of the board of the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, in response to a letter from the chairman.  Clinton's note was released as part of a document dump by the Clinton presidential library.  The note was marked "THE PRESIDENT HAS SEEN 3-10-00."  "I'm interested in all these suggestions.  Let's follow up," Clinton said in the note, in which he also said that it would be good to have support from Muslims. Clinton signed the note "Bill."

Report: Hillary Clinton Accused GOP Staffers of Colluding with 'Extremists' on Internet.  On January 27, 1998, Hillary Clinton appeared on NBC's Today Show. During her interview with Matt Lauer, she claimed that a "vast right-wing conspiracy" had been trying to destroy her husband "since the day he announced for president."  That interview drew a lot of raised eyebrows and became a joke for years afterward.  Hillary's accusation became such a hot-button issue that Clinton's White House felt it had to defend itself and drew up a full 28-page report to "prove" that there was, indeed, a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

Hillary's glass jaw.  Do you remember Webb Hubbell, the McDougals, the missing Rose Law firm billing records, Travelgate, or Hillary's surprise acumen at high-risk commodities trading?  Super PACs and other groups will remind voters of all of these case studies of corruption if Hillary proceeds with a campaign.  Democrats are terrified of this likelihood, not because it points to Hillary's distant past, but because it helps illustrate her more recent corrupt behavior — and that of the elite political class she represents.

Major Democratic donor indicted over campaign contributions.  A hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser has pleaded guilty in New York to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws.  Hampshire Hotels chairman Sant Singh Chatwal appeared Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn.  The candidates were not identified.  Chatwal, whose firm runs hotels around the world, had raised at least $100,000 for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama.

Hotel Magnate Pleads Guilty to Campaign Finance Fraud.  Hotel magnate Sant Singh Chatwal, who has lavished campaign cash on everyone from Hillary Clinton to Mayor Bill de Blasio, pleaded guilty today in Brooklyn federal court to campaign finance fraud and witness tampering, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch announced.  Mr. Chatwal, 70, who runs a chain of luxury hotels and other companies, allegedly broke federal law by using straw donors — whom he called "conduits" — to make more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three candidates in an effort to gain access and influence federal regulations, according to a federal complaint.

Aide who accused Bill Clinton of groping her says 'Americans deserve better than the Clintons'.  Kathleen Willey was a Democratic fundraiser volunteering in the White House during Bill Clinton's presidency who claims the former president kissed and groped her inside a private study off of the Oval Office.  Now, with a potential presidential run by Hillary Clinton in the works, Willey has resurfaced to warn the American public about the 'dysfunctional' former first family.

The Hillary Riddle Begins to Unravel.  Winston Churchill once said that Russia "is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."  So is anything even remotely having to do with Bill and Hillary Clinton.  And just as with the Russians, that is intentionally so.  The Clintons go to great lengths to cover-up their cover-ups.

Clinton-era White House memo from Rose Law Firm adviser.  In a pair of stunning 1993 memos from the Clinton White House, advisers to Bill and Hillary Clinton railed against physicians for putting personal greed ahead of 'Hillarycare' medical insurance reform, and wrote that scheduled listening-session meetings with health care stakeholders were political exercises organized purely for show.

Hillary is sick. Of the media.  It was back on Jan. 27, 1998, that Hillary Clinton first used the phrase "vast right-wing conspiracy" to describe the attacks on her husband. [...] For Hillary, the Monica [Lewinsky] story was the last straw in what she firmly believed was a conservative conspiracy to get her husband.  And Hillary stuck to that belief even after she learned the truth about Bill and Monica.  After all, one or both of the Clintons had been accused of all sorts of ugly things in the preceding years:  Whitewater, being involved in the death of Vince Foster, controversial cattle futures trading, international drug smuggling through Mena, Ark., etc.

The many lies of Bill Clinton.  It was 10 years ago tomorrow that Clinton looked right into a TV lens — thus looking every American in the eye — and told us a bold-faced, despicable lie, the same one he had told under oath in a court case nine days earlier.  The earlier recitation of the lie led to Clinton being impeached, fined by trial court and stripped of his law license.  But it was the public lie, in its brazenness, that ought to make every American skeptical of every word Mr. Clinton says.

Clinton Family Loan Mystery.  Those of us old enough to recall the 1990s can remember presidential half-brother and pardon recipient Roger Clinton, as well as presidential brothers-in-law Tony and Hugh Rodham — all of whom were caught up in the pardon-gate controversy.  None of them has been seen much (or at all) during Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, not without good reason.  I don't want to be too harsh, but let's just say they all firmly seem to fall into the Bill Carter mold of presidential siblings.

The Oil Connection:  It's interesting that Hillary Clinton not only was behind the formation of the oil-for-food program, but that it was a direct contact with an agent of Saddam that accomplished the task.  So, fast forward a few years.  Baghdad has fallen, the doors have been kicked open, and the oil-for-food program has become the oil-for-food scandal.  What seems amazing now is not only the extent of the corruption, but how little most Americans even know about it.  The left is often proud of its hatred for Enron and the $1.5 billion in corruption it represents.  Rightly so — but they so easily excuse nearly 40 billion in corruption in a single UN program.

Seeds of Destruction:  A huge scandal erupted when it became known that Mrs. Clinton's brothers, Tony and Hugh Rodham, had lobbied the president on behalf of criminals who then received presidential pardons or a sentence commutation from Mr. Clinton.  Tony Rodham helped get a pardon for a Tennessee couple that had hired him as a consultant and paid or loaned him hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Over the protests of the Justice Department, President Clinton pardoned the couple, Edgar Allen Gregory Jr. and his wife, Vonna Jo, who had been convicted of bank fraud in Alabama.  Hugh Rodham was paid $400,000 to lobby for a pardon of Almon Glenn Braswell, who had been convicted of mail fraud and perjury, and for the release from prison of Carlos Vignali, a drug trafficker who was convicted and imprisoned for conspiring to sell 800 pounds of cocaine.  Sure enough, in his last hours in office (when he issued a blizzard of pardons, many of them controversial), President Clinton agreed to the pardon for Braswell and the sentence commutation for Vignali.

1994 Redux:  Clinton Hasn't Changed A Bit.  The 1994 [health-care task force] was a debacle of biblical proportions for the Democratic party.  To win the presidency, everyone assumed Hillary Clinton would need to erase memories of her flawed leadership of that catastrophe.  And doing so would mean showing voters she had the capacity for a different kind of leadership, one based on openness to the private sector, appreciation for the complexity of the task, and policy flexibility — not 1990's style war-rooms and the promised destruction of opponents with differing views.

Hillary stranger than fiction.  I have no time for Obama, and I think he'd be a disastrous president.  But he's your ticket out if you're a Democrat who can't face the thought of giving your party to the Clinton mob for another decade.  And, evidently, quite a lot of Dems feel like that.

The Whitewater Proxy:  Hillary's and Bill's scandals have been the elephant in the primary room ever since she first signaled a run.  Yet up to now everyone has been too scared, or too loyal, or too weary to touch the ugly past.  Her Bosnia misspeak is now serving as proxy for all the truths about the Clintons' non-truths, allowing even liberals to break free from their Clinton dependence.

Remembering and then forgetting the Clintons:  [Upon leaving office, President] Clinton garnered unwanted publicity for a greedy duo of mini-scandals first, by lifting several thousands of dollars of White House furniture and his pursuance of a high-priced office in a palatial New York City high-rise.  Then there was his pardon of fugitive-financier Marc Rich, who had been on the run for evading millions of dollars in taxes and doing business with the Iranian government while it held American hostages. … Despite his assurances at the time to the contrary, the pardon had all the appearances of a quid pro quo.

Criminals, Clintons, Campaigns.  The news that Mrs. Clinton has accepted money from three criminals who were pardoned by Mr. Clinton in highly contentious circumstances — or, more accurately, two criminals and Mr. Deutch, who was on the point of being charged by the Justice Department when he was let off the hook — is sure to prove hugely embarrassing to Mrs. Clinton's campaign.

Judicial Watch scrutinizing controversial Clinton White House pardon.  Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the official pardon application submitted to the Clinton White House on behalf of Marc Rich. … Rich fled the United States in 1983 to avoid prosecution on racketeering, wire fraud, and tax evasion charges.  He was one of about 140 individuals pardoned by Bill Clinton in the waning hours of his administration.

Clinton papers reveal donor, embargo ties.  With a large charitable donation in hand, Indonesian businessman Mochtar Riady flew to Little Rock to dine with first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at a 1993 gala honoring her as an "Arkansan of the Year" at a time his company, a multibillion dollar banking conglomerate, was seeking an end to a 30-year trade embargo with Vietnam.

This article includes a long list of Clinton scandals.
Clinton bends the rules — when she can't break them.  America's chief domestic priority this year is to prevent Hillary Rodham Clinton's election as president of the United States.  Beyond her dreadful ideas, she shares her husband's allergy to the rule of law and the basic standards of fairness and honesty that most people expect of themselves.  Instead, the Clintons do whatever it takes to accomplish whatever they want.  And if normal conduct or even federal statutes interfere, they smash right through them.

With Friends Like These ...  It's not that we expect politicians to have squeaky-clean donor lists.  You try running for office without, at one point or another, taking money from someone you probably shouldn't.  Even Barack Obama, Mr. Clean, has Tony Rezko.  But the Frank Giustra-Kazakhstan-Uranium affair, blown open by The New York Times last week, serves as a reminder that the relationship between the Clintons and money has not always been lily-white.  Here, a guide to the unsavory characters who have been associated with Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Over the Top.  "He [Senator Obama] hasn't been able to find a way to be tough with a woman opponent," they say on TV.  But that's not it, or is only half the truth.  The other half is that it has long been agreed in the Democratic Party that one must not, one cannot, ever, refer to the long caravan of scandals that have followed the Clintons for 15 years.  "We don't speak of the Clintons that way."  But why not?  Everyone else does.

Landlord:  Clinton staff stiffed me on rent.  Rochester physician Terry Bennett said he rented a city building to people who worked for Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign — and skipped town without paying the bill.  Making matters worse, Bennett said, the 3,000-square-foot building at 236 Union St. was left trashed.  Campaign signs were left lying all over the place, he said.

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It is reminiscent of the way the Clintons left the White House in January 2001.

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Trashing the White House when Clinton's Staff Left.  White House officials yesterday [6/2/2001] released a list of damage they say was done by outgoing staffers of President Bill Clinton, including obscene graffiti in six offices, a 20-inch-wide presidential seal ripped off a wall, 10 sliced telephone lines and 100 inoperable computer keyboards.

Official GAO report:  Allegations of Damage During the 2001 Presidential Transition.

Departing Clinton Staff Trashed White House Like Never Before.  In 2001, the departing Clinton White House staff made quite a mess, according to [the GAO report]. … When news of this first came out in early 2001, Clinton apologists pointed the finger at previous adminsitrations, saying in effect, "They did it first!"  But the truth is that no administration in decades did as much damage as the Clinton team did on its way out the door.

Clinton Amnesia:  The colossal Clinton gall is matched only by the sure hand with which they manipulate events masterfully, in the face of the knowing contempt of the news media, the Democratic Party and lastly, of course, the American people.  Try and recall the actual Clinton Administration that seems to have disappeared from the collective memory.  Bill blessedly closed his sordid time in power with an appropriate and delightful flourish, pardoning one hundred and forty convicted felons at the last hour while Hillary and her minions stole White House furnishings and property.  They were, and are, beyond parody.

Senator Hillary Clinton:  "He that has ears to hear, let him hear."  If even a fraction of this information is true, it should be cause for alarm.

The Clintons' Terror Pardons:  On Aug. 7, 1999, the one-year anniversary of the U.S. African embassy bombings that killed 257 people and injured 5,000, President Bill Clinton reaffirmed his commitment to the victims of terrorism, vowing that he "will not rest until justice is done."  Four days later, while Congress was on summer recess, the White House quietly issued a press release announcing that the president was granting clemency to 16 imprisoned members of FALN.  What began as a simple paragraph on the AP wire exploded into a major controversy.

What Kind of "Experience"?  Whether in Arkansas or in Washington, Hillary Clinton has spent decades parlaying her husband's political clout into both money and power.  How did that benefit anybody but the Clintons?  For those people whose memories are short, go on the Internet and look up Whitewater, the confidential raw FBI files on hundreds of Republican politicians that somehow — nobody apparently knows how — ended up in the Clinton White House illegally. … It would be hard to find two people less trustworthy than the Clintons or with a longer trail of sleaze and slime.

Whitewater:  Years of legal trouble.  Whitewater.  The word symbolizes years of legal troubles for Hillary Rodham Clinton during her husband's presidency.  The scandal stoked a $52 million criminal investigation and offered moments of extraordinary spectacle, including the unprecedented grand jury appearance by a first lady.  "It's not a first that I'm particularly pleased about," she acknowledged at the time.

If Spitzer, Why Not Clinton?  [Scroll down] Bill Clinton, who admittedly committed perjury and obstruction of justice, ended up being a rock star.  It is well known that when you commit perjury or obstruction of justice, you will receive jail time, since these are acts that go to the very heart of our system of justice that is based on people telling the truth under oath.  Clinton, thanks to DNA and a girl who didn't bother going to a dry cleaner, was clearly guilty of both — perjury and obstruction of justice.  This is all not to mention his other crimes of a sexual nature.  Just ask Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey.

The Case Against Hillary Clinton:  What do you have to forget or overlook in order to desire that this dysfunctional clan once more occupies the White House and is again in a position to rent the Lincoln Bedroom to campaign donors and to employ the Oval Office as a massage parlor?  You have to be able to forget, first, what happened to those who complained, or who told the truth, last time. … In my opinion, Gennifer Flowers was telling the truth; so was Monica Lewinsky, and so was Kathleen Willey, and so, lest we forget, was Juanita Broaddrick, the woman who says she was raped by Bill Clinton.

Women in the Clinton era:  Abuse, intimidation and smears.  Here is Bill Clinton's legacy of mistreatment of women.  The common threads are that, almost to a woman:  (1) they had some vulnerability that he could exploit.  (2) they were victims of a smear campaign, and (3) there is an eerie similarity to the stories they tell of intimidation, threats, and burglaries of odd items, such as photographs and tapes.

Hillary donors slept in Lincoln bedroom.  Nearly one in five big-money contributors to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, known as "Hillraisers," are the same donors who surfaced in a 1996 White House scandal involving sleepovers in the Lincoln Bedroom and other perks to help re-elect President Clinton.

Clinton Considers Giving Up Some Powers.  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday [10/23/2007] that if elected she would consider giving up some of the executive powers President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have assumed since taking office.

Clinton vows review of executive power.  Hillary Clinton would launch a policy review as president with an eye towards giving up some of the executive powers accumulated by George Bush, she tells Guardian America in an interview today. … Ms Clinton said the accumulation of executive power had put America into "new territory" because Mr Bush and the vice president had taken the view that were what previously extraordinary powers were now inherent powers that belonged to the White House.

Clinton's Executive Orders.  During his two terms as president, Bill Clinton averaged about one executive order each week.  By doing so, he was able to effectively legislate from the Oval Office.  He wrote executive orders to set aside large tracts of land as national monuments.  He wrote executive orders to restructure federalism.  He wrote executive orders adding "sexual orientation" to laws on federal hiring.  He wrote executive orders prohibiting federal contractors from hiring permanent striker replacements.  In other words, he exercised a legislative function:  he made laws.

Was that $100,000 profit from cattle futures a bribe? The big question, still, is whether Mrs. Clinton was, as she said, just well-advised and "lucky," or whether — via the filter of the futures markets — she took a fat bribe and then coolly lied about it.

Cattle Futures and Conflicts of Interest:  In 1979, Hillary Clinton's trades in cattle futures contracts generated criticism regarding conflict of interest and allegations of disguised bribery.  Her initial $1,000 investment generated $100,000 when she stopped trading ten months later.

Hillary Clinton's greatest hits:  Two months after commencing the Whitewater scheme, Hillary Clinton invested $1,000 in cattle futures.  Within a few days she had a $5,000 profit.  Before bailing out she earns nearly $100,000 on her investment.  Many years later, several economists will calculate that the chances of earning such returns legally were one in 250 million.

Lest We Forget — Hillary's $100K Cattle Scam.  The story intensified in April 1994, when the first couple was forced to pay an additional $14,615 in back taxes and interest after it was learned that the first lady had made more money on commodity trades than had been revealed to the public or to the IRS.

Is the bloom off the Rose Law Firm?  The Rose Law Firm became emblematic of the scandals that dogged Clinton and her husband, Bill, while he was president:  Whitewater; the death of Vince Foster, a Rose partner who became deputy White House counsel; and the missing billing records from Rose that were discovered in Hillary Clinton's book room at the White House.

Obama's HHS Nominee Proved Her Loyalty to Clinton by Digging Through a Dead Man's Trash.  In July 1995, Burwell (then Sylvia Mathews) was one of several key aides questioned by the Senate Whitewater Committee regarding the death of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster. [...] Under questioning, Sylvia Mathews and her colleagues denied impeding a police investigation into Foster's death after his body was found in a northern Virginia park.  According to the New York Times, Mathews testified "in laborious detail about what she had found in Mr. Foster's garbage on the night he died."  That experience may come in handy as she prepares to oversee the implementation of Obamacare.

Did someone mention Vince Foster?

Clinton's records vanished after warning of 'very serious' problems.  Hillary Rodham Clinton's Rose Law Firm billing records, found in the White House residence in January 1996 two years after they had been subpoenaed by government regulators, disappeared shortly after the first lady was warned that the firm's billing problems were "very serious" and the then-ongoing Whitewater investigation could result in criminal charges, newly obtained records show.  More than 1,100 pages of grand jury testimony ... say Mrs. Clinton knew considerably more about the firm's billing problems and their potential ramifications than she publicly acknowledged at the time.

The Clintons' Coal-Gate:  Hillary Clinton calls President Bush's talks with the Saudis about increasing oil output "pathetic."  But it's not as pathetic as her co-president husband locking up billions of tons of clean coal in exchange for political contributions.

Democratic Chickens Coming Home to Roost.  When she says she is more "experienced," she is either lying outright, or counting her time as Arkansas' and America's First Lady.  But that's nonsense.  First Lady is not an elected post, or any post.  Clinton was simply the wife of a privileged white male.  Besides, what was her experience as First Lady?  Was it the experience of Travelgate, in which she engineered the malicious prosecution of White House Travel Office director Billy Dale, which ruined him financially, just so she could turn the office into a cash cow for her friends from Arkansas, socialist TV producer Harry Thomason.  Or Filegate, wherein Hillary collected and kept FBI files on hundreds of Republican officials and staffers whom she considered political enemies?

How Hillary Clinton sicced the FBI on the White House travel office.  As speculation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for President in 2016 heats up, the question that must be asked is:  Hillary 2016, prison or POTUS?  Recently, the Washington Free Beacon reported on statements found in archival documents by one of Hillary Clinton's closest friends, Diane Blair, painting a portrait of Hillary as a ruthless First Lady.  Without question ruthless is an accurate description except not only is Hillary ruthless, she is lawless.

Hillary's Smear Campaign.  During the Whitewater investigation, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr investigated the legal work performed by Mrs. Clinton, then a partner in the Rose law firm, on behalf of Jim McDougal and his bank, Madison Guaranty.  Mr. Starr believed that Mrs. Clinton helped orchestrate the fraudulent land deal known as Castle Grande. [...] In the end, no charges were brought against Mrs. Clinton because there was insufficient evidence to prove that she knowingly assisted anyone in the perpetration of a fraud.

Once-secret memos question Clinton's honesty.  The summaries said Mrs. Clinton billed Madison for 60 hours of legal work, spoke with Madison officials about the Castle Grande project on 14 occasions, discussed legal matters with Madison's owners — the McDougals — 16 times, had 28 meetings with Rose firm lawyers on Madison, and met with state regulators about Madison at least twice.  At the time, Madison was seeking help from Mrs. Clinton's Rose Law Firm in Little Rock to fend off state and federal regulators concerned that the thrift was insolvent. … The summary is all that remains, since the original Rose firm billing records for Madison disappeared.

Trustee:  Sen. Clinton's brother owes debts to carnival operators.  Tony Rodham, the brother of Democratic presidential contender Sen. Hillary Clinton, is being asked again to appear in court on debts owed to a Tennessee carnival operator whose owners received presidential pardons from President Bill Clinton.

Pardon Scandal Still Looms for Sen. Clinton's Brother.  A court-appointed bankruptcy trustee asked a federal judge this week to schedule a new court date in a case against Tony Rodham, the brother of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., accused of failing to repay $109,000 in loans from a carnival company whose owners received controversial pardons issued by President Bill Clinton in the last hours of his presidency.

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Clinton's Brother Settles Lawsuit.  A lawsuit accusing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother of failing to repay debts to a Tennessee carnival operator has been settled.  Tony Rodham was accused of failing to repay $107,000 plus interest to the bankrupt estate of Edgar Allen Gregory Jr. and his wife, Vonna Jo, both of whom received a presidential pardon in 2000.

Pardons reemerge as issue in Clinton run.  Six years ago, the launch of Hillary Clinton's career in the US Senate was marred by allegations that her brothers had received payments from people pardoned by President Bill Clinton in the waning months of his presidency.  Now, in the wake of the launch of her presidential campaign, the pardon controversy has reemerged in an obscure court case in which Senator Clinton's brother Tony is battling an order to repay more than $100,000 he received from a couple pardoned by President Clinton.

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The list of people pardoned by President Clinton is not difficult to find.  [1] [2] [3] [4]

Hillary Clinton's Pardongate Scandal:  When you fast forward today and consider the areas where a huge segment of Americans have reservations about another Clinton presidency, the appearance of and real improprieties surrounding everything from Whitewater, the Lincoln Bedroom, Paula Jones, Vince Foster, cattle futures, the Rose Law Firm, Monica Lewinsky and 'Pardongate' provides the opportunity to resurface Senator Clinton's connection to a very dark episode in American politics.

Hill's Brother a Deadbeat.  Hillary Rodham Clinton's youngest sibling is a deadbeat dad who owes tens of thousands of dollars in child support to his politically connected ex, The Post has learned.  In a disclosure that could prove embarrassing for his sister, Anthony Rodham has stiffed his former wife, Nicole Boxer, out of $75,000 in child support, as well as $55,000 in alimony, a source close to the case said.

Hillary's Spousal Albatross.  Hillary Clinton doesn't have the luxury Al Gore did of choosing to dump Bill Clinton on the presidential campaign trail.  She's stuck with him, for better or for worse.  And if she becomes president, so is America.  People always questioned Gore's judgment to cut his umbilical cord from Mother Bill … But in Hillary's case, it's obviously more complicated.  Bill will not just have been a past president with very close ties to President Hillary, should she win.  He won't merely be with her in the White House.  He will be in her space.

A Shower of Gifts for Hillary and Bill:  What's most revealing here is not the gifts themselves — although it is hard to picture one adult giving another a sofa — but how horrified people were at the very suggestion that Hillary would lean on supporters to furnish her house.  The Clintons have long dismissed the criticism of those in the vast right-wing conspiracy whom they don't respect.  But how do you dismiss the views of those you do respect — who insist you would never sink so low, until they are silenced by proof of your grasping?



"Hillary was not in a mood to walk away from her cherished lifestyle simply because the Twenty-second Amendment forced her husband from office on January 20, 2001.  She took the trouble to register with luxury retailers, as though she were about to become an impoverished new bride.  This sent clear signals to donors as to the kinds of items they needed to buy if they expected to stay in Hillary's good graces.  No first lady had ever been quite so crass."
— Barbara Olson,    
The Final Days: The Last Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House,    
Regnery Publishing, Inc. 2001, pp. 63-64.    



Hillary Was Key Partner in Clinton Attack Machine.  With the paperback version of Clinton's memoirs set to hit bookstores in early June, World Ahead Publishing has unveiled Their Lives:  The Women Targeted by the Clinton Machine by Candice E. Jackson. Billed as the stories that Clinton left out of My Life, Jackson uncovers the trail of bribes, threats and intimidation that Clinton's inner circle leveled at the women who got in their way.

She blasts Bush over Libby case, but the Clintons abused the power.  The list of investigations, allegations and a few convictions during the Clinton administration was so long and tangled that the cases now morph into a fog.  Distinctions among Travelgate and Whitewater and FileGate and GiftGate and the $100,000 commodities windfall get lost, with only Monica and the stained blue dress forever vivid.  Now and then, that fog is pierced by something that reminds us what a grubby time it was.  The case of Lewis (Scooter) Libby does that.

Do the Clintons Now Support Jail Time For Perjurers?  Former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton are absolutely outraged that President Bush granted executive clemency to Scooter Libby, recently convicted of making false statements under oath.  They obviously believe that Libby should serve his thirty month sentence.  Does that mean that they now think that perjurers should go to jail?  Or have they simply forgotten about Bill Clinton's own plea agreement in the last hours of his presidency — for making false statements under oath?  Some people would call that perjury.

A Remembrance Of Pardons Past.  Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made this comment, dripping in irony:  "This commutation sends the clear signal that in this administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice."  Is this the same Democratic Party that shamed the White House for eight years in the 1990s with its illicit activity and lying?

Of pardons, perjury, and hypocrisy.  Compare the behavior of Democrats on Bush's pardon for perjury against their behavior concerning Clinton's own perjury and you will find hypocrisy.  Just for fun, add into the mix Clinton's own pardons and you get rank hypocrisy.

Unpardonable Hypocrisy:  The Clintons aren't the only Democrats who've attacked the president for the Libby commutation.  But they're surely the most hypocritical.  "This commutation sends the clear signal that in this administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice," wailed Hillary.  Hmm.  Back in 2001, when her husband left office by extending outright pardons and/or clemency to 176 people, all she had to say about it was:  "It's a presidential decision."  Apparently, Bill Clinton's pardon of his own brother (a cocaine-trafficking conviction), as well as of folks who'd paid Hillary's brother tens of thousands of dollars for presidential clemency, had nothing to do with "cronyism."

Bill Clinton blasts commutation of Libby's prison sentence.  Former President Bill Clinton blasted his successor's decision to spare former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby from prison, telling Iowa radio listeners that Libby's case differed from his own administration's pardon controversy. … Bush administration officials, he said, "believe that they should be able to do what they want to do, and that the law is a minor obstacle."

Allow me to refresh your memory...
The Long List of Pardons Granted by President Clinton.

Bill Clinton's old pardons roil 2008 campaign.  It's a blast from the past that Hillary Clinton could probably do without.  Just as Bill Clinton takes a higher profile in his wife's 2008 White House bid, a string of controversial pardons he granted in the last hours of his presidency is back in the news. … Clinton's last-minute 2001 pardons of some 140 people included financier Marc Rich, who fled the US after being indicted for tax evasion and whose ex-wife was a major donor to Democratic causes.  He also pardoned several people close to him, including his half-brother Roger, a convicted cocaine distributor.

Hillary gets her groove on.  It's been a hellish 4 months for Hillary R. Clinton.  She began the race for the presidency, a goal she has been obsessed with since hitching up with boy wander Bill, as if it were her right.  She paid for her claim by putting up with roaming Bill's circus of women, often corralled and marshaled before him by the Arkansas Highway Patrol.  She endured and shared in escapades including hidden commodity and real estate scams, accusations and denials of rape, and drug dealing.  That was BEFORE Hillary rose to co-presidency.

Clinton Fights to Keep Impeachment Taboo.  With a swift response to attacks from a former supporter last week, advisers to the New York Democrat offered a glimpse of their strategy for handling one of the most awkward chapters of her biography.  They declared her husband's impeachment in 1998 — or, more accurately, the embarrassing personal behavior that led to it — taboo, putting her rivals on notice and all but daring other Democrats to mention the ordeal again.

[Attention all Republican strategists:  Hillary just told everyone where her weakness lies.]

Siege Mentality:  The Clintons find themselves victimized and under siege.  The presidency is being stolen from them.  The press is out to get them.  They deride elites and champion the masses.  They live in a constant state of emergency.  But they will endure any humiliation, ride out any crisis, fight on even when fighting seems hopeless.  That might sound like a fair summary of how Bill and Hillary Clinton have viewed the past five months.  But it also happens to describe what, until now, was the greatest ordeal of the Clintons' almost comically turbulent political careers:  impeachment.

The cut-rate pursuit of power:  [Hillary is] not just a frontrunner and a woman, but half of a power couple who may finally be required to pay for the excess baggage, both his and hers.  The former first lady is the most exposed candidate in the race, and the least known.  Despite the endless revelations of scandal and sharp dealing, we've never gotten to the bottom of "Wifewater," her financial killings in the commodities markets or the whereabouts of the lost records that suddenly and inexplicably showed up in the living quarters of the White House.

Hillary's Purpose Driven Drivel:  Listening to liberal politicians attempt to speak about Biblical Christianity is something akin to quizzing porn stars about the finer points of acting. … Would anyone who has tolerated serial adultery, first hand accounts of rape and sexual assault against other women, and an infantile like obsession with never being criticized call their "family" (i.e. the philanderer she's married to and bore a child with) a blessing?

Two Cheers for Obama.  [Scroll down]  Add Clinton's staggering tactlessness to her thirst for funny money (e.g., disgraced fundraisers Norman Hsu, Charlie Trie, Johnny Chung), missing legal documents, abused FBI personnel files, politically motivated IRS audits, stolen antiques, and the multifarious wrongdoing that defined the Clinton White House.  Obama has spared America another four to eight years of official lawlessness.  For this he merits abundant applause.

Axelrod Playbook Flashback: Obama Demands Clinton Release Tax Returns.  FROM ABC NEWS - Feb 7, 2008:  Sen. Barack Obama called on his rival Sen. Hillary Clinton to release her recent income tax returns — a move the Clintons have long resisted.  Strapped for campaign cash, Clinton announced this week that she loaned her presidential committee $5 million of her own personal funds, but it was not immediately clear how she came by that much money.

The Clinton Library

The Clinton Library is important for at least two reasons:  It is the vault where a potentially damaging paper trail from the 1990s can be hidden away, despite the best efforts of investigators and journalists.  More importantly, it is apparently being used as a means of funneling unlimited amounts of money into the Clinton [re]election campaign.

Secrets of The William J. Clinton Foundation.  Chicago bankruptcy lawyer William Brandt Jr. pledged $1 million for the Clinton library in May 1999, at the same time the Justice Department was investigating whether he'd lied about a Clinton fundraising event.  The Clinton DOJ cleared him a few months later. … A major investor in cellular firm NextWave — Bay Harbour Management — pledged $1 million in 1999, when NextWave was waiting to see if the Clinton FCC would allow it to keep its cellular licenses.  NextWave didn't immediately get its licenses, and Bay Harbour never made good on its pledge.  And let's not forget the $450,000 contribution from Denise Rich, which was followed by Mr. Clinton's pardon of her fugitive husband, Marc Rich.

The Clinton library's secret files.  A trove of Clinton White House records long processed for release remains hidden from public view at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock — even though the legal basis initially used to withhold them expired more than a year ago. [...] Under the Presidential Records Act, such records can be withheld for up to 12 years after a president leaves office.  However, at the 12-year mark, those broad restrictions fall away and the once-secret presidential papers are generally subject to disclosure.  For the Clinton files, that milestone came and went in January 2013.

Photos from Clinton Presidential Library Link Hillary Clinton to Clinton Presidential Pardons.  Judicial Watch … researchers obtained 34 photos from the Clinton Presidential Library of Hillary Rodham Clinton, then-President Bill Clinton and Grand Rabbi David Twersky at a White House meeting during which the Grand Rabbi and other community leaders allegedly lobbied the Clintons to commute the jail sentences of four Hasidic men convicted of stealing $30 million in government education aid.  The meeting took place in December 2000, just after the New York based Hasidim sect delivered 1,400 votes to Hillary Clinton's Senate 2000 campaign and only 12 to her opponent Rick Lazio.

Clinton Library Is Hillary's Campaign Springboard.  If the opening of Bill Clinton's presidential library had the feel of a campaign event, that's because that's just what it was.

Clinton Library Won't Release Berger Documents.  The William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library will not make available to the public the documents that former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger illegally took from the National Archives in 2003.  A letter from the library said the total 502 pages from the Millennium Alert After Action Review (MAAR) are "restricted in their entirety," under federal law and that the documents are "classified in the interest of national defense or foreign policy."

Hillary Clinton Arkansas Papers Unreleased.  It's unlikely that Arkansas papers on Hillary Rodham Clinton's years as the state's first lady will be released before the 2008 election, says the director of the Little Rock library that holds Bill Clinton's gubernatorial files.

Who Was Hillary Clinton?  Hillary Clinton is running for President based in large part on her experience, especially her eight years as first lady.  So it is revealing that she and her husband don't want the media and others to have ready access to the records that might tell us a good deal more about that 1990s "experience."  We're referring to the controversy over records at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, which opened in 2004.  At the time, Mrs. Clinton promised that "everything's going to be available."

Papers?  I Don't See Any Papers.  When author Sally Bedell Smith was researching her new book about Bill and Hillary Clinton's White House years, she flew to Little Rock to visit the one place she thought could be an invaluable resource:  the new William J. Clinton Presidential Library.  Smith was hoping to inspect records that could shed light on what role the First Lady played in her husband's administration.  But Smith quickly discovered the frustrations of dealing with a library critics call "Little Rock's Fort Knox."

Clinton Library Has Responded to UFO Inquiries — Little Else.  Under the Presidential Records Act, presidential records are public records.  But many are complaining about the Clinton library's lack of progress in making relevant records available to the public.  The library opened in 2004, and the records became subject to the Freedom of Information Act in January 2006.

Clinton Library Answers UFO Theorist, Not USA Today.  Even though it says it processes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on a first-come-first-serve basis, the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library has answered multiple requests related to Unidentified Flying Objects made in late February 2006 but not any of the requests made a month earlier by USA Today.

Clinton Library Got Funds From Abroad.  Bill Clinton's presidential library raised more than 10 percent of the cost of its $165 million facility from foreign sources, with the most generous overseas donation coming from Saudi Arabia, according to interviews yesterday [12/14/2007].

How Much Information Can You Really Get From the Clinton Library?  Newsweek reports the national archives says barely one-half of one percent of the 78 million pages of documents and 20 million e-mails stored at the library are open to the public.  Nearly 300 Freedom of Information requests are pending for Clinton documents — and an archives spokeswoman says it is hard to predict if any of the material will be released before next year's election.

Researchers and journalists are finding it hard to get papers out of Clinton's Presidential Library.  Among the documents requested … detailed files on Filegate, Travelgate, Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky, the pardons scandal and even back-and-forth about Clinton's 2000 Senate bid.  Sixteen months after the library started accepting applications, no major request for sensitive documents pertaining to Clinton's first-lady years have been released.

Why We're Touring the Clinton Library:  Like far too many women in this country, all three of us have experienced the crime of sexual assault and the violation of sexual harassment by men in powerful positions.  Each of us has battled with the shame, humiliation, and fear of coming forward to report the assault.  Each of us has worried about how this sexual harassment and assault will affect our careers.  Two of us, however, suffered this kind of experience at the hands of a United States president.

The Saga of the First Lady Files:  Word that nearly 2 million pages of documents related to Hillary Rodham Clinton's time as first lady could remain locked up until after next year's election produced the predictable catcalls among critics suspecting coverup.  But it raises the broader, unprecedented question of how someone's service as first lady should be evaluated in terms of her qualifications to be president in the first place.

Hillary, Under Lock and Key.  The authors of the "Kids First" memo were, of course, Hillary Clinton's staffers from the 1993 health-care task force.  Its discovery validated conservative arguments that the proposed S-CHIP expansion is an integral part the larger movement to nationalize health care.  The AAPS lawsuit successfully exposed this memo, as well as other key documents.  But as Judicial Watch's [Chris] Farrell points out, a great deal of Hillary's record as First Lady remains inaccessible to the public.

Clinton Presses for White House Papers.  Former President Clinton said Friday [11/02/2007] that a letter he wrote to the National Archives was to expedite release of his papers, not slow the process or hide anything as rivals are suggesting in criticism of his wife.  Hillary Rodham Clinton was quizzed during this week's Democratic presidential debate as to why correspondence between her and her husband from their White House years remained bottled up at the National Archives.

Clinton no open book on healthcare.  [Scroll down] But a big part of that history is being concealed.  Hundreds of pages of memos and correspondence involving the healthcare plan of the early 1990s have been withheld, leaving a gap in a historic period when Clinton undertook one of the most ambitious domestic policy forays ever attempted.  Some of the records kept from public view are memos from the early 1990s that White House aides wrote to Clinton about members of Congress, some of whom are still serving.

GOP issuing 'Clinton library cards'.  Republicans across the country are encouraging voters to sign up for a "Clinton library card," a publicity stunt to highlight the dispute over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's White House records.  The Democrats have been arguing over the issue since it surfaced during an Oct. 30 debate, and former President Bill Clinton has since said the debate question about the records kept by the National Archives was "breathtakingly misleading."

Clinton library a closed book.  Almost three years after the library's opening and nearly two years after the administration's archives became subject to federal open-records laws, only a small fraction of the archives has been opened to the public.  Virtually all of the 3 million pages of documents that detail the internal workings of the health-care task force that Hillary Clinton headed remain stored away in boxes, for example.

Several obstacles hold up release of Clinton records.  In her presidential campaign, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York argues that if elected she could hit the ground running, because her days as first lady prepared her for the spotlight and the rigors of the Oval Office.  The voluminous records of former President Bill Clinton's administration would seem to be a great source for proving those claims.  The trouble is, many of the documents haven't been released.

2,600 Pages of Clinton Records Withheld.  The National Archives is withholding from the public about 2,600 pages of records at President Clinton's direction, despite a public assurance by one of his top aides last month that Mr. Clinton "has not blocked the release of a single document."  The 2,600 pages, stored at Mr. Clinton's library in Arkansas, were deemed to contain "confidential advice" and, therefore, "closed" under the Presidential Records Act, an Archives spokeswoman, Susan Cooper, told The New York Sun yesterday [12/18/2007].

Archivists block release of Clinton papers.  Federal archivists at the Clinton Presidential Library are blocking the release of hundreds of pages of White House papers on pardons that the former president approved, including clemency for fugitive commodities trader Marc Rich.  That archivists' decision, based on guidance provided by Bill Clinton that restricts the disclosure of advice he received from aides, prevents public scrutiny of documents that would shed light on how he decided which pardons to approve from among hundreds of requests.

Some Clinton Pardon Papers Still Sealed.  The Clinton Presidential Library … released 2,830 pages of documents this week on pardons President Bill Clinton considered for Rich and others during his last months in office.  But the library withheld another 1,114 pages that archivists said would disclose confidential discussion of advice the former president received from advisers or would violate someone's personal privacy.

The Clintons' Records:  So it turns out that — in the middle of a desperate primary battle — the Clintons are withholding from the public documents from the William Jefferson Clinton presidential library.  This was denied back in December, when our roving national correspondent, Josh Gerstein, reported that about 2,600 pages of documents were being withheld at Mr. Clinton's direction, despite assurances from the former president's office that he "has not blocked the release of a single document from his library."

Hide and seek.  The campaign manager for Sen. Barack Obama has a point.  David Plouffe wants Hillary Clinton to release her income tax returns for the last several years and couple that with a speedier process for releasing papers from the Clinton White House years.  That's so voters will be able to judge whether Mrs. Clinton's claims of experience are justified by what she says she did as a virtual "co-president."  Mr. Plouffe told reporters last week that Mrs. Clinton is "one of the most secretive politicians in America today."  Who would disagree, other than Mrs. Clinton?

Even ABC News wonders...
The Clinton Tax Returns:  What's the Holdup?  After weeks of intense pressure, and more than a year after announcing her presidential candidacy, Sen. Hillary Clinton has offered little explanation for why she has delayed releasing the tax returns made public by most other Democratic presidential candidates in recent years.

The Clinton Runaround:  Have you ever been to a government office to pick up a document — your driver's license, say — only to be sent to another window, where the clerk sends you to another window, where a clerk sends you back to the first to start all over again?  That's what it feels like these days asking Bill and Hillary Clinton about their White House records.

Peace and Bitterness:  The Clintons are resisting the disclosure of a document that could help clarify the New York senator's claims that she was "instrumental" in Northern Ireland peacemaking.  The document's unlikely author:  Chelsea Clinton.  As a Stanford University senior in 2001, the former First Daughter wrote a 150-page thesis on the subject.  Her faculty adviser, Prof. Jack Rakove, has said that Chelsea spoke with her father "at some length" about the negotiations.  But the Clinton camp has declined to make it public.

Fishy Way of Sheiking the Money Tree.  [Scroll down] So how much of Bill's earnings came from Burkle really come from the Emir's petrodollars?  And what does Bill bring to Yucaipa?  A rolodex of contacts made while he was president, and nothing else.  By the way, this is the same Emir who aggressively boycotts Israel and has been cited for human rights violations by the State Department.  How much did Bill get from the Emir and what did he do for it?  The tax returns don't say and the Clintons aren't talking.

The Clinton library's sanitized history.  The description of his impeachment in Bill Clinton's new presidential library beats anything I've ever seen at a supposedly historical exhibit.  Its flawless Newspeak brings to mind the airbrushed prose of the Late Great Soviet Encyclopedia, in which any embarrassing images would be dutifully erased in successive annual editions.

Detractors gear up to build Counter Clinton Library.  A group pledging to build the Counter Clinton Library in Little Rock is moving forward with its plans this year for a rebuttal to the Clinton Presidential Center despite fund-raising delays.

Bill Clinton Never Balanced A Budget And Never Ran A Surplus.  On Friday [9/30/2011] Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the dedication of a bridge at his Presidential library.  During his address he complained that Republicans try to take too much credit for his welfare reform legislation and for balancing the budget.  The two parties can argue about who was behind welfare reform, but no one deserves credit for balancing the budget.  The truth is the United States federal budget was not balanced in any of Bill Clinton's eight years as President.  Not once!


The William J. Clinton Foundation
and the Clintons' ability to raise money for themselves.

The Clinton Foundation:  Substance or Style?  The William J. Clinton Foundation proclaims that it is nonpartisan and denies coordinating its activities with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.  But considering its extensive ties to Democratic Party fundraisers and placeholders it's hard to believe the foundation isn't at the very least marketing the Clinton Foundation to Hillary-for-President supporters.  And those supporters may want something more than a discount at the Clinton Library gift shop.

Bill And Hil:  Up To Their Old Tricks.  Both Clintons … have refused to disclose the names of donors to the William J. Clinton Foundation.  Bill says he will remain mum about all past donors, though he didn't say that in so many words.  As usual, you have to closely parse his words.  Speaking of Hillary, he said, "If she gets elected president, I will disclose the contributions that people make from there going forward."  Catch that?  He will let the public know about any donations going forward — that is, after January 2009 — but not one donation before then.

Donors list raises fears over Hillary Clinton role as Secretary of State.  Bill Clinton has raised millions of dollars from governments and politicians in the Middle East and Asia, raising fresh concerns about the impartiality of his wife's role as Barack Obama's Secretary of State.  The controversial US firm Blackwater, whose fate as a provider of private security guards to the US State Department in Iraq will likely be decided by Mrs Clinton next year, also gave her husband's foundation up to $25,000, according to a list of 205,000 donors the former president released today.

Saudis, Blackwater among Clinton foundation donors.  Former President Bill Clinton laid out a list of big-ticket donors to his foundation Thursday that is heavy with foreign governments and business interests sure to have a stake in the policies that Hillary Rodham Clinton carries out as secretary of state.  Saudi Arabia and other foreign governments gave at least $46 million, while corporate donors included the Blackwater security firm that protects U.S. diplomats in Iraq.

In Clinton List, a Veil Is Lifted on Foundation.  Former President Bill Clinton has collected tens of millions of dollars for his foundation over the last 10 years from governments in the Middle East, tycoons from Canada, India, Nigeria and Ukraine, and other international figures with interests in American foreign policy. ... Among the largest donors were a businessman who was close to the onetime military ruler of Nigeria, a Ukrainian tycoon who was son-in-law of that former Soviet republic's authoritarian president and a Canadian mining executive who took Mr. Clinton to Kazakhstan while trying to win lucrative uranium contracts.

Leveraging the Clintons:  A critical look at the Clinton Foundation's dubious and often pro-terror donors.

Clinton Writes Off $13.2 Million Loan to Campaign.  Hillary Clinton formally wrote off the $13.2 million she lent her presidential campaign, closing a chapter on her failed race for the White House and helping ease the way for her Senate confirmation as U.S. secretary of state.  Forgiving the loan takes Clinton's personal debt off the books, a step toward shutting down her presidential-campaign committee as she prepares to become the top U.S. diplomat.

Clinton Helping Clinton Retire Debt.  Sen. Hillary Clinton's in-the-red campaign committee has found an innovative way to pay down a slice of its debt — and is getting help from President Clinton's foundation, among other groups, in making it happen.  The William J. Clinton Foundation this week became the latest outside group to buy access to the vast e-mail list compiled by the New York senator's campaign.  Political insiders believe the list is second only to President-elect Barack Obama's in its size and efficiency in reaching potential donors.

Clinton's Donor List Raises Lots of Questions.  This is not about former President Bill Clinton's shakedown of the sheikhs.  They can take care of themselves, Clinton Foundation or no Clinton Foundation.  This is also not about Hillary Clinton's vulnerability to her husband's donors.  She can tell him to "go stuff it," which people say she's been doing for a long time anyway.  Rest assured, the next secretary of state will not shirk her diplomatic obligations for the benefit of some scummy foreign mineral magnate's uranium.

Clinton's Filthy Lucre.  Is it just us, or is there something off about ex-president Bill Clinton using his influence overseas to enrich a pal and then accepting the pal's big donation to his foundation?  This looks like a bribery racket.  Strong words, yes, but a New York Times report details a 2005 incident of Clinton and a minor Canadian mining financier jetting into Kazakhstan, where the two met with the local strongman.

All the ex-President's money.  Former President Bill Clinton is one of a kind, but we knew that already.  No president before him has managed to cash in from his time in office with such shameless abandon.  A Washington Post story by John Solomon and Matthew Mosk is staggering in its revelations of Clinton's greed.  In the six years since he left the presidency, Clinton has taken in nearly $40 million — between nine and 10 million of it last year.  Clinton averaged "almost a speech a day" in 2006.  Twenty percent of his fees reportedly "were for personal income."  The rest of his speeches, says the Post, were for no fee or for donations to Clinton's foundation.

Clintons' Charity Not Listed On Senate Disclosure Forms.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former president Bill Clinton have operated a family charity since 2001, but she failed to list it on annual Senate financial disclosure reports on five occasions.  The Ethics in Government Act requires members of Congress to disclose positions they hold with any outside entity, including nonprofit foundations.

Secret Clinton Foundation Exposed.  In violation of Congressional ethics laws, Hillary Clinton has for years operated a secret foundation that has allowed her and her husband to avoid paying taxes on more than $5 million.  Operated by Hillary, Bill and daughter Chelsea, the multi million-dollar foundation lists a post office box in Chappaqua, N.Y. as its address.  It has given $1.25 million in so-called charitable contributions to a variety of questionable recipients, including Middle Eastern heads of state and a shady Arkansas friend who helped Hillary turn a $1,000 investment into $100,000 with fraudulent commodities trades in 1978.

The Clintons' Hypocrisy is Catching Up.  Over the last several days, The Washington Post has put two stories on its front page that reflect this uneasiness.  The first focused on Bill Clinton's lucrative speaking engagements, which the Post noted in its headline garnered nearly $40 million since 2001.  The second story revealed that, despite Senate ethics rules requiring her to do so, Hillary Clinton failed to disclose the amount of money she and Bill had sheltered from taxes through a family charity they set up when they left the White House (though she amended her disclosures after the story appeared).

Hillary Clinton and Saudi Funny Money:  Conflict of Interest?  There's been a lot of talk, going back to the presidency of Bush 41, of the Bush family's ties to Saudi Arabia.  That's all well and good, but in this day and age there are other presidents — and those with presidential aspirations — whose ties to Saudi Arabia deserve a second look.  Bill and Hillary Clinton, one a former president, one a presidential wannabe, seem to be on very good terms with the Saudis.

Hillary Clinton's Massive Conflict Of Interest:  The fact is that Hillary Clinton is totally unable to be objective on this key question of our national financial sovereignty because she and her husband have been so compromised by their financial dealings with the very countries at issue in the decision.  Should the Saudi monarchy be permitted to purchase an important equity position in some of America's leading banks?  How can Hillary be objective when the very same monarchy donated $10 million to the Clinton Library and Foundation?

A Clinton Goldmine.  New York Times sources say that if Sen. Hillary Clinton loses the Democratic nomination or a general election for President, it will largely be due to the efforts of their investigative and political reporter Jo Becker, who yesterday reported on the ties between former President Bill Clinton and Canadian mining magnate Frank Giustra, who has committed almost a quarter billion dollars to Clinton's foundation, largely after Clinton appeared to pave the way for Giustra's company to get a sweet uranium mining deal in Kazakhstan.

Mr. Clinton and the Tycoon:  Frank Giustra is a Canadian mining tycoon who has given generously — more than $130 million — to support the charitable enterprises of former president Bill Clinton.  Mr. Giustra's good works alongside Mr. Clinton may also have been good business.

Bill's Mystery Millions:  Another day, another reason for Democratic primary voters to demand complete financial transparency from Bill and Hillary Clinton.  And, it seems, another reason for the Clintons to shudder at the prospect.

Clinton disclosures didn't list $24 million of Bill's income.  Sen. Hillary Clinton excluded nearly $24 million of her husband's earnings from Senate financial statements from 2004 through 2006, capitalizing on rules that permit senators to limit disclosures of some of their spouses' income. … [By the time the information was released], about 40 states had completed their Democratic primaries and caucuses, meaning that those voters didn't get a clear look at Bill Clinton's finances.

A Donor's Gift Soon Followed Clinton's Help.  An upstate New York developer donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton's foundation in November 2004, around the same time that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman's mall project.

Bill Clinton's Donors.  In the likely event that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is confirmed as secretary of state, the last thing she will need is a distracting ethics controversy.  That is why Mrs. Clinton's confirmation hearing, now scheduled to begin on Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, must cover wider terrain than pressing world issues.  It should address the awkward intersection between Mrs. Clinton's new post and the charitable and business activities of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

The Clinton Foundation's secret donor:  Former President Bill Clinton's foundation, despite identifying more than 200,000 of its donors in recent weeks, will not say who paid it windfall prices for stock in a struggling Internet firm with links to the Chinese government.  The William J. Clinton Foundation has identified donors and promised unusual transparency in order to reassure critics who fear the foundation could become the object of largesse from foreign interests seeking to influence his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

To China With Love: The Clinton Legacy.  From campaign finance and technology to national security, IBD takes a look at the relationship Bill and Hillary Clinton have had with China — and the impact it's having on U.S. interests.

Hillary's college thesis

Another Clinton Cover Up Exposed.  Recently made available for public viewing, Hillary Clinton's controversial college thesis was for years ordered sealed by the Clinton White House to keep her Marxist and socialist views from becoming public.  The 92-page document paints a favorable picture of the radical leftwing community organizer Saul Alinsky, who Hillary refers to as having a "compelling personality" and "exceptional charm."

Hillary's Secret Thesis Reveals Socialist Thinking.  Well, it is finally available to the public, fortunately in time for the public to avoid making the huge mistake of electing Hillary.  By the directive of President Bill Clinton, Hillary's senior thesis was sealed; the only time this has ever been done in the history of Wellesley College.  The reason it was hidden away?  It reveals Hillary's Socialist/Communist philosophy and sympathies.

Hil's College Thesis Reveals Her Mind.  The thesis' title, "There is Only the Fight … An Analysis of the Alinsky Model," exposes Clinton's strong ideological attachment to her most influential mentor, Saul Alinsky.  Reading this work makes it clear why she had to remove it from public view, for Alinsky, who died in 1972, was a radical social activist who preached grass-roots organizing and intense, confrontational politics.

Hillary's Thesis:  The Village Needs an Enemy.  She titled the paper, written to fulfill her Bachelor of Arts degree at Wellesley College, "There is Only the Fight."  It praises the work of radical activist Saul Alinsky, a man who epitomized a self-interested no-holds barred campaign style that Hillary has emulated in later years.  Clinton's savvy-but-ruthless politics, including the "politics of personal destruction" she so often condemns but more often practices, seem rooted in Alinsky's famous rules for radicals.

"There is only the Fight".  Hillary Clinton has a written life plan, but there have been only two copies available to the public — until now.  Written in 1969, and kept under lock and key during her years as First Lady, Hillary's Wellesley College senior thesis has only been readable in person at the campus library and in a single microfilm copy made available to individual researchers on inter-library loan.  Clinton lawyers have previously blocked people who sought to make it public.

Here it is...
"There is only the fight":  Hillary Clinton's 1969 Thesis from Wellesley College.

Hillary's Choice:  Political Power and Alinsky.  Many questioned whether Hillary's tears were real or contrived.  They should read Hillary's 1969 Wellesley College Senior thesis.  Kept under lock and key during her years as First Lady, Hillary's Wellesley College senior thesis has until last summer only been readable in person at the campus library and in a single microfilm copy made available to individual researchers on inter-library loan.

Obama, Hillary and Alinsky's Tactics:  The emergence of a racial tinge to the Democratic Party nomination fight was all but inevitable, given both Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's training as disciples of Saul Alinsky.  Hardball tactics right out of Rules for Radicals provide perspective for understanding the unfolding battle.  Saul Alinsky, the hero of bloodless socialist revolution in America, was a master at explaining how to patiently use whatever weapons one has to bring about the transfer of power from the Haves to the Have Nots.

Saul Alinsky:  the Puppet Master.  Saul Alinsky, who died in 1972, at the age of 63, was a Chicago Marxist.  Among his many books was one titled "Rules for Radicals," in which he explained to his acolytes, "The most effective means are whatever will achieve the desired results."  It took Alinsky 11 words to paraphrase Karl Marx's far more succinct "The ends justify the means."  Alinsky, by the way, dedicated that particular book to Lucifer, whom he coyly referred to as "the first radical."

Rubber-Stamp Approval Slips Over Hil's Chasms of Conflicts.  "The (William J.) Clinton Foundation exists as a temptation for any foreign entity or government that believes it could curry favor through a donation," cautioned Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana.  "It also sets up potential perception problems with any action taken by the secretary of state in relation to foreign givers or their countries...."  Therefore, he concluded, in a sharp reversal of his own logic, "I believe that every member of this committee will seek ways to support Senator Clinton's work as secretary of state."  Huh?

Rules for Radicals:  A Blurred Vision.  Saul Alinsky's book "Rules for Radicals," first published in 1971, has been read and assimilated by a number of those who espouse a Far Left agenda.  Our current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, wrote her senior thesis on Alinsky while at Wellesley College.  The following excerpt is from that paper.  "Much of what Alinsky professes does not sound 'radical.'  His are the words used in our schools and churches, by our parents and their friends, by our peers."  Perhaps in your world, Madam Secretary — certainly not in mine.




Section 2
It's not enough to call her a liberal or a progressive.  Hillary "It Takes a Village" Clinton is a hard-core left-wing pro-abortion Socialist.

Hillary Clinton (D.-MoveOn.org) Is A Radical.  Hillary is not mainstream.  She's not even on the far left bank of the mainstream.  She is way, way out there — a genuine '60s girl, and the ideas and staff she would bring to the White House would represent a sharp break with all that has gone before in American politics.  With as many as six appointments to the Supreme Court in the next eight years (six Ruth Bader Ginsburgs!) a Hillary Court would be like a Hillary presidency — a radical Bench to back up a radical Administration.  That's the 2008 campaign in a nutshell.

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Hillary's Radical Skeletons:  The former Goldwater girl would write her 1969 thesis for Wellesley College on the ideas of native Chicago radical Saul Alinsky. … Hillary had one difference with Alinsky:  she did not believe street demonstrations were effective avenues to promote their shared, far-Left values.  Instead, she affirmed her commitment to working "inside the system," because she believed all change came about only by acquiring political power.

How crypto-Marxism won the Cold War.  Today, for the first time in American history we have two — count 'em, two — hard-core Leftists running for the Democrat Party nomination.  The Left hasn't had this kind of chance for power since Truman defeated Henry Wallace in 1948.  Hillary and Obama are Marx twins who only differ in race and gender.  All the media tell us is how great it is to have a woman and a black man running for president.

What else are the media not reporting?

Clinton will eliminate disparities for same-sex couples.  Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said she would defend gay rights as president and eliminate disparities for same-sex couples in federal law, including immigration and tax policy.  Clinton said states such as New Jersey and Massachusetts are extending rights to gay couples "and the federal government should recognize that and should extend the same access to federal benefits across the board.  I will very much work to achieve that."

Clinton Calls for $30 Billion for Home Mortgage Crisis.  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to one of her major campaign themes Monday — the economic impact of the home mortgage crisis — and called on Congress to provide $30 billion to help states and communities lessen the number of foreclosures.

Cradle-to-college socialism:
Hillary Clinton Backs Federal Funding for 'America's Pre-K Movement'.  While senators scrambled to pass a financial "rescue" or "bailout" package that could cost taxpayers up to $700 billion on Wednesday [10/1/2008], Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Kit Bond (R-Mo.) called for expanding the public education system to include 3- and 4-year-olds.  The pre-K programs would be paid for by state funding and supplemented by federal grants.

Going After OPEC:  Hillary Clinton says she wants to dismantle OPEC if she becomes president. ... But Clinton's plan to go after OPEC is a slick PR exercise, and her recent threats against U.S. oil companies are downright dangerous.  "(Oil companies) have record profits," she said, "that they frankly are just sitting there counting because they are not doing anything new to earn it; they are just taking advantage of what's going on."  This is patently false.

Don't Stop Worrying About the Clintons.  On the trail these days, Clinton is waging a campaign whose motto should be "Say Anything." … "We're going to go after OPEC," she hollered, dismissing it as "monopoly cartel" in which members "sit in some conference room a couple of times a year, decide how much oil they are going to produce, and how much they are going to charge for it."  It's a nice idea, but her strategy of changing laws to sue the organization on anti-trust grounds is risible, because it's hard to see how the group would abide by any U.S. court decision.

The "Problem" Of Human Freedom:  Could it be that a foolish and abusive use of governmental power is a causal factor with our energy woes?  Could it be, as [Bill] O'Reilly suggested, that our government's (and Mrs. Clinton's) prohibition of domestic energy development is part of the reason we are now held hostage to the "monopoly" of OPEC?  Not so, for Hillary.  In her leftist world, the problem is that American citizens are enjoying too much freedom.  "Consumers" and "drivers" behave badly, they drive too much, and they drive the "wrong" vehicles; and American oil corporations (just as President Carter told us in the 1970's) are once again raking in "windfall profits."

Will Hillary's 'Secretary Of Poverty' Solve Problems Of The Poor?  "I believe we should appoint a cabinet level position that will be solely and fully devoted to ending poverty as we know it in America," she solemnly intoned. … The media largely ignored her proposal but her former rival John Edwards applauded it.

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You remember John Edwards — the champion of the poor, who pays $400 for a haircut.

Hillary's plan for economic ruin:  Hillary Rodham Clinton sat down with The New York Times to outline her economic plans if elected president, and we now know the sad, sordid facts — how confused the senator is and how intent she is on ruinous policies. … The Times story tells us that Hillary Clinton is generally far more skeptical of free trade and free markets than was Bill Clinton as president.  The truth is that relatively unhampered trade has produced literally millions of jobs for this nation.  It has also driven down prices to far greater benefit for America's poor than any dozen new governmental programs the senator's socialistically inclined imagination might come up with.

Clinton pits herself against business.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) trashed an array of corporate interests in an economic speech in Ohio Thursday [2/14/2008], vowing that as president she would go after oil, credit-card, insurance, pharmaceutical, investment, and loan firms.

Clinton:  Rein in special interests.  Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, criticized for taking corporate special interest contributions, proposed restrictions on a wide array of industries Thursday [2/14/2008] … She said she would rein in oil, insurance, credit card, student loan and Wall Street investment companies and generate $55 billion a year that would be used for middle-class tax cuts, create jobs and pay for an array of domestic programs.

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Senator Clinton's feigned objection to "special interests" is a little hard to swallow.  Are the labor unions a "special interest?"  Are the baby-killing feminists a "special interest?"  Is Norman Hsu a "special interest?"

Clinton Issues Economic Plan.  Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign released a 13-page blueprint for fixing the economy Monday [2/18/2008], detailing the former first lady's plans to achieve universal health care, address the home foreclosure crisis and develop jobs for the middle class.  The pamphlet, which will be distributed to voters at campaign events and posted online, outlines many of the ideas she talks about on the campaign trail each day.  But by pulling them together, the document resembles a populist manifesto … with Clinton championing the needs of working-class voters over corporate and business interests.

Liberal Media is Hillary's Secret Weapon.  All you have to do is look it up.  How hard is this to do?  It would take a reporter about five nanoseconds.  When you've got an "F" from the National Taxpayers Union, a zero from the National Tax Limitations committee, an eight from Citizens Against Government Waste, a twelve from the American Conservative Union, an "F" from the Gun Owners of America, how are you moderate?  When you've got a 95 from the ADA, when you've got a 100 from the Brady campaign against guns, a 93 from the AFL-CIO, a 100 from the State and County Municipal Employees, that doesn't make you a moderate!

Hillary would raise taxes on rich.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday [12/13/2007] said her plan for fiscal responsibility includes tax increases, during a debate at which the Democratic contenders kept it civil and stressed they will "ask" Americans to sacrifice to achieve their policy goals.  "I want to restore the tax rates that we had in the '90s," said the New York Democrat and former first lady.

Santa Claus Politics:  Senator Hillary Clinton's Christmas commercial, showing various government programs as presents under a Christmas tree, was a classic example of calculated confusion in politics.  Anyone who believes that the government can give the country presents has fallen for the oldest political illusion of all — the illusion of something for nothing.

The Hillary Who Stole Christmas.  If you take Hillary's ad remotely as seriously as many are taking Huckabee's, you're left with a disturbing glimpse of not just Hillary's politics but her vision of government.  Her programs, which would cost billions and billions of dollars by even the most generous accounting, are simply "gifts" for the American people.  No sacrifice, no cost, no strings attached at all — save the price of your vote.

Candidates lose fear of wishing 'Merry Christmas'.  In Sen. Clinton's Christmas message, Hillary is bundling up presents for all of us. … "Where did I put 'Universal Pre-K'?" she says.  "Ah, there it is."  If you thought Christmas at the mall was too materialistic, this is bonanza time.  Message:  It Takes A Santa's Village Staffed By Unionized Government Elves To Raise A Child, and I'm Santa and you're gonna need a much bigger chimney for all the federal entitlements I'll be tossing down there.

Mrs. Hillary Clinton and the Neo-Marxist Democrats.  Evidence of the resurgence of Marxism, or neo-Marxism, as a result of the failures of the neo-conservative Bush regime, is evident both in polling data and in the current debate among the participants in the Democrat primary contest.  The leading contender, Mrs. Hillary Clinton, proffers a specific set of concepts designed to assert a "progressive" or positivistic policy whose intention is to "improve" the condition of the American people.

Hillary Rodham, The Making of a Social Radical.  Most know that Hillary Rodham Clinton's politics veer to the outer fringes of the radical Left.  But how many understand the reasons for her conversion from Goldwater conservative to cultural Marxist, and how this would play out during her controversial bid for the U.S. presidency?

Hillary's Chutzpah:  What the Congress needs to do is give us classical supply-side measures.  It needs to incent earning the next dollar, which means the opposite of the kinds of tax increases Mrs. Clinton wants.  It needs to pass the trade agreements awaiting ratification in the Congress.  It needs to stabilize the dollar and work toward a policy of sound money.

Hillary Clinton 'would move US to Left of France'.  America under Hillary Clinton would suffer high taxes and lavish public spending that would make it more Left-wing than France, Rudy Giuliani, the Republican presidential hopeful, has claimed.  His remarks drew anxious gasps from his audience of party supporters in the key primary state of New Hampshire.

The Democrats and Gun Control:  Mrs. Clinton has repeatedly voted for antigun proposals, and co-sponsored many of them.  After Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans and St. Tammany police confiscated guns from law-abiding citizens, violating an explicit Louisiana law.  In some cases, the confiscation was carried out with the assistance of federal agents, and was perpetrated via warrantless break-ins into homes.  The next year, the U.S. Senate voted 84-16 for a homeland security appropriations rider stating:  "None of the funds appropriated by this Act shall be used for the seizure of a firearm based on the existence of a declaration or state of emergency."  Mrs. Clinton was one of the 16 who voted "no."

We're All Gun Nuts Now.  During a campaign debate on April 16, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were asked if the District of Columbia's ban on gun possession, now facing a challenge before the Supreme Court, is constitutional.  "I think a total ban, with no exceptions under any circumstances, might be found by the Court not to be.  But I don't know the facts," said Clinton (Yale Law '73), dodging the question for the third and final time.

Hillary Clinton's Left Hook:  After Hillary Clinton clerked in the summer of 1971 at an Oakland, Calif., law firm run by attorneys with ties to the Communist Party, she never returned to work there.  But she stayed in touch with one of the firm's partners and his wife, and they stayed in touch with her, until they died.

Hillary Clinton's Radical Summer:  In a life marked largely by political caution, one entry on Senator Clinton's résumé stands out:  her clerkship in 1971 at one of America's most radical law firms, Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein.  One partner at the firm, Doris Walker, was a Communist Party member at the time.  Another partner, Robert Treuhaft, had left the party in 1958, several years after being called before the House Un-American Activities Committee and labeled as one of America's most "dangerously subversive" lawyers.

Clinton:  Use Fluorescent Bulbs, Wrap Water Heaters in Blankets.  Visitors [Hillary's] Web site are asked to take a pledge to "confront … global warming and move our country towards energy independence."  The energy-saving advice was posted to coincide with the release of Clinton's new proposed energy policy, which would, among other things, set up a $50 billion strategic energy reserve and phase out the incandescent light bulb.

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The alternative to the incandescent light bulb is the compact fluorescent light bulb, about which I have posted a lot of information — none of it favorable.  And if the people on the political left are really interested in America's energy independence, why do they oppose drilling for oil in Alaska?

The Liberal Card Deck.  Hillary knows she can cream any other liberal presidential candidate, but she still canŐt figure out how to be more conservative than a conservative.  That concept of personal responsibility as opposed to governmental intrusion to solve societal deficiencies is far beyond her grasp.

Hillary Lurches Leftward:  An Early Abandonment of Her Centrist Strategy.  Hillary Clinton apparently felt the need for these swiftly escalating efforts at flamboyant anti-warism to match the "bring the troops home within months" proposals of her two strongest challengers: former Sen. John Edwards and Sen. Obama.  Compounding this dangerous leftward pull on the Democratic Party presidential aspirants is the fierce economic populist message of former Sen. Edwards, who is currently running disconcertingly (for Clinton and Obama) strongly nationwide — particularly in Iowa.

It Takes a Snow Job.  Hillary Clinton is a reminder that self-described children's activists pose one of the greatest threats to children.  Many children's activists are just feminists who don't particularly like children, and certainly don't want to stay home and raise them.  Their children's activism amounts to an attempt to shift responsibility for children from mothers to the state.

There's something about Hillary.  Hillary Clinton is an immensely dangerous politician.  Despite recent attempts to modify her image, Hillary remains an unabashed liberal — a radical on abortion, health care, the judiciary and the economy.  Hillary maintains a 100 percent favorability rating from the National Abortion Rights Action League.

Sen. Clinton's Abortion Record May Haunt '08 Campaign.  The presumed frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, [Senator Hillary] Clinton has a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood.  The same can be said of Democratic Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois, John Kerry of Massachusetts, Joseph Biden of Delaware and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards — all of whom are expected to challenge Clinton for the nomination.  Although helpful in a Democratic primary, a rigid stance on the issue could pose a challenge in a general election.

Hillary Clinton:  Shill for the pill.  Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., portrays herself as a scourge of the pharmaceutical industry, but she has shown that she's willing to help a drugmaker if that's what it takes to profit Planned Parenthood, her indispensable political ally.  Clinton's campaign Web site touts that she has "battled the big drug companies."  Yet she has sponsored many bills that would directly subsidize Barr Laboratories, maker of the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B, which also functions as an abortifacient.

Disturbing Questions about Hillary Clinton and Abortion.  Especially when the issue involves protecting innocent life, the subject of this report, the American people deserve to know the full truth about the Clintons' radical, and often corrupt, agenda.  And Judicial Watch is committed to providing it.  As part of Judicial Watch's Open Records Project, we have examined important government documents about the core public policy issue of abortion.  This special report examines three new documents pertaining to the Clintons pro-abortion policies, with special emphasis on Hillary Clinton's central role in crafting and promoting these policies.

Hillary Clinton:  Still Socialist After All These Years.  The ever-cautious Clinton occasionally exposes her true ideological core.  "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good," she told San Franciscans in June 2004.  As First Lady, she said:  "We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society."  Hillary Clinton is a hardened socialist, despite the mainstream media's efforts to portray her as a "centrist"….

Clinton Would Fund Stem Cell Research.  If elected president, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton says she would sign an executive order rescinding President Bush's restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.  She says she also would bar political appointees from altering or removing scientific conclusions from government research without a legitimate reason for doing so.

Clinton proposes to extend Family Medical Leave Act.  Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) unveiled a plan Tuesday [10/16/2007] that would expand the Family Medical Leave Act to cover 13 million additional workers.

Hillary Weaves.  Indeed, it actually sounded like the woman who wanted to nationalize one-seventh of the U.S. economy was never in favor of big government.  But rather than admit she's a liberal, she pulls the rhetorical rip cord and parachutes to safety:  "I prefer the word 'progressive,'" she proclaimed, "which has a real American meaning, going back to the progressive era at the beginning of the 20th century.  I consider myself a modern progressive."  Refusing to define that, she moved on, neglecting to mention that progressives — modern and old-fashioned alike — believe in big government, too.

8 Reasons Why Conservatives Must Defeat Hillary.  Today's Democratic Party and its likely nominee, Hillary Clinton, have moved well to the left of where they were in the pre-George W. Bush era.  That could have some rather serious consequences if she becomes the next President of the United States.

What a difference a Clinton makes.  Hillary Clinton will forever be the Orwellian Big Sister candidate.  She has fallen victim to a video, being screened on YouTube, which portrays her as Big Brother, telling the serried ranks of human drones that she wants a "conversation" about America. … The spoof hits home because it portrays exactly what bothers America about Hillary.

Hillary:  The Big Sister We Can Do Without.  The first is that many people in both parties see her as ideologically repellent. … If the right regards her as a dangerous leftist and the left regards her as an unprincipled accomplice in the Iraq disaster, who really likes her?

Hill Eyes National Cig Curb.  Hillary Clinton lavished praise on New York City's tough anti-smoking laws yesterday — and said she supports smoking bans in public places across the country.  Asked at an Iowa forum on cancer whether banning smoking in public places would be good for America, Clinton replied, "Well, personally, I think so.  And that's what a lot of local communities and states are starting to do."

Look out, Hillary's morphing into Bill.  If you've listened to Hillary Clinton lately, you could be forgiven for thinking you were hearing her husband Bill.  In the last week in particular, she's been positioning herself for a presidential run in 2008, modifying or even lying about her positions in an effort to obscure her hard-left record.  Hillary a centrist?  That's the plan.

Hillary the Chameleon:  I have always considered Hillary Clinton a formidable politician, but I haven't really feared a Hillary presidency because I haven't thought she was electable.  I'm not quite as sure anymore.  Hillary, in her true skin, is too stridently liberal and unlikable to be electable in a national election.  But who says she has to show her true skin? … She has been doing a masterful job of toning down her liberalism a little dose at a time.  Even so, her metamorphosis has been so transparent that even the perennially apathetic and ignorant should be able to see through it.  But many don't.

Sen. Clinton's Slur:  Sen. Hillary Clinton yesterday [9/12/2007] found herself positioned firmly to the left of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding that disgusting New York Times/MoveOn "General Betray Us" attack on Gen. David Petraeus' integrity.  That's not an enviable position for a woman who's trying to convince the American people that she's fit to be president of the United States.

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Hillary's refusal to condemn attacks on Gen. Petraeus is unpresidential.  With her refusal to denounce the far-left MoveOn.org for its smear of our top commander in Iraq, Clinton has taken another big step away from the center of American politics.  On the most important issue of our times — Iraq and the fight against Islamic terrorism — the Democratic presidential front-runner has thrown her lot in with the radicals, kooks and nuts that litter the wackadoo wing.  And she has turned her back on our soldiers and their leaders during wartime.

It takes a (socialist) village.  Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has unveiled her economic vision.  Should she be given the power to implement it, we can say goodbye to the prosperity and opportunity we have enjoyed since the Reagan years.  In a speech at Manchester School of Technology in New Hampshire, Clinton said it's time to replace President Bush's "ownership society," which she called an "on your own" society, with one based on shared responsibility and prosperity.

Subprime.  Senator Hillary Clinton presents herself as a policy expert and declares her readiness to govern from "day one."  But her recent prescriptions for the housing market should cause doubts for thoughtful observers.

Religion and politics New York style:  In a 1996 address to the United Methodist General Conference, Mrs. Clinton amplified the theme in her book, "It Takes a Village":  "As adults we have to start thinking and believing that there isn't really any such thing as someone else's child … .  For that reason, we cannot permit discussions of children and families to be subverted by political or ideological debate," which, of course, is precisely what she does.

Child's Play.  Hillary Clinton's entire approach to public policy, from her earliest days as a "children's rights advocate," has been grounded in the idea that political differences need to be put aside for the sake of The Children.  In 1996 she proclaimed, "As adults we have to start thinking and believing that there isn't really any such thing as someone else's child." … But here's the thing:  There really is such a thing as somebody else's child.  I don't want to live in a country where there's no such thing as somebody else's child, because that means there's no such thing as my child. … Almost as important, I don't want to live in a country where I am a "subversive" simply by offering political or ideological debate against this vision.


"As adults we have to start thinking and believing that there isn't really any such thing as someone else's child."
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HillaryCare:  Socialized medicine with a very thin candy coating.

What Hillary Knew — In 1993.  Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs' recent comments doubting that Obamacare's employer mandate will ever be implemented — he called it "one of the first things to go" — likely caused heartburn among his onetime West Wing colleagues.  But there's one former Obama administration official whom Gibbs must have terrified more than most.  Years ago, that famous figure testified publicly that if Congress were to pass legislation with an individual mandate to purchase insurance, "we worry that the numbers of people who currently are insured through their employment will decrease because there will no longer be any reason for many employers" to offer coverage, when individuals can receive government subsidies instead.  That figure's name is Hillary Clinton.

Before ObamaCare, IBD Helped Spare The Nation HillaryCare.  Although this editorial was written more than 20 years ago, just replace "Clinton" with "Obama," and it all applies perfectly to ObamaCare, from the phony promises to the bogus financing scheme to the massive new bureaucracy.  It was this editorial and as many as 100 more like it in IBD that helped spare the nation the tragedy that would have been HillaryCare.

Clinton Files: Advisers pushed 'Health Care University,' crafted 'enemies' list.  Members of the Clinton administration were so vigorous about their push for health care reform in 1993 that they pushed the idea of launching a "Health Care University" — and even circulated an "enemies" list of those who opposed the overhaul.  The details were included in the latest batch of Clinton administration documents released Friday by the National Archives.  Included in the 7,500 pages were two curious documents from 1993.

Documents: Biden and Kerry both opposed Hillarycare before they supported Obamacare.  Then-Sens. Joe Biden and John Kerry were both opposed to Hillary Clinton's 1993 health-care reform program, according to documents released by the Clinton presidential library.  Clinton marked a handwritten "No" beside Biden's name on Clinton's list of Capitol Hill lawmakers that she needed to win over for her universal health care law, known as the "Clinton health plan" or "Hillarycare," to pass.  John Kerry, meanwhile, was marked with a "Probably not."  "Hillarycare" ended up dying in the Democratic-controlled Senate in 1994 without coming to a floor vote.

Judicial Watch Obtains 57,000 Pages of Records on Hillary's Health Care Task Force.  Judicial Watch has long been on the trail of the corruption and deceit that were part and parcel of former First Lady Hillary Clinton's National Taskforce on Health Care Reform.  I'm pleased to report that we have scored another breakthrough, pulling back more the veil of secrecy in which the Clintons have long shrouded their most famous policy failure.

Remember Presidents Clinton?  Bill was just half of the 1990s White House duo.  Many argued that Hillary was actually the driving force behind the Clinton co-Presidency, even though Bill was the charismatic face and voice of the administration.  Hillary-Care failed under Bill, but some in America still think that socialized medicine is the answer to our health care challenges.  Nobody believes this more than Hillary, and she has many who agree.

Hillary Clinton:  Upon entering the White House in 1993, then-President Clinton appointed his wife to lead a task force on health care reform, the centerpiece of his agenda.  The finished product was so controversial it was abandoned in September 1994 without receiving a vote in either congressional chamber.  Six weeks later, Mrs. Clinton's political debacle on health care was instrumental in the political maelstrom that installed Republicans in control of the House (for the first time in 40 years) and the Senate.

Hillarycare revisited:  During Hillary Clinton's 1993 visit to Capitol Hill to testify about her proposed health-care plan, she was asked by Virginia Rep. Norman Sisisky what could be done to ease the burden of the plan's mandates on small businesses.  The former first lady responded in her best let-'em-eat-cake style:  "I can't go out and save every undercapitalized entrepreneur in America."

Clinton urges health care for all.  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday made a stronger pitch for universal health care and again defended her Iraq position, at the outset of a campaign swing through Iowa. … "I have some goals.  One of them is we're going to have universal health care coverage," the New York senator said, prompting loud cheers from the capacity crowd on the Dubuque campus.

Hillary Claiming Bill Clinton's Record.  Hillary was the moving force behind the Clinton presidency in 1993 and 1994 — with primary responsibility for the disastrous health-care plan, which helped hand Congress to the Republicans.  After that, her husband sent her into a polite exile.

Hillarycare will be mandatory.
A second shot at health care for Hillary.  Hillary Rodham Clinton will plunge back into the health care debate tomorrow with a sweeping plan that would require all Americans to sign up for health insurance — putting her at odds with top rival Barack Obama, Newsday has learned.

The Wages of HillaryCare.  Mrs. Clinton's proposal requires everyone to buy health insurance, along with more insurance regulation, a government insurance option for everyone and tax hikes.  Mr. Obama likes all that but his mandate would only apply to children.  He argues that the reason many people aren't insured is because it's too expensive, not because they don't want it.  Mrs. Clinton counters that coverage can't be "universal" without a mandate.

Bend over for Nurse Hillary.  Last week freedom took another hit.  Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled her new health care plan.  Unlike her old health care plan, which took longer to read than most cancers take to kill you, this one's instant and painless — just a spoonful of government sugar to help the medicine go down.  From now on, everyone in America will have to have health insurance.  Hooray!  And, if you don't, it will be illegal for you to hold a job.

It's Not Hillarycare, It's Hillarycon.  Sometimes Hillary Clinton leaves me breathless with the sheer arrogance of her assumption that the American people are like a bunch of straw-chewing rubes eager to buy her latest brand of snake oil. … Hillary knows that the law provides that nobody can be turned away because of their inability to pay for needed medical services — she just hopes the voters don't know that.

Hillary Clinton shills again for health care.  Nearly 15 years after her grand plan to revolutionize American health care collapsed in ignominious defeat, a chastened Hillary Clinton will propose today [9/17/2007] a new easier-to-swallow centrist proposal that focuses on providing universal coverage and reducing skyrocketing medical costs.

The Dark Side of Hillary Clinton's Health Care Plan:  The public face of Hillary Clinton's new health care plan is sunny, filled with choices for consumers and bright with promises for better health care for all.  But a close examination of the proposal alongside other initiatives of Sen. Clinton in the past few years reveals a dark side she wants to hide from public view until after the election is over.

Hillary's health care bomb could blow up a good system.  Hillary Clinton just dropped the universal health care bomb that everyone knew was coming.  "I intend to have a universal health care system that does three things — lowers costs for everybody, improves quality for everybody and covers everybody."

Hillarizing Health Care:  The new Hillary health-care plan is very different from the old 1993-1994 Hillary plan.  It is far slyer, and far cleverer, far more well-packaged.  The same arguments that applied to the old Hillary plan do not necessarily apply to the new plan.  But the new health plan ends up in the same place as the old health plan — with the government running everything.

Unlearned Lessons:  HillaryCare II.  This is supposedly the grand lesson [Senator] Clinton learned from her many political scars:  People don't want government-run health care.  But she might want to study her mistakes a bit more closely because her alternative is to provide government-run health insurance, which ultimately is the same thing.  Clinton's plan would yank insurance regulation from the states and impose a series of federal mandates on employers, individuals and insurance companies.

It's Not True That Thousands Died for Lack of Health Insurance, Critics Say.  Last month, when she announced her $110-billion health-care reform plan, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), said, "Each year, 18,000 people die in America because they don't have health care. … But while some experts looking at Clinton's statistics and the issue of a health care crisis said she is correct, other experts said the data and claims are not accurate.

Schip Wreck:  Oregon voters send a message on HillaryCare.  Oregon voters passed judgment Tuesday [11/6/2007] on a plan that would have made their state children's health insurance program "universal."  Sound familiar?  It should, because Oregon reproduced the current Schip fracas in D.C. on the state level — and the referendum took a major shellacking, with voters siding three to two against.  Oregon's expansion was almost identical to the one backed by Congressional Democrats….

Exhuming Hillarycare:  In the 1990s, Judicial Watch, an organization that seeks to hold Democrats and Republicans accountable to the law, pursued members of the Clinton administration. … Now the self-described "public interest group" may have come up with its biggest find of all (so far).  It has obtained records from the library at the Clinton Presidential Center that reveal the internal workings and attitudes of people associated with Hillary Clinton's National Taskforce on Health Care Reform.  These documents penetrate Mrs. Clinton's carefully crafted personae, expose her true character and suggest what she and her Democratic allies would impose on the nation, if given the power.

Hillary's Health Care Cabal:  Judicial Watch released new documents last week from the Clinton Presidential Library regarding Hillary's botched attempt to stage a government takeover of our nation's healthcare system in 1993.  Our investigators found them during a trip to the Clinton Library in Little Rock last year.  Here are a few highlights from what we found.

The SCHIP Hits the Fan.  Hillary Clinton, now seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, has put forth a vision of health care for all the uninsured which would be funded by increasing federal income taxes, raising tobacco taxes and raising capital gains taxes.  This would assure a universal health care system, she contends, and move us in the direction of socialized medicine (a term she has been careful not to use).

Hillarycare is mandatory!
Hillary's Plantation Politics.  Both [Obama and Clinton] noted a key difference in their approach to health care.  Each wants extensive government regulation.  But Clinton wants federal government mandates to force individuals to buy her plan and Obama rejects individual mandates.  This key departure in health policy hints at a far more fundamental difference in the mindsets of these two candidates.  Clinton's big-government liberalism is less rooted in liberal ideals than in the interest-group plantation politics that has defined the Democratic Party of recent years.

Clinton health plan may mean tapping pay.  Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday [2/3/2008] she might be willing to have workers' wages garnisheed if they refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans.

Clinton May Garnish Wages to Achieve Universal Health Care.  Will Sen. Hillary Clinton garnish the wages of people who can afford health insurance but refuse to buy into her universal health care plan?  Maybe.  The Democratic presidential hopeful tried to duck the question Sunday, when ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked her about wage-garnishing three times.  But she didn't rule it out.

Denied.  Hillary Rodham Clinton's dream of overhauling the country's health-care system as the steward of a new Senate subcommittee has reportedly flatlined.  The New York senator had made health-care reform the centerpiece of her presidential campaign.

Reading the Bill...   The White House has pointedly refused to say whether President Obama will read the 1,000+ page health care bill — HR 3200 — now pending before the House of Representatives. ... The language may seem innocuous, but Sec 1866D actually describes the plan for American health care that was first proposed as HR 3600 in 1993 and known as HillaryCare.

Read more about about Obamacare.

Judicial Watch Gets Hillarycare Docs ... After 5-Year Legal Battle.  After a five-year battle with two presidential administrations, Judicial Watch finally got notification of a large cache of documents at the Clinton Presidential Library related to Hillarycare.  How large?  Try 54,527 pages.

Another nearby page has more information about socialized medicine and SCHIP.



The Baby Bond:
Hillary attempts to buy votes with other people's money.

This is a classic example of liberal utopian politics, where politicians promise to provide everything to everybody at no cost.  But this idea only lasted about a week, and when the polls showed what a huge mistake Hillary had made, she wasted no time in retracting the offer.

Clinton:  $5,000 for Every U.S. Baby.  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday [9/28/2007] that every child born in the United States should get a $5,000 "baby bond" from the government to help pay for future costs of college or buying a home.  Clinton, her party's front-runner in the 2008 race, made the suggestion during a forum hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus.

Hillary's baby bounty:  Just last week at a forum hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus, Hillary Clinton proposed that each baby born in the United States receive a $5,000 "baby bond" from the federal government. … Such a program extends government's hold over Americans' lives, from cradle to grave, and provides yet another "benefit" that can be used to justify higher taxes and greater regulation.  It would help condition otherwise self-sufficient voters to sup at the government trough — to expect government assistance even when it's not necessary.

GOP hits Hillary's 'baby bonds'.  Republican strategists say Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton"s call for giving every newborn $5,000 for education is the first major mistake in her front-running campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.  They say it undermines the centrist image the New York Democrat has carefully built and, if exploited skillfully, could prove fatal in the 2008 general election.

Hillary McGovern.  Political candidates routinely do the obligatory baby-kissing.  Hillary Clinton wants to give each baby a check.  Never mind that she'll get the money by raising their parents' taxes.  George McGovern, who parlayed his $1,000-in-every-pot proposal into a 49-state loss in 1972, should sue for copyright infringement after Sen. Clinton told the Congressional Black Caucus' annual legislative conference that every baby born in America should be given a $5,000 "baby bond."

Let the backpedalling begin...
Hillary abandons 'baby bonds' plan.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's quick backtracking from an off-the-cuff "baby bonds" proposal demonstrates her campaign's ability to jump on damage control.  It's been less than two weeks since the New York Democrat casually said, "I like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will grow over time."



Hillary's friends
Hillary's leftists friends include the labor unions, AARP, NAACP, La Raza, and a large number of Hollywood millionaires.

The Taxpayer Frog In the IRS Pot:  The Communist Party USA openly advocates to "defeat McCain and strengthen Democratic majorities in Congress" and to elect either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in 2008.  The CPUSA itself says electing more Democrats helps the Communist cause.

Clinton Keeps Quiet About Her Own Radical Ties.  When Hillary Rodham Clinton questioned rival Barack Obama's ties to 1960s radicals, her comments baffled two retired Bay Area lawyers who knew Clinton in the summer of 1971 when she worked as an intern at a left-wing law firm in Oakland, Calif., that defended communists and Black Panthers.  "She's a hypocrite," Doris B. Walker, 89, who was a member of the American Communist Party, said in an interview last week.  "She had to know who we were and what kinds of cases we were handling.  We had a very left-wing reputation…."

Clinton gets backing of Maxine Waters.  Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has won the backing of California Rep. Maxine Waters, an influential member of the Congressional Black Caucus whose support could help blunt charges of racial polarization against the Clinton campaign in the South Carolina primary.

The Clinton family machine:  In the case of AFSCME the back story is yet another example of how the Clinton husband-and-wife team works together as they strive to move back into the White House.  Hillary has diligently done her part as senator from New York, championing AFSCME causes in Congress.

Former president of La Raza named co-chair of Clinton campaign.  An immigration reform activist thinks Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton revealed a great deal about how she really feels about the illegal immigration problem when she announced that a former president of the National Council of La Raza has joined her campaign team.  Senator Clinton (D-New York) says Raul Yzaguirre will co-chair her campaign and lead its outreach to Hispanic voters.

Clinton Polls Best Among Gays, Lesbians.  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York is the clear favorite among gay and lesbian voters, who see her as a champion of gay rights, according to new nationwide poll released today by Hunter College in New York.

Rep. Barney Frank Endorses Clinton, Will Serve as Economic Advisor.  Frank possesses "one of the sharpest minds in Congress," said Clinton, who currently leads the Democrats in national polling.

Gay lawmakers line up to support Clinton.  Both openly gay members of Congress have now endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.  The New York senator secured the support of Tammy Baldwin, the Wisconsin congresswoman who is the only out lesbian in the House, months ago.  And this week Clinton gained the enthusiastic endorsement of House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, the only out gay man currently serving in the chamber.

Clinton's Social Security fecklessness.  In words a more thoughtful Clinton likely would have avoided, the leading Democratic presidential contender told a cheering crowd of AARP policy wonks and political activists that when she's back in the White House, there won't be any talk about cutting or privatizing Social Security.  "This is the most successful domestic program in the history of the United States.  When I'm president, privatization is off the table because it's not the answer to anything," she said.  Also off the table will be any benefit cuts or increases in the retirement age.

Hillary will bring her broom...
Hillary Rodham Clinton rallies at the CWA Hall in Houston.  Saying "it will take a woman" to clean up the problems in the White House, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton today urged about 1,000 Houston-area voters to support her campaign to change America.  "Bring your brooms," the Democratic presidential candidate told the crowd at a union hall in downtown Houston.

Clinton Gets Another Controversial Endorsement.  A former San Francisco mayor, [Democratic Senator Dianne] Feinstein was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992 and she is one of California's most powerful and popular politicians as well as one of the wealthiest members of Congress with a net worth of about $42.6 million.

Alcee Hastings To Lead Clinton Campaign.  Hastings has the dubious honor of being one of only six federal judges to be removed from office through impeachment for perjury and conspiracy to obtain a bribe.  Hastings was wrapped up in a 1983 scandal involving the solicitation of a $150,000 bribe in return for favorable treatment for defendants in a racketeering case before him.

Blaspheming Hillary plays up to Harlem Baptists.  How can these parishioners sing "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" while at the same time shaking hands and clapping applause for the devil's agenda?  That's what goes on when Hillary steps inside a Christian sanctuary — it's called anathema.  It's known in biblical terms as "hypocrisy."

The Clintons' New Escape:  Bill and Hillary Clinton have their eyes on the ball when it comes to 2008, but in the meantime, has anyone noted that they bought a piece of beach property in the Dominican Republic right next to the beautiful domain of designer Oscar de la Renta and his wife, Annette?

Pardon Me But...  Said Tony Snow:  "I don't know what Arkansan is for chutzpah, but this is a gigantic case of it."  Here, after all, is the wife of a president who all but peddled pardons to an assortment of felons and miscreants including one malodorous fugitive from justice who had renounced his American citizenship.  Doesn't this woman recall that on her husband's last day in the White House he signed 140 pardons and several commutations?  … In the wake of the pardons the Federal prosecutor in New York, Mary Jo White, was appointed to investigate what the media was calling "Pardongate."  She was replaced by James Comey, who obligingly cleared Clinton of any wrongdoing.

Hill Hauls In a Cool $10 Million.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's weekend trip to California capped off a breathless week of fund-raising that hauled in nearly $10 million, revealing the reach of her network of wealthy supporters.

Clinton rakes in millions; outraised by Obama.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign has gathered an additional $27 million in campaign contributions in the past three months, but will finish behind rival Senator Barack Obama in the money-collecting sweepstakes, a key Clinton aide said today.

Too Much Money, Too Little Joy.  Hillary Clinton's campaign has announced that the $26 million she has raked in so far for her presidential effort is "staggering."  But the only thing that staggers me is why anybody would give a dollar to these campaigns.

Clinton backs public funds for campaigns.  A day after her campaign announced a record-breaking fundraising haul, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she would support public funding of campaigns if elected president next year. … In fact, Clinton's campaign was the first to completely opt out of the public funding system that has existed for more than 30 years.

Clinton Woos Black Vote, Targets Obama.  Far from conceding African-American support to the most credible candidate ever of African descent, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., the Clintons are pushing aggressively for the help of their longtime allies in the black business, political and entertainment elite.  Clinton's supporters say she intends to make the Illinois senator fight for every black endorsement and every black vote.

Clintons' Guests De$ert to Obama.  They jumped from Clinton's guest bedroom to Obama's bandwagon. … Movie mogul and former friend of Bill David Geffen led the list of Democratic turncoats last week when he held a fund-raiser for Obama and trashed the Clintons in the process.

Barack Obama isn't the only candidate with ties to a controversial religious group.  When I was profiling [Hillary Clinton] two years ago, I learned about her involvement with a secretive Christian organization called The Fellowship that has operated in the Washington shadows since the 1930s. … There is something deeply strange about the group.  They certainly do not like press coverage, so in that regard Clinton's attraction might make sense.  Reporters hoping to look into the group might want to think again.  A few years ago, The Fellowship's archives, which are held at Wheaton College, the evangelical school in Illinos, were reclassified as "restricted" and placed under lock and key.




Section 3
Shady, smelly fundraising doesn't seem to bother Hillary Clinton as much as the prospects of running for President without all the money she can get.  This scandal is her biggest obstacle, or at least it would be if the press paid any attention to it.

Fundraiser Norman Hsu is right in the middle of this, and he has a page of his own.

Hillary Clinton supporter gets more than 2 years for illegally funneling campaign cash.  A northern Virginia businessman was sentenced Friday [5/31/2013] to more than two years in prison for illegally funneling nearly $200,000 to Hillary Clinton's political campaigns in 2006 and 2008.

Another Clinton fundraiser has a suspect past.  A Texas oilman who's accused of defrauding the Nigerian government by illegally pumping and exporting 10 million barrels of oil is a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.  Kase Lawal of Houston is at least the fourth person accused or convicted of criminal wrongdoing to help finance Clinton's political ambitions since 2000 and the second in her quest for the White House.

U.S. Criminal Probe Eyes Clinton Donor.  The new investigation centers around contributions last year by William Danielczyk, chairman of Galen Capital Corp., a northern Virginia private-equity firm, and by the executive's family, employees and investors, according to lawyers and others close to the case.  Investigators are seeking to determine whether the contributions Mr. Danielczyk solicited for Sen. Clinton were then repaid by his company.  It is a federal crime to reimburse political contributions, punishable by fines and sometimes imprisonment.

Formal complaint filed over Elton John's benefit concert for Hillary.  On April 9, the 61-year-old British citizen performed at New York's Radio City Music Hall and raised more than $2.5 million for Mrs. Clinton's campaign coffers. … Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton says the language of the statute is quite explicit.  "The law says foreign nationals can't make any contribution of money or anything else of value to American campaigns," he argues.

Hillary 'Volunteer':  Inside the Beltway would be remiss to overlook a decision in recent days by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) surrounding 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and whether she broke U.S. laws by having British pop singer Elton John, a foreign national, raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for her campaign by performing a benefit concert.  The 1966 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was put in place to "minimize foreign intervention" in U.S. elections by establishing a series of limitations on foreign nationals.

Will Hillary Go Down in Corruption Scandals?  The strange story of Democratic fat cat donor Norman Hsu is rich and revealing, but it certainly isn't the only controversy that puts the lie to the Democratic claim to have ended the culture of corruption.  Other embarrassing developments include the fine assessed to Americans Coming Together, the group backed by Democratic donor George Soros; the New Jersey corruption scandal that has cast a wide net over state Democrats; and Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton's legal troubles with former donor Peter Paul.

Hsu's indictment has Clinton battling perceptions.  Dennis Goldford, a political scientist at Drake University in Des Moines, said that by reminding voters of the fundraising controversy surrounding the Clinton-Gore campaign, Hsu's indictment could add to perceptions the Clintons cannot be trusted. … "The question with Hillary Clinton is what baggage does she bring with her?" Goldford said.  "This is additional baggage.  Republicans will remind people of it if she is the nominee."

The Corruption of Clinton's Campaign.  If there is one thing the media agrees upon it is that Hillary Clinton runs a shrewd and disciplined campaign.  This mantra runs through practically every media mention as they report the tried and true horse race story lines.  But the ongoing Norman Hsu fundraising scandal has to call into question this basic premise.

Vote Hillary:  She Thinks You're An Idiot.  The Clintons have played faster and looser with fundraising and donating-for-influence than any Democrat in history, so an attack on Obama's funds is unexpected, the sort of thing that could muddy both of their images — although he would have more to lose.

NYC Chinatown Donorgate Under-Covered.  [Scroll down] These, and other questions, remain under-covered by the major newspapers who reported the Chinatown Donorgate story.  Meanwhile, Howard Wolfson played the Asian race card.  Was that an effort to deflect attention away from what may be the real underlying race issue of this story?  Namely, did the Clinton campaign financially benefit from the on-going plight of illegal Chinese immigrants?  To assume that the campaign staff was unaware of scope of odd donations requires what a politician once called "a willing suspension of disbelief."

Hillary Clinton fundraising scandal has a Utah connection.  Clinton's campaign has refunded $9,200 donated by Salt Lake City couple James and Sherlene Dean.  Their contribution was among the $850,000 refunded because of the connection with fundraiser Norman Hsu.

Earlier coverage, now somewhat outdated:
Clinton Case Mystery:  A Democratic fund-raiser involved in Senator Clinton's 2000 campaign has offered a guilty plea to bank fraud charges and is likely to become a government witness at the upcoming federal trial of a top finance aide to Mrs. Clinton, David Rosen, court records obtained by The New York Sun show.

Donors Stir 'Bundling' Questions.  When Hillary Rodham Clinton held an intimate fund-raising event at her Washington home in late March, Pamela Layton donated $4,600, the maximum allowed by law, to Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign.  But the 37-year-old Ms. Layton says she and her husband were reimbursed by her husband's boss for the donations.

Hillary's Texas Money Bundler.  Has the Clinton Campaign cloned another Ms. Chung Seto of NYC Chinatown bundling fame, or a Boss Parr from a long-past Texas Senatorial race?  Hillary has a Texas border town bundler, Alonzo Cantu, who, according to the Washington Post, "...persuaded more than 300 people in Hidalgo County, where the median household income in 2006 was $28,660, to write checks ranging from $500 to $2,300 to the senator from New York."

For Clinton, 2000 Fund-Raising Controversy Lingers.  Mrs. Clinton's entanglement with a thrice-convicted felon named Peter Paul is proof of how long campaign-finance problems can haunt a public official.  Mr. Paul became a problem for Mrs. Clinton when his criminal past became public shortly after he helped organize and finance a gala Hollywood fund-raiser for her in August 2000.  Rather than drift away, Mr. Paul has been on the attack against Mrs. Clinton ever since.

Update:
Court Clears Senator Clinton in Donor Lawsuit.  Senator Clinton has won a court battle with a disgruntled campaign donor who claimed that his business dealings were unfairly disrupted by President Clinton, the former first lady, and their associates.  A California appeals court ruled yesterday [10/16/2007] that a lower court judge acted properly when he dismissed Mrs. Clinton and her 2000 Senate campaign from a lawsuit by the donor and former Internet entrepreneur, Peter Paul.

Hillary Clinton Accuser Claims New Evidence of Fraud in Documentary.  One gift that Hillary Clinton is unlikely to enjoy on her 60th birthday Friday [10/26/2007] is the premiere of "Hillary Uncensored," a scathing documentary whose 13-minute trailer has been No. 1 on Google Video since Oct. 10, with more than 1.1 million views to date.

Here is the video:  The Case of Paul v. Clinton.  One-sided, but very informative.

Dishwashers for Clinton.  Donors whose addresses turn out to be tenements.  Dishwashers and waiters who write $1,000 checks.  Immigrants who ante up because they have been instructed to by powerful neighborhood associations, or, as one said, "They informed us to go, so I went."  Others who say they never made the contributions listed in their names or who were not eligible to give because they are not legal residents of the United States.

Hmm:  Chinese Dishwashers Gave Clinton Thousands.  Not a month after the Norman Hsu flap (and eleven years after the Chinese government supposedly tried to help finance Bill's reelection), Hillary is on the defensive about taking money from Chinese immigrant benefactors.  This time, it looks even more awkward.

Chinese dishwashers, waiters donating sizable contributions to Hillary Clinton.  Hillary Clinton is the recipient of large personal donations from a very unlikely source:  Busboys, dishwashers and waiters in New York City's Chinatown, some of whom can't be tracked down.

Clinton campaign taps into an unlikely treasure-trove.  [At several locations] scattered throughout some of the poorest Chinese neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, have been swept by an extraordinary impulse to shower money on one particular presidential candidate — Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Dishwashers, waiters and others whose jobs and dilapidated home addresses seem to make them unpromising targets for political fundraisers are pouring $1,000 and $2,000 contributions into Clinton's campaign treasury.

Hillary's Hurdles:  Dubious Donors.  Asian-American groups don't like the increased scrutiny that Hillary Clinton's mysterious Chinese dishwasher donors are getting. … In the wake of eye-opening investigations by The Post and the Los Angeles Times of more dubious foreign funny money flowing into Hill's coffers, ethnic-grievance groups are stepping forward to condemn these stories as examples of "negligent journalism."  Yep:  The newspapers are guilty of "negligence" because they actually broke news instead of covering it up.

Clinton defends questionable fundraising.  The Los Angeles Times has reported that Clinton had received about 150 donations of between $500 and $2,000 each from dishwashers, street vendors and other low-wage workers.  Of the contributions examined, one-third of the donors could not be found and a $1,000 donor denied giving a contribution, according to the report.

A Bundle of Trouble:  The Clinton campaign has been frequently beset by contributors running afoul of the law.  Last week, a leading Clinton supporter and fund-raiser in New Jersey, Mayor Samuel Rivera of Passaic, was arrested on bribery charges in an FBI sting operation.  In March, businessman Abdul Rehman "Ray" Jinnah fled the country after being indicted on charges he funneled illegal contributions to Mrs. Clinton and other Democrats.

The Hillary Clinton Accountability Project  is a project of the United States Justice Foundation "intended to educate the public about the largest federal election campaign fraud ever reported."  It includes details of a lawsuit filed by Peter Paul in connection with Mrs. Clinton's 2000 election to the U.S. Senate.

Will the media ever report on the upcoming Clinton vs. Paul trial?  A status conference hearing is scheduled for April 25, 2008 in Los Angeles to set a trial date in Paul vs. Clinton.  The court delayed setting a trial date back in February, but a new trial date is expected to be announced three days after the all important Pennsylvania primary. ... How much longer will the media continue to ignore this case?

Hillary's assets.  As a novice trader, [Hillary Clinton] turned a $1,000 investment into a $100,000 profit in the highly risky cattle-futures market … Indeed, her $100,000 profit, equivalent to nearly $300,000 today, was about four times the salary her husband earned as Arkansas attorney general.  Nevertheless, in May 1993, nearly a year before the public learned of Mrs. Clinton's success in cattle futures, she self-righteously declared during her commencement address at the University of Michigan:  "Throughout the 1980s, we heard too much about individual gain, about the ethos of selfishness and greed."

Top Clinton Donor Helps Defraud Elderly.  The mainstream media coverage of a company being federally investigated for selling databases of sick and unsuspecting elderly to scam artists conveniently fails to mention that the firm's owner has given Bill and Hillary Clinton millions of dollars over the years.  The wealthy Nebraska entrepreneur, Vinod Gupta, owns the Omaha-based marketing database company called infoUSA Inc. which happens to be one of the nation's largest compilers of consumer information that is later sold to marketing firms.

Hillary Fundraiser Eludes Jail for 15 Years.  This is one of those stories that could only happen to a Clinton.  Norman Hsu, a prominent Democratic fundraiser who has funnelled hundreds of thousands of dollars into Hillary Clinton's Senate campaigns and pledged to raise $100,000 for her presidential bid has been a fugitive from justice for 15 years.  In 1992, he pleaded no contest to charges of grand theft and agreed to serve three years in jail.  But something funny happened on the way to prison; he never showed up.

Donor surrenders as Clinton camp ponders.  As Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu confronted an old criminal case and faced a new FBI investigation Friday, a fundamental question persisted:  How did Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign fail to see the red flags in Hsu's contributions?

Hillary's Bagman's Patron:  Hillary Clinton claims she can't recall who vouched for Chinese bagman Norman Hsu.  She expects us to believe he just showed up, dumping $850,000 in her lap.  Her campaign chairman, Terry McAuliffe, famous for his careful grooming of big donors and fundraisers, says he's also stumped.  "I don't know how he became involved in the Clinton campaign," he said.

Big Source of Clinton's Cash Is an Unlikely Address.  One of the biggest sources of political donations to Hillary Rodham Clinton is a tiny, lime-green bungalow that lies under the flight path from San Francisco International Airport.  Six members of the Paw family, each listing the house at 41 Shelbourne Ave. as their residence, have donated a combined $45,000 to the Democratic senator from New York since 2005, for her presidential campaign, her Senate re-election last year and her political action committee.

'Smoking Gun' Clinton Tape Released to Public.  The United States Justice Foundation, a conservative group, filed a brief Thursday with the California Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District, asking that the tape be admitted.  "The evidence is of that rare type that captures the very commission of a crime, namely, that of knowingly soliciting, coordinating and accepting federal campaign contributions far in excess of the legal limit of $2,000," the motion filed with the court says.

Fined group tied to Hillary.  Officials of a defunct pro-Democratic group that was hit with a near-record campaign-finance fine last month hold strong ties to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, documents show.  At least four persons who worked for the America Coming Together (ACT) fundraising group, which the Federal Election Commission recently fined $775,000, work directly for the Clinton campaign or hold top positions with consulting firms hired by it.

For Hillary, There's No Such Thing as Dirty Money.  You can trace her appetite for bling back to her Arkansas days, when she was a partner in the Rose Law Firm.  Questions arose about her billing clients, which have not yet been satisfactorily answered.  Nor have the suspicions about her picking up that quick 100 grand in the commodities market been allayed.

How Big Man In McAllen Bundles Big For Clinton.  [Scroll down] The Clinton donors included dozens who had never registered to vote, several who were Republicans and 10 who had previously made contributions to President Bush and former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R). "When Alonzo comes through the door, you want to give to him," said Gerardo J. Reyna, Cantu's brother-in-law. … "The last thing you want to do is get on Alonzo's bad side," he said with a smile.

Hillary's Mystery Money Men:  In 1998, in the midst of the Lewinsky affair, [Hassan] Nemazee collected $60,000 for Bill Clinton's legal defense fund in $10,000 increments from relatives and friends.  Clinton subsequently nominated Nemazee as ambassador to Argentina but withdrew the nomination after an article in Forbes raised questions about Nemazee's business dealings in the 1980s and '90s — which noted that the American-born Nemazee magically became "Hispanic" by acquiring Venezuelan citizenship because of a requirement that certain California public pension funds be run by minorities.

Obama, Clinton Money Man Guilty Of Major Fraud Scheme.  The shady Iranian fundraiser who for years donated lucrative sums to top Democrats — including the president, vice president and secretary of state — has pleaded guilty to a major bank-fraud scheme that could land him in jail for nearly two decades.

Former Hillary Clinton Finance Chairman Gets 12 Years for Ponzi Scheme, NYT Buries Story.  Yesterday [7/15/2010] Hassan Nemazee was sentenced to 12 years in prison for running a Ponzi scheme some proceeds of which were funneled into Democratic campaigns.  The New York financier was no stranger to liberal Democratic politics, having served as national finance chairman for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and New York state finance chairman for John Kerry's 2004 presidential run.

Ex-Clinton fundraiser gets 12 years in prison.  A wealthy Manhattan investment banker who was once a top fundraiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton and other big-name Democrats has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for bank fraud.

An unlikely treasure-trove of donors for Clinton.  The candidate's unparalleled fundraising success relies largely on the least-affluent residents of New York's Chinatown — some of whom can't be tracked down.

The Clinton Crime Family.  [No synopsis provided because the copyright owners require advance permission to reprint or excerpt from the article.]

Host Indicted, Clinton Fund-Raiser Canceled.  A Dec. 15 fund-raising event for Hillary Clinton at the home of prominent Mississippi trial laywer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs is off, now that Scruggs has been indicted for bribery.

Hillary donors slept in Lincoln bedroom.  Nearly one in five big-money contributors to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, known as "Hillraisers," are the same donors who surfaced in a 1996 White House scandal involving sleepovers in the Lincoln Bedroom and other perks to help re-elect President Clinton.

Clinton accused of illegal fundraising.  Two conservative bloggers filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday [10/31/2007] alleging that Hillary Clinton accepted illegal contributions to her presidential campaign.  The complaint, filed by Matthew Margolis and Mark Noonan, cites stories published in the Los Angeles Times and New York Post questioning contributions to Clinton's Democratic presidential campaigns from impoverished Chinese neighborhoods in New York City.

Another scandal, unrelated to the above...
Clinton fundraising ties to terror group.  [Scroll down]  Further investigation conducted by this investigator of Tamil Tiger activity in the U.S. confirmed published reports that at least one well-known supporter of that terrorist organization, 56 year-old New Jersey resident Ramanathan RANJAN is actively soliciting funds for New York Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

And another ...
Who Will Tell Hillary?  [Hillary] Clinton's tipping point may have come when it was announced that her $5 million loan to her campaign came from a fund she shares with Bill Clinton.  That puts into play for the general election business deals by the former president that transformed him from an indigent to a multimillionaire and might excite interest in their income tax returns, which the Clintons refuse to release.

Update:
Clinton loaned struggling campaign millions.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton lent her presidential campaign $6.4 million over the past month, her campaign said Wednesday [5/7/2008], underscoring the financial advantage held by her rival, Barack Obama.

Hillary Borrows Bill's Foreign Cash.  Hillary Clinton has now dipped into the joint checking account she shares with her husband, largely made up of speaking fees earned in foreign countries, to finance her presidential campaign.  Clinton's campaign says the New York senator has lent more than $11 million to her presidential campaign to date, far more than the $10 million she reportedly earned from previous books sales. … Campaign finance laws forbid foreign money from entering U.S. elections, but no laws forbid foreign monies being stored in a joint checking account by a candidate's spouse and later being accessed by the candidate.

The Editor says...
If a Republican did the same thing, the news media would be constantly talking about "a millionaire trying to buy the presidency."

Clinton to forfeit $13 million loan, unless...  The financial sacrifice nonetheless stands out against the Clintons' reputation for seizing sometimes eyebrow-raising opportunities to enrich themselves and enhance their lifestyles.  The couple came under intense scrutiny during Bill Clinton's presidency for the astonishing profits made by the then-first lady in a string of late-1970s commodities trades and the couples' investment in an Arkansas land deal that resulted in the convictions of their business partners.

Clinton campaign continued after backing Obama.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's team has told the Federal Election Commission that she continued her campaign even after endorsing Democratic presidential rival Barack Obama on June 7, a claim that lets her transfer millions of dollars from her presidential bid to her Senate campaign.  The former first lady made the $6.4 million transfer from her White House campaign, which remains more than $7 million in debt, to Friends of Hillary on Aug. 28.  That date would fall outside the legal deadline for making such a move if her campaign were to have ended June 7.

U.S. charges Obama fund-raiser in $290 million fraud.  Hassan Nemazee, a fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, has been indicted for defrauding Bank of America, HSBC and Citigroup Inc out of more than $290 million in loan proceeds, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday [9/21/2009].

Clinton fundraiser admits $292 million fraud.  A wealthy businessman who raised money for leading Democratic Party politicians, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, pleaded guilty on Thursday [3/18/2010] to defrauding three major banks out of $292.2 million in loan transactions.

Novelist's Ex-Money Man Guilty In Political Donations.  The former business manager for best-selling crime novelist Patricia Cornwell pleaded guilty Monday [1/3/2011] to lying about the source of 21 contributions of $2,300 apiece to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Hillary's fundraising bundler pleads guilty to fraud.  Evan Snapper apparently figured that he would help Hillary Clinton get elected president and enjoy an Elton John concert, all at a client's expense.  Federal authorities said that Snapper also knew he was breaking federal election laws, and may now spend five years in prison remembering that expensive concert.

Months later:
Several big donors to Hillary Clinton now facing criminal allegations.  The indictment of a top Northern Virginia fundraiser last week marks the latest in a series of criminal cases that have ensnared campaign donors to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who relied heavily on wealthy bundlers in her failed 2008 bid for the presidency.  Federal grand jury indictments handed up in Alexandria allege that Galen Capital Group Chairman William P. Danielczyk Jr. and his treasurer illegally reimbursed nearly $190,000 in donations to Clinton's 2008 and 2006 campaigns, sometimes with corporate funds.




Section 4
Without resorting to ad hominem attacks, is it fair to say that Mrs. Clinton appears to be a short tempered, vindictive, ruthless, power hungry control freak who can't give a straight answer?

Can Mrs. Clinton Lose?  She is preoccupied to an unusual degree with toughness.  A man so preoccupied would seem weak.  But a woman obsessed with how tough she is just may be lethal.

Democratic Party Official:  Clinton Pursuing 'The Tonya Harding Option'.  The question is — what will Clinton have to do in order to [win the nomination]?  What will she have to do to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, in order to eke out her improbable victory? … It implies that Clinton is so set on ensuring that Obama doesn't get the nomination, not only is she willing to take extra-ruthless steps, but in the end neither she nor Obama win the gold.

The Card Clinton Is Playing:  As a rationale for why Democratic Party superdelegates should pick her over Obama, it's a slap in the face to the party's most loyal constituency — African Americans — and a repudiation of principles the party claims to stand for.  Here's what she's really saying to party leaders:  There's no way that white people are going to vote for the black guy.  Come November, you'll be sorry.  How silly of me.  I thought the Democratic Party believed in a colorblind America.

Damsel of Distress:  The Democratic Party can't celebrate the triumph of Barack Obama because the Democratic Party is busy having a breakdown.  You could call it a breakdown over the issues of race and gender, but its real source is simply Hillary Clinton.  Whose entire campaign at this point is about exploiting race and gender.

Don't Let 'Moderate' Hillary Fool You.  Hillary eagerly pounces on her political opponents' supposed betrayal of their values, but what about her values?  Far from walking in the footsteps of the Good Samaritan or "Jesus himself," Hillary has consistently revealed a personal and political character the core values of which are ruthlessness, unbounding arrogance and endless ambition.

Clinton's Collateral Damage:  When it comes to politics, the Clinton philosophy is simple:  It's war, and wars are for winning.  Bill put it this way, back in 1981:  "When someone is beating you over the head with a hammer, don't sit there and take it.  Take out a meat cleaver and cut off their hand."

Go Already!  [Scroll down] Clinton's path to the nomination, then, involves the following steps:  kneecap an eloquent, inspiring, reform-minded young leader who happens to be the first serious African American presidential candidate (meanwhile cementing her own reputation for Nixonian ruthlessness) and then win a contested convention by persuading party elites to override the results at the polls.

The Clintons, Race, and the 50-year-old Calculation.  Since I think the Clintons would probably sell their souls and firstborn for another White House tenure, the idea they would play the race card raises no eyebrow here.  They are political creatures first, everything else second and statesmen last.

Hillary I vs. Hillary II:  [Scroll down] Then there's Hillary II.  This is the Hillary who played the cattle futures markets as Arkansas' first lady, allowing a lawyer for the largest employer in the state to "advise" her on futures trades in a manner that brought her remarkable profits — and a lot of questions about how they were made.  This is the Hillary who never convincingly explained the disappearance — and mysterious reappearance — of those pesky billing records at her Arkansas law firm that were sought by a grand jury during the Whitewater investigation.  (No, she's never been indicted for any of this, but that's not exactly the highest standard).  Hillary II is the Hillary who dissembled for years about Bill's other women.  Hillary II is not the dewy-eyed idealist, but the shrewd Machiavellian many see her as now.

Slinging slime is what Clintons do best.  Politics is a game of hard knocks, some below the belt, and it is not for the faint-hearted.  And no one plays political hardball as aggressively as the Clintons.  They are ruthless when it comes to smashing their opponents or anyone else who threatens their political ambitions.  What they are doing to Barack Obama is not all that different from what they did to the women who outed Clinton as a serial adulterer as governor of Arkansas and as president.

Hillary's Dennis Rodman impression:  If the Democrats go forward and nominate Hillary and Bill they will be voting for business as usual, not change at all.  The same ole manipulating lying government. … Democrats are leaning towards nominating Hillary who will create the ugliest political season in the history of the country.  This is mostly due to silly gender bias which the Clintons are doing their best to inflame.

Why Hillary Should Not Be Trusted:
A review of "The Extreme Makeover of Hillary (Rodham) Clinton".  Ms. Buchanan offers this summary:  "Hillary's character is not a pretty sight.  In stride she can lie, cheat, steal, commit perjury, obstruct justice, malign reputations and destroy the lives of innocent people.  Driven by ambition, arrogance, greed, elitism, power and entitlement, Hillary's road to the top has been a bloody one.  Reputations and lives of real people have been left in the dirt along the way.  But it has worked for Hillary.  She made it to the top — and may do so again."

Hillary Scares Me.  With such a preponderance of damning evidence against her already widely disseminated, it strikes me as more than a little strange that this woman is not in prison or a mental institution.  That she has managed to remain not only free, but center-stage in the Democratic Party and a Senator from an "adopted" state is an indictment of our press and her Party.  If she succeeds in lying and manipulating her way into the White House, it will be an indictment of us all.

Hillary's slick willies:  Hillary's persona is simply not compatible with another strong will, male or female — but definitely male, and that itself is a big red flag.  What kind of person would go to work for a Clinton in the first place?  A naive true-believer?  Everyone knows what they would be getting into:  constant war rooms, personal attacks, spin, daily damage control, a boss prone to temper tantrums, placing your own integrity out on the ledge as a shill for a fundamentally dishonest person.

Hillary's Mean Machine Scores a Hit.  Lest any of the Democratic candidates forget, tangling with Hillary Clinton comes at a painful price.

The Candidate's 'Catch Me if You Can'.  ABC correspondent Kate Snow was ready to push through the crowd and ask Hillary Clinton a question until an aide blocked the path of Snow's sound man as he aimed his boom mike in the senator's direction.  "Sorry, we've gotta go," the woman said, though it was clear that Clinton would be shaking hands for some time.

Who's Afraid of Hillary Clinton?  Hillary Clinton may be the Titanic of 2008.  She is widely regarded, and rightly so, as smart and ambitious.  These are fine traits but they often come as a package deal with arrogance and a refusal to admit error.  Clinton has a very lengthy history of refusing to admit when she's wrong — her conflicting and outright deceitful statements concerning her votes on Iraq being only one example — and blaming others for her mistakes, unattractive qualities for the voting public.

The Return of "That'll Teach 'Em" Hillary.  There is nothing independent, nonpartisan, or disinterested about Media Matters and the rest of the Clinton Shadow Party — they are the tanks and bombers and battleships of Hillary's campaign arsenal.  They will do whatever they are asked, whenever they must, to destroy anyone who stands between her and the Oval Office.

Hillary Gets Worst Reviews Yet.  The usual flood of editorials and blog posts after a major presidential debate were particularly harsh on Hillary Clinton this morning following Tuesday night's Democratic debate [10/30/2007] at Drexel University.  Opinion leaders said her performance reinforced negative stereotypes that Clinton is shrill, calculating and evasive.

The Clintons and History:  There's an old joke people here in the capital like to tell about Charles E. Schumer, the New York senator, and over the years I'm sure it's been used to describe other politicians, as well:  The most dangerous place to stand in Washington is between Chuck Schumer and a bank of television cameras.  Well, that may be, but it seems to me that the most dangerous place to be in the rest of the country is between the Clintons and an elected office.

Clinton cries gender, opponents cry foul.  Sen. Hillary Clinton found herself the object of rare ridicule and criticism Friday [11/02/2007] for injecting gender into the presidential campaign as Democratic and Republican opponents blistered her for parsing her words, engaging in secrecy and blaming the male candidates for the controversy.  Even as she denied playing the gender card, she evoked gender with a reference to her own familiarity with the kitchen.

The Editor says...
She's being pounced upon because she's the apparent leader in the race, not because of gender.  She's being questioned and doubted because she is not giving straight answers to simple questions.

The Issue the Democrats Dread.  More significant than Hillary Clinton's supposed gaffe at the end of Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate is the subject around which she tiptoed so delicately:  immigration.  Democrats fear the issue because it could leave them with a set of no-win political choices.

Hillary played the role of victim just long enough to see if it would work.  It didn't.
The pants vs. the pantsuit:  When you're leading the Democratic presidential race, as Sen. Hillary Clinton is, you might expect other candidates to focus their sharpest criticism your way.  Yet the spin coming out of the Clinton campaign is that the men were ganging up on Hillary.  Sorry, but when girls insist on playing hardball with the boys, they don't get to cry foul — or change the game to dodge ball — when they get bruised.

Clinton 'victim' defense apparently backfires.  After Hillary Rodham Clinton's floundering finale at last week's debate in Philadelphia, her campaign counterattacked immediately, almost instinctively, with a tactic that had proved effective in the White House and in two New York Senate races.  They portrayed her as a victim.  In the week following the debate, Clinton and her proxies have suggested, at various times, that she was the victim of sexism, a group ambush by her enemies and journalistic bias.

Big Girls Don't Cry.  Last week, Hillary Clinton's campaign blamed her poor debate performance on sexism.  It was a maneuver that seemed suspiciously aimed at detracting from Hillary's lackluster showing whilst simultaneously shoring up her female support.  But, ironically, it has had the opposite effect.

Pedestrian Down.  Democrats who are nervous about having Hillary Clinton as their nominee had their fears confirmed last night [10/30/2007].  Mrs. Clinton finally stumbled in her seventh Democratic debate once the other candidates decided to chew on her.  Mrs. Clinton responded to the criticism by retreating to her briefing books, giving rehearsed answers to questions in a too loud, slightly shrill voice.  She was pummeled for not releasing White House records kept by the National Archives that would shine light on her claim to be the most experienced candidate based on her service as First Lady.

Hillary a Noo Yawka?  Sez Who?  There was shock and awe on her face.  It was as if no one had ever dared to contradict Hillary Clinton before, far less challenge her directly. … When John Edwards, Barack Obama and the hitherto reliable Tim Russert all stuck pins in her during the Tuesday night MSNBC "debate", Clinton became visibly angry.  Her face was a frozen mask. … Hillary Clinton can dish it out, but she can't take it.

Little big brother:  In the unlikely event that Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani face off against each other for the presidency, Americans could be faced with a difficult choice. … Both will also flip-flap like hummingbird wings to avoid appearing over-committed to anything that could lose them votes. … There is no doubt that, despite her faux-folksiness, the softest thing about Hillary is her teeth.  She has an impressive drive for power that is reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher on the rampage.

The power of a Clinton's stare:  In this undeclared war between the candidates, there was no stronger weapon at Clinton's disposal than the Stare.  In the first Democratic debates, Obama seemed visibly uncomfortable with being the object of Clinton's gaze, and avoided eye contact.

Why They Dislike Hillary.  First, many women don't like Hillary because they believe she made a deal with her husband.  That is, she'd stand by him and ignore his infidelities in return for his help in her political life. … Second, many men objected to her leftist ideology.  They see the senator as a big government, limousine liberal who lives large herself, but wants to impose high taxation on those who are achieving in America.  And finally, some of the callers see Hillary as a cold, calculating woman with a sense of entitlement.

Depends What the Meaning of 'Mistake' Is.  Hillary Clinton's rivals would love to paint her as inflexible, programmed, focus-grouped within an inch of her life and intent on bringing nothing less than a full-fledged Clinton Restoration to the White House.  So why is she sitting for the portrait?

"Hugo Chavez in a pantsuit".  [Hillary] Clinton must have been shocked that the free market works so well that some Americans actually profit from dealings other than Whitewater.  So she decided this sort of thing must end.  "The other day the oil companies recorded the highest profits in the history of the world.  I want to take those profits.  And I want to put them into a strategic energy fund that will begin to fund alternative smart energy, alternatives and technologies that will begin to actually move us toward the direction of independence," she told the audience.  Notice she didn't say tax the profits.  She just said "take."

Some Pieces of Our Minds:  In all of the thousands of photographs of Hillary on the campaign trail, she always appears wearing trousers — not even one photograph of her wearing a skirt.  Not a peep on the subject from any commentator or member of the media.

Control Freak:  Hillary Clinton says our trade deficit and reliance on foreign investors are big problems, and wants to fix them.  But her cure would be far worse than the disease, and should be rejected out of hand.

Books show 'dark side' of Hillary Clinton.  Two new books about Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., give a sometimes unflattering portrait of the presidential candidate and former first lady.

Make that three new books...
Hillary Clinton, a Trojan Horse?  The Extreme Makeover illustrates Hillary's unfamiliarity with the virtue of responsibility, and that she is every bit as prolific and stunning a liar as her husband.  The junior senator's personality revolves around a lust for power, a need to control others, and rampant insecurity.  Anger and irritability are natural attributes, and but only her family, advisors, and the secret service are allowed to observe them.

The Hillary Chronicles:  Worse Than You Thought.  Though bereft of headline-making disclosures, each book contains page after page of new details, some of them so far ignored in the press, that reveal Hillary Rodham Clinton to be even more secretive, even more politically tin-eared, and even more combative than previously known.

Hillary's Hypocrisy:  This woman, who refused to change a comma or a word of her thousand-page-plus healthcare reform bill and, as a result of her intractable stubbornness, sent the bill down to defeat along with the Democratic Congress and almost her husband's presidency, is daring to show herself now as the apostle of compromise.  Unbelievable.

Hair-raising stuff from good ol' Bubba.  Now comes Bill Clinton, who auctioned pardons in the last hours of his presidency, and his shrill surrogate to berate George W. Bush for reluctantly commuting the prison sentence of Scooter Libby.  The president stopped short of granting a pardon. … Most men in his position would go miles out of their way to avoid talking about pardons, but good ol' Bubba … was eager to talk about how he conducted his auction.

The vaulting ambition of America's Lady Macbeth.  This little incident, the skilfully choreographed exploitation of a human tragedy, the cynically manipulated deployment of public sympathy in service of a personal political end, offered a timely insight into the character of the politician who this week launched the most anticipated presidential election campaign in modern history.  There are many reasons people think Mrs Clinton will not be elected president.  She lacks warmth; she is too polarising a figure; the American people don't want to relive the psychodrama of the eight years of the Clinton presidency.

Message Testing Billary:  Emmett Tyrell, founder and editor of the American Spectator and author of "The Clinton Crackup," said Mrs. Clinton's "whole life is a public relations campaign."  In order to win in 2008, he said it would be "politically important" for Clinton to discuss her marriage, but "it's pretty difficult to explain the inexplicable."  He called her the "greatest enabler in the world."

Hillary the Calculator:  When Hillary Clinton announced her presidential exploratory committee while sitting on a couch in her living room, she didn't project warmth so much as a sense that she was desperately trying to project warmth.  As TV producer Steve Rosenbaum wrote of her performance on the liberal website The Huffington Post:  "Hillary is struggling with words that are not her own.  You can practically see the teleprompter reflected in her eyes.  Every word has been word-smithed, every phrase looked at by a team of consultants."

Why Hillary Drops Her Final "G"s.  Why isn't it noticed, or, if noticed, not commented upon?  At least in her Ohio and Texas talks, Hillary Clinton drops the final "G" from the "ing" words (participles, gerunds) — an annoyance, especially to those who've heard her talking to other people and groups where not one "G" is dropped and she sounds like the young woman who gave a famous Wellesley College commencement address, was one of America's 100 most successful lawyers, was first lady of Arkansas and the United States, and has been a successful U.S. senator from New York State for eight years.  Of course, it's clear that Hillary wants to sound more like the audience of "ordinary" people she's pumpin' for votes.

Hillary on 60 Minutes:  'Voters Are Tired of People Who Lie to Them'.  [Scroll down] She also said, "Part of what I believe with all my heart is that the voters are tired of people that lie to them.  They're tired of people who act like something they're not."  Like acting like you have an Arkansas accent?

Hillary, We Thoroughly Knew Ye.  [Scroll down] And so the campaign rolled out (what else?) a new slogan — "The Hillary I Know" — and a new Web site with 38 videotaped testimonials from the senator's friends and constituents.  But the get-to-know-me campaign has hit a snag:  Hillary.

Hillary Clinton:  How Dare You Call Universal Health Care Socialized Medicine?  Hillary goes off on a reporter at the National Association of Black Journalists Presidential Forum for daring to call socialized medicine …well… socialized medicine. What do you think she's angry about more, that she's essentially being called a socialist or that a black man dared wander off the liberal plantation to question her 'we liberals know what's best for you' policies?

Clinton hypocrisy:  Abuse of power in pursuing opponents.  [Scroll down]  The Democratic Party cannot allow her name to appear on a presidential ballot for either office — not in August, not in 2012, not ever.  It's not because she's a woman — the last desperate wild card she had been playing before raising the specter of assassination.  It is because she's a Clinton.  Being a Clinton, she brings to any national campaign trail a wagonload of combustible baggage that the GOP has been salivating to explode at first sight of her name on the Democratic ticket.




Section 4.1
Hillary's scripted campaign events use pre-arranged shills and audience plants:

Gee, what a coincidence on the trail with Clinton.  At a campaign forum in the [Donnellson, Iowa] fire station, a caucus site come Jan. 3, Clinton happened to be asked about her religious faith.  Practicing Methodist, she responded, adding, "I'm often asked if I'm a praying person, and I am a praying person.  My father prayed at his bedside every night and we prayed at the table over dinner."  Then, someone pointed out that Clinton's childhood Sunday-school teacher, Rosalie Bentzinger, from her Park Ridge, Ill., days, happened to be right there in the very same Iowa fire station at that same moment.  Can you believe it?  The Sunday-school teacher stood up.  Clinton rushed over.  They hugged.

Clinton staff admits planting question on college student.  A Grinnell College student says an aide for Hillary Rodham Clinton gave her a prepared question to ask the presidential candidate during a forum this week in central Iowa.  Clinton staffers acknowledge the incident but claim Clinton did not know the question had been issued when the senator called on the student during a question and answer session with the audience.

The Editor says...
I find it hard to believe that Mrs. Clinton didn't know all about it in advance, especially since it happened more than once.  Keep reading...

New 'Hill Shill' Questions.  Hillary Rodham Clinton faced more embarrassing disclosures yesterday [11/10/2007] about her staff's aggressive efforts to script her campaign appearances, as a second person came forward to claim Clinton's staff tried to use him to plant a question at a campaign event.

Is Clinton campaign too scripted?  At a campaign stop in Newton, Iowa, last week, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton peered out at the crowd of 250 people and called on a 19-year-old college student, who posed a friendly question about global warming.  The Clinton campaign insists that the New York senator chose the student at random.  If so, it turned out to be a fortuitous pick.

Hill Shill Spills All.  An Iowa college student pulled back the curtain on Hillary Rodham Clinton's stage-managed campaign stops — claiming the candidate seemed to know to call on her for a canned question at a cooked-up event that was passed off as spontaneous.  Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, 19, said a Clinton staffer waved her off the question she first wanted to ask — then produced a binder with a series of questions she could ask.  The binder, she said, had about eight questions.

Memo to Clinton staffers:  Trust your candidate or find a new one.  Does the Clinton campaign really need to twist a college kid's arm to ask Clinton a question about climate change at a climate change event? … Why would the Clinton campaign do it, especially since getting caught is so embarrassing?  Because the culture of control in presidential campaigning has gotten way out of control.

Student describes how she became a Clinton plant.  The college student who was told what question to ask at one of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign events said "voters have the right to know what happened" and she wasn't the only one who was planted.  In an exclusive on-camera interview with CNN, Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, a 19-year-old sophomore at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, said giving anyone specific questions to ask is "dishonest," and the whole incident has given her a negative outlook on politics.

Hillary Clinton:  I'm So Glad You Asked!  America's trust in the Clintons suffered a horrible blow last week, when it was discovered that Hillary Clinton's campaign staff had planted the "spontaneous" questions being asked by audience members at an Iowa campaign event.  "They were canned," Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff (a Grinnell College student attending the performance) said of the questions that Clinton took.  In a remarkable coincidence, Clinton's answers seemed quite polished — almost prepared, really.

Clinton Aides Prompted Queries at Events.  At two campaign events in Iowa this year, aides to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton encouraged audience members to ask her specific questions, a tactic that drew criticism from an opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination and led her yesterday [11/11/2007] to promise that it would not happen again.  Mrs. Clinton, speaking to reporters in Iowa, said she was unaware that her aides had ever planted questions.

The Editor asks...
Did she promise not to do it, or never to get caught again?  And really, how much is a promise worth when it comes from Bill or Hillary Clinton?

Interview with the shill

Interview
with the unwilling audience plant.

"Diamond v. Pearl" Student Blasts CNN.  Maria Luisa, the UNLV student who asked Hillary Clinton whether she preferred "diamonds or pearls" at last night's debate wrote on her MySpace page this morning that CNN forced her to ask the frilly question instead of a pre-approved query about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.  "Every single question asked during the debate by the audience had to be approved by CNN," Luisa writes. … "For sure, I thought I would get to ask the Yucca question that was APPROVED by CNN days in advance."

Clinton aides plant student's question.  Under the pressures of major media coverage, with polls narrowing in Iowa, campaigns can potentially control questions and coverage by planning questions ahead of time.  While no campaigns admit to this practice, at a recent Hillary Clinton campaign event in Newton, Iowa, some of the questions posed to the New York Senator were planned in advance, planting some audience members in the crowd.

So Who Was Asking Questions At That Debate?  A couple bloggers have looked into the questioners at last week's Democratic debate, and found more than a few of them have formal, professional ties to the Democratic party.  One, in fact, was political director of the Arkansas Democratic Party. … In the aftermath of the controversy over "planted" questions at Hillary events, one might think CNN would want to keep an eye on this sort of thing.

Clinton, CNN and Fall out from the Debate.  Hillary Clinton's performance at the Las Vegas debate has been overshadowed by charges of planted questions, a planted audience, and curious behavior by CNN that seemed to favor Clinton over other candidates.

Vote for Me.  I'm a Sock Puppet.  You may have seen that some Hillary Clinton "sock puppets" were recently outed on a New Hampshire blog, to the campaign's great embarrassment.  A sock puppet, for those of who you aren't immersed in blog culture, is what they call someone who pretends to be commenting as a regular voter but who is in fact posting propaganda.

Hillary's "Iron My Shirt" Protester Was Yet Another Plant.  Today at a whistle stop in Salem, New Hampshire, an alleged protester raised a sign saying "Iron My Shirt" while hollering the same idiotic slogan.  I do not know anybody in the men's movement who would resort to this level of idiocy.  I do, however, know a few individuals hitting the whistle stops with truly intelligent questions, all of whom have been hustled away literally before they could finish the question.  The way Hillary handled the situation was too smooth and prepared to be a legitimate protest.  Having worked in the entertainment business previously, I know a plant when I see one.




Section 4.2
Looking forward to 2012?

Road to Disaster:  Obama still seems poised to best Clinton.  But I wouldn't put it beyond the Clintons to sabotage Obama in the general election, if for no other reason than to keep Hillary's chances for 2012 alive.  No one knows what will actually happen.

Hillary Clinton has just the right strategy — for 2012.  Bill and Hillary are smarter than the rest of us.  They're playing chess while we're playing checkers. … The Clintons are several moves ahead of us.  They're looking toward 2012. … Once it became clear that Obama would win the nomination, the only move left was to work toward his defeat in the general election.  Which is exactly what the Clintons have been doing, and doing with great success.

Plotting Her Path for 2012.  With no hope of winning her party's nomination, Hillary Rodham Clinton is running out the clock by laying the foundation for her political future, circa 2012.

Hillary has 2012 White House in her sights.  Increasingly there is speculation that Clinton's insistence on staying in the primary race until at least June 3 is about positioning for a run for the Democratic nomination again in 2012 — if Obama loses to Republican John McCain in November.

Hillary Clinton launches fundraising for 2012 already!  Just six weeks after reluctantly surrendering to Barack Obama in the brutal 2008 Democratic primary race, Sen. Hillary Clinton has begun raising money for what she says is her 2012 New York Senate reelection campaign.

Hillary Clinton all smiles... with her eyes on the 2012 presidency.  It was her 'it should've have been me' moment.  And the real objective during what was dubbed 'Hillary Day' in Denver was to position herself for the 2012 election in the event that Obama is defeated by Republican Senator John McCain in November.

Clinton says she has no interest in White House.  There is apparently no such thing as a simple yes or no when it comes to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and questions about another run for the White House.  Clinton, 61, seemed to go further Sunday than she had previously in shutting the door to another presidential campaign, following her defeat for the Democratic nomination last year by President Barack Obama.

King Obama v. Queen Clinton.  Quietly, and under almost everyone's radar, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been vanquishing her foes, while President Barack Obama has been multiplying his.  Furthermore, she has been paying off her debts, while Obama has been multiplying his (and the country's) I.O.U.s.  Obama is down in the polls.  Clinton is up.

Or maybe 2016...
Smart money is on Hillary Clinton for 2016.  Having elected Barack Obama amid near national euphoria, America is experiencing something akin to buyer's remorse.  Obama's popularity is the lowest of any American president at the end of his first year in office since polling began.  Yet as his approval ratings have nose-dived, those of his Secretary of State have curved elegantly upwards.

The Case for Hillary's Run for Prez in '12 and Pelosi Retiring:  The 2010 midterm elections are shaping up to be a Democrats nightmare.  But the problems for the Democrats and Obama won't end there.  Indeed, the fallout from the 2010 elections will likely carry over into 2012 which may well feature Hillary running against Obama and Nancy Pelosi's retirement.

Dick Morris:  Hillary Clinton Is Throwing Obama Under The Bus For A 2012 Run.  [Scroll down]  O'Reilly, who agreed to some extent with the subtle distancing, added that he believed Clinton still had a very strong desire to be president, and that she may not have the "patience" to wait until 2016.

Hillary Clinton's Campaign for '12 Is Underway.  Hillary's campaign for the Democrat nomination for president in 2012 began last June 8, when, during an interview with an Ecuadorean television reporter, she announced the Department of Justice's plan to bring a lawsuit against Arizona's immigration act.

Clinton again denies presidential ambitions.  US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton again slapped down speculation that she harbors ambitions for another presidential run on Friday [11/5/2010].

Hillary Campaign Conspicuously Emerges.  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is still alive and today it emerged from the shadows to remind supporters that she "made history" in the 2008 campaign and that mementos from that bid are now for sale.  In an E-mail, the Hillary Clinton for President campaign revived speculation that she is still interested in the Oval Office despite new denials that President Obama is considering replacing Vice President Joe Biden with his secretary of state.




Section 4.2a
Looking forward to 2016?

Obviously an audience plant.  Who can sneak into an event like that with a bullhorn?
Hillary Clinton gets heckled.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton isn't officially running for president but she's already attracting one of the regular features of the campaign trail:  hecklers.  During an address to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics Sunday [10/12/2014] in San Diego, someone in the 3,000 person crowd began to goad her using a bullhorn.

Hillary Clinton to deliver Vegas speech for $225G fee.  Hillary Clinton called for businesses to collaborate with universities to make higher education more affordable at a $225,000 speech Monday night [10/13/2014] at the annual University of Nevada Las Vegas Foundation dinner.  "Higher education shouldn't be a privilege for those able to afford it," Clinton told a crowd of approximately 900 people.  "It should be an opportunity widely available for anybody with the talent, determination and ambition."

The Editor says...
In a free country, everything is "a privilege for those able to afford it," so that's why normal people get jobs and make money, with which they can buy what they want, e.g., college education.  Mrs. Clinton is apparently willing to have the government supply college education for everyone, because "higher" education these days (at most universities) is nothing more than leftist indoctrination.

America's "Elites" Are No Longer Elite And Our "Intellectuals" Aren't Intellectual.  [Scroll down]  Even worse are the legions of "elites" and "intellectuals" who haven't accomplished anything of note, truly proven their intellect or shown that they're particularly good at anything.  For example, what accomplishments led anyone to believe that Barack Obama was ready to be President or that the Democrat Party's assumed candidate in 2016, Hillary Clinton, is up to the job?  Neither of them are stunning intellects.  Neither have led particularly accomplished lives given the gravitas of the presidency.  Neither of them seem to be extraordinarily gifted at anything.  If either of them were unknown, it seems unlikely that they could successfully run their own small businesses or work their way up through the ranks of a corporation.  In other words, they're both Paris Hiltons of politics who are famous for being famous.

Meet your next President.  As far as I am concerned, one of America's worse political blunders, ever, in the history of this nation, was, of all things, the election of Barack Hussein Obama to be our president, not once but twice, first in 2008 and then again in 2012. [...] For those of us who think it cannot not get any worse than what it already is, brace yourselves for the election of a Hillary Rodham Clinton to the presidency of the U.S.

Liberal Media Ignore "Hillary Letters".  [Scroll down]  The letters also reveal that Clinton and Alinsky shared not only a similar political philosophy, but a fondness for each other as well, which is important to know and understand if Hillary runs for president, as she is widely expected to do.  Hillary has tried to craft a more moderate image over the years, even stating in Living History that she didn't agree with Alinsky's anti-establishment tactics.  But the letters showed that she was more in agreement with Alinsky than she has acknowledged publicly.  And as far as we know, she still may share some of those views.  Instead of the media asking Clinton about her views on Alinsky — given these letters — they have chosen to ignore them, to avoid damaging her chances in 2016.  The silence is deafening.

Related topic:  Obama and Alinsky.

Media In 2014: Who Is Saul Alinsky And Why Should We Care?  Now if you're a moderately well-read person, you know who Saul Alinsky is. You know that he wrote the book — influential particularly for folks on the left — Rules for Radicals.  And if you were born before a few years ago, you know that Clinton has always been a tad touchy regarding her ties to Alinsky.  When she was First Lady and it was discovered that her senior thesis was written on Alinsky's controversial tactics, someone — no idea who — gave her college the idea to seal her thesis from public view.  She's largely downplayed his influence in the years since.  And Clinton's ties to radicals are interesting because she is now running for president, obviously.

This One Little Secret Could Sink the Hillary Campaign.  It is unclear whether or not Hillary herself is putting her health at risk with a meat-free diet.  What is clear is that she's putting her political future at risk with such anti-carnivore flirtations.  Who wants to have a beer with someone that might scoff at them for eating a burger with their suds?

10 Weird Things You Didn't Know About Hillary.  [D]espite the blanket coverage of the former First Lady and her ubiquitous husband, there are still a good number of interesting facts about her that have been buried over the years.

Why Hillary's Alinsky Letters Matter.  Alana Goodman's revelation at the Washington Free Beacon of previously unknown correspondence between Hillary Clinton and Saul Alinsky shows that Clinton has not been honest about her far-left past.  The lost Alinsky letters also remind us of what we ought to know but have forgotten: Hillary is not "Clintonian."  While Bill and Hillary have worked, schemed, and governed as a couple for decades, Hillary has always been to the left of Bill.  As president, she would govern more like Obama than like her husband.

Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky correspondence revealed.  Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveals new details about her relationship with the controversial Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development.  Clinton met with Alinsky several times in 1968 while writing a Wellesley college thesis about his theory of community organizing.  Clinton's relationship with Alinsky, and her support for his philosophy, continued for several years after she entered Yale law school in 1969, two letters obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.

Go Away, Hillary.  Other than earning her law degree, name one thing that Hillary Clinton has accomplished on her own.  Her accomplishments — slim as they are — have been achieved on the coattails of either Bill Clinton or Barack Obama.  Had she not been the First Lady, would anyone have ever heard of her in the context of high power political posts?  The short answer is no.  She had traded on her celebrity and name recognition to become a Senator from New York and then, after a failed bid to become the Democratic Party's candidate for President, accepted the position of Secretary of State.  Obama wanted to make sure she was "inside the tent" during his first term and, following that, her resignation has permitted her to now begin distancing herself from a man that many regard the worst President the nation has ever had.

No More Affirmative Action Presidents.  We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them.  With many people now acting as if it is time for "a woman" to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a president of the United States on the basis of demographic characteristics, instead of individual qualifications.

Hillary Clinton Quietly Scrubs 'Remarks' From Website.  Hillary Clinton is widely considered, should she enter the 2016 presidential race, the Democratic front runner.  But the former secretary of state is shrinking rather than building an already limited website presence.  Sometime within the last two months, Hillaryclintonoffice.com quietly removed the only substantive content featured on her website, a set a remarks from three events from early 2013.  The home page of the site that included a "remarks" button in addition to the "contact" button vanished sometime between July 23 and August 27 as these images show: [...]

Rand Paul: Benghazi "precludes" Hillary Clinton's 2016 bid.  Marking another milestone on his warpath against Hillary Clinton's status as the early 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took advantage of a friendly audience Friday to knock the biggest blemish on her record as secretary of state:  the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist strike at a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

Clintonphobia: Why No Democrat Wants to Run Against Hillary.  There are plenty of ambitious but little-known Democratic governors or senators who are a decade or two younger than Clinton.  So why aren't more of them considering a presidential campaign that might set them up to be Clinton's successor?  The answer speaks to one of Clinton's underappreciated assets:  her ability to instill fear.

Hillary is a hypocrite because she has to be.  The writer, ambassador and congresswoman Clare Booth Luce once told President John F. Kennedy, "A great man is one sentence."  The same would apply to a woman who aspires to be great, and Hillary Clinton knows what she wants her sentence to be:  "She was the first female president."  Unfortunately, her sentence, written truthfully, would end like this:  "... And she was elected with money donated by rich men."

Hillary Clinton: 'I would consider' anti-Citizens United amendment.  While eying a potential presidential run that would surely be boosted by deep-pocketed super PACs, Hillary Clinton said Monday evening [7/21/2014] that she's open to supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which opened the door to the outside groups and the flood of money that poured into the political process with them.

Hillary Clinton: I May Not Run For POTUS Because Job Too Difficult.  Hillary Clinton said she may not run for president because the modern American presidency may just be too tough of a job.  Acknowledging to PBS's Charlie Rose that America's president must be both the head of state and government, Clinton said the job of being president "has only gotten harder" and it is now an "all-consuming commitment."

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The job doesn't seem to be all that tough on Barack H. Obama!

Hillary Clinton Praises GOP Establishment, Big Business For Taking On TEA Party.  Hillary Clinton thanked the Republican establishment and its big business allies for taking on the Tea Party and defeating conservative candidates like Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's June runoff.  In a Thursday interview with Charlie Rose on PBS, Clinton said tea partiers and conservatives needed to be reined in.

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Reined in?  By the IRS, perhaps?

Hillary Clinton has only one goal, one plan and no idea.  A Politico story, headlined "Searching for Hillary Clinton's Big Idea," reports that it can't find one.  It dissects the Democratic Party's debates on topics ranging from income inequality to income inequality and finds her positions are mushy.  It concludes that, during a campaign, "the pressure will be on to make clear what she would actually do in the White House."  That's easy:  She'd live in it.  That's her Big Idea.

Clinton Foundation, Hamas Share Major Donor.  The Clinton Foundation and the terror group Hamas share a key donor: The government of Qatar, a leading backer of terror groups that has emerged in recent years as Hamas' chief financial lifeline.  Qatar, which has been designated by the State Department as a "significant terrorist financing risk," has pledged more than $400 million to Hamas since 2012 and has long harbored one of the terror group's senior leaders, Khaled Mashaal.  At the same time, Qatar has sought to curry favor with elite Westerners, donating between $1 million and $5 million through 2013 to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Actually, Getting Rich Is Hillary's Greatest Achievement.  [T]he problem with Hillary isn't that she's wealthy.  It's not even that she became wealthy asking for exorbitant fees while most Americans were living through a brutal recession.  Nor is it that, for the most part, she's lived a privileged life under the protection of taxpayers for decades and still acts like she's broke.  It's that today she has nothing to offer voters but a reconstituted Obama-style populist progressivism that doesn't fit her history.  She may well win, of course.  But that would have more to do with the luck of history than her political skill.

Hillary embarrasses herself in Britain.  If a prominent Republican in contention for the presidency had suffered a brain injury and subsequently started making the sort of gaffes Hillary Clinton has been spouting, we'd be seeing front page stories on the New York Times analyzing brain function and the likelihood of permanent impairment, complete with charts and solemn pronouncements from academic experts.  But this is the Great Female Hope of the Democratic Establishment, so nary a peep from mainstream media.

Hillary Clinton's air of 'inevitability' evaporating.  Hillary Clinton needs a conscience transplant, and she needs it now.  Her book tour is in a shambles, the fate of her $14 million advance from her publisher is marooned somewhere in limbo.  She's under 50 percent approval for the first time in the presidential polling for 2016, and, scariest of all, she's having to call on Bubba for help.  She knows better than to become merely "a wife of," but 2014 is beginning to smell like 2008, and she's Miss Inevitability once more.

Hillary Clinton is Humpty Dumpty.  If Hillary Clinton runs for President, she's still the odds-on favorite because she has the Democratic machine behind her.  The conventional wisdom is that the nomination is Hillary's to lose.  If Hillary's disastrous book rollout and tone-deafness about her wealth are any indication, Hillary might just accomplish the unthinkable of imploding a second time as presumptive nominee.  Hillary's worst enemy is Hillary.  There's only so long you can pretend to be something you are not.

Elizabeth Warren crouches in the not-running tall grass as Hillary flounders.  I am rapidly coming to the preliminary conclusion that Elizabeth Warren will be the Democrats' 2016 standard bearer.  Hillary Clinton is just too unlikable (remember that Barack Obama called her "likable enough" in one of the most memorable back handed compliments of recent political memory), and too transparently greedy, self-serving, and out of touch.  Not to mention the appalling foreign affairs crises the United States faces in the wake of her term as Secretary of State.  Her brand is tarnished.

The story isn't that Hillary Clinton is rich, it's that she's an overrated politician.  Because the Clintons are often viewed in tandem, a lot of people have mistakenly transposed Bill's political acumen onto Hillary.  But in reality, her political career has involved winning a Senate seat in New York over a weak Republican opponent in a year that Al Gore carried the state by 25 points — and squandering a massive lead against candidate Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic nomination battle.  While Hillary can stay on message and often seems unflappable, she also lacks the natural instincts of Bill.

Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' warns Hillary Clinton will 'finish off' the country.  In his highly anticipated new book and movie "America," conservative author Dinesh D'Souza is warning that Hillary Clinton won't be a clone of her moderate husband, but will instead take the baton from President Obama to continue radicalizing the country and "undo the nation's founding ideals."  "America — Imagine a World Without Her," published by Regnery and set for release Monday, charges that as students of radical organizer Saul Alinsky, Obama and Clinton could have enough time to "unmake and then remake America" into a nation the founding fathers wouldn't recognize.

Why Hillary Clinton's health matters.  Is Hillary Clinton's health an issue for 2016?  You bet it is, and well it should be.  Ronald Reagan took office when he was 69.  He was mocked, jeered and sneered at, with prominent Democrats leading the charge (and the compliant media following, as always).  If elected, Hillary would be — 69. [...] Hillary is even more secretive about her health.  On Dec. 7, 2012, she disappeared from view — without a word.  Three days passed before the State Department said the secretary of state was "under the weather" as it announced she would cancel a planned trip to the Middle East.  ABC News put out this mysterious entry in a timeline on what happened next:  "Sometime early the week of Dec. 9:  Clinton faints and falls while at home."  There's never been any independent confirmation of that, nor did America's crackerjack media do anything more than write down what State officials claimed.

Hillary Clinton's wealth complicates image as populist champion.  When your own minimum wage reportedly is in the neighborhood of $200,000 a speech, it might be difficult to sell yourself as the populist champion of the working class.  In recent weeks, Hillary Rodham Clinton has begun a calculated transition from respected diplomat to fierce advocate for the 99 percent, using a "haves versus have-nots" message to build support among progressives who are desperate for a strong voice to battle Wall Street, protect entitlement programs such as Social Security and promote income equality.  But for Mrs. Clinton, a rich, successful woman and part of one of America's most powerful political families, there are questions about how effectively she can carry that banner if she runs for president in 2016.

Duck This Dynasty.  What does Hillary Clinton have to do with inequality in America?  She's no robber baron, of course.  But the core case against inequality isn't about resentment of wealth — it's about the ways in which the concentration of wealth is making politics increasingly pointless, a game of access and not arguments.  Anyone who fears that future should think twice before casting a ballot for a dynastic politician, because dynastic candidates turn politics pointless in essentially the same way.  They trade on family capital to make elections less meaningful; they are prone to be inflexible and indifferent to inequality; and they have good reason to be even less accountable to the public than ordinary politicians.  Concentrated economic power and concentrated political power are, in the end, two sides of a coin.

Is Hillary Clinton the World's Biggest Blunderer?  We're hearing it again now — that Hillary Clinton is a shoo-in for the presidency in 2016.  She's unbeatable.  No Democrat stands a chance against her if she decides to run.  The Republicans shouldn't even bother to field a candidate.  Of course, they were all saying the same things about Clinton in 2007.  She became quite evitable when Barack Obama came out of nowhere to steal her birthright with grins, celebrity and empty speeches.  Clinton will probably prove to be just as not-invincible in 2016.  For all the hype that the media builds around her, Hillary Clinton is probably the most over-rated politician on the planet.

Watch Hillary Backers Completely Fail 'Name an Accomplishment Challenge'.  Hillary supporters are ready for a "new, fresh face" in office and that entails checking the vital two boxes of "Democrat" and "first female president."  I mean, what else is there?  Qualifications?

Hillary Clinton: Gun Laws Are Too Lenient, Must Be 'Reined In'.  During a May 6th speech at a National Council for Behavioral Health conference, while making the case that gun laws are far too lenient and need to be "reined in," Hillary Clinton asserted, "We're way out of balance" on guns.  According to the National Journal, "Clinton said she supports Second Amendment rights, [but] she added that there needs to be a proper trade-off between safety and freedom."

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The government's job is to preserve liberty, not safety.

You would think that the most obvious "anti-Hillary group" would be the Republican Party.
Anti-Hillary Group Brings in Half a Million Dollars.  It's not just pro-Hillary Clinton super PACs that are gearing up for a potential presidential run.  The Stop Hillary PAC brought in more than half a million dollars and signed up 250,000 supporters since it started last summer, according to its spokesperson.

Could You Lie to a Bereaved Father?  The Ben Rhodes memo revealing the duplicity of this administration on the subject of Benghazi reminds us about the character of those involved.  That President Barack Obama could lie so evenly and so passionately (remember the second presidential debate?) is not perhaps surprising at this stage.  But let's not forget what it took for Hillary Clinton to lie to the grieving father of an American hero.

Boeing gave Hillary Clinton's foundation $900,000 weeks after she made 'shameless pitch'.  During a Boeing shareholder meeting on Monday,a conservative activist accused the aircraft company's CEO of buying then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 'commercial advocacy' in Russia by making a $900,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation.  The money was earmarked for rebuilding schools in Haiti in the wake of a devastating 2010 earthquake.  But the contribution came just months after Mrs. Clinton traveled to Moscow where she made what she called a 'shameless pitch' to ask a newly formed state-owned airline 'to buy Boeing aircraft.'  It's not clear whether there was a quid-pro-quo promise of the donation in exchange for Mrs. Clinton's cheerleading.

What Is Hillary Clinton Afraid Of?  If Clinton says yes, she'll have access to a bottomless pool of Democratic political talent and cash to match all those hyperbolic pronouncements about her inevitability.  If she doesn't run, the single biggest factor holding her back will be the media, according to an informal survey of three dozen friends, allies and former aides interviewed for this article.

Elizabeth Warren would crush Hillary, and they both know it.  Forget the current polling as between Hillary and Elizabeth Warren.  It pits Hillary against someone who "isn't running."  For all my criticisms of Warren, and they are extensive, I am convinced that if she ran, she would crush Hillary, just as Obama did.  Warren, as did Obama, has a unique ability to demagogue the core Democratic narrative of victimhood in ways that would make Hillary blush.  She is more cunning than Hillary, more popular with the base, would bring an excitement the contrived Ready-for-Hillary movement could only dream of.  Democrats may be "ready" for Hillary, but they don't really want her.

More about Senator Elizabeth Warren.

The Bigger They Are.  This week's Fox News poll has Clinton's favorable rating at its lowest point in six years.  She is at 49 percent favorable, 45 percent unfavorable — similar to her 47 percent favorable, 46 percent unfavorable rating when she ended her last presidential campaign.  More important than the individual results, however, is the trend. Since leaving office as secretary of state, Clinton's favorable rating has been on a downward trajectory.

Hillary Clinton's Legacy Issue.  [T]he legacy of Hillary Clinton is turning out to be one of incompetence, bungled efforts, chicanery and outright scandal.  Her most famous words have become, "What difference at this point does it make?" referring to how the four brave Americans died in Benghazi in September of 2012.  And a number of other scandals have followed her, both from before and during her tenure as Secretary of State.  The latest is about $6 billion in contract dollars that the State Department lost track of over the last six years."

Every Media Outlet: Hillary Grandkid the Most Consequential Baby Since Jesus.  Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea's womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being.  Their answer:  The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything.

Hillary Clinton is Obama's George H.W. Bush: The designated successor.  Hillary Clinton is Obama's George H.W. Bush — the candidate the current president bested eight years ago but who dutifully and quietly swallowed the anger and served that president, and in doing so set herself up to succeed the man she tried eight years ago to crush.

Hillary Clinton Cancels Appearance Where Benghazi Victim's Mom, Protestors Await.  Hillary Clinton was the planned keynote speaker at the 17th Annual Western Healthcare Leadership Academy in San Diego on April 11 — but she's cancelled her visit in the midst of planned protests from San Diego locals and military families.  Protestors organized by "The Difference Matters" do not want the former U.S. Secretary of State to come because of Clinton's role in the Benghazi scandal.

Hillary Clinton pretends to be above excessive partisanship.  Let's assume that Hillary Clinton was serious the other day when she said that excessive partisanship was taking America "backwards."  That means she's on the phone right now reading the riot act to fellow Democrats Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer.  Yeah, right.  Clinton's pose of rising above the political scrum made for a good headline just as her party is plumbing new depths of mud and smears.  Reid and Schumer are tarring David and Charles Koch in ways that smack of McCarthyism, though Tail Gunner Joe at least found a few real Communists.

Good News, San Diego: Hillary Won't Be Showing Due To Your Planned Benghazi Protest.  Hillary Clinton cancelled her planned appearance as the headline speaker at next week's Western Healthcare Leadership Academy in San Diego due to planned protests over her  failed leadership  involvement in the Benghazi attacks. She will now be doing the speech via teleconference.

Activists plan protest for Hillary Clinton visit.  Hillary Clinton cancelled her upcoming visit to San Diego in the midst of a planned protest.  Clinton will be the keynote speaker for the 17th Annual Western Healthcare Leadership Academy on April 11.  She was originally going to deliver the speech in person, but will now be seen by satellite.

Aide who accused Bill Clinton of groping her says 'Americans deserve better than the Clintons'.  Kathleen Willey was a Democratic fundraiser volunteering in the White House during Bill Clinton's presidency who claims the former president kissed and groped her inside a private study off of the Oval Office.  Now, with a potential presidential run by Hillary Clinton in the works, Willey has resurfaced to warn the American public about the 'dysfunctional' former first family.

Hmm: Hillary Camp Claims Zero Emails Exist Between Top Spokesman and Reporters.  More censorship, less responsiveness, longer FOIA wait times — and it's gotten worse.  This president is a fraud.  But that's old news.  Obama is unpopular, he's lost independents, and he's on the fast track to lame duck status.  But she who would be queen is another story.  Charles Krauthammer has long discussed the administration's successful and ongoing stonewall on the Benghazi massacre, but that matter doesn't appear to be the only front on which Clinton's protectors are fogging over details.

Pure coincidence? The 'ban bossy' movement and Hillary's campaign.  The bizarre movement to "ban" the word "bossy" because it allegedly stigmatizes girls struck many people as ridiculous.  But on consideration, it is something far more sophisticated and sinister than mere feminist hyperventilating.  Hillary Clinton faces an image problem, and the deep thinkers on her propaganda team know it.  In a debate during the 2008 primary campaign, Barack Obama alluded to it when he called her "likable enough," a backhanded compliment/slap that stung.  The woman who as first lady demanded that military service personnel assigned to the White House not look her in the face is an imperious, demanding, and frosty sort of person.

DNC Attendees Can't Name a Single Hillary Accomplishment.  Last week, the Democratic Party had their winter meeting and MRCTV's Dan Joseph decided to ask DNC committee members and guests if they're ready for Hillary — and why.  [Video clip] Some said she had about a hundred moments of greatness when she served under President Obama — but, strangely, couldn't name a single accomplishment of hers, besides marrying Bill Clinton.

Hillary's Private NSA.  Hillary Clinton has her own private NSA.  American Bridge PAC spent last week spying on the private conversations of attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).  The group also plans to spy on the private lives of GOP delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention wherever the convention is located, but Politico reports ABPAC has issued the following threat if the GOP selects Las Vegas as its host city. [...]

Why Hillary Will Flop.  The sole executive experience of Hillary in her life has been as Obama's secretary of state.  During those years, she did nothing but leave a dreadful legacy for America.  In 2016, it is certain that American foreign policy will be seen almost universally as a huge failure.

Hillary Clinton's baggage is piling up.  [Scroll down]  And there will be the inevitable questions from Republicans about her handling of Benghazi.  Of course, as former secretary of state, she will also have to defend Obama's policies on Syria, drones, the NSA spying program and Iran, in all of which she had direct involvement.  Clinton will most certainly want to run away from some of Obama's missteps and prove she would have done things differently, which will make things difficult for the sitting President and the Democratic narrative.

Democrats Put Hillary Clinton at Risk by Dismissing Benghazi Criticism.  Democrats are in denial if they think Benghazi won't be an issue in the 2016 presidential race, should Clinton run.  A new poll from Pew Research Center and USA Today shows the danger.  When respondents were asked to name in their own words the biggest negative for Clinton from her long career in public service, the most common response was Benghazi.  Sure, it's only 15 percent who gave that answer, but that's still a lot.

Why Mrs. Clinton's Entire History Matters.  Mrs. Clinton herself, if given the chance to dictate the review of her past, would doubtless say, "What difference, at this point, does it make?"  And why shouldn't she pretend that all she has done, and that every awful, self-serving lie she has told, means nothing?  Look at the heights she and her husband have scaled by pretending to be sincere, competent, or ethical, while those who know otherwise protect them from themselves.

Hillary Clinton's war on women.  The "bimbo eruptions" that Bill and Hillary thought were well behind them are coming back with a vengeance, and it's only 2014. [...] The fact that Bubba's bimbos were leftovers from an earlier century means that the recollection of them won't be old news to the millions of voters who grew up after the Clintons left the White House.  Fourteen years and two presidents later, a lot has been swallowed by the memory hole.  Bubba's bimbos and Hillary's enabling and manipulation of scandal will be new and titillating stuff.

The rehabilitation of Hillary Clinton.  While Hillary Rodham Clinton has all but vanished, hitting the speaker's circuit at $200,000 a pop and bouncing between her two palatial mansions in New York and Washington, the press corps is working overtime to rebuild her tarnished reputation.  First came The New York Times with a lengthy "investigative" piece of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi terrorist attack.  The 7,500-word tome ignored the former secretary of state's role in the deaths of four Americans.  What's more, the Times never mentioned Mrs. Clinton — not once — and concluded that the attack "was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam," a White House lie disproved just weeks after the attack.

Woman Sexually Harassed by Clinton says: "Hillary is the War on Women.".  Hillary Clinton is pathetic, makes constant excuses for Bill Clinton, blames herself and blames the women that her husband goes after.  As a feminist role model, she's right up there with her aide, Huma Abedin.

Hillary, Relentless and Shameless.  The phrase "Clinton fatigue" entered the political lexicon during the previous century; by this point, we surely must have entered the age of Chronic Clinton-Fatigue Syndrome.  But the recent making public of the so-called Hillary Papers — the notes kept by her close friend Diane Blair during Mrs. Clinton's tumultuous White House years, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon — shed additional light on the character of the "co-presidents" who just will not go away.

The Golden Egg.  As far as Bill and Hillary Clinton are concerned, the media's horizon of expectations is stunningly narrow.  It encompasses on the one hand the belief that the "secretary of explaining stuff" is a national treasure beyond reproach, and on the other hand the expectation that the former secretary of state will be our next president.  Stories that fall outside of this horizon are problematized, scrutinized, ascribed to partisanship, and read with the sort of incredulity reporters are supposed to apply to public figures such as the Clintons.

Memo Says Hillary Supports Single Payer Health System.  A 20-year-old memo says Hillary Clinton backed a single-payer socialist health system, believing ObamaCare-like mega-regulation to be "a crock."  As president, she'd double down on government control.  It's buried over 60 paragraphs into Alana Goodman's investigative article in the Washington Free Beacon this week about unpublished documents exposing Clinton's ruthlessness.

Grandma Obamacare.  Hillary Clinton is the matriarch of the disaster that Americans now scorn as Obamacare.  And helpfully for opponents, she was kind enough to detail her role in this unending rolling disaster.  As it were, in chapter if not verse.  In fact, Mrs. Clinton's 2003 memoir Living History, an autobiography that takes her from childhood to the U.S. Senate, can be viewed as something unique in the annals of candidate biographies.  Hillary Clinton's book is a literary landmine.  A self-detailed look at just where all those false promises — about keeping your doctor and your health insurance if you like it — originated.

Hillary Clinton's approval ratings underwater, Benghazi blamed.  The nation's view of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, colored by the horrific Benghazi assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya on her watch, has suddenly turned upside down, with more now holding an unfavorable opinion of the likely 2016 presidential candidate.

Hillary Clinton is worshipped on the awards circuit — but hides from journalists asking about Benghazi or Syria.  No matter how many awards she garners at glitzy ceremonies, idolised by her admirers, the fact remains that Hillary Clinton was one of the least successful US Secretaries of State in modern times, with a track record of failure and poor judgment.  It is little wonder that she has been keeping the press out of her recent speaking engagements — for it is in her own interest to have as little public scrutiny as possible of her less than stellar record as America's top diplomat.  After all, there is nothing like a question on Benghazi or Syria to spoil the coronation party.

Hillary Clinton again shuts out media.  We've been here before:  Hillary Rodham Clinton lands in a major U.S. city for a speech.  Her team bars the media from the speech.  Local media documents the firm stiff-arm from Clinton Inc.  Happened in Miami.  Happened in Atlanta.  Now the San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci reports it's about to happen in San Francisco.  The former secretary of state will be speaking at a mammoth Saturday event for the National Association of Realtors at San Francisco's Moscone Center.  And later that day, she's scheduled to appear at a "Millennial Network" event to benefit the Clinton foundation, at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom, Marinucci reports.  Both events will be closed to the press.

Hillary Clinton's security grabs man's phone to erase photo at Miami speech.  Hillary Clinton may have posted a selfie on Twitter, but that doesn't mean just any old shutterbug can take her picture.  During a Clinton speech Thursday at a convention in Miami, an audience member dared snap a pic of the presumed presidential candidate with his smartphone, but Clinton's team swept in, confiscated the man's phone and deleted the snapshot.

Hillary Clinton's image control: Security swipes man's phone, erases pic of her at speech.  At one point, a member of the audience, Andrew Rothberg, had his Galaxy Note II smartphone taken from him by security, which removed his picture of Clinton onstage and then gave his device back in front of a Miami Herald reporter in the auditorium stands.  "It's crazy," Rothberg said.  "That's American politics," said a docent, one of a handful of hotel security and volunteers who roamed the aisles looking for people taking pictures or making recordings.  None was allowed.

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One must wonder why a politician — whose goal is to be widely known, recognized, and quoted in the newspapers — is opposed to being photographed or recorded.

The Clintons Can't Shake Their Reputation for Ethical Shadiness.  Last week, businessman Troy White pleaded guilty to federal charges arising from a Clinton for President campaign scheme hatched five years ago with the help of key Clinton supporter Jeffrey E. Thompson.  The scheme was designed to assist Hillary's ground game in the run-up to the March 2008 Texas Democratic Primary — which she ultimately won.  According to the underlying legal documents, more than $608,000 was channeled to White to hire "street teams."  But the saga didn't end with White or Thompson.

Hillary! Because What Difference Does it Make?  Watching Hillary get a Liberty Medal on September 10, the day before the anniversary of the attack on the United States soil and the more recent murder of our ambassador and others in Benghazi, I think it's time to review the record of a woman whose life is marked by deceit and professional failure and ask about the sanity and judgment of her ardent supporters.

Can Hillary Clinton Survive Benghazi?  [B]y any normal standard Benghazi would be considered a career-ending debacle.  Four men, including one of her own ambassadors, were murdered on Hillary's watch, after they had pleaded with her State Department for better security.  The cable denying the ambassador's request for better protection went out over Hillary's signature.  That's just a formality! The Democrats say.  She knew nothing about it!

Benghazi Victim's Mother Says Hillary Lied: 'You Don't Want This Person to be President'.  The reinstatement of four State Department employees who were put on administrative leave following last year's Benghazi attack only further has only reinforced Pat Smith's believe that Hillary Clinton should never be president.  Smith's son, Sean, was one of four Americans who died in the 9/11 attack on the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi.

Hillary's Racial Politics.  Hillary Clinton began her 2016 march to the White House last week, and it wasn't a promising debut.  The former first lady and Senator used her first big policy speech since leaving the State Department to portray American election laws as fundamentally racist.  The speech was longer on anecdotes than statistics, so allow us to fill in some of the holes.

The Clintons' Legacy of Lies.  It is difficult to explain to Americans, particularly young Americans, what was wrong with the Clinton era, and why we ought not want to re-live it.  The 1990s are sealed into our national memory as a time of great prosperity and expectation — killed off, in Democrats' rewriting of history, by the 2000 recount and all that followed.  The truth is that by 2000, Democrats could not run away from Clinton quickly enough.  It's worth revisiting why.

Stopping the Hillary Juggernaut.  Clearly, stopping Hillary at the polls should be the first priority for conservatives.  But the only way to stop her is by employing the same ruthless tactics Democrats used against Romney in 2012.  Identify her greatest weakness, isolate it, and pound on it from now until November 2016.  In Hillary's case, the weakness is Benghazi.  Conservatives should remind voters that Hillary Clinton was in charge when four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

Did someone mention Benghazi?

Hillary Builds 2016 Campaign on Racial Politics.  Hillary Clinton has worked her way back in the news by making racially-charged remarks to the American Bar Association's annual meeting in San Francisco.  There is, she claimed, an ongoing "assault on voting rights."  But the only "assault" going on is a liberal assault on the truth about efforts to protect the integrity of our election process.

Hillary's race card.  Madam Secretary hasn't missed a beat.  She knows that the calling card of Democrats in the Barack Obama era is a polarizing politics that seeks to fire up minority voters by stirring fears of fire hoses and police dogs.  Its basic vocabulary is imputations of racism; its evidentiary standard is low and dishonest; and its ethic is whatever works — so long as its stirs fear, anger, and resentment.  Get ready for Hope and Change 2.0.  The latest target is the state of North Carolina, which is accused of soiling itself with a new voter ID law, among other changes in its election laws.

Poll: Hillary Clinton tops list of Dems voters don't want in 2016.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on top of yet another poll today.  But it's not the result her team was hoping for.

Since 1988, we've been offered this choice in every presidential election:  A centrist versus a leftist.
2016: Clinton vs. Christie?  If there were any doubts that the former secretary of state plans to run for president, they were put to rest when she and Obama had lunch on the patio outside the Oval Office on Monday.  The White House photographer, Chuck Kennedy, took pictures of the tete-a-tete that were immediately beamed around the world, sending a clear message that the Clintons were gearing up to take back the presidency — and that maybe Obama was ready to help them do that.

Only Benghazi Can Save Us from Hillary.  As Daniel Henninger pointed out the other day, there's plenty of damage our increasingly authoritarian president can yet do in his remaining time in office.  But because of the extra-constitutional power grab Henninger describes, it is all the more imperative that Hillary Clinton not step into Obama's shoes for eight years, cementing policies and programs never voted on by the Congress or approved by the public.  The nature of our republic would be altered forever.

What if Hillary Clinton passes on 2016?  The hope of retaining the White House in an open-seat election is very real — and the letdown that will set in among Democratic activists and operatives will be very deep if Clinton takes a pass on a campaign, as she may well do.

The Hillary Clinton 2016 fantasy.  You have to wonder if there's already a committee planning Hillary Clinton's presidential inauguration festivities for 20 January 2017.  According to the political rumor mill, she's not only running, she's unbeatable.

Hillary Super PAC fundraiser linked to Soros, Media Matters.  A founding member of the Ready for Hillary PAC's Finance Council is a member of George Soros' progressive donor network, The Democracy Alliance, and has links to controversial progressive organizations Media Matters for America and the Tides Foundation.  San Francisco environmentalist Susie Tompkins Buell is one of the key founding members of the Finance Council for Ready for Hillary, a super PAC that hopes to build a strong coalition of donors and online supporters in preparation for Hillary Clinton's expected 2016 presidential campaign.

Jeb Bush to award Hillary Clinton with 2013 Liberty Medal.  Jeb Bush will present Hillary Clinton with the 2013 Liberty Medal this September in Philadelphia.  Mr. Bush is chairman of the National Constitution Center, which is honoring the former first lady for her career in public service and her advocacy efforts on behalf of women, The Hill reported.

Hillary's Children are 'Too Small to Fail'.  It's not news that shameless, self-promoting know-it-all Hillary Clinton has been champing at the bit for 40 years to assume the role of Big Kahuna.  After failing miserably as Barack Obama's secretary of state, now Ms. Hill is gearing up for another presidential run in 2016, when, instead of explaining what happened in Benghazi, she plans to divert attention by feigning concern for small children.

Nightmare scenario for the Democrats.  What if Hillary Clinton chooses not to run, or for some reason is not able to run?  After such a deep emotional investment in a Hillary candidacy, do Democrats have a Plan B?  If by Plan B you mean a two-time presidential loser and lifetime Washington player, then the answer is yes.  The Democrats have Vice President Joe Biden.

Hillary's Perfect Campaign Slogan.  It's the perfect expression of the utter contempt and disdain that Hillary, Obama and their ilk have for our "old-fashioned" American notions of honor, accountability and personal responsibility.  At the rate we're going — at the rate the "fundamental transformation of America" is being implemented — by the time Hillary does run for president, the country will be so demoralized, so depressed, so bereft of hope that our slide into Third-Worldism can ever be reversed, that it will be the perfect campaign slogan!

Democrats start transition from President Obama to Hillary Clinton.  Democrats in Washington are starting to shift from the Obamas to the Clintons.  Hillary Clinton has already racked up a couple of endorsements for the 2016 presidential race — and she hasn't even announced she's running yet.

Hillary 2016 — What difference does it make?  The Clintons are getting the old band back together again for one last geriatric tour.  Hillary 2016.  Because 22 years of Clintons dominating the Beltway isn't enough.

Hillary Clinton Has the Most to Lose From Obama's Scandals.  Conventional wisdom has long held that Hillary Rodham Clinton, if she runs for president, would be the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2016.  But after a trifecta of scandals buffeting President Obama — fresh questions about the White House's veracity on Benghazi, the IRS's harassment of conservative non-profits and the Justice Department seizure of AP telephone records — Clinton's close connections with Obama could become politically problematic.

Could Biden benefit from scrutiny of Hillary Clinton's handling of Benghazi?  If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hoped she could segue quietly into private life as she pondered a presidential bid in 2016, that fantasy has been abruptly harpooned in the resurrection of the political squabble over the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.

25 Reasons To Dislike Liberals.  [#17]  Liberals talk up Hillary Clinton as the most prominent and important female politician in America; yet her entire political career is based on the fact that she married Bill Clinton.  That's actually kind of pathetic.

Nancy Pelosi: 'I pray' Hillary Clinton runs for president.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday [5/2/2013] at an event in Little Rock, Ark., that she prays former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for president, saying it would send a powerful message to women in the world.

First-ever national campaign to elect a woman president launched.  For the first time since women became the largest voting block, Democratic women are organizing to elect one of their own to the White House in 2016.  The unstated goal: Putting Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office.  The influential women's political group Emily's List next week plans to announce their new national campaign.

Benghazi 2012, Hillary 2016.  Hillary's many controversies are mostly ancient history, and mostly the fault of her husband, and are unlikely to derail a general election bid.  Rather, Hillary's weakness is her time as Secretary of State, an abysmal performance which has left us weaker internationally than ever before.  And foremost among her failures in her own right was Benghazi and the cover up to help Obama's campaign.

The Big Switch.  It's been said over and over again, [at] American Thinker and in many other places, that this nation will simply not survive four more years of Barack Obama.  If that is true (and it certainly is), what, then, will America be like after four — or even eight — additional years of Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton's quiet campaign for President.  Hillary Clinton is running for President in 2016.  Her silence gives it away.




Section 4.3
Is Hillary going to make trouble at the Democratic convention?

Editor's note:
This subsection -- in fact this whole page -- might be outdated now that Mr. Obama has won the presidential election, but it is being kept on line as a news digest, in case this material becomes relevant again soon, as I suspect it might.

Here Come the Clintons.  Fresh from a nearly six-week layoff, Hillary and her team are picking up where they left off in June.  Her pledges of unity and wholehearted acceptance of Barack Obama as the Democratic Party's nominee seem to be, well, halfhearted.  One day she's on a YouTube video talking about the need for a "catharsis" at the Democratic convention, which sounds suspiciously like a demand to have her name put in nomination for a roll call.  Then an interview surfaces of Bubba refusing to say Obama is ready to be President.

Will Clinton's name end up on ballot?  Storm clouds are forming over Barack Obama's big Denver convention parade later this month, with behind-the-scenes efforts to put Hillary Clinton's name on the ballot showing no signs of slowing.

Yes, She Can.  Hillary's orchestrating a play within the play in Denver.  Just as Hamlet used the device to show that his stepfather murdered his father, Hillary will try to show the Democrats they chose the wrong savior. … Hillary feels no guilt about encouraging her supporters to mess up Obama's big moment, thus undermining his odds of beating John McCain and improving her odds of being the nominee in 2012.

Hillary Pushes Her Way Onto Stage.  Hillary Rodham Clinton has muscled her way into formal recognition at the Democratic National Convention by successfully pressing Barack Obama to allow her name to be placed into nomination, officials said yesterday [8/14/2008].

She's ba-ack, Barack.  [Scroll down] Hillary is actually going to have her name put in nomination at the Denver convention. ... On paper she has no chance.  But the Clintons, like the Yankees, don't play the games on paper.  They play them for real and they play them for keeps.

Barack Obama blinks in Hillary face-off.  Russia rolls over Georgia, Hillary Clinton does the same to Barack Obama.  Now we know who's boss.  Obama blinked and stands guilty of appeasing Clinton by agreeing to a roll call vote for her nomination.  That he might not have had much choice if he wanted peace only proves the point that he's playing defense at his own convention.  What does he get out of it?  Not much and not for long.

The Clinton Convention.  Hillary and Bill have hijacked the Denver convention, making it into a carbon copy of what it would have looked like had she won until the last possible moment.  By the time Obama gets up to speak and put his stamp on the convention, Hillary will have had one prime time night all to herself.  Bill will have pre-empted a second night.  Hillary will have had all the nominating and seconding speeches she wants.

The Clinton Coup:  You can bet one of the few genuinely newsworthy stories the hordes of reporters in Denver will chew on is just how much Hillary Clinton is supporting Barack Obama — and how much merely laying groundwork for a comeback effort in 2012 if he loses in the fall.

I Smell a Clinton Coup Brewing.  After Barockstar's near fatal empty suit performance at Saddleback Saturday [8/16/2008], the Obama spin machine is in damage control overdrive.  I wonder if they've had time to realize that they have been triangulated by the Clinton war room and set up to take a fall at the DNC convention?  That old Clinton war room stench is in the air again... It seems the empty suit and his empty headed staff is not quite up to speed on Clintonian strategeries.

Hillary Clinton supporters still trying to derail Obama nomination.  A massive e-mail and Internet campaign is under way aimed at derailing the nomination of Barack Obama and making Hillary Clinton the party's standard bearer next week at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Obama lets Clinton grab his spotlight.  If Barack Obama can't even stand up to Hillary Clinton, how in the world will he ever face down Vladimir Putin?  After weeks of arm twisting by Clinton, Obama has agreed to let her and her supporters have their "catharsis" by placing her name in nomination at the Democrats presidential nominating convention.  Cllinton's nomination will be followed by a roll call vote, at which her delegates will express their support of her, not him, as the party's candidate.

Obama's Backbone Deficit.  Bill and Hillary Clinton have no leverage over Obama.  Hillary can't win the nomination.  She doesn't control any committees.  If she or her supporters tried to disrupt the convention or demonstrate outside, she would pay a huge price among the party faithful. … But, without having any leverage or a decent hand to play, the Clintons bluffed Obama into amazing concessions.

They're Baaaaack:  Hillary And Bill At The Convention.  When the Democratic National Convention gets under way in Denver, presumptive nominee Barack Obama will unquestionably be the biggest star.  Won't he?  Not for the scoop-crazed, sensationalist American media, I suspect.  The juiciest story line won't directly involve Obama. … The hottest topic will be the media's Mile-High Dilemma: How should they cover the 800-pound gorilla at the convention, namely the tag-team of Hillary and Bill Clinton?

Top 5 Pitfalls for Citizen O:  If there is any lesson from the grueling primary in which an unknown piker with Muslim roots beat the establishment favorite, it's that the country is ready to move on from the Clintons.  Obama is already perilously close to losing control by allowing a floor vote on Hillary's nomination, but if the convention devolves into one more Clinton soap opera, America will change the channel.

Clinton's loyalists ready to make noise in Denver.  Some of Hillary Rodham Clinton's Texas supporters to the Democratic National Convention aren't ready to concede the presidential nomination to Barack Obama.  And if the roll call goes against Clinton, they plan to try to force a convention vote on her for the vice-presidential nomination.




Section 4.4
Hillary is still around, even after the Democratic convention.

Could Clinton still come back?  The internet is buzzing today with the rumour that Barack Obama's gaffe-prone running mate Joe Biden will drop out of the race for health reasons — to be replaced by Hillary Clinton.  John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate has created so much interest in the Republicans that Mr Obama will have to make a radical move to regain momentum, the argument goes.

Hillary Clinton, Feminist-at-Large.  Remember Whack-a-Mole? ... That's the image that comes to mind as I ponder Hillary Clinton's controversial career:  Staunch defender of a wayward Commander-in-Chief.  Achievement-free senator from New York.  Once-inevitable presidential candidate.  And just when you think the drama has thankfully drawn to a close, the curtain rises on yet another act.




Section 5
Bill and Hillary work as a team — you vote for one, you get the other.

A Hillary Clinton presidency.  The choice ahead … is clear enough at this point, at least in terms of what the 2008 Clinton campaign is about:  the Clintons  — plural.  Theirs is a campaign for Restoration to the White House, not simply the election of Hillary Clinton.  Theirs is, has always been, a joint enterprise, a see-saw routine in which the psyches and actions of each balances the board according to the personal dynamics of the moment.

We haven't seen the back of the Clintons yet.  I have detested the Clintons ever since I covered the New Hampshire primary in 1992.  The man I saw was not the silver-tongued charmer who seems to have bewitched so many people.  Up close, he seemed like a red-cheeked, piggy-eyed bully with a mean streak a mile wide.  And when he lied — which he more or less did for a living — he had a hard-faced little spouse to step into the TV studios to cover up for him.

Power at any cost:  Whatever else he might accomplish, Senator Barack Obama has prevented the restoration of the Clintons.  That alone is cause for rejoicing.  How did he do it?  It was partly about him, but mostly about her. … A freshman senator with an ultraliberal voting record does not win the nomination without deep weakness in the competition.  Obama became the chosen instrument for those who fervently wished to prevent the Clintons from coming back.  In this race, being the not-Clinton was as important as being black.

Menino against Obama-Clinton ticket.  [Boston] Mayor Thomas M. Menino said that Hillary Clinton should not run for vice president on a ticket with Barack Obama because her husband, former president Bill Clinton, could cause problems for the new administration.  "If she got back into the White House, she'd bring along Big Daddy, and he would overshadow the president," Menino said in an interview.  Bill Clinton is "pushing real hard" for his wife to be Obama's running mate, Time magazine reported this week.

No Ménage-à-trois for Obama.  Putting Hillary Clinton on the ticket for vice president creates a ménage-à-trois.  Bill will be the unexpected roommate.  Even if a President Obama can discipline Hillary and get her to play second fiddle, there is not the remotest chance that he can get the former president to accept such rules.

Hillary Clinton's candidacy has done feminism no favours.  She is both inspiring role model and cringe-making bad example — an overtly feminist careerist who never found a way to succeed without her husband's connections, advice, and intervention. … The next major female presidential candidate will be well advised to stuff any errant husband into a rucksack and chuck him down a laundry chute.  If they are to be truly equal, women must fight their own fights and not rely on a borrowed spotlight.

It's all about the Clintons.  In truth, Obama is not running against Hillary Clinton, he is running against the Clintons — a political machine headed by the New York senator and her ex-president husband, Bill, that includes some of the most ruthless operators in modern politics.  The Clinton machine is fuelled by a smorgasbord of pathologies and resentments, some of them based on genuine experiences and others the product of quite frightening self-obsession.  It's been clear for many months now that what the Clintons are proposing is a sort of co-presidency, with Bill — prohibited by the US constitution from running again — doing much more than conducting occasional morning coffees in the White House and doing some charitable work.

We Are The President?  During the government investigation of the Clinton Whitewater scandal (difficult times for them — 15 of their colleagues/friends were convicted of Whitewater crimes), Hillary Clinton responded to questions regarding the possible release of Whitewater documents by saying "I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers.  We are the president."  (Underscoring that her co-presidency was a reality.)

Ma and Pa Clinton:  "Interesting discussion with one of my clients in Texas," a leading political observer in Washington tells Inside the Beltway.  "Topic was that Bill Clinton is treating this election as his third, and that the missus looks far less presidential while he grabs more and more limelight on the stage.  "My client was reminded of an old, real-life Texas story of Ma and Pa Ferguson — she being the first woman governor of Texas."

Hillary and the Ferguson factor:  Historical analogies can only go so far.  Nothing in the colorful Ferguson tale is meant to suggest that Hillary Clinton would be a mere surrogate, or that Bill Clinton would use his position in the nefarious ways that Jim Ferguson did.  It does, however, serve as a reminder of the complicated dynamics that can arise when a former elected official finds himself back in the executive mansion, eager to serve but holding no title other than first spouse.

Hillary disappearing in Bill's shadow.  Any marriage blends affection, memories and quid pro quos.  But 99 percent of marriages do not affect national political life.  Mao Zedong's did.  The Clintons' does.  Hillary's political ambition and bargains with her husband recall Jiang Qing's rise as Mao's wife and him ushering her into high office in 1966.

Hillary's bridge back to the 20th century:  Facing yet another contest in a state she's declared to be a firewall against Barack Obama, Clinton is tapping into 1990s nostalgia everywhere she goes.  It is, once again, the economy, stupid; Hillary is practically offering to build a bridge back to the 20th century.  The white working-class voters she's relying on to win say they miss the prosperity and peace of the Clinton years, and they figure she's the next best thing to getting Bill back.

The Clinton Reunion Tour:  When watching the inaugural ceremonies in 2001, when Bill Clinton lingered, and lingered, and lingered a bit longer, I knew that not only would he not go away, but that the media wouldn't let him.  This week the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy celebrated its ten year anniversary and the woman who coined the phrase looks poised to return with Bill Clinton to the White House.  Considering how reluctant they were to leave it, it is no surprise they are fighting so hard to return.

First what?  In all the excitement over the prospect that Hillary Rodham Clinton might be our first woman president, largely overlooked is the fact that, after trying numerous other strategies, she has ended up dependent on her husband to help her win.

Will the Clintons be the new Southern political dynasty?  To a Southerner of a certain age, Bill Clinton's vigorous campaign to elect his wife to the office he once held brings back memories of George Wallace's 1966 campaign to elect his wife, Lurleen, governor of Alabama and of their ensuing co-governorship.  Like Clinton, Wallace could not run again because of term limits.

The Clintons and their -ism:  Bill has supplemented Hillary's tightly wound discipline with his out-of-control ego, her off-putting devotion to script with his wild and dishonest improvisations, her inability to project warmth with his self-adoring affability.  What they have always held in common is ambition and willingness to resort to any means — sheathed in self-righteousness — to achieve power.

The 'Two-fer' Problem:  As Bill Clinton crisscrosses America defending his wife's candidacy, he's fueling speculation about who'd be in charge should Hillary be elected.  Sen. Clinton — the incredible shrinking candidate — seems at times almost a bystander at her husband's campaign, merely playing a somewhat more active role than she did in '92.

Hillary Rodham Clinton:  A Pillar Of Female Achievement?  Really??  Thus far, 2008 has provided nothing short of a Clinton psychodrama.  In the month of January alone, Bill admitted that there's only "so much" he can do to get his spouse elected, and that he can't make her "taller, younger, or male;" Bill insultingly described Obama's stance on the Iraq war as a "fairytale;" Bill accused the media of being "stenographers" for the Obama campaign; Bill claimed that electing Obama to be President would be tantamount to "rolling the dice;" Bill compared Obama to the racially polarizing Jesse Jackson; we saw Bill explode into red-faced, Elton John-style tantrums with television news reporters; and after all this (and with Obama's polling numbers rising), Hillary explained that Bill just got a little "carried away" simply because he "loves her" so much, and assured voters that she'll be able to "control him" when they return to the White House.

Bill Clinton:  Rogue Co-President In Waiting.  Make no mistake about it:  If Hillary Clinton is elected president, her husband will be her rogue co-president, causing constant chaos, crises and conflicts for her new administration.  And sometimes, that will be exactly what Hillary wants.  Chaos is Bill Clinton's signature style and he's not about to suddenly change.

GOP savoring a chance to take a shot at Hillary's albatross.  There is nothing the Republicans would love more than running against the political hermaphrodite. … Are we to assume that the GOP will not hit the Clintons with everything that they have been amassing up until today?

The 'Bill' question hovers over the Clinton campaign.  If Sen. Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination and is later elected president, her prospective First Laddie will dance into the White House.  Only, Bill Clinton won't be elected this time.  He'll be the spouse and therefore untouchable.  And that's not only her problem; it's our problem, even if you're not a Democrat.  Sen. Barack Obama's people have raised the issue, but not loudly enough.

The Real Hill-Bill Problem.  We have never had an ex-president move back into the White House.  When in 1992 Bill Clinton promised "two for the price of one," it was taken as a slightly hyperbolic promotion of the role of first lady.  This time we would literally be getting two presidents. … Do Americans really want a historically unique two-headed presidency constantly buffeted by the dynamics of a highly dysfunctional marriage?

Nader rails on Clinton family.  Bill Clinton is generally viewed as one smart politician, having been twice elected the President, helped by lackluster Robert Dole, having survived the Lewinsky sex scandal, lying under oath about sex, and impeachment.  When is it all about himself, he is cunningly smart. … It has always been all about him, Now he sees another admission ticket to the White House through his wife, Hillary Clinton.

The Temper-Tantrum Kid.  In recent weeks, [Bill Clinton] has proved that adolescents can't be elder statesmen.  His performance on Hillary's behalf has been desperate, accusatory, self-pitying and misleading.  It has been a full-on blast of Bill Clinton's do-whatever's-necessary ethic of the sort we haven't seen since he wagged his finger at the country almost 10 years ago and denied having sex with Monica Lewinsky.

Slick Willie Rides Again.  The Clintons play dirty when they feel threatened.  But we knew that, didn't we?  The recent roughing-up of Barack Obama was in the trademark style of the Clinton years in the White House.  High-minded and self-important on the surface, smarmily duplicitous underneath, meanwhile jabbing hard to the groin area.  They are a slippery pair and come as a package.  The nation is at fair risk of getting them back in the White House for four more years.  The thought makes me queasy.

Tag-teaming, Clinton-style.  Barack Obama may have distilled his biggest problem in eight words he blurted out almost in exasperation.  "I can't tell who I'm running against sometimes," he told Hillary Clinton at Monday night's acrimonious Democratic presidential nomination debate in Myrtle Beach.  That appears to be just the way Hillary and Bill Clinton want it and despite some obvious discomfort in senior Democratic ranks about a former president as attack dog, it also appears to be working.

A Clinton twofer's high price.  Whether you loved them or hated them, Bill and Hillary Clinton were always a twofer.  On the campaign trail in 1992, Bill used to joke about it.  Vote for me and get "two for the price of one," he chuckled.  Plenty of Americans thought this wasn't such a bad idea.  A bumper sticker popular at the time proclaimed:  "I'm voting for Hillary's husband."  The Clintons seem to want that bumper sticker resuscitated.

Two Clintons:  One too many?  In 1992, when he was running for president, Bill Clinton bragged that his brainy lawyer wife would give voters "two for the price of one."  This year, Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief rival for the presidential nomination says that's precisely the problem he faces in the campaign.

Hillary and Bill Use Alinsky Tactics To Bring Down Obama.  Obama was up; now he's down.  Even though Obama seems to be harnessing the South Carolina black vote that will give him that state's delegates, he has been feeling the brunt of the Clintons' mastery of the tactic of polarization, taught decades ago to Hillary by Saul Alinsky.

Oh no, not him again.  When the New York Times, Yahoo News and The Onion run the same story on the same day, you know that something's afoot.  Yes, it would appear that despite the constitutional bar, Bill Clinton is running for the White House again.  Americans might say that I have no right to say this — I'm merely a green card holder, not a citizen — but he must be stopped.  Why?  Because he is one of the most disgusting people ever to rise to high office in the democratic era.

Bubba, Toil & Trouble!  Outbursts are an Omen.  America, consider yourself fairly warned.  Bill Clinton's latest tirades are a healthy reminder of the never-ending drama that was the Clinton years — and surely will be again if Bubba gets back into the White House.

Bill Clinton coming on too strong.  Chill, Bill.  Standing in for Sen. Hillary Clinton in South Carolina, the former president has been gut-punching Sen. Barack Obama, his wife's toughest opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination.  Bill Clinton has never shied away from trench warfare.  There are few contemporary politicians, if any, who do it better.  But it's conduct unbecoming a former president.

Clintons Play Bad Cop, Worse Cop.  No more Ms. Nice Gal.  After Obama's surprising success on the campaign trail, the Clinton team is pulling out all the stops.  Hillary's most important advocate, her husband Bill, has jumped into the fray.  But some critics say his behavior is unfitting for an ex-president.

Clinton:  Parenthesis In Search Of A Legacy.  There was general amazement when (the now-muzzled) Bill Clinton did his red-faced, attack-dog, race-baiting performance in South Carolina.  Friends, Democrats and longtime media sycophants were variously perplexed, repulsed, enraged, mystified and shocked that this beloved ex-president would so jeopardize his legacy by stooping so low.  What they don't understand is that for Clinton, there is no legacy.

Hillary goes negative.  Employing innuendo and half-truths against Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton and her husband, the former President, have introduced the politics of personal destruction to the Democratic presidential campaign.  They bear responsibility for cheapening the tone of the contest.

Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy.  The Democratic epiphany about the political tactics of Bill and Hillary Clinton continues, with scales falling from eyes on a daily basis.  "I think it's not Presidential," said former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, about Mr. Clinton's steady barrage against Barack Obama.  "It's not in keeping with the image of a former President, and I'm frankly surprised that he is taking this approach."  Mr. Daschle supports Mr. Obama, but how he could be surprised is another matter.

The empire strikes back.  The Clintons seem truly stunned that anyone would have the gall to challenge what they believe is their birthright:  the Democrat presidential nomination and eventual return to power. … After all, Hillary Clinton didn't suffer her husband's philandering for nothing.  Her expected clear, unobstructed path to the White House is "the ultimate alimony," according to columnist Charles Krauthammer.  Ouch.

Hillary's biggest asset?  Now Bill is looking like a liability.  Think about it.  A former president, who knows the inner workings of government intimately, would be back in the White House.  He may have no official title or role.  Yet he would, it's fair to assume, be deeply enmeshed in both politics and policy.  To what extent would this constitute a co-presidency?

Bill Clinton's running again — and it's all about him.  Bill Clinton is running again.  For what, exactly, isn't clear.  Watch:  He's stalking the stage in South Carolina, as he did in New Hampshire and Iowa — a microphone in one hand, a wagging finger in the air, eyes wide open, the lip strategically bitten.

Hillary is on the ticket, but Bill is running.  There is no mystery about why Bill Clinton has gone from big dog to attack dog in his wife's campaign.  He's not just campaigning for her.  He's campaigning for him.  To put his wife in the White House would be a one-finger salute to the people who wanted to remove him from office.

Hillary Clinton plot to keep Bill in the spotlight.  Bill Clinton will play a bigger role in his wife Hillary's election campaign than her vice presidential running mate if she wins the Democratic White House nomination, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.  In late night strategy sessions Mr and Mrs Clinton have decided together that the former president will stay in the spotlight for the rest of the primary campaign and then take the fight to the Republicans in the general election.

Hillary unleashes pit bull Bill.  [Bill Clinton's] role in his 60-year-old wife's campaign became so dominant last week that it was as if he was running for a third term in office.  Camille Paglia, the cultural commentator who has voted for him twice, pities whoever might serve as Hillary's vice-president, should she reach the White House.  "It's pretty clear that Bill Clinton will castrate any vice-president that Hillary nominates and undermine her authority," Paglia said.  "His behaviour is atrocious.  It is one lie and fantasy strung out one after another.  It just feels tacky and trashy."

Bill Clinton, Nasty Man.  Time to face an inconvenient truth:  Bill Clinton is running for a third term. … It's the same old Clinton game, over and over:  The Iowa caucuses were important until they weren't; South Carolina was key until they were going to lose.  There is no yesterday that can't be rewritten; there is no consideration about the blowback from all this tomorrow.  The only thing that matters is winning, or appearing to win, at no matter what cost, today.

Off the leash:  Democratic politics is all about Bill — again.  Over the past few months Mr Clinton has downgraded himself from global statesman to political hatchet-man.  No former president has inserted himself so wholeheartedly into a presidential race. … He is spending more time campaigning in South Carolina than the candidate herself.

It's about Hillary, stupid.  I'm tired of Bill Clinton. … Tired of his whining, as when he says the media has been too tough on [Hillary] and too soft on Barack Obama.  All of this is as real as the lovey-dovey, hug-and-smile photo ops of them in Iowa.  It's theater, staged for maximum political impact.  We're being played again on the two-for-the-price-of-one angle.  But, as always, the game for him is about him.  A vote for her is a vote for him.

Hillary can run, but she can't hide from Bill.  Electing Hillary means re-re-electing Bill. … Electing Hillary will be the same two-for-one deal it was in 1992 and 1996.  Americans like moving forward, not backwards.

None of The Below.  Last Tuesday [11/27/2007], Bill Clinton, trying to whet Iowans' appetites for another Clinton presidency, announced/discovered/remembered that he opposed the Iraq war "from the beginning," thereby revealing disharmony with his spouse, who voted for it.

The Marriage, Again.  While Hillary will certainly try to take credit for the Clinton administration's accomplishments, and compare them favorably to the Bush years, does she also bear responsibility for what went wrong?  Does this sort of chatter remind people that her White House "experience" was being married to a president?  (Yes, she spearheaded health care reform, but we all remember what happened to that.)

A Problem Like Bill.  Hillary Clinton tells audiences that having lived in the White House for eight eventful years, she's eager to take charge as president on "day one."  Apparently, though, so is Bill. … On the stump, he draws big crowds and comes off as charming, eloquent and persuasive.  But reporters who have tallied his words say that he talks more about himself than about his wife — at a ratio of about 9 to 1.

Question for Hillary:  What will Bill's impact be?  The possibility of Bill Clinton returning to the White House he left six years ago raises some questions that are far touchier than whether Americans are ready for a "first gentleman."  As an ex-president, how much influence would he have in his wife's administration?  Will memories of the Monica Lewinsky scandal haunt Hillary Clinton's campaign and drive away voters?  What's the status of the Clintons' marriage — and does it matter?

Clinton Reminds New Hampshire, I'm With Bill.  As she made her first outing to New Hampshire as a presidential candidate last weekend, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton left her husband at home, yet she tried to tap his old political magic at nearly every turn.  Mrs. Clinton, Democrat of New York, mentioned Mr. Clinton at least eight times on Saturday — at one point talking about "Bill's heart surgery" to illuminate her own travails with health care bureaucracy — and a few times on Sunday, most memorably when she said of Republicans, "Bill and I have beaten them before, and we will again."

Clintons make rare appearance together.  Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton took the stage Sunday with her husband, the former president, at a major fundraiser that brought in over $1 million for her presidential campaign.

Working as a team...
Clinton Says Rove Fears Her Candidacy.  Campaigning in New Hampshire, Clinton claimed that she — and her husband, the former president — are the Democrats that Rove and other leading Republican handicappers fear most.  "I know what Gingrich tells people privately, I know what DeLay tells people privately, I know what Karl Rove tells people privately," she said.  "I'm the one person they are most afraid of.  Bill and I have beaten them before, and we will again."

Clinton camp shrewdly managing the 'Bill factor'.  Much as Mr. Bush did with his father in 2000, the Clinton camp is seeking to leverage Bill Clinton's appeal with select voters while limiting joint appearances that might diminish the candidate. … Clinton strategists have dispatched the former Democratic president separately to fundraisers and events with the party faithful.  Experts predict joint appearances will be carefully rationed.

Bill Clinton's $700,000 stock windfall:  The spring before his wife began her White House campaign, former President Bill Clinton earned $700,000 for his foundation by selling stock that he had been given from an Internet search company that was co-founded by a convicted felon and backed by the Chinese government, public records show.

Two for the price of one, if Hillary wins.  If Americans elect Hillary Clinton as president next year they will also be re-electing her husband Bill, according to the author of a new biography of the former First Lady.  Carl Bernstein, one of the reporters who broke the Watergate scandal which brought down Richard Nixon, told The Daily Telegraph that the couple would operate a joint presidency in which Bill would advise on policy and tactics as well as act as trouble shooter.

Clintons planned to have eight years each as president, book says.  Bill and Hillary Clinton drew up a secret plan 15 years ago under which each of them would occupy the White House for eight years, according to one of several new books about the leading Democratic candidate for the US presidency. … Taken with other allegations contained in a separate book, it also boosts a widely held belief in political circles, that by the late 1980s, the Clinton marriage had become little more than a mutually-beneficial political arrangement.

Two Presidents in the White House?  For many years, one of Bill and Hillary Clinton's closest friends, TV producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, has been fond of saying that when the Clintons "are dead and gone, each of them is going to be buried next to a president of the United States."  It is an idea that the Clintons began talking about decades ago.

Arkansas Hillary's Southern strategy.  Arkansans warmly welcomed back Hillary Rodham Clinton this weekend in the Democrat's first visit to her old stomping ground since becoming a White House candidate.  Voters here view her — the state's first lady when her husband, Bill, was governor — as a native daughter and say they think electing her president would effectively give her husband another term.

Who Exactly Is Running for President?  I wrote not long ago about Bill as the "Clinton Albatross," but now it is more apt to compare him to an attack dog unleashed.  His (not her) victory speech in Nevada was quite extraordinary:  He went on and on, while she stood next to him, mute.  He gloated over her comeback, took digs at the other candidates, referenced himself of course, and was reluctant to give up his iron grip on the microphone.

Bill Clinton Casts Glow Over Wife's Presidential Campaign.  Making his first solo campaign stop in Iowa, Bill Clinton is using his star power to summon support for his wife's presidential campaign.  No town is too small or off the beaten track for the former president in a state with a tightening race.

Clinton Papers Suggest 'Co-Presidency,' Conservative Says.  The 11,046 pages of former first lady Hillary Clinton's calendars and schedules that are now available to the public indicate, among other things, that she was a "co-president," according to a conservative analyst and, to a degree, according to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.  The William J. Clinton Presidential Library agreed to release the papers after a long legal battle, and the documents were made available through the National Archives on Wednesday [3/19/2008].

Filings provide a glimpse of corporate Clintons.  A close look at the delayed financial disclosure report of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for 2007 should banish any lingering thoughts that she and the former president are distinct entities.  As she entered the 2008 election year, the New York Democrat and Bill Clinton were clearly a corporation and they were rich. … They sold 165 separate securities accounts in April, 2007.  The valuation tables employed in the form indicate they were worth up to $25,440,000.  Significantly all 165 accounts were marked "J," meaning joint.

TWA Flight 800: Hillary Rodham Clinton's Benghazi warm-up.  Hillary Rodham Clinton, the nation's first co-President, was as much a powerful political influence and purveyor of false reality then as she is today.  In fact, the parallels between her role in the narrative of TWA Flight 800 and the official story behind the murders of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, are strikingly similar. [...] There were 270 documented eyewitnesses to the events of that night, each observing what can best be described as a missile striking the aircraft.



"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers.  We are the president."

Hillary Clinton,        
January 1996          



Section 6
Bill and Hillary succeed only because of the friendly, very sympathetic and malleable "mainstream" news media.

Liberal Media is Hillary's Secret Weapon.  Hillary's Clinton's secret weapon to win the 2008 election isn't her former president husband.  It's the liberal media, according to L. Brent Bozell, III, president of the Media Research Center.  Bozell and Tim Graham, MRC's director of media analysis, document how Clinton enjoys "unprecedented media favoritism" in their new book Whitewash.  Bozell and Graham say the "establishment" media makes no secret of actively supporting Clinton's political ambitions with favorable articles, interviews and news reports.

Hillary puff pieces on ET.  Liberal advocates of the "Fairness Doctrine" seem unconcerned that the Hollywood gossip TV show Entertainment Tonight has featured puff pieces every day this week on Hillary Clinton.  These essentially represent highly-produced three-minute campaign ads distributed nationally for free — perhaps in an effort to counter Oprah Winfrey's endorsement of Barak Obama.  Similar puff-pieces on the other presidential candidates are apparently not on offer.

Bill Clinton Remembered.  As the incessant march for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination continues, probably the most entertaining aspect is watching the mainstream media take sides.  And although many of their liberal icons — most notably Ted Kennedy and Pat Leahy — are endorsing Barack Obama, Hillary is still the subject of loving puff-pieces like this one from ABC News:  "Is Clinton Scrutinized About Her Looks Too Much?"

Why Shuster Was Sacrificed:  Last week, MSNBC suspended David Shuster for saying, "Doesn't it seem as if Chelsea [Clinton] is sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?"  A search through MSNBC's archives quickly uncovered a glaring double standard:  Last September, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann accused President Bush of "pimping General David Petraeus."  It's the same analogy — these days, the word "pimping" is slang, meaning to use in an unseemly way.

Here is a long list of questions the press should be asking.
Tough Questions for Hillary Clinton:  In the 1990s, the Clinton administration furiously denied the suggestion you were a "co-president."  Now you routinely suggest your tenure as first lady was presidential experience.  So which was it?  And why should your tenure in the Clinton administration count when the one thing you ran — health-care reform — failed miserably without a vote in Congress?

Hillary Clinton's Party Plane:  The life of a political reporter on the campaign trail is not exactly an enviable one:  The combination of bad local cuisine, a lack of exercise, and sleep deprivation do not a healthy lifestyle make.  Which is why the Hillary Clinton campaign decided to treat the 75 hard-working journos who made the midnight flight on the Clinton press plane from Des Moines to Manchester, New Hampshire, to a boozy sendoff.

Hillary Clinton's 'Guidance' for the Media:  The Clinton political machine is nothing if not formidable.  When annoying tidbits inadvertently surface in the mainstream press, the political hammer comes down.  MSNBC is simply not allowed to criticize Democrats and especially not Hillary.

Happy Birthday, Monicagate!  The only reason I mark Hillary a "possible" winner is that Monicagate is the last thing she wants to hear about, especially now.  Which probably helps explain why its anniversary has gone ignored in the press.  The whole subject is a source-killer for any journalist who wants to cover Hillary's presidential campaign.

Hillary '08:  Already Snared in Her Own Tangled Web.  While conservatives have been talking about this tangled web of Democrat lies for years, the lamestream press has nearly broken its collective neck trying to look the other way and ignore the very real set of events that lead our nation to depose the Hussein regime, namely, 12 years of failed diplomacy and 16 ignored UN resolutions under her husbands watch, which ended with four years of no inspections at all and little current data concerning Iraq's real WMD status.

Mrs. Clinton's 'experience':  What plausible claim does Miss Hillary have to experience in managing a national economy, balancing a budget or fixing income inequality? … Is the national media actually going to accept without even a murmur of skepticism Mrs. Clinton's claim to possess all the experience gained by her husband as president?  If Mr. Obama (or for that matter any other candidate in either party) were to claim such experience, a reporter might well ask him on what basis he claims such experience.

Hillary Tale:  The upcoming elections in [Pakistan] are for the next parliament; Musharraf was re-elected president for another five-year term in October.  That might be forgiven as a momentary lapse, except that last Sunday, speaking to ABC, Hillary did it again — more explicitly — contending that Musharraf "could be the only person on the ballot."  Of course, neither CNN's Wolf Blitzer nor ABC's George Stephanopoulos jumped on this while interviewing her.  Nor did anyone in the establishment media mention the gaffe in the following days.

The Baggage Hillary Bears:  When you Google the phrase "unconstitutional third term," you get references to a rogue's gallery of strongman leaders — Vladimir Putin, Alberto Fujimori, Olusegun Obasanjo, Islam Karimov, Hugo Chávez — who in recent years at least have flirted with the idea of holding on to power beyond statutory limits.  Now the name Bill Clinton pops up, too.

The Media Love the Clintons.  Few will be shocked by Professor [Carole] Simpson's coming-out party — or by the Clinton campaign's ready embrace of this self-important liberal activist who has masqueraded as a fair and objective journalist for more than two decades.  The only real surprise is that Simpson and her Serious Professional Journalism colleagues bother to keep up the pretense of neutrality and perform their media ethics kabuki theater.

Hillary's No Moral Conservative.  To describe Hillary Clinton as a "moral conservative" is so upside down and backward it sounds like "This is your brain on drugs."  That's what Time reporter Amy Sullivan announced on Tucker Carlson's show on MSNBC.  She suggested Clinton might be "fairly liberal" on economic issues, "but she's a moral conservative."  Sullivan was once an aide to Sen. Tom Daschle. In Clinton, Sullivan has allegedly found an authentic Christian conservative's role model.

Media Avoid Linking Democratic Party With NJ Scandals.  New Jersey = Corruption.  That is the conclusion when reading news stories about the latest round of criminal charges involving public officials in the Garden State, according to political scientists and media analysts.  However, the political scandals that continue to beset New Jersey have not translated into negative press coverage for the Democratic Party, which has been disproportionately affected by the corruption charges and arrests.

How Hillary Avoids Media Scrutiny:  Reporters have learned not to approach Sen. Clinton in the halls of the Capitol.  Experienced journalists have found that she answers nearly all on-the-spot questions with a variation of "I don't know" — a safe answer for her that renders the interviews useless, and prevents coverage of her views on any issues on which she has not sought coverage.  After a vote she breezes past reporters to a car waiting outside, avoiding any interviews.

The New Clinton Propaganda Machine:  [Scroll down] The Clintons learned the importance of knowing how to take a punch, but more essentially, they learned how to change the subject and how to selectively use the White House megaphone to drown out negative stories.  Clinton chucked mini-initiatives into the media air, where they worked like chaff to flummox the news radar of the press corps.  He and his spokesmen stayed on message to control the agenda, sidetracking unwanted questions with quick, disdainful responses.

More on the Clinton Propaganda Machine:  For reporters, the key to derailing the Clinton propaganda machine is to thrust a stick into its spokes the first chance you get.  Hillary — much more so than Bill — is an automaton on the campaign trail, and disrupting her stay-on-message rhythms will cause her machine to topple and crash.

Hillary Clinton's war room aims to be faster, tougher than husband's famous one.  Bill Clinton's war room was famous, the subject of a documentary showing how the 1992 Clinton team never let a news cycle pass without responding to charges.  With the 24-hour news cycle of today, however, Hillary Clinton's campaign team aims at not allowing the hour to pass without a response to criticism.

Hillary criticized for press strategy.  When Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to get a message out, her presidential campaign handpicks news outlets.  Or, in some cases, bypasses the media entirely. … The strategy allows Mrs. Clinton — who rarely holds press availabilities — to avoid taking questions from reporters who cover her campaign and who might have detailed follow-up queries to her carefully planned policy announcements.

Likely voters concerned about corruption if Hillary elected president.  Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton … believes the Clintons will do whatever it takes to keep scandal news out of the headlines.  "It's going to be a battle," he says, "because the Clintons are going to try to destroy anyone who raises these issues.  They've already said Bill Clinton's personal life — for instance — is off limits, which means that everything he did during [his] presidency is off limits."

What's Not to Like:  Mrs. Clinton's most effective means of communication is not the debate stage, the sit-down interview or the podium, where her speeches are both tinny and hectoring.  Her most effective area is in short campaign videos.

Hillary's Lap Dogs:  When Don Imus was fired … a great deal of attention was focused, appropriately, on the influence of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, each of whom expressed outrage over the broadcaster's racial insensitivity and demanded that he be fired.  The real guiding hand over Imus' downfall, however, belonged neither to Sharpton nor Jackson, but to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Clinton hits turbulence.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) last week flew into a sudden burst of media wind shear.  After months of mostly rosy portrayals of her campaign's political skill, discipline and inevitability, the storyline shifted abruptly to evasive answers, shady connections and a laugh that sounded like it was programmed by computer. … A convergence of factors is now putting emphasis on the supposedly "Old Hillary":  Someone who is ruthless in self-advancement, who may get tripped in the end by her and her husband's overreaching.

Online Slime Machine Media Matters Co-Founded by Hillary Clinton.  I want to talk about an online slime machine known as Media Matters for America.  It is a tax-exempt organization which states its purpose as countering conservatives in the media. … Media Matters was started in offices provided by the Center for American Progress, a Soros-funded operation.  It has since received Soros money.

Hillary Slaps Iowa Voter.  Whether this incident does any damage to the well-oiled Clinton machine remains to be seen.  But one thing it does make clear is that no matter how scripted Hillary is, over the course of a long campaign, she will not be able to mask her contempt for average Americans who dare to challenge her.

The Editor says...
Here is the same story, candy-coated by MSNBC to remove any negative reflection on Mrs. Clinton:

Clinton Gets Snippy With Iowan Over Iran.

Beware Hillary's 'Whitewash'.  How is it that the wife of an impeached president, the policy architect of a 1300-page left-wing health-care fiasco, and the document-shredding stonewaller of a welter of scandals can turn her controversial career and bizarre First Marriage into assets, and not liabilities?  How is it that Team Clinton, disgraced and disgraceful, is back for another presidential run?  Credit the national "news" media.

Queen Hillary's disruptive court.  The mainstream media have been in a breathless tizzy about how Hillary Clinton waffled, tripped, stumbled or generally screwed up at the Democratic debate in Philadelphia two weeks ago.  But Hillary's performance at prior debates was never as deft or "flawless" as the media claimed in the first place.

Questions about Carville and CNN.  There are very few political analysts more closely associated with the Clintons than James Carville, who was a key adviser to Mr. Clinton in the 1992 campaign.  So it's no surprise that Mr. Carville's appearance on a round table after last night's CNN-sponsored Democratic debate is arousing some morning-after controversy.  "Would it kill CNN to disclose that James Carville is a partisan Clinton supporter when talking about the presidential race?" wrote Daily Kos.

Wolf Blitzer is No Tim Russert.  Judging by the reaction to Thursday night's CNN debate, everything seems to be falling into place for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign for president.  After flirting with subjecting her to some scrutiny, the media seem to be coming to the conclusion that her nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate is inevitable.

Ugly Clinton Rising.  If Hillary Clinton becomes president — get ready for everything we hated about our government to come springing back to life.  CNN's Wolf Blitzer's less than robustly honest form of debate engineering reminded us of the old idea that when it came to being bought and sold in favor of the Clinton's — CNN's brand was head and shoulders above the crowd.

Just Like Real Leadership:  The Clinton 'Hostage Crisis'.  My late mother-in-law used to say of anything that tasted good to her," It's just like from the can."  It made us all laugh, but she was seriously unable to distinguish between good food and pap.  Frankly, that's what I think of the efforts by AP, Larry Sabato and others to suggest that Hillary's role in Friday's hostage crisis reveals she is a leader.

The Clintons Play Dirty – And The Media Lets Them.  Sen. Clinton appeared on NBC's Today Show and talked about the choice that voters were faced with in New Hampshire.  She said the following:  "When they say to themselves, OK, I have a choice between a truly inspirational speaker (Obama) who has not done the kind of spade work with the sort of experience that another candidate has…" … Consider for a moment what would happen to a Republican candidate if he used the word "spade" in any way, shape or form while referring to a black opponent.

Closed Broders:  Suddenly the mainstream and conservative media press critics are in agreement — and not just about the shoddy journalism at the New York Times.  Now that they suspect Hillary Clinton is going down for the count, they feel emboldened to say it:  she is not very nice and neither is her staff. … We are entering the general election and it would be nice to think that the media, having thrown Clinton under the bus, will now begin an exhaustive and probing appraisal of Obama's record.

The Beatification of Hillary.  After all these years, the Christian Science Monitor is starting to live up to its religious name.  At least they are beginning to publish hagiography-the reverent biographies of saints.  In the current issue, their candidate for canonization is St. Hillary Clinton.  Howard LaFranchi's "Hillary Clinton: A Quiet Brand of Statecraft" is as gushily adulatory as Chris Matthew's leg tingle.




Section 6.1
CNN's obvious bias in favor of Mrs. Clinton:

Clinton News Network:  The CNN/YouTube Republican presidential debate serves as a perfect example of why conservatives refer to CNN as "Clinton News Network."  Republicans should have declined CNN's invitation, just like Democrats declined Fox News, though it's doubtful Fox would have orchestrated or permitted a similar ambush of Democratic candidates.

The Clinton News Network Strikes Again.  The YouTube/CNN debate that Republican presidential candidates tried to boycott proved as hostile as they feared last night in St. Petersburg, Florida.  CNN — sarcastically called the "Clinton News Network" — allowed a member of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's gay steering committee to ask Republican candidates if military personnel were "professional" enough to work with gay troops.

CNN's Irresponsible Debate:  There were many reasons to be disturbed by the CNN/YouTube debate on Wednesday night [11/28/2007] — the questions were repetitive and cliché, key concerns of Republican voters were not addressed and the crowd's conduct ranged from rude to embarrassing as they booed and hissed like Romans at the Coliseum.  But the most egregious aspect of the date was that the questioners were strewn with Democratic plants and supporters, none of whom identified their affiliations.

The YouTube Debacle.  Wednesday night's CNN/YouTube debate was barely over before the network was forced to make an embarrassing admission:  One of its supposedly disinterested questioners, retired gay Army officer Keith Kerr, has an official position with the Hillary Clinton campaign.  Wait.  There's more.

CNN's Screwup:  If any more political plants turn up at CNN's presidential debates, the cable-news network will have to merge with the Home and Garden channel.  At CNN's Democratic debate in Las Vegas two weeks back, moderator Wolf Blitzer introduced several citizen questioners as "ordinary people, undecided voters."  But they later turned out to include a former Arkansas Democratic director of political affairs, the president of the Islamic Society of Nevada and a far left anti-war activist who'd been quoted in newspapers lambasting Harry Reid for his failure to pull out of Iraq.

A questionable format for debate.  Google "Clinton News Network" and you'll get 65,000 hits — such is the conviction among conservatives, and even occasionally some Democrats, that CNN tilts its coverage favorably toward Bill and Hillary Clinton.  Mainstream critics and liberals lambaste the Fox News Network for a perceived right-wing bias, but conservatives see them giving CNN a pass for leaning liberal.

Death, Taxes and Mrs. Clinton:  It was a good debate, feisty and revealing.  It's not bad that the questions had a certain spin, and played on stereotypes of the GOP.  It's just bad that it doesn't quite happen at Democratic debates.  Somehow, there, an obscure restraint sets in on the part of news producers.  Too bad.  Running for most powerful person in the world is, among other things, an act of startling presumption.  They all should be grilled, everyone, both sides.

CNN hit for planted questions.  CNN intended for political sparks to fly during Wednesday"s Republican presidential debate, but outrage and accusations of partisanship were directed at the network instead.  The backlash started after it turned out that a homosexual retired soldier asking about "don"t ask, don"t tell" has an affiliation with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton"s campaign.

Questions That Raise Questions.  CNN had an opportunity to shine as co-host of last week's Republican presidential debate.  Instead, the network faltered with millions watching, leaving conservatives with yet another example of bias at the highest level of the media establishment.  It was a sad case of liberal elites stereotyping conservatives as gun-toting, Bible-thumping, gay-bashing bigots.

This Is CNN.  Shortly before Wednesday night's CNN/YouTube Republican debate, host Anderson Cooper defended the innovative format in which "ordinary citizens" were invited to submit their own questions by uploading videos to the Internet. … The day after the debate, it was revealed that at least six of the questioners were Democratic activists rather than typical voters, whose opinions and concerns were supposed to be represented.

CNN'S Virtual Reality:  In what was billed as a glorious exercise in democratic do-goodery and civic seriousness, CNN opened its gates to the American people and, to their surprise, the network's relentlessly touted credibility ran out the door like a dog in heat.  Nearly a third of the questioners in the debate proved to be if not outright plants of the Democratic Party or other liberal interests, then at least very far from the "ordinary Americans" this whole circus was supposed to be catering to.




Section 7
Evidence of poor judgment or other disqualifications:

Hillary: Jesus' loaves and fishes thing was his way of teaching us liberal policies.  A good rule of thumb with Hillary Clinton is this: If it comes out of her mouth, it's insincere.  You will never lose money taking that bet 100 times out of 100.  And a good corollary to that rule is this:  When she tells you what something is supposed to mean, that's not what it means at all.  Especially when she's talking about the Bible.

The Editor says...
Politically-motivated blasphemy of this sort is especially reprehensible because it takes advantage of the profound ignorance of the Bible that has resulted from the removal of Christianity from the public schools.

Clinton:  Drilling not the answer.  Exploring new sources of oil in the United States is not the solution to the nation's growing energy crunch, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton said last week.  There are places where exploration and drilling can take place, such as the Gulf of Mexico, but it doesn't make sense to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, Clinton said during an interview with the Argus Leader on Friday.

The Editor says...
In other words, Hillary Clinton wants to leave the oil in the ground and depend entirely on conservation to achieve "energy independence."  Anyone with an ounce of critical thinking will see immediately that her plans cannot succeed, and that she will blame someone else when the ideas flop.

Clinton's Shocking Florida Gambit:  Hillary Clinton's rhetoric today about counting the results in Florida and Michigan is simply incredible.  Her speech compares discounting the Florida and Michigan primaries to vote suppression and slavery. ... This gambit by Clinton is simply an attempt to steal the nomination.

Clinton evokes ghosts of Bush v. Gore.  Hillary Clinton is evoking one of the darkest episodes in modern Democratic party history in her effort to salvage her bid for the party's presidential nomination. ... Clinton on Wednesday [5/21/2008] made stops in the other two counties as well:  Miami-Dade and Palm Beach.  In each, she fanned the flames of outrage, still burning bright after eight years.  And she tried to harness them to pressure the Democratic National Committee to recognize the results of the Florida and Michigan primaries.

Cutting Hillary Down to Size:  [Scroll down] From there she proceeded onward and upward to working as an attorney for the Congressional committee preparing to impeach President Nixon.  The committee's achievements were rendered moot by the Prez's preemptive surrender, but young Ms. Clinton managed in her brief tenure to leave a legacy of vicious absurdity.  She wrote one legal brief arguing that an impeached President had no right to an attorney, and another maintaining that he enjoyed no presumption of innocence.

Hillary Strangelove.  There are some red lines that should never be crossed.  Clinton did so Tuesday morning [4/28/2008], the day of the Pennsylvania primary, when she told ABC's "Good Morning America" that, if she were president, she would "totally obliterate" Iran if Iran attacked Israel.  This foolish and dangerous threat was muted in domestic media coverage.  But it reverberated in headlines around the world.

Clinton Says Economy Needs Experience.  The economy needs help and fast, Hillary Rodham Clinton declared Monday [11/19/2007], claiming the experience for the job and saying the nation can't afford to break in a newcomer.

The Editor says...
What experience?  Is she now admitting her role as co-president?  What's wrong with the economy now?  Unemployment is low and the stock market is high.  What is there to fix?

Does Marrying Bill Clinton Qualify Someone To Be President?  If a CEO of a fortune 500 company were to retire, would anyone seriously consider his wife to be an adequate replacement simply because she was married to him when he ran the company?  What about a Super Bowl winning football team?  What do you think the reaction of their fans would be if their coach's wife was being seriously discussed as his replacement?

Who Needs Experience?  Hillary Clinton declared the other day — apropos of whom, she didn't say, or need to — "We can't afford on-the-job training for our next president."  Barack Obama immediately retorted, "My understanding is that she wasn't Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration.  I don't know exactly what experience she's claiming."

What Kind of "Experience"?  Whether in Arkansas or in Washington, Hillary Clinton has spent decades parlaying her husband's political clout into both money and power.  How did that benefit anybody but the Clintons?  For those people whose memories are short, go on the Internet and look up Whitewater, the confidential raw FBI files on hundreds of Republican politicians that somehow — nobody apparently knows how — ended up in the Clinton White House illegally. … It would be hard to find two people less trustworthy than the Clintons or with a longer trail of sleaze and slime.

President Clinton and Mr. Hyde:  [Scroll down] Does any of this matter?  Yes.  It brings the tawdriness of the Clinton years rushing back.  And it's not as if Hillary can distance herself from Bill — or from those years.  What is, after all, Hillary Clinton's claim to the presidency?  Her seven years in the Senate?  Her years of law practice?  No.  Her claim is the "experience" she acquired as first lady.  Her claim is that she was and is Mrs. Bill Clinton.

I Hold Hillary Responsible.  Can someone quote me an original idea by Hillary Clinton upon any subject of diplomatic or military interest?  The fact that she went along with some of our tough stands in Afghanistan and Iraq just shows she can listen to reason now and then; it does not crown her as a genius.  What else is there to cite in support of this putative wisdom?  When has she stood out from the pack and made a unique mark for herself with any inspired initiative, save the health-care catastrophe in 1993?

Clinton leadership a study in missteps.  Clinton has overseen two major staff shake-ups in two months.  She has left a trail of unpaid bills and unhappy vendors and had to loan her own campaign $5 million to keep it afloat in January.  Her campaign badly underestimated her main adversary, Barack Obama, miscalculated the importance of organizing caucus states and was caught flat-footed after failing to lock up the nomination on Super Tuesday.  It would be easy to dismiss all of this as fairly conventional political stumbling — if she hadn't made her supreme readiness and managerial competence the central issue of her presidential campaign.

Hillary's Pastor, in Interview, Sympathizes With Jeremiah Wright.  One of the Democratic presidential candidates has a pastor who opposed both Iraq wars, supports same-sex marriage, opposes the death penalty, and has been a passionate critic of American foreign policy.  The clergyman isn't the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Senator Obama's spiritual leader who has become a household name and a campaign issue for his fiery rhetoric, but the Reverend Edward Matthews, a little-known Arkansas preacher who is the closest Senator Clinton has to a pastor of her own.

Did someone mention Reverend Jeremiah Wright?

The Qualifications of Hillary W. Clinton.  What exactly is the rationale that supports Hillary Clinton's candidacy?  Her claims to "experience" crumble at anything more than a cursory inquiry.  The myth that she served as co-president is transparently bogus.  Her time in the Senate has been either undistinguished or ignominious, depending on your viewpoint.  And yet some Democrats consider her the safe, predictable choice.  Why?

Hillary is the candidate of retribution, not of hope.  Her problem is that a lot of people do not buy into her, while a significant minority actively hate her.  She is one of the most divisive figures in American life, however hard she tries not to be.  If elected, she would reignite the culture wars in spite of herself.  All this makes even her admirers fear that she is neither a winner nor what the country really needs.

Clinton in Blackface:  A Political Tragedy.  I could not disagree more with Barack Obama's pork spending, tax raising, and defeat-embracing liberal agenda, but a recent attack by the Clinton campaign on Mr. Obama was the worst sort of the politics of personal destruction.  It was one based on racial stereotypes.  Such an attack is racism in all of its ugliness.

A lady and her voice:  After Hillary won the New Hampshire primary — that is, after her tears and sniffles — she said, "I found my own voice."  That made me wonder:  What voice, or voices, had she been using, in her long, long — and very successful — political career?  I myself would have been a little bit hesitant to say, at this late date, "I found my own voice."

Remarkably unqualified to be president.  While Clinton has been an outspoken liberal activist since the 1960s, she never has run a business, a city, a state or a Cabinet department.  She was a partner at Little Rock's Rose Law Firm, but did not administer it.  Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families aside, she headed none of the nonprofits whose boards her Web site says she joined.  While she conducted President Clinton's health-reform task force in 1993, the plan it concocted in secret collapsed in public.

Hillary's Record:  Lamenting the healthy U.S. economy, a certain senator from New York says "it takes a Clinton to clean up after a Bush."  But the Clintons' brand of soap always seems to be a mix of sleaze and socialism.

Ouch!  Hillary Clinton's softer image is clawed over dumped cat.  As the "first pet" of the Clinton era, Socks, the White House cat, allowed "chilly" Hillary Clinton to show a caring, maternal side as well as bringing joy to her daughter Chelsea.  So where is Socks today?  Once the presidency was over, there was no room for Socks any more.  After years of loyal service at the White House, the black and white cat was dumped on Betty Currie, Bill Clinton's personal secretary, who also had an embarrassing clean-up role in the saga of his relationship with the intern Monica Lewinsky.

Hillary's Gender War.  The greatest controversy during the upcoming political campaign will not be Republican vs. Democrat or conservative against liberal.  Rather, the most riveting debate is likely to revolve around the question of whether a female president can better lead the nation than a man.  It will be the ultimate Battle of the Sexes, played out in endless bedroom discussions, backyard debates, and newspaper headlines.

A Hillary apology?  Sorry, no can do.  Clinton is strongly focused on the swing voters, maybe 10 or 12 percent of the electorate, who will ultimately determine the outcome of the '08 November election.  More specifically, the swing voters in winnable red states, the states John Kerry failed to carry in 2004.  If Clinton was to issue an apology, she would immediately expose herself to the flip-flop charge — the same charge that doomed Kerry among swing voters.

Hillary Clinton Finds the South Too Southern.  Instead of celebrating diversity and singing the praises of the gray stripe in the American rainbow, Clinton and comrades have declared that the Confederate flag has no place being displayed anywhere near the South Carolina state house.  I mean think about it — a Confederate flag in South Carolina!  What's next, Mickey Mouse ears at Disneyland?

Hillary Wants Ex-felons to Vote.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a possible White House candidate in 2008, joined 2004 nominee John Kerry and other Democrats Thursday in urging that Election Day be made a federal holiday to encourage voting.  She also pushed for legislation that would allow all ex-felons to vote.

Elect me and oil prices instantly drop, says Hillary Clinton in Iowa.  Hillary Clinton predicted Saturday [12/22/2007] that just electing her President will cut the price of oil.  When the world hears her commitment at her inauguration about ending American dependence on foreign fuel, Clinton says, oil-pumping countries will lower prices to stifle America's incentive to develop alternative energy.

Living History:  Hillary gone wild.  The Clinton team was supposed to be known for sticking to the year-long make-over script, especially after the disastrous sound bite ("suspension of disbelief"), but lately the senator has gone wild.  She egotistically claimed that ipso facto her election would bring down world oil prices.  Then she claimed ownership of the surge she tried to stop, by boasting that those parochial Iraqis apparently listen to her every word, as Iraqis, the U.S. military, and the enemy all must adjust their strategy to her most current position on the war.

Glowing Over Radioactive Hillary:  Not only does "Living History" fail to add to history, it tries to subtract from it.  In the spring of 1992, the news emerged that Bill Clinton received a draft notice, and plotted with college buddies to get around it.  But on page 240, our ever-spinning author renews the lie:  "I knew that Bill respected military service, that he would have served if he had been called."  In fact, they did call, and Bill failed to answer.

Flighty Hill Changes Planes — Constantly.  Jet-setting Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton is a fussy frequent flier who used three different planes in a single day during a recent campaign swing through South Carolina.  The former first lady even grounded one aircraft — a chartered Gulfstream II — in Columbia, S.C., last Friday [4/27/2007], demanding a swankier Gulfstream III replacement for a flight out west.

Hillary Clinton Reigns as Queen of Federal Pork.  Democrats have been so busy preparing the coronation of Hillary Clinton that they have failed to train a critical eye on her record.  When it comes to earmarks, an issue that voters responded to more than any other in the last election except for Iraq, her record is about as bad as it gets.  If Dennis Hastert was the king of earmarks, Hillary Clinton was his queen.  Republicans had their "bridge to nowhere."  Hillary has her knitting mill.

Clinton linked to $340 million in earmarks.  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure more than $340 million worth of special projects for her home state of New York in last year's spending bills, according to a new study by a government watchdog group.  The figure places her among the top 10 Senate recipients of what are commonly known as earmarks, said the group, Taxpayers for Common Sense.

Top Earmark-er Clinton Grants $303,000 to Gay Lobby Group.  A group that lobbies for needle exchanges, for allowing more immigrants with HIV/AIDS to legally enter the country, and for condom distribution in prisons received a $303,000 federal earmark pushed by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.).  That was one of 261 earmarks Clinton personally helped usher through Congress.  That's more earmarks than any other member of Congress seeking the presidency, according to an analysis by the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW).

Seven Things To Know About the Clintons:  Editorially in February 2001, The New York Times … lamented that it might "never understand the process by which a departing president and his wife come to put sofas and flatware ahead of the acute sense of propriety that ought to go with high office."  The New York Observer assessed Hillary's election to the Senate "a terrible mistake," adding that "Hillary Rodham Clinton is unfit for elective office."  Those are some of the unlovely things said about the Clintons by their friends.

Crooked Hillary:  "Unfit for elective office."  Those are the words of the (very) liberal New York Observer in a 2001 editorial.  Ultra-liberal New York Times columnist Bob Herbert added that Hillary's husband Bill Clinton "is so thoroughly corrupt it is frightening."  It is, of course, almost impossible to separate Bill from Hillary in this regard, because their careers are so intertwined and because so many of the corruptions in Clinton's past specifically involved projects on which Hillary was actively involved.

Commander in Chief Hillary?  Those who worry that a Hillary Clinton presidency would just be the Return of Bill may yet be proved optimists.  Judging by her article in Foreign Affairs on October 16 Hillary is determined to bring back the human rights-based failures of Jimmy Carter.

Clintons Go From Rags To Riches.  The former president made more than $10 million last year delivering speeches worldwide at corporate retreats, trade group gatherings and motivational seminars.  In 2006, Bill received an average of about $180,000 a speech and he collected nearly half a million dollars for a single talk to a London financial forum in the latter part of the year.

How Hillary Became New York Senator.  Rabbi Twersky has never publicly commented about the sins of his community members and repeatedly turned down interviews to explain the scandal.  That visit launched a series of events that culminated in a controversial last-minute clemency action on behalf of New Square by outgoing President Clinton.  The decision by President Clinton to commute the sentences of four prominent New Square men who stole tens of millions from the federal government in a phony yeshiva scheme enraged law enforcement officials.

America hates Hillary Clinton and Co.  [Scroll down] We never brought up Bill Clinton's sexual dalliances, but many ordinary Americans did.  "She couldn't keep her own home together, so how can we trust her to manage America?"  asked Micki Martinson, a housewife in Somerset, Pennsylvania.

The Editor says...
The same question was asked about Bill Clinton, but nobody would listen.

The Psychobiography of Hillary Rodham Clinton:  Hillary was Daddy Hugh's girl but what does this mean?  She was Hugh Rodham's victim who wanted his love and approval even as she tried to escape his stinginess, irascibility and perfectionism.  The victim survived and was marked by an identification with the aggressor.  Like Hugh the adult Hillary became irritable, demanding and the family breadwinner but that's getting ahead of her story.

Why do people hate Hillary Clinton?  Includes a very long list of Hillary Clinton quotations, most of which involve the F-word.

Episode #9 — Sister Frigidaire.  The survival of our Republic is threatened by two things — fundamentalist Islamic terrorists and Hillary Rodham Clinton.  President Bush is leading the fight against the terrorists.  It is up to those of us who know the real Hillary Clinton to lead the fight against her.  We must shine the light of truth on this dangerous woman so that all Americans may know the real Hillary.

Conventional Wisdom:  Increasingly the Clinton campaign puts me in mind of presidential campaigns waged by the late segregationist George Wallace.  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton even has Wallace's surly style.  Yet Wallace was rarely accused of lying.  Hillary is caught lying every few days, and the lies are not even as clever as those of her mendacious husband, the sex maniac.  Of course, when the fur ceases to fly over these racial charges, I think it will be clear that Hillary is not nearly the bigot Wallace was, but neither is she as nice a person.  I cannot think of one of Governor Wallace's household pets disappearing under mysterious circumstances.

An Empty Pantsuit.  If Hillary Clinton is proud of her experience and record of change, why are 2 million pages of her White House files locked up? … Hillary did urge her husband to appoint Janet Reno as the first female attorney general, a move he'd later describe as "my worst mistake."  While the Clinton Justice Department treated the first attack on the World Trade Center as a law enforcement matter, Reno kept busy incinerating religious zealots in Waco.  Hillary has been in the Senate for seven years, during which time she has accomplished nothing of note except for voting for the Iraq War before she was against it.  No major piece of legislation bears her name. … Her possible GOP opponents have experienced and accomplished much more than the author of "It Takes a Village."

Clinton is big winner in unlikability contest.  What's wrong with just saying "congratulations" and going on your way?  That's being the bigger person.  But apparently Clinton is not big on being big.  Recently, she raised eyebrows when — in a breach of presidential campaign protocol — she neglected to congratulate Obama for his victories in Washington, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Nor did she congratulate him on the day after he swept the Potomac primaries in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Clinton campaign spending worries supporters.  Nearly $100,000 went for party platters and groceries before the Iowa caucuses, even though the partying mood evaporated quickly.  Rooms at the Bellagio luxury hotel in Las Vegas consumed more than $25,000; the Four Seasons, another $5,000.  And top consultants collected about $5 million in January, a month of crucial expenses and tough fund-raising.  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's latest campaign finance report, published Wednesday night [2/20/2008], appeared even to her most stalwart supporters and donors to be a road map of her political and management failings.

Deli Pigout a Clinton Gut Bu$ter.  Hillary Rodham Clinton's free-spending campaign blew a whopping $95,000 at a low-end supermarket-deli chain last month in Iowa — a telling sign of why she can no longer cut the mustard financially against Barack Obama in critical states.  Clinton's latest campaign filings reveal how a sprawling, top-heavy campaign organization splurged on posh hotels and pricey consultants but still struggles to define its message against Obama, a charismatic opponent whom Clinton's camp now calls the front-runner.

The Clintons Just Won't Learn.  Whether one likes, dislikes, loves, hates, admires, fears, despises, or envies them, every Clinton watcher has this in common:  They are dumbfounded both by the incompetence with which Hillary has run for president and her intransigence at sticking to a failed message.

Hillary Unmasked:  The real Hillary Clinton stood up at the Democratic presidential debate this week:  angry, sarcastic, stubborn, secretive, arrogant, mired in the past, victim of the media, and still firmly convinced that she is uniquely entitled to the Democratic Party nomination and the presidency.  That Hillary hasn't really been on display much since the debacle of her disastrous health care plan and the end of Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, when she haughtily flaunted her combative personality.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton:  What Every American Should Know.  Hillary Clinton has a history of Leftwing radicalism that the mainstream media have successfully concealed for more than a decade now.  She has run with a pack of political predators fiercely committed to replacing our market economy and the traditional family with a socialist regime that commands Americans to accept economic servitude.  It didn't work in the Soviet Union.  It won't work here.  Hillary Clinton believes otherwise, as this book will prove.

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This little book also includes sections about various scandals — Cattlegate, Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate, etc.

Clinton's experience under scrutiny.  While Hillary Clinton represented the U.S. on the world stage at important moments while she was first lady, there is scant evidence that she played a pivotal role in major foreign policy decisions or in managing global crises.

First Lady's Foreign Trips All Pomp.  Hillary Rodham Clinton boasts on the campaign trail of having had a key foreign-policy role when she was first lady — but newly released records of her travel abroad paint a picture that looks more like an extended vacation of get-togethers and tea parties.

Hillary Clinton papers sink experience claims.  Hillary Clinton's boasts that she gained major foreign policy experience as First Lady have been undermined after 11,046 pages of her White House schedules provided scant evidence to back up her claims.  The documents were made public by the US national archives after pressure from her rival Barack Obama and freedom-of-information groups.  Many details were redacted at the request of lawyers acting for former president Bill Clinton, citing privacy and national security concerns.

Release of Clinton Schedules Offers Chance to Test Campaign Assertions.  Gregory B. Craig, who was a senior State Department official in the Clinton administration and is now a policy adviser to Mr. Obama, said Friday [3/21/2008] that the White House records showed that Mrs. Clinton was absent when critical foreign policy decisions were made and that her trips abroad were largely ceremonial.  "The fact is, and this was established by the White House schedules, that she did not attend N.S.C. meetings or routinely meet with the secretary of state or the national security adviser," said Mr. Craig, a lawyer who represented Mr. Clinton in his 1998-99 impeachment and trial.

Voter Doubts About Her Honesty Costing Clinton.  [A] survey for the Charlotte Observer/WCNC-TV reported that only 25 percent of voters gave high marks to Clinton for trustworthiness compared to 48 percent for Obama and 54 percent for Arizona Sen. John McCain.  Nearly 9 in 10 voters said trust would be a major factor in deciding how they would vote.




Section 7.1
The "Sniper Fire in Bosnia" story:

If you want a real man, just vote for Hillary.  Wow.  Why hasn't this woman won the Nobel Peace Prize?  The reason is, her resumé is as inflated as the Goodyear Blimp.  There were no bullets in Bosnia.  She went there on a tour with Sheryl Crow and another entertainer named Sinbad, who says the most harrowing part was deciding where they were going to eat.  The borders she claims to have negotiated for Kosovo refugees were already open by the time she got there.  She was not involved in the Northern Ireland peace negotiations, and nobody but her husband recalls that she ever mentioned Rwanda.  She has never been on the front lines of any foreign policy crisis, ever.

WaPo Awards 'Four Pinocchios' to Hillary on Sniper-Fire Fable.  [Michael] Dobbs wrote on Saturday [3/22/2008] that "Clinton's tale of landing at the Tuzla airport "under sniper fire" simply is not credible.  Photographs and video of the arrival ceremony, complete with contemporaneous news reports, tell a very different story.

Clinton 'Misspoke' About Bosnia Trip, Campaign Says.  The Clinton campaign says Senator Hillary Clinton may have "misspoke" recently when she said she had to evade sniper fire when she was visiting Bosnia in 1996 as first lady.  She has been using the episode as an example of her foreign policy bona fides.

CBS Video Contradicts Clinton's Story.  It was supposed to be an example of Hillary Clinton's battle-tested experience:  "I remember landing under sniper fire," Clinton said at a recent campaign event.  It started when, in a recent speech, Clinton spoke of her visit to Tuzla, Bosnia, in 1996 as first lady.

Hillary's "Senior Moment":  Now what kind of president would you want answering the red phone at 3 in the afternoon not to mention 3 in the morning when the kiddies are sound asleep and the president's mind is tired?  [1]  a president who thinks traveling to a relatively safe neighborhood in a hostile area guarded by troops indicates her bravery and competence and experience [or] [2]  a president who has endured sniper fire and worse, surviving with mind and integrity intact.

Pants on Fire.  Twelve years ago this month, Hillary visited Bosnia accompanied by scores of reporters, photographers, and even television crews. … Her visit to Bosnia was perfectly peaceful and uneventful.  She says as much in her autobiography, Living History.  Yet on the campaign trail she has been saying that in Bosnia she came under enemy "sniper fire."  A planned "greeting ceremony" could not take place in Tuzla.  Instead, she laughs bravely to her agog supporters, "we just raaan with our heads down to get into our vehicles to get to our base."  Hillary, you were at the base, you shameless BS-er.  The whole arrival is on tape!

The Clintons' Truth Deficit Disorder.  Seeking to burnish her foreign policy leadership credentials, Sen. Clinton has repeatedly peddled a harrowing anecdote about dodging sniper fire during a trip to Tuzla, Bosnia, in 1996. … When Sinbad, the Washington Post and every fact-checker on the Internet and under the sun debunked her tall tale, Sen. Clinton doubled down.  She dissed Sinbad as a mere "comedian."  She asserted that she and her compatriots ran for safety with "our heads down."  She clung to her story that she "had to be moved inside because of sniper fire."  And she embellished further:  "There was no greeting ceremony, and we were basically told to run to our cars.  Now, that is what happened."

Further Debunking the 'War Zone' Myth.  The Clinton campaign has cited newspaper accounts, including one in The Washington Post, to bolster the senator's claim that her now-famous March 1996 trip to Bosnia was the first visit to a "war zone" by a first lady since World War II.  She is overlooking a trip to Saigon by Pat Nixon at the height of the Vietnam War as well as a trip by Barbara Bush to Saudi Arabia two months before the Persian Gulf War began.

Lie Lady Lie.  Shrewdness and audacity have been political trademarks of both Clintons, but now Hillary has certainly overextended herself by trying to remedy an obvious deception with an even bigger untruth.

Remember "A Willing Suspension of Disbelief"?  It was Hillary Clinton, among all her colleagues, who dared to insinuate that General Petraeus was lying in his September 11, 2007 testimony before Congress about the progress of the troop surge.  After he gave an up-to-date assessment of the situation in Iraq, Hillary said that his version of the military and political dynamic required "a willing suspension of disbelief."  Who would stoop so low as to lie to the country about their experience in a war zone!

Hillary's Just Making It Up As She Goes Along.  We all exaggerate.  Life is mundane.  Stories about it are usually more entertaining with just a bit of tweaking. … So where does Senator Hillary Clinton's retelling of her 1996 trip to Bosnia fall on the scale from acceptable hyperbole…?  Let's try this:  Al Gore was a lot closer to inventing the Internet than Clinton was to having a corkscrew-landing in Tuzla under sniper fire so frightening that a tarmac greeting had to be scrubbed.

Vets Snipe at Clinton's Lies.  Veterans who saw their lives flash before their eyes in the jungles of Vietnam and the bloodstained beaches at Iwo Jima are baffled at how Hillary Rodham Clinton could concoct a story of landing in Bosnia under sniper fire.

Fibber in Chief:  "A good memory is needed once we have lied," observed Pierre Corneille, the 17th-century French tragedian.  He was right.  The complexities involved in keeping an untruth plausible and consistent are so tortuous that to be really good at lying demands exceptional recall of what was said when and where.  But Corneille was writing before the age of YouTube.

When Hillary Clinton tells such obvious mistruths, she exposes herself as a fantasist.  [Scroll down]  Unfortunately for Mrs Clinton, after a few days of her increasingly irate dissembling, CBS started broadcasting its 12-year-old tapes of the then First Lady landing at Tuzla airport.  It showed the following:  No sniper fire.  No running for cover — heads down or otherwise.  Instead we see Mrs Clinton — accompanied by daughter Chelsea — taking part in a charming greeting ceremony, receiving a bunch of flowers from an eight-year-old girl.

Lying About Terror:  Hollywood mogul David Geffen once said of the Clintons:  "Everybody in politics lies, but they do it with such ease, it's troubling."  When it involves national security and terrorism, it's also dangerous.  Hillary would never get her inaugural address past the fact-checkers.  Hillary Clinton — ready to lie on Day One.

Hillary's St. Patrick's Day Massacre.  Here is the one compelling mystery still unresolved about Hillary Clinton's Bosnia fairy tale:  Why did she keep repeating this whopper for nearly three months, well after it had been publicly debunked by journalists and eyewitnesses?

Hillary Clinton orders Bill to keep quiet after remarks on Bosnia 'sniper fire'.  The Big Dog has managed to land himself in an even bigger doghouse.  Hillary Clinton ordered her husband Friday [4/11/2008] to keep his mouth shut and stop making excuses, which compounded her false claim that she landed "under sniper fire" on a goodwill trip to Bosnia as First Lady.

Err Apparent.  As the saying goes, if you want political reporters to eat their vegetables, it helps if they have nothing else on their plate.  The Clintons, meanwhile, are serving whoppers.  Former president Bill Clinton is the latest to hand out a juicy fib — circling back to Bosnia to cram four falsehoods into 23 words:  His wife, he said, "one time late at night when she was exhausted, misstated and immediately apologized for it, what happened to her in Bosnia in 1995."  Where to start?  If his telling is accurate, it depends on what the definition of "one time," "late at night," and "immediately apologized" is.  (And it was 1996, not 1995.)




Section 7.2
More examples of dishonesty and prevarication:

Clinton is playing by her own set of rules.  Let's first deal with Clinton's fantasy lead in the popular vote.  "I'm very proud that as of today, I have received more votes by the people who have voted than anyone else," Clinton said the day after her victory in the April 22 Pennsylvania primary.  But has she really?  No.  Not really.  Not unless you throw out the existing rules of the Democratic Party and invent a new set of Hillary Rules.

Count Every Half Vote!  The Democratic Party set the rules for its primaries, barring delegates from Florida and Michigan for advancing their primary dates.  The candidates agreed to abide by those rules.  Yet when the contest began to look closer than Mrs. Clinton ever thought possible, her campaign decided that those rules were no longer valid.

Hillary Clinton:  'Maybe Barack Obama will be assassinated'.  [Scroll down]  In the same chat in South Dakota, Clinton denied reports that her people were talking to the Obama campaign about her being his vice-presidential candidate.  She even had the gall to state:  "I would look to the campaign of my opponent for the source of those stories."  Having been covering the Obama campaign pretty closely, I can tell you almost 100 percent that this talk is not coming from his people.  They do not want her on the ticket and there's no way they're floating it.  It's the opposite.  Throughout this campaign, talk of a joint ticket — whether with Obama second or on top — has always emanated from the Clinton campaign.  And it's been reliably reported today, the notion is currently being floated by no other than Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton's colossal blunder simply the last straw.  Sick.  Disgusting.  And yet revealing.  Hillary Clinton is staying in the race in the event some nut kills Barack Obama.  It could happen, but what definitely has happened is that Clinton has killed her own chances of being vice president. … Her shocking comment to a South Dakota newspaper might qualify as the dumbest thing ever said in American politics. … We have seen an X-ray of a very dark soul.  One consumed by raw ambition to where the possible assassination of an opponent is something to ponder in a strategic way.

An X-Ray of Senator Clinton's Soul:  What a rare and candid revelation of a desperate and Machiavellian candidate.  Please consider the fact that the imaginative Senator from New York did not envision the possibility of assassination for herself or Senator John McCain, only for the black American Senator from Illinois.  This was undoubtedly not a mere coincidence.

Give voters a clue.  Clinton's new populist demagoguery is entirely symbolic.  The "substance" is stage dressing, no more real than the scenery in a play.  She is trying to tell blue-collar workers that she's on their side.  The language may be economic, but the message is about values.  It's I-feel-your-pain treacle gussied up as tax policy, devoid of anything approaching substance.

Hillary Clinton's Trail of Tall Tales:  Sen. Hillary Clinton presents the image of a seasoned, ever-disciplined politician whose experience as first lady and a New York senator makes her ready to be commander-in-chief.  But a series of misstatements — exaggerations, half-truths and lies — made by Clinton over the last 15 years have at times undermined her image and called her credibility into question.

The Clinton Divorce:  By the time Mrs. Clinton made her famous claim about dodging Bosnian sniper fire, Democrats and their media friends no longer called it a mere gaffe, as they once might have.  This time the remark was said to be emblematic of her entire political career.  The same folks who had believed her about Whitewater and the rest now claimed she never tells the truth about anything.  As the scales suddenly fell from liberal eyes, the most striking statistic was the one in this week's North Carolina exit poll.  Asked if they considered Mrs. Clinton "honest and trustworthy," no fewer than 50% of Democratic primary voters said she was not.

Flatbed Hillary:  One of the more bizarre developments of this campaign season has been to see Hillary Clinton, of all people, turned into an electoral favorite of blue-collar white voters.  The reality is that very few people in politics have more contempt for white workers than does this product of Park Ridge, Wellesley, the Senate Watergate Committee, and the super powered Rose Law Firm.

Obama and Clinton:  two cynical losers.  Mr Obama's missteps with the working class of Pennsylvania have thus transformed Mrs Clinton from the bluestocking Wellesley graduate into the good old girl, hanging out there with the straw-chewing rednecks, embracing their values, their worldview and even their lifestyle.  Obliterate Iran!  Here comes Osama bin Laden!  I love duck hunting!  I can do shots and beer at the same time!  It's hard to know what's worse — expressing condescending views about the working class or pretending to be one of them.

Clinton battles the facts.  Did Chelsea Clinton go to a private school in Washington because it was best for her education, as the White House said at the time, or because "the press would never leave her alone," as Clinton said in a debate last year? … Why did she perpetuate the family tale that she had been named for the mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, only to correct the record in 2006, on the eve of her presidential campaign? … And why are there at least two instances of her vividly telling a story that happened to someone else, as if it happened to her?

Stop The Presses!  Hillary Lied!  From her "cattle futures" scam to the mysterious disappearance/reappearance of the Rose Law firm billing records, Hillary Clinton ran the gauntlet of legal problems that would easily have sunk any public figure less adept at dancing away from the truth.  And nobody in recent memory has been more flagrant in their taunting deflections of questioners than Hillary Clinton, who is probably best remembered for her sneering retort of "I do not recall," when queried about her dubious dealings by Congressional committees.

Obama is Toast.  The great thing about this agonizingly long primary season is that it has provided plenty of time to identify, once again, Hillary's (and Bill's) penchant for lying.  They lie, I think, in the belief that no one will actually remember their lies.  They have lied so often and with such success, they may not even be able to discern between the truth and a lie any more.

Not another lying Clinton.  If Hillary will distort the truth to get into the obvious, what makes us think she won't deceive to get her way in office?  It's obvious the Clintons don't mind lying to get what they want.  If Bill was willing to lie to stay President and Hillary is will to lie to get your vote, they shouldn't be anywhere near the Oval Office again.

'Two Pinocchios' for Hillary Clinton.  One of the nation's major, liberal-leaning newspapers is giving Sen. Hillary Clinton "two Pinocchios" for "significant omissions or exaggerations" at Monday's Democratic debate in South Carolina.  And a former Senate leader — a Democrat — is part of a new South Carolina Truth Squad to counter the Bill and Hillary Clintons' "incredible distortions."

Hillary Clinton has only herself to blame.  Way back in 1992, when Hillary and Hubba Bubba first burst onto the national scene, many Americans expressed doubts about their honesty and integrity.  Clintonesque, parsing, the definition of "is" — those and other phrases became polite shorthand ways of accusing a Clinton of lying.  Fast forward to last week, to fresh proof that the charge is still political dynamite.

Hillary Denies Denial After 'Mishearing'.  First she "misspoke," now she misheard.  Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday seemed to deny that she told New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson that Barack Obama could not win the presidency.  But her campaign later said she misheard a reporter's question.

Clinton's Fibs Remind Many Of the Bad Ol' Days.  Clinton's problem is that a corkscrew landing under sniper fire is the kind of thing that is hard to forget and harder still for memory to invent.  This is confabulation on a pathological scale.  A Clintonian scale.  And that's the problem.  Barack Obama has been gaining on Hillary in part because Tuzla reminds Democrats what they had largely succeeded in banishing from consciousness:  the Clintons' arm's-length relationship with truth.

Hillary's biggest mistake.  What worked for P.T. Barnum didn't do as well for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).  When the great showman said, "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people," he unknowingly anticipated the fundamental assumption that underlay the campaign of the first woman seriously to contend for the presidency.

You couldn't make it up (unless you're Hillary, that is).  Someone who routinely lies like she does, then dismisses it as a consequence of the number of words she says has severe psychological problems.  Perhaps her disorder is a result of the sort of politician she is.

Hillary's Common Ground:  It's hard to tell which is the real Senator Clinton, the one who thinks Republicans are the enemy or the one who wants to reach out to them.  It's the sort of episode that lends credence to those who say Mrs. Clinton doesn't really have many core beliefs, but will do or say whatever it takes to get elected.

Clinton's fibs becoming a bad habit.  She now says she "misspoke."  It's a benign characterization of a troubling fact:  The gap between Clinton and truth has become suddenly vast.  And that raises manifold questions.

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That gap has been there all along.  There's only one recent change:  The scrutiny of the media has suddenly kicked in.  Reporters are becoming reporters rather than cheerleaders.

Clinton's '35 years of change' omits most of her career.  The overall portrait is of a lifelong, selfless do-gooder.  The whole story is more complicated — and less flattering.  Clinton worked at the Children's Defense Fund for less than a year, and that's the only full-time job in the nonprofit sector she's ever had.  She also worked briefly as a law professor.  Clinton spent the bulk of her career — 15 of those 35 years — at one of Arkansas' most prestigious corporate law firms, where she represented big companies and served on corporate boards.  Neither she nor her surrogates, however, ever mention that on the campaign trail.

Vetting Hillary; a Crack in the Legend.  Candidate Hillary Clinton now speaks non-stop about her work at the Children's Defense Fund, after Yale law school.  In doing so, she stretches the truth by claiming that she spent her time "fighting for abused women and children" (advocating for larger welfare benefits is more like it).

Clinton called a liar, oh my!  On Wednesday, billionaire movie and music executive David Geffen was quoted by The New York Times' Maureen Dowd as saying, "Everybody in politics lies, but they [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it's troubling."  This comes from a former Friend of Bill.  Had Sen. Clinton let it go without comment, or with a wave-of-the-hand explanation that it was only the lashing out of a bitter former friend and she refused to stoop to such personal attacks, it would have blown over in a day.  But Clinton couldn't resist proving Geffen's point.

Clinton antics will make Bill and Hil the next American Idles.  For all of the sound and the fury, I do not think that the Clintons will destroy the Democratic Party.  And they will not ensure the victory of McCain.  But I think that they have destroyed any possibility for themselves of returning to the White House.  The press now has another grudge against them, their supporters have to be shocked by this level of lying, and the rest of America sees pathos in their continuing desperation.  Then, of course, her documented lie about Bosnia is just what the Republicans would need to perforate any belief in her ability to tell the truth.

It Takes A Village To Stiff a Waitress.  Trish Trupo, a 31-year-old waitress in Albion NY, worked for $2.90 per hour plus tips.  Hillary stopped by to fill up on scrambled eggs and left no tip.  The next day, when Hillary was asked about the tipping incident by a reporter in New York, she did what she does best.  She lied.  She said, "That's just another wild story."

A window into Hillary's heart:  Hillary has positioned herself as the protector of the poor and downtrodden.  She has fought to nationalize our health care system.  She has savaged the Republicans for being anti-poor.  She wanted to keep more Americans on welfare, and she really cares about the children.  However, when she had a chance to put her campaign contributors' money where her mouth is, she just walked out.  No tip, no thank you, no nothing.

Cash-strapped Clinton fails to pay bills.  Hillary Rodham Clinton's cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small-business circles.

Clinton owes her own high school money.  Hillary Clinton's campaign has made little secret that it has been routinely outspent by rival Barack Obama in the extended race for the Democratic presidential nomination and has been forced to curtail checks for some of its vendors and staff.  But stiffing your high school alma mater?

Clinton didn't pay health insurance bills.  Among the debts reported this month by Hillary Clinton's struggling presidential campaign, the $292,000 in unpaid health insurance premiums for her campaign staff stands out.  Clinton, who is being pressured to end her campaign against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination, has made her plan for universal health care a centerpiece of her agenda.

Bill Clinton Says Hillary Tried to Join the Army.  I assume this is a version of the "Hillary Clinton tried to join the Marines" anecdote that then-First Lady Clinton told in 1994 that we wondered about since it's a story she never seems to have told again.

14 Questions I'd Ask Hillary After I Hooked Her Up to a Lie Detector  …assuming that she hasn't gotten so good at lying that she could beat the machine. … [Question 3]  Your Rose Law Firm billing records were removed from Vince Foster's office after his death.  Those records were "(m)issing and under subpoena for two years (and) they turned up in January 1996 in the Clintons' private quarters at the White House."  Whoever took those records committed a crime by obstructing justice.  Despite the fact that your records were taken and eventually turned up in your private quarters, you have denied taking the records or having anyone take them for you.  Is that true?

Did someone mention Vince Foster again?

Questions about character cost Clinton.  Layered upon the wholesale dishonesty that defines Senator Clinton's presidential campaign is a projected arrogance that it doesn't matter.  That somehow this nomination and this election belong to her, regardless of what she says or does.

Clinton role in health program disputed.  Hillary Clinton, who has frequently described herself on the campaign trail as playing a pivotal role in forging a children's health insurance plan, had little to do with crafting the landmark legislation or ushering it through Congress, according to several lawmakers, staffers, and healthcare advocates involved in the issue.  In campaign speeches, Clinton describes the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, as an initiative "I helped to start."

Clinton:  Exaggerating Help for the Troops.  In a recent ad, Clinton claims members of the National Guard and military Reserve didn't have health insurance until she and a GOP colleague took action.  We find the ad misleading.  In fact, active-duty Guard and Reserve troops already were covered by federal insurance, and four out of five non-active-duty guardsmen and reservists already were covered by their civilian employers or other sources.

Clinton Claims Credit for Bill She Didn't Pass.  In September 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina, Clinton introduced a bill (S 1615) that among other things would have … established FEMA as its own Cabinet-level agency.  That bill went nowhere. … In May 2006, Clinton introduced a bill (S. 1427) containing the same language as her previous one.  On July 11, 2006, Clinton's bill failed overwhelmingly — by a vote of 32 to 66.

Hillary Underrates Women.  To listen to Senator Hillary Clinton proposing gender pay equity legislation last week, one might reasonably conclude that she is paid only 77% of Senator Obama's $165,200 salary. … Mrs. Clinton tries to obscure the trend toward equal pay and the reality that men and women generally have equal pay for equal work now — if they have the same jobs, responsibilities, and skills. Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama are paid identically, as are many other men and women with the same job.

The First Broken Promise.  How about that Hillary Clinton:  She's already breaking her campaign promises — and she doesn't even have her party's presidential nomination yet.  Clinton yesterday reneged on her vow to explain how she'll "pay for everything" she proposes when she pushed a whopping $110 billion "economic stimulus" package — and offered no fund source to underwrite its cost.  Gee, that was quick.  Wasn't it just a few weeks ago that the former first lady was an apostle of "fiscal responsibility"?

Hillary's illegals:  "No woman is illegal," Hillary Clinton declared Thursday [1/10/2008] to campaign-rally attendees after a man said his wife is an illegal alien.  The applause followed. … As a nonsequitur and a dodge, it is both true — no person is inherently "illegal," just their immigration status — and meaningless in the context.  No border-enforcement activist believes that a "person" is innately illegal.  Via this nonsequitur, and by imputing meanness or hatred, "No woman is illegal" and "No person is illegal" help open-borders, pro-amnesty politicians evade an honest consideration of the nation's illegal-immigration conundrum.  Don't be fooled.

Botox rumours put spite into White House race.  Hillary Clinton's enemies have long criticised her political makeover, from the liberal firebrand First Lady to the moderate senator and White House candidate that she is today.  Now, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination is the subject of a whispering campaign suggesting that she has also undergone a physical makeover — with Botox injections to enhance her appearance.

The Editor says...
The article above might be construed as an ad hominem attack on an old lady who is just trying to make herself look better; however, it shows Senator Clinton to be a person who actively pretends to be something she is not.

Clinton's cackle may give opponents the last laugh.  They call it the Clinton cackle.  It comes out of the blue, lasts a few seconds and leaves those who witnessed it wondering if they have missed a joke.  Hillary Clinton's deployment of the full belly laugh is the latest weapon used by the leading Democratic presidential candidate when she is being pummeled by reporters or rivals. … When attacked about her many flip-flops — she voted for war in Iraq but now opposes it and she opposed universal healthcare but now wants it — she now bursts out laughing.

The Editor says...
Liberals frequently resort to ridicule and mocking derision when their arguments crumble under scrutiny.  But in Clinton's case, even her laughter is apparently cold and calculated.

Hillary Clinton's Howard Dean moment.  Remember "the Scream" by Howard Dean?  Well, in today's debate in Johnston, Iowa it was "the Cackle".  In the press debate room there was an eruption of mirth and disbelief from reporters as a lapel microphone picked up Hillary Clinton's belly laugh when her rival Barack Obama was put on the spot.  It'll be up on YouTube very soon.

Hilliam Clinton.  In the 1990s, "Clintonesque" became a by-word for political double-speak.  We even became, briefly, a nation of deconstructionists when President Bill Clinton mused on the meaning of "is."  Such existential questions seemed to be in the past.  But with another Clinton running as if she's all but a sure thing for the White House, Clintonesque is once again becoming a politically relevant adjective.

The unmasking of Hillary Clinton.  The New York senator emerges as a political chameleon as the race for Democratic nomination heats up.

Driver's Ed.  As uncomfortable as the Clintons are with giving yes or no answers to yes or no questions, sometimes it is required, whatever the meaning of the word "is" is.  Particularly when you consider the history of this issue.

Hillary Hits a Pothole.  It was her debate performance, best described by the Washington Post as a "night of fumbles."  She fudged replies on Social Security, the release of documents from her husband's administration, and most strikingly on issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.  At first, she seemed to defend the proposal, then she suggested she was against it, and finally, when pressed for a direct answer, she accused the moderator of playing "gotcha."

Hillary in the Headlights:  Hillary Clinton certainly knows how to read the polls — especially ones showing overwhelming public opposition to Gov. Spitzer's now-aborted plan to let illegal aliens get driver's licenses.  No doubt that's why she released a statement late yesterday declaring that "As president, I will not support driver's licenses for undocumented people."  But that's not what she's been saying.

Hill's 'Stand?'  Well, Today is Thursday ….  Barack Obama's spokesman, Bill Burton, said:  "When it takes two weeks and six different positions to answer one question on immigration, it's easier to understand why the Clinton campaign would rather plant their questions than answer them."  Since the last Democratic debate, a recent Rasmussen poll showed that 77 percent of Americans oppose granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

Hillary, Not as in the Mount Everest Guy.  For more than a decade, one piece of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's informal biography has been that she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of Mount Everest.  The story was even recounted in Bill Clinton's autobiography.  But yesterday, Mrs. Clinton's campaign said she was not named for Sir Edmund after all. … Sir Edmund became famous only after climbing Everest in 1953.  Mrs. Clinton, as it happens, was born in 1947.

Hillary's List of Lies:  Hillary simply cannot tell the truth.  Here's her scorecard:
 •  Chelsea was jogging around the Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.  (She was in bed watching it on TV.)
 •  Hillary was named after Sir Edmund Hillary.  (She admitted she was wrong.  He climbed Mt. Everest five years after her birth.)
 •  She was under sniper fire in Bosnia.  (A girl presented her with flowers at the foot of the ramp.)
 •  She learned in The Wall Street Journal how to make a killing in the futures market.  (It didn't cover the market back then.)

Hillary Lied:  Hillary '07 vs. Hillary '02-'03.  Yesterday we did a then-and-now with Mrs. Clinton, showing how she is literally lying over the weekend in Iowa, in Des Moines as she was describing to people how she voted for the Iraq war and what it meant.  She wasn't voting for the war, she was voting for the president to negotiate, and he mistrusted everybody and tricked her and misused her vote, which she was not authorizing anybody to go to war.  We found sound bites from 2003 speaking to Code Pink where she contradicted herself in every substantive way possible, even before the Iraq war started.

Middling mummery:  When Sen. Hillary Clinton, New York Democrat, began to readjust her campaign rhetoric to reinvent herself as a born again centrist, few bothered to check out whether she had shifted rightward in her voting record, too.  With rare exceptions, she hadn't.  Her rhetoric had changed around the edges, as when she talked about finding common ground with right to life advocates.  But "her voting record on abortion issues didn't change one iota," said an official at the National Right to Life Committee.

Two Positions and Two Tall Tales in One Stop For Hillary.  At a campaign stop in Philadelphia today, Hillary Clinton proposed an anti-crime package that would put 100,000 more cops on the streets of the U.S.  It's a good thing, too:  Another part of her package calls for letting imprisoned crack users back out on the streets to mix it up with the extra cops.

Hill and Illegals' Health Care.  If you thought Hillary Clinton had trouble making up her mind about drivers licenses for illegal aliens, wait until someone tries to pin her down about health care for illegals.  She fumbled for days after being asked about Gov. Spitzer's now-aborted plan to give licenses to illegals.  But the New York governor is pushing ahead on giving free health care to the same folks.

More Clinton lies.  After [Webster] Hubbell resigned as the third-highest official in the Justice Department on March 14, 1994, Mrs. Clinton told the public that his dilemma involved an "internal billing dispute" with his Rose partners that "likely would be resolved."  (Mr. Hubbell was later convicted of numerous felonies.)  It was not the first time — nor the last — that Hillary Rodham Clinton told an inaccurate tale that proved to be as demonstrably false as it was disinformational and self-serving.




Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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Donors list raises fears over Hillary Clinton role as Secretary of State.  Bill Clinton has raised millions of dollars from governments and politicians in the Middle East and Asia, raising fresh concerns about the impartiality of his wife's role as Barack Obama's Secretary of State.

Rubber-Stamp Approval Slips Over Hil's Chasms of Conflicts.  "The (William J.) Clinton Foundation exists as a temptation for any foreign entity or government that believes it could curry favor through a donation," cautioned Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana.  "It also sets up potential perception problems with any action taken by the secretary of state in relation to foreign givers or their countries...."  Therefore, he concluded, in a sharp reversal of his own logic, "I believe that every member of this committee will seek ways to support Senator Clinton's work as secretary of state."  Huh?

The Decline and Fall of Hillary Clinton.  If President Obama's goal in appointing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State was to neutralize his biggest rival, he has certainly succeeded.  Clinton looks a shadow of her former self, and has been the most low-key Secretary of State in recent times.  Her immediate predecessors Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell were far more prominent figures on the world stage during their first six months in office.  Clinton, in contrast, looks tired, disinterested, and largely going through the motions.

Hillary's Ego:  Bigger Than the Congo.  The plot of our secretary of state's early-August diplomatic trip to Africa can be summarized as follows:  she arrived, toured several nations, acted like a spoiled princess, and then refused to apologize for her abhorrent behavior.

Hillary Salutes the Saudi King.  Amid all the coverage of President Obama's address to the United Nations, we should also note the obsequious "salute" that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave yesterday to Saudi King Abdullah. ... No mention was made of the fact that Saudi Arabia remains the only country in the world without a public church, or that is has been singled out by the State Department as one of the world's worst religious persecutors.

I find this very hard to believe.
Hillary Clinton:  No more president runs.  Hillary Clinton has made her first, and last, run for the presidency.  The secretary of state replied "no" when asked in an interview that aired this morning on NBC's "Today" show whether she'll run again.  "This is a great job," Clinton said of being secretary of state.  "It is a 24/7 job.  And I'm looking forward to retirement at some point."

Undiplomatic Diplomacy.  Isn't a diplomat supposed to be — you know — diplomatic? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doesn't seem to think so.  On her current visit to Pakistan, she managed to insult both her own government and Pakistan's in the space of a few minutes.

No class, bad memory.  Hillary Clinton continued her farcical visit to Pakistan today [10/31/2009] by blaming Obama's failure to make any progress with respect to Israeli-Palestinian relations on George W. Bush.

Hillary Clinton scrubs Ronald Reagan from history.  It's bad enough that President Obama could not be bothered to attend the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  But Hillary Clinton's refusal to even acknowledge the role played by Ronald Reagan in the Wall's demise as well as the downfall of Communism was highly insulting towards one of the greatest figures of our time, and reeked of petty and partisan mean-spiritedness.

Prosecuting American 'War Crimes'.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed "great regret" in August that the U.S. is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court (ICC).  This has fueled speculation that the Obama administration may reverse another Bush policy and sign up for what could lead to the trial of Americans for war crimes in The Hague.

Hillary Clinton has gone AWOL on the Iranian front.  One would have thought that with a potential revolution on the streets of Tehran, and with scenes of horrific and savage brutality against protesters by the Iranian regime, that Washington's official voice on international affairs might at least have expressed an opinion.

Where Oh Where Is Hillary?  Nile Gardiner at the Daily Telegraph writes:  "The White House should send a search party to track down Hillary Clinton.  America's foreign policy chief has been missing from the world stage for several days, and has become as elusive as the Scarlet Pimpernel at the height of the French Revolution."  Come to think of it, we haven't seen or heard from her since the Flight 253 bombing attack.

Obama's Dangerous Diplomacy.  As a presidential aspirant, Hillary Clinton condemned "cowboy diplomacy" that alienated America's allies; as secretary of state in the Obama administration, she has practiced it...

U.S. allies find Obama a frosty friend.  Hillary Clinton, America's secretary of state, was in Canada the other day.  She criticized Ottawa for not inviting Aboriginal groups to a meeting on the Arctic, and for not including the facilitation of abortion in the Canadian government's "maternal health" initiative to developing countries.  These might seem curious priorities for the global superpower at a time of war...

Hillary:  Bull In China Shop Diplomat.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is often described as sidelined from the big jobs in foreign policy, given her political rivalry with the president.  But to look at the areas where she is active shows a lot of messes.

Hillary Invades Canada!  Canadians hosted hundreds of American air passengers whose planes were grounded on 9/11.  They opened their hearts and their homes to us.  During the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979-81, fearless Canadian diplomats in Tehran helped smuggle out of that maddened country endangered Americans.  None of that seemed to matter this week.  Not content with putting an end to America's historic "special relationship" with Britain, nor with bullying the U.S.' only reliable ally in the Mideast, Israel, the Obama administration has launched an attack on our Northern neighbor, Canada.  Their unguided missile landed squarely on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  It was Hillary.

What, No Hillary?  The White House very quickly got out in front of a story.  There is no truth to the rumors that President Obama might name Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Supreme Court. ... Senators on the Judiciary panel might be most interested to learn what, if any, role Hillary Clinton played in the 2001 Marc Rich pardon.  Remember him?  He's the fugitive felon who got a pardon after his ex-wife, Denise, made some hefty contributions to the Democratic Party.

Secretary Clinton Helps Islamic Terror Supporter Enter U.S..  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed an order allowing a radical Islamic man with terrorist ties to tour cities in the United States in spite of a six-year ban, according to a report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police's Terrorism Committee.

Taxpayers foot State Department's stiff liquor bill.  Months after President Obama urged federal agencies last year to cut wasteful spending, the U.S. Department of State paid $3,814 to fill an order of Jack Daniel's whiskey for gratuities at one of its many overseas embassies.  The booze buy wasn't unusual.  Last year alone, the State Department sent taxpayers tabs totaling nearly $300,000 for alcoholic beverages  — about twice as much compared to the previous year, according to an analysis of spending records by The Washington Times.

Hillary Clinton:  'We Have a Lot to Learn' About Energy Policy From Other Nations .  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told officials from more than 32 Western Hemisphere nations on Thursday [4/15/2010] that the United States is looking to those nations to develop better energy policies and practices.  "For our part, we believe the United States has a lot to learn," Clinton said at the Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas in Washington.

Treason Season at the State Department.  The Obama administration appears to be unable to distinguish between the reasonable Arizona immigration law and the acts of merciless dictators in China.  It's a vivid illustration of Obama's 'Blame America First' policy.

State Dept. Changes Passport Policy to Accomodate People Who Change Gender.  The U.S. State Department is marking lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender "Pride Month" by changing its policy concerning gender change on passports and consular reports of birth abroad.  As of June 10, the State Department no longer requires that individuals provide proof that they have had sex reassignment surgery, but only requires certification from an "attending physician" that the individual received "appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition," which may or may not include surgery.

Hillary Clinton:  Secretary of Your Estate.  When it comes to your income, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes what's hers is hers and what's yours is hers.  If Obama is a "citizen of the world," Hillary Clinton wants to be the tax collector of the world.  During a recent speech at the Brookings Institution, Clinton said, "The rich are not paying their fair share in any nation that is facing the kind of employment issues, whether it's individual, corporate, whatever the taxation forms are."

Hillary to World:  Raise Your Taxes! Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in her push for higher taxes around the world, asserted facts about Brazil's economy that are contradicted by her own department's official profile of the South American country.  Clinton has taken on an odd diplomatic priority by urging the U.S., and other countries, to raise taxes.  She said during a trip to Pakistan that the country needed to increase taxes.

What Side Is She On?  Hillary Clinton assured Ecuadoreans the U.S. would sue Arizona if it tried to enforce federal immigration laws.  She said it just as the feds ceded part of Arizona to Mexican traffickers.

Clinton pledges to defend gay rights at home and abroad.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged to end violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians at home and abroad Tuesday [6/22/2010], as the Obama administration moves to extend further benefits to gays working in the federal government.

The New Math Of Hillary Clintonomics.  With job creation in the U.S. basically at a standstill aside from some government hiring of temporary census workers, even after a trillion-plus in stimulus spending, Hillary Clinton's answer for more growth and more jobs is to remove even more money from the people who earned it and hand it over to the federal government.

The Anti-Women Agenda of Hillary's State Department.  Secretary Hillary Clinton's State Department has proven that the only 3:00 a.m. calls that they are willing to answer are calls that further a dangerously misguided progressive agenda.  During the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton proudly proclaimed that she'd be "ready on day one," but she neglected to mention that she'd only be ready to push dogmatic ideological movements.  Two examples in the past month alone attest to that fact.

Can Chelsea Clinton receive gifts from foreign heads of state for her wedding?  [Scroll down]  So in other words, yes, Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of the sitting secretary of state and the former president, can receive all the gifts she likes from foreign heads of state, or even "international organizations."  The confidentiality agreements would make it very easy for someone outside the country, say, to pay for all of the flowers in the wedding without public scrutiny.  Not that we should worry about that, Brooks explained, because we have to presume that the activities are above board.  On the other hand...

State Department:  Taliban is not a terrorist organization.  A new State Department report designating terrorist organizations notably excludes one group:  the Taliban.  The U.S. has been fighting a war in Afghanistan for almost a decade aimed at "defeating the Taliban," Taliban members repeatedly have threatened and killed American citizens and lawmakers have increased pressure on State to add the Taliban to the list.

The State Department's Islamic Supremacist.  It's unbelievable but true: the imam of the projected Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero, Feisal Abdul Rauf, is on a grand tour to Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates — paid for by the U.S. State Department with taxpayer money.  The State Department confirmed Tuesday [8/10/2010] that they were sending Rauf on this mission.

Hillary and the Ground Zero Mosque Imam.  It is time for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to step up to the plate and investigate Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, who is currently touring the Middle East at the expense of American Taxpayers as an envoy of her Department of State.  Claudia Rossett, one of America's premier journalists, today reveals several disturbing facts that more than warrant an official investigation.

Critics attack State Department program sponsoring Ground Zero imam's trip.  Amidst the contentious debate surrounding the building of a mosque and Islamic community center at Ground Zero, it was revealed that the imam behind the project — Feisal Abdul Rauf — will soon be departing on a State Department-sponsored trip to the Middle East — and American taxpayers will be footing the bill.

'Ground Zero' imam on Mideast tour to make Islam 'Americanized'.  The imam behind the plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero surfaced yesterday far from the controversy — in Bahrain, where he's on a taxpayer-funded trip to the Middle East to spread good will.  Appearing in public for the first time in weeks, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, speaking at a mosque near Bahrain's capital of Manama, said he wants to "Americanize" Islam — but dodged questions about the uproar over his planned mosque and community center.

Cashing In On Ground Zero.  Among the prime planners of a $100 million Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero, it's not just Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf who is visiting the Middle East this summer at U.S. taxpayer expense.  The State Department is also about to send Rauf's wife and Cordoba Initiative fellow director, Daisy Khan, on her own taxpayer-funded "public diplomacy" trip to the United Arab Emirates.

Clinton Invokes Climate Change Debate to Explain Pakistan Floods.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other officials are pointing to the devastating floods in Pakistan and other extreme weather events as signs that climate change is getting worse.  Clinton, in an interview with Pakistan's Dawn TV, said "there is a linkage" between the recent spate of deadly natural disasters and climate change.

Secretary Clinton's Climate Con.  Our secretary of state tells the world the devastating Pakistani floods are caused by man-made global warming as the U.N. plans to exploit the crisis to restart stalled climate talks.

Obama administration indicts America.  Move over Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria.  The State Department has made it official:  The United States violates human rights.  In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration submitted a report to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights detailing the progress and problems in dealing with human rights issues in this country.  The document is a strange combination of left-wing history and White House talking points.

The State Dept.'s Campaign Brochure.  When the president violated all traditional comportment and protocol in his State of the Union address in January by blasting Supreme Court justices sitting a few feet away from him, he said he didn't think "American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse by foreign entities."  Now his administration has reversed that image.  Our own State Department has had the taxpayers bankroll what amounts to an Obama campaign pamphlet concocted for the consumption of a foreign entity:  the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Human Rights Kowtow.  President Obama and his State Department have been widely criticized for downplaying human rights in their efforts to engage abusive regimes in Iran, China, Russia, Burma and even Sudan.  But there's at least one country whose human rights record merits the Administration's minute scrutiny:  the United States.

Human Rights through the Looking Glass.  During this past year, under the guidance of our HRC, Hillary Rodham Clinton, "senior representatives" from "more than a dozen" federal entities wandered the country listening to the self-serving laments of various liberal pressure groups.  At the end of the process, they compiled these gripes into a 29-page report and sent it to the U.N. HRC for review.  Among the reviewing states of the HRC are human rights luminaries like Cuba, Russia, Red China, Saudi Arabia, and — when not busy sending "emergency transaction" e-mails — Nigeria.  Our State Department calls the UPR [Universal Periodic Review] process "a unique avenue for the global community to discuss human rights around the world."  Any sane person would call it a self-deluding boondoggle and, if its recommendations are followed, a self-destructive one as well.

U.N. report clearly not treason, just treasonous.  Apparently the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton's State Department consider our republican form of government a human rights deficiency.

Hillary Clinton:  United Nations Is 'Single Most Important Global Institution'.  In a speech before the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) on Wednesday [9/8/2010], Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the work of the United Nations and said it is "the single most important global institution."

U.N. Human Wrongs.  The U.S. State Department is holding up Arizona as America's human rights problem, fishing for applause from the likes of Cuba and Libya.  But Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer isn't taking it lying down.

Clinton to unveil funds for clean cookstove push.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce on Tuesday a U.S. contribution of more than $50 million toward providing clean cooking stoves in developing countries to reduce deaths from smoke inhalation and fight climate change.

The Editor says...
(1) Every dollar that goes toward the fight against "climate change" is a wasted dollar, since the climate has always been in a continuous state of flux.  (2) The United States has no business spending tax dollars on other countries' problems.  (3) What fuel will be used in these "clean cooking stoves" that will add any less to "climate change"?  Petroleum?  Natural gas?  Coal?  Aren't these the very same energy sources the Democrats so vigorously oppose?  (4) If people are dying from smoke inhalation, using the fires they now have, they must be cooking indoors, so why won't the new stoves be just as hazardous?

Hillary Clinton Wants Global Standards For Cookstoves.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Tuesday [9/21/2010] at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.  The goals of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves are multi-tiered.  "First, a major applied research and development effort to improve design, lower costs and develop global industry standards for cookstoves", Clinton said.  "Second, a broad-based campaign to create a commercial market for clean stoves, including reducing trade barriers, promoting consumer awareness and boosting access to large scale carbon financing."

The Editor says...
Will "global industry standards for cookstoves" make the stoves cheaper and more accessible?  Of course not.  Government standards always make prices increase.  If the end users are currently burning firewood and dung, how bad could a new stove be, with or without global standards?

Hillary Clinton stays away from mid-term elections.  Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, will be several thousand miles away from American shores on election day in a move some are interpreting as a deliberate way of literally distancing herself from the result.

Why is Hillary Clinton hiding?  As Toby Harnden reports, Hillary Clinton has opted to stay well clear of today's midterms, sitting them out in a two-week tour of Asia and Australasia.  In fact she's been as elusive as the Scarlet Pimpernel in the past few days.  That's a perfectly astute move from her point of view.

What President Obama Didn't Learn at Harvard.  [Scroll down]  Hillary Clinton made it a point to get out of town.  She didn't want to be near the wreckage.  Her patronizing put-down of the American people was similarly the product of our elite Ivy grad schools.  She said we had a petulant "Goldilocks" attitude.  Some of us say Obama's policies are too hot.  Some say they are too cold.  And the impatient electorate is too demanding; we want him to get it just right.  How insulting.  How arrogant.  But it is typical of the way liberals talk down to Americans.

Hillary Clinton:  Secretary of State is "My Last Public Position".  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has once more reiterated that she will not run for president in 2012, going so far as to refer to her current role in government as "my last public position."  At a town hall meeting appearance in Manama, Bahrain on Friday, Clinton denied intentions to run for either president or vice president on the ticket with President Obama, who defeated her in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.  Some experts have also speculated that she could replace Robert Gates next year when he retires as secretary of defense.

Hillary's Puppy-Dog Diplomacy.  Whatever happened to America's most-driven woman, whose post-Lewinsky scorn would lead to the sweetest revenge ever as first female president?  Where is the first lady who reputedly threw lamps at her cheating chief executive husband, and who wouldn't say die in the primaries against Barack Obama?  Where, for that matter, is the relentless, Nixonian secretary of state WikiLeaks tells us ordered her underlings to spy on a foreign head of state and U.N. personnel?

Hillary's Long Goodbye.  For the moment I am still consigning the rash of stories writing Hillary Clinton's political obituary to the too-good-to-be-true file.  Yes, the Secretary of State has openly stated that Secretary of State will be her "last public position."

Liberal Math.  Hillary Clinton, a multimillionaire, given her past lucrative books deals and sales, and her husband's near $100 million in honoraria after a near decade of speaking fees, is now hawking signed DVDs of her convention speech in 2008.  Apparently she hopes to pay off her sizable campaign debts that still exceed $9 million.  Questions arise:  the Clintons this summer were just negotiating to buy a $11 million Westchester County mansion, despite owning luxurious homes in Washington and New York.  Cannot the Clintons defer purchase of such upscale estates until they pay what they owe, since the cost of the estate and the debt owed are about equal?

Hillary Pitches Signed DVD for Money.  Over two years after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got shellacked by Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primaries, she remains in debt and has gone the Home Shopping Network path to raise money:  Selling signed copies of a DVD recording of her Democratic Convention speech.

Hugo Chavez Admires Hillary Clinton's 'Spontaneous Smile'.  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez bumped into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Brazil this weekend at the inauguration of Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's first female president, and the two shook hands and chatted.  "She had a very spontaneous smile and I greeted her with the same effusiveness," Chavez later explained.

Hillary & Hugo's Handshake.  What is Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton doing shaking hands with Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez?  The two exchanged pleasantries in Brazil during the inauguration of its new President Dilma Rousseff.

Hugo Feels The Love.  If insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, how is one to characterize Hillary Clinton's latest grip-and-grin encounter with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez in Brazil on Saturday?

The Worst Secretary of State.  Simply by virtue of being married to Bill, being a woman, and being as left-wing and progressive as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton gets a pass on pretty much everything.  The media swoon over what a trailblazer she's been, how brilliant she is, and what a spectacular job she's doing as Secretary of State.  None of those things are true, particularly that last one.

With Hillary Clinton in charge of the State Department, this is what happens:
Heather has two passports.  The Obama administration's war on traditional values is picking up steam.  Just three days before Christmas, the State Department buried an announcement that "mother" and "father" were being banished from the bureaucratic lexicon.  In their place, politically correct terms intended to appeal to the vanity of homosexual activists will be inserted.  Application forms for documents such as passports will use "parent one" and "parent two" or "parent A" and "parent B" instead of supposedly obsolete concepts like mother and father. ... Obama administration officials are all in favor of breaking down the distinctions between men and women and any role they might play in society.

Cultural vandalism.  Lost in the wake of the horrific shootings in Tucson was a modest battle in the culture war:  The State Department quietly decreed that some passport applications would henceforth be gender neutral.  No more "mother" and "father"; such terms were apparently too retro, too judgmental for the Foggy Bottom bonzes.  Instead, Parent One and Parent Two would do just fine.  O Brave New World, that has such bureaucrats in it.

Hillary's foot-in-mouth moment as a climate scientist.  In August, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that the floods that were ravaging Pakistan at the time were linked to global warming. ... [But] There's a peer-reviewed paper about to be published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, and in the press release about the paper, they don't even mention the word "climate."  Simply put, a rogue storm system, part of the normal chaotic nature of weather on this planet, was the cause of last summer's devastating floods.  Nothing else.  Anyone who claims that the storm was part of "climate change" is simply flat wrong, and that includes Hillary.

Hillary and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Why would a proto-feminist Secretary of State be silent on the very real potential of a patriarchal Islamist system like the Muslim Brotherhood gaining power in Egypt?  Hillary Clinton's deafening silence in full view of her boss's Muslim sympathies as well as her own complicity in dialoguing with those who wish to subjugate women worldwide has left even die-hard Hillary supporters baffled and disgusted.

Pathetic.  The secretary of state steps up to the plate on Libya — and whiffs.

Obama-Inspired Chaos.  According to Hillary Clinton, "the safety and well-being of Americans has to be our highest priority."  Oh, really?  That comment, proffered by our secretary of state Tuesday [2/22/2011], is overshadowed by the serious jeopardy U.S. citizens now encounter thanks to the ideological blindness and national security incompetence of the Obama administration.

Rip Van Clinton.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is complaining that Iran is subverting the upheavals in the Middle East.  So what else has been new for the last 30 years?

Hillary Clinton not on board for second term.  Hillary Clinton really, really, really doesn't want to be president or vice president, or to become defense secretary or to continue serving as secretary of state if President Barack Obama is elected to a second term, she made clear in an interview Wednesday [3/16/2011].

Hillary's Moment.  Inside the Obama administration, a debate is raging.  In the face of the uprisings in the Middle East, Barack Obama has opted to sit on his hands.  He has a talent for that.  Robert Gates, who is extremely wary — one might even say, excessively wary — of commitments abroad, is happy about the President's passivity; Hillary Clinton, who had hoped that we would act to tip the balance in Libya, is not.  It would not be hard to imagine her resigning from the cabinet over this issue.

The Obama Administration's Ineptness.  On Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — when asked about why we're involving ourselves in Libya but not Syria — said this about Bashar Assad:  "Many of the Members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he's a reformer."  For understandable reasons — more about that in a moment — those comments didn't fly very well.  So it was time for a retake.  Yesterday [3/29/2011], when asked about her statement at a press conference, Secretary Clinton said, "Well, first, Jay [Solomon], as you rightly pointed out, I referenced opinions of others.  That was not speaking either for myself or for the administration."  As walk backs go, this one was unusually clumsy and obviously untrue.  Mrs. Clinton could simply have said her previous comments were wrong and she was revising them.  Instead we get a response that no one believes.

Ladies Who Launch.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with a little help from her friends, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and National Security Advisor Samantha Power, is being hailed as a decisive leader for persuading an indecisive President Obama to use military force against Libya in order to prevent "a potential humanitarian crisis" by Muammar Gaddafi against his own people.  Who knew that feminists would go to war against anyone but white male Republicans and Clarence Thomas?

Who's wearing the pantsuit at the White House?  In the end, the call didn't come at 3 a.m.  But the Decider in Chief who answered the phone made sure that everyone in the White House knew who wore the pantsuit around there.  And just as in the (first) Clinton presidency, the leaks began to pour out.  It was Hillary — not the former junior senator from Illinois — who forced the decision to intervene in Libya, "according to senior administration officials speaking only on condition of anonymity" to the New York Times.

President Obama's New Anti-American Secretary of State.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made it clear that she will not serve another term under President Obama.  Who can blame her?  She has become the face of a fecklessly reckless administration, a pathetic press relations lackey for the worst foreign affairs president in the history of the country.

Leave No Limo Behind.  They are buying limousines in Washington.  Lots of them.  The number of government limousines increased by 73 percent during the first two years of the Obama administration.  The official justification for the acquisition (with borrowed Chinese money) of all this rolling stock is "security."  Our bureaucrats, it seems, are not safe riding around in ordinary vehicles or, perish the thought, driving themselves to work.  This, it seems, is especially true of those brave souls who toil at the State Department, which is where most of the limos have been put into service.

A Marriage Made by Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood?  [Scroll down]  In 2008, Hillary Clinton was running for president.  There were widespread insinuations that she was involved in a romantic and/or sexual relationship with Abedin, her ever-present personal assistant.  Those whisperings persisted into Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State.  Abedin's 2010 marriage to [Anthony] Weiner, at which Bill Clinton presided, put those rumors to rest.  In Islamic law, a Muslim must officiate a marriage ceremony; hence if Bill Clinton was the only one officiating, the marriage was not valid according to Islamic law.  Huma Abedin would undoubtedly have known that.  Thus, if no Muslim was officiating along with Clinton, Weiner would not have had to convert to Islam, as the whole thing was a charade from the outset, apparently entered into with the full awareness of all parties concerned.

Weiner's In-Laws' Secret Muslim Brotherhood Connections.  Was Huma Abedin — wife of Anthony Weiner and deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton — unaware that her mother was reported as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood?  Did Western media miss what has been revealed in several Arab newspapers and left secret in American government circles?

Politician seeks answers on Weiner wife Huma Abedin's private consulting gig.  One of the Senate's most aggressive investigators is probing longtime Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Huma Abedin's employment status, asking how she got a sweetheart deal to be a private six-figure consultant while still serving as a top State Department official.

The Other Weiner.  If Anthony Weiner hadn't decided to run for mayor, we might never have learned about the cushy deal Hillary Clinton's State Department arranged for his wife.  But that deal has now caught the attention of Sen. Chuck Grassley.  And the Judiciary Committee's ranking Republican has sent State a letter asking 18 specific questions about how and why Huma Abedin was allowed to work simultaneously for Foggy Bottom and private clients.

Questions on the Dual Role of a Clinton Aide Persist.  Ms. Abedin, 37, a confidante of Mrs. Clinton's, was made a "special government employee" in June 2012.  That allowed her to continue her employment at State but also work for Teneo, a consulting firm, founded in part by a former aide to President Bill Clinton, that has a number of corporate clients, including Coca-Cola.  In addition, Ms. Abedin worked privately for the Clinton Foundation and for Mrs. Clinton personally.

The Threat We Face.  [Scroll down]  This is why — to take one disturbing example, I know that Hillary Clinton's right hand, Huma Abedin, the former deputy secretary of state, and chief foreign policy adviser on Muslim Affairs is a Muslim Brotherhood operative.  Huma Abedin's late father was a Muslim Brotherhood leader, and her mother and brother still are. [...] Huma Abedin has never to my knowledge uttered a word of disapproval about the Muslim Brotherhood's desire to rid the world of Christians and Jews or to bring all infidels under the heel of totalitarian Islamic law.  Her spiritual adviser Yusef al-Qaradawi is the spiritual leader of the Brotherhood.

What About Huma?  [T]he new House Select Committee on Benghazi must focus on the nature and consequences of Hillary Clinton's conduct with respect to the policies that led up to the attacks of September 11, 2012; what transpired that evening; and the cover-up that followed.  To really get to the bottom of these matters, however, Chairman Trey Gowdy and his colleagues must also examine with care the role played by a top Clinton lieutenant who has, to date, been almost completely unmentioned in the reporting, leaking, and congressional inquiries about Benghazigate:  Huma Abedin.  This is all the more curious since Ms. Abedin has extensive family and personal ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Whose Side Are You On, Hillary?  Our secretary of state questions the patriotism of those criticizing the administration's Libyan policy and disregard of the War Powers Act.  Remember when dissent was the highest form of patriotism?

State Department Funds Anti-American Propaganda.  While other U.S. departments and agencies waste tax payer money, no other department does it with quite the counter-productive flair of our friends in Foggy Bottom.  First, there was the issue of U.S. money going to pay salaries to jailed Palestinian terrorists, including those who murdered Americans.  Now, it turns out that the State Department is paying money to the United Nations Development Program...

Hillary Clinton: 'I'm Trying to Increase the Number of Visas' for Iranian Students.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told BBC Persia Wednesday that the State Department plans to set up a "virtual embassy" in Tehran by the end of the year to answer questions about how Iranians can study or travel in the United States.  "I'm trying to increase the number of visas for students so that we have more Iranian students coming to study here.  We're trying to reach out to the Iranian people, and we've tried to reach out to the government, just not very successfully," she said in an interview with BBC Persia's Bahman Kalbasi.

The Editor says...
Oh yes, the Muslims are coming to this country to study, all right.  They're coming here to study the airports, the subways, the water supplies, the power plants, and the tallest buildings.

Hillary Clinton: 'Religious Beliefs' Are 'Standing in the Way of Protecting Human Rights of LGBT People'.  Religious beliefs and cultural values do not justify the failure to uphold the human rights of homosexuals, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday [12/6/2011].  "Now, raising this issue, I know, is sensitive for many people and that the obstacles standing in the way of protecting the human rights of LGBT people rest on deeply held personal, political, cultural, and religious beliefs," Clinton said.

Hillary's Surreal State Department.  Hillary Clinton was once seen as a radical busybody, clamoring for this or that absurd invented right, such as the right of children to sue their parents.  Now she is seen as a safe establishment figure.  But the truth is that she hasn't changed.  She is still a radical scold.  Back in the days of the Clinton presidency she pushed the world to embrace an international right to abortion.  These days her ambition is to impose upon all the nations of the earth "LGBT" rights.  Bill Clinton's State Department was famous for its Christmas trees adorned with condoms as ornaments.  Hillary's State Department is even more radical; it seeks to turn the world into San Francisco.

Obama's war on decency:  [Scroll down]  The second news item was Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech in Geneva on Tuesday [12/6/2011], announcing that American taxpayers will be paying for homosexual activism around the world through a $3 million Global Equality Fund.  That's right.  In a time when the United States is facing massive debt, plus a rising China and militant Islam, we're going to use foreign aid money to promote "gay rights" to the world.

A Shameful State Department Initiative.  Today [12/12/2011] the Islamized State Department will be meeting with the Islamic supremacist Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss strategies and develop action plans in which to impose the restriction of free speech (or blasphemy, as truthful speech about Islam is considered in Islamic law) under the Sharia here in America.  Photos accompanying news reports about the upcoming meeting shows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu at a meeting last summer in Istanbul.  Such prominence is given to this totalitarian organization.  That photo reminds me of Neville and Adolf.

Hillary Clinton: 'I've Made Women a Cornerstone of American Foreign Policy'.  During her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton says she's instructed U.S. diplomats and development experts to "partner with women to find ways to engage and build on their unique strengths, help women start businesses, help girls attend school" and "push" women to get involved in peace talks and elections.  "I've made women a cornerstone of American foreign policy," Clinton told a 'Women in the World Summit' in New York City on Saturday [3/10/2012].

Is Hillary Clinton becoming an embarrassment as Secretary of State?  The pictures of Hillary Clinton dancing the night away in Colombia during the Summit of the Americas are now all over Twitter, and were first reported by ABC News.

Obama's Overseas Travel Turning Into Campaign Stops.  [Scroll down]  Lastly there were photos of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dancing at a Cartagena club and knocking back a beer.  Undignified in a diplomatic context, they are perfect images in a populist campaign context.

Hillary Clinton Playing Russian Roulette with the Russians.  [Scroll down]  It would be hard to imagine more errors in a single answer.  Russia's change of leadership?  What change?  Putin has been in charge since New Year's Eve 2000.  That has never been in doubt.  The Obama administration made much — too much — of its closeness to Medvedev, even giving the appearance of disrespect to Putin in the process.  That's like cozying up to the monkey in the hopes of showing up the organ grinder.

Hillary and Barack Kneel at China's Altar.  If anybody, anybody with sense, actually believes that Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng is happy to be staying in China, or that he and his family will be safe for longer than a few months, that person is, in the old terminology, a "useful idiot" for the Communist cause.  The American agreement that sends Chen back from the U.S. Embassy is a craven capitulation to Chinese Communist thuggishness.

Will Obama Leave The US In Shambles If He Loses the Election?  Just like a spoiled child who doesn't know the word "NO", I believe that if Obama loses the upcoming election, he and his communist regime will do everything in their lame-duck power to destroy America to a point of no return for the incoming President.  New information on five treaties that are currently being negotiated by Hillary Clinton and other members of the regime's state department could spell grave danger to the soverignty of the United States of America.

Hillary Clinton Needs A New Global Warming Travel Agent.  Our Secretary of State said she was on a mission to see for herself the impacts of global warming.  That being the case, she should have started her trip in Iowa, in the heart of the World's Breadbasket.  Why Iowa?  Because as the world has warmed, crops have responded with ever-improving yields.  Nearly every year, important crops set yield-per-acre records in the United States and elsewhere.  This is consistent with the basic science that carbon dioxide is aerial fertilizer.  It is also consistent with longer growing seasons and the improvement in soil moisture that accompanied warmer temperatures.  Want to see for yourself the impacts of global warming, Secretary Clinton?  Start in Iowa.

The LOST sinkhole.  Like those who say climate change is an emergency too obvious and urgent to allow for debate, some proponents of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, a.k.a. the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), say arguments against it are nonexistent.  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says any such arguments "no longer exist and truly cannot even be taken with a straight face."  Favoring condescension over persuasion, she ridicules people who she says think that, because the treaty was negotiated under U.N. auspices, "the black helicopters are on their way."

Hillary Clinton Breaks Secretary of State Travel Record.  Hillary Clinton will travel to Latvia on Thursday [6/28/2012], the one-hundredth nation she'll visit as Secretary of State, reports CBS.  With still six months to go and a ticket to ride pretty much anywhere, she's already bested Madeline Albright's record of 96 nations visited as President Bill Clinton's Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001.

Hillary Clinton's Legacy.  Bret Stephens has a devastating column in today's Wall Street Journal questioning the conventional wisdom that Hillary Clinton has been a good secretary of state.  He goes down a litany of trouble spots and shows that the strategic position of the United States has declined as a direct result of Clinton's decisions, policy, and direction.

State Dept. Advisers: Let's Cut Nukes Some More.  A State Department advisory board report made public Tuesday shows that the Obama administration is studying cuts in U.S. strategic arsenals to "very low" levels and ultimately eliminating nuclear arms.  The advisory board, headed by former Defense Secretary William Perry, reflects themes promoted by liberal arms control and disarmament officials in the administration and calls for a new U.S. nuclear doctrine dubbed "mutual assured stability" based on better relations with Russia.

The Muslim Brotherhood in the Obama Administration.  If anyone needed evidence that Hillary Clinton is in the pocket of the Muslim Brotherhood, the events of the last few days should be more than sufficient.

Hillary Doubled Down on Egypt 'Apology'.  [Secretary of State] Clinton reiterates an apology issued earlier today [9/11/2012] by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo — now deleted — which said:  "We condemn the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims."  "The U.S. deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others," Clinton said.  "Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation," she added.  However, the White House has distanced itself from such apologies, according to Politico, saying that they were not "cleared by Washington."  Evidently, there is some discord in Washington.

Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama, it's time to wake up and smell the global jihad.  There are people in this world — and not a small number of them — who share the vision bin Laden had and have the will and means to act.  No amount of apologizing for America, embracing our adversaries or mistreating our allies will change that.  It is worth recalling that Cairo, the city where a mob entered the US embassy compound and burned an American flag, was the epicenter of what critics call Obama's "apology tour."

Obama and Clinton Must Resign — NOW!  The damage they have done to America, worldwide, may be irreparable.  We cannot allow them to continue to charge around like blind bulls in the proverbial china shop.  Republicans, speaking as one, must demand their resignations, and any Democrat who still has a vestige of patriotism and love of country left must join with them.  We cannot let another day go by with people so obviously unqualified and unsuited to occupy positions of power and authority continuing to do so.

Colonel: Hillary Made Decision Not to Post Marines at Benghazi.  In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Fox News military analyst Colonel David Hunt laid the blame for the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at the Benghazi, Libya American mission on Hillary Clinton and the State Department.

Chaos at the State Dept?  I spoke with a well-placed journalist last night whose sources describe the situation at the State Department in one word:  "Chaos."  The working assumption is that several American embassies may have been penetrated, or are vulnerable to attack, because so many of them rely on local residents for staff needs at the embassy, and as such may be in a position to breach security if they have been recruited by Al Qaida.

Hillary Clinton Should Resign.  [T]his Secretary of State has irrefutably proven herself to be na•ve, weak, and grossly incompetent.  And no, it doesn't matter that the Secretary has said she wishes to leave the Obama administration if the President is re-elected.  Hillary Clinton has to go.  Now.

Now Hillary Clinton strongly hints that Libya consulate WAS attacked by Al Qaeda.  In a humiliating admission, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said today [9/26/2012] that there was an explicit link between the al Qaeda network in North Africa and the deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya, backtracking from what the State Department had said previously.

Hillary: 'Loosen Regulation' Because 'Too Many People Still Can't Find Jobs' — In Tunisia, Egypt, Libya.  Speaking to a group of foreign ministers from Arab nations at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed support for loosening regulations, particularly on small businesses, because "too many people still can't find jobs" — in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

What Did Hillary Tell Obama on 9/11?  On Friday [10/12/2012], a CNN reporter asked Hillary Clinton what she was doing as the attack occurred, and Clinton responded with a 400-word answer that avoided the question.

Hillary Clinton: Accomplice to Liars.  What has Hillary Clinton done to invite such high levels of praise and esteem?  HillaryCare?  Stuck by her husband (who also polled at 66% favorability!) who lied, straight-faced, to the American people?  Hurriedly "moved" to New York so she could become that state's next U.S. Senator?  Slammed Barack Obama on the primary campaign trail, only to turn around to become his Secretary of State, supporting his every move to denigrate America throughout the world?  Ignored the pleas for additional security from our ambassador to Libya as 9/11 approached, then covered up the real events that led up to his murder by blaming an obscure, cartoonish video as well as the First Amendment?

Mark Steyn: Hillary Clinton used Libyan ambassador's dead body 'as prop to peddle a false narrative'.  On Hugh Hewitt's radio [program] last week, National Review columnist Mark Steyn accused the Obama administration of using slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens as a political prop. [...] "Aside from anything else, it's a wonderful example of how shriveling and corrupting politics is — that in the end, her great friend Chris, his coffin, his body, assuming they're not lying to us about the body being in there. [..."]

White House: Buck Stops With Hillary on Libya.  Today, the White House finally revealed its policy on embassy security:  keep President Obama out of the loop so he can claim plausible deniability and blame Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for any problems.

Did Biden Hang the State Department Out to Dry at the Debate?  Everyone loves Hillary Clinton these days.  She's got an approval rating way higher than that of Joe Biden or of President Obama, who can barely muster 50 percent on a good day.  But what if the most politically significant foreign-policy failure of Obama's presidency is actually due to a failure of the diplomatic-security strategy at the Clinton-run State Department?  That's certainly what all the evidence suggests.

Obama bites the hand that feeds him.  [Scroll down]  Hillary's leverage is at its peak now, when Bill is leading the Obama reelection charge and when a sudden resignation would represent a huge setback for Obama.  The Clintons can try to use this leverage to halt White House efforts to scapegoat Hillary.  Then, they can hope the issue blows over.  However, the Benghazi story isn't likely to blow over.

More about the Benghazi attack.

Will Hillary resign?  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stepped forward to say she accepts responsibility for the fact that our consulate in Benghazi was refused enhanced security.  This is another example of her willingness to take one for the team.  But what does it mean?  Will she "accept responsibility" by resigning her office?  This is what is meant by accepting responsibility in most parliamentary democracies.  As secretary of state, she surely knows that any of her NATO colleagues who accepted responsibility for such a debacle would immediately surrender his office.

Hillary Makes the Smartest Political Move of this Cycle.  [Scroll down]  It undermines Obama by making her look strong, and [Obama] look weak.  He is now forced to make some kind of statement second as a response.  It's the 3 AM phone call with her answering while he goes to Vegas.

Passing the buck on Benghazi.  Mrs. Clinton said she was taking responsibility to avoid a political "gotcha."  The Benghazi tragedy was far more than just a "bump in the road," as President Obama described it.  If Mrs. Clinton wants to accept the blame, she also should accept the consequences.

Hillary Clinton calls on Iranian gov't to release jailed filmmaker and 'all political prisoners'.  Although Secretary of State Clinton is facing criticism of her own when it came to making sure that filmmaker Mark Basseley Youssef was arrested and placed in jail, it has not stopped her from calling on Iran to release their own imprisoned filmmaker.

Benghazigate Reveals the Perfidy of Obama and Hillary Clinton.  Over the last five weeks, three distinct stages have unfolded in the Benghazi cover-up revealing the inner Obama and Clinton.  At first blush, we thought Benghazi exposed the amateurish and irresponsible nature of the Obama administration.  For Mr. Obama, "responsibility" does not mean precluding terrible events from happening, rather responsibility to appoint a commission to investigate what already happened, with a likely outcome exonerating the President.

State Dept. Official to Attend OIC Meeting Today on Banning 'Defamation of Islam'.  After the disaster of trying to blame an obscure YouTube video for the attack on the CIA operation in Benghazi and Obama's prophecy at the UN that "the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam," Hillary Clinton's State Department appears to be taking another run at the First Amendment free speech rights of American citizens.

A Fine Mess at Foggy Bottom.  While Hillary Clinton coasted for much of her term on the good press that comes with being a Clinton, until the last couple of months she was having a decidedly average run as secretary of state.  But the Benghazi debacle — which was in large part the result of Clinton's incompetence and lack of attention — followed by the expected defection of most of our European allies at the UN vote on the Palestinians today [11/29/2012], reveals a State Department marked by ineptitude and surprising irrelevance.

Clinton to Testify on Benghazi Attack at Open Hearing.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will soon testify before US lawmakers at an open-door hearing about the deadly September attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, a top lawmaker said.  Clinton will appear before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs "to discuss, in an open hearing, the findings and recommendations" in a State Department report on the attack, committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said on Friday [12/7/2012].

Jeanine Pirro Blasts Hillary For Benghazi Cover-up.  Unlike most in the media, Judge Jeanine Pirro has not let the Benghazi story go.  She's still on the case, keeping it alive until the new congress convenes in January and they take it up, again.

Hillary's fortuitous fall from her Benghazi Stonewall.  The alleged fainting spell and subsequent concussion of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears a bit fortuitous, if not downright suspicious when factoring in all of her stonewalling and obfuscation to this point.  It all started on September 16th, when U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice — instead of Hillary — appeared on five Sunday talk shows to give demonstrably false information about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Clinton calls in sick again, innoculating possible 2016 run against Obama Middle East policy.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced another sudden illness, marking the third time since Sept. 11, 2012 that she has distanced herself from President Barack Obama's faltering Muslim-outreach strategy.  The illnesses — and her pending departure from the job — have protected her from growing criticism about the Middle East strategy [...]

Hillary in Hiding.  The U.S. Secretary of State, suffering from a sick stomach, has reportedly fainted and bumped her head.  As a result, her spokespeople have already announced that she will be unable to testify at the Benghazi hearings, although she was not due to appear until December 20, many days after the vaguely reported fainting spell.  Already, the internet is resounding with a chorus of "How convenient!"

Hillary Clinton faints and suffers concussion  just days after insisting she's not too old to run for President in 2016.

Benghazi report could tarnish Clinton's legacy.  [Scroll down]  "The Board found that certain senior State Department officials ... in critical positions of authority and responsibility in Washington demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability appropriate for the State Department's senior ranks," the report concludes in its section on accountability of personnel.

Clinton And Kerry Get A Free Ride From The Press.  [Hillary] Clinton claims she can't testify for Congress on Thursday because she fell down over the weekend and got a concussion.  Maybe so, but thus far no one's seen a medical report.  What's more, it's the second time Clinton has put off crucial congressional testimony about the murder of a U.S. ambassador and three other U.S. officials by Islamist terrorists in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11.  The previous time, she had more pressing business, tasting wine in Australia and checking up on East Timor.  It looks like avoidance of responsibility to preserve her own political viability.

Bolton: Clinton Suffering from 'Diplomatic Illness' to Avoid Benghazi Testimony.  Former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton implied Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is exaggerating her illness so that she does not have to testify before Congress about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.

Hillary Clinton's head fake.  Clinton's story beggars belief:  While traveling in Europe, she contracted a stomach virus ... which made her dehydrated ... which made her faint at home ... which caused her to fall and hit her head ... which gave her a nasty concussion.  So Clinton's deputies will appear in her stead before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday to explain the State Department's failures.  That is not nearly enough.

Benghazi Report Disqualifies Hillary For White House.  A less-than-adequate independent review cites "grossly" inadequate leadership, "systemic failures" and "management deficiencies" that mean our secretary of state isn't ready for that 3 a.m. call either.

A diversionary announcement to draw attention away from the Benghazi scandal:
Obama Wants 100,000 American Students to Study in Communist China.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday [1/24/2013] will celebrate the launch of a newly rebranded organization called the "100,000 Strong Foundation," which aims to have 100,000 American students studying in China by 2014.  Thursday's event will "underscore the importance of study abroad in China and the benefits to our strategic relationship with China as well as the personal benefits individuals receive through these exciting experiences," the news release said.  Until now, the 100,000 Strong Initiative — announced by President Obama on his trip to China in 2009 — has operated inside the State Department.  Thursday's 1 p.m. ceremony marks its transition to a non-profit, nongovernmental organization operating independently.

Yesterday, Hillary Showed You All of Her Flaws.  Like Barack Obama, Hillary is completely unqualified for the position she holds. In fact, her entire career in the Senate, her run at the Presidency and the job she now holds are all owed to the fact that she married the right man, as opposed to any accomplishments of her own. [...] Hillary had no accomplishments or even stands of note while her husband was President, did nothing special while she was in the Senate and has done nothing worthwhile since she became Secretary of State — yet, she's probably the most likely candidate to be nominated by the Democrats for the presidency in 2016.

Things Only a Democrat Could Get Away With.  In her joint appearance with Obama on 60 Minutes, [Hillary] Clinton claimed that her critics were not living in an "evidence-based world".  This is the same world of which she wrote in her goodbye letter to her State Department colleagues; "I am proud of what we have accomplished together."  Those accomplishments are hard to find among the debris of three failed wars, two failed containment policies in Iran and North Korea, and more attacks on American diplomatic facilities than ever before.

The Democratic Disgrace.  Every job has a minimum requirement.  The absolute very least that anyone can do without being considered a complete and utter failure. [...] The minimum requirement for a Secretary of State is to at least pretend to care why such an attack took place.  Hillary Clinton failed that minimum requirement by declaring that it didn't matter why the attack happened. [...] For her, what happened at Benghazi made no difference because she knew that she could not and would not be held accountable for it.

The Hillary standard.  It shouldn't take two dead diplomats in just seven months (and seven other US fatalities) before someone in Washington understands that there's a serious problem in keeping our envoys safe.  This is not about finding political scapegoats.  It's about protecting Americans who serve our nation.

Rep. Issa: Politics Clearly Played a Part in Obama Admin's Handling of Benghazi Attack.  A witness is expected to testify at a Congressional hearing Wednesday that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to cut the department's own anti-terrorism unit out of the loop on the night of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Democrats' Agenda for Benghazi Hearing: Protect Hillary at All Costs.  Ahead of Wednesday's long-awaited hearings at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the Benghazi terror attack of Sep. 11, 2012, Democrats have a clear agenda: protect Hillary Clinton at all costs.

Benghazi Witness: 'You Should Have Seen What (Clinton) Tried to Do to Us That Night'.  Mark I. Thompson will make the allegation that Hillary Clinton "tried to cut the department's own counter-terrorism bureau out of the chain of reporting and decision-making" as they responded to the Benghazi attacks.

Hillary Clinton — culpable for Benghazi from beginning to end.  When it first became clear that the CIA's Benghazi talking points had been altered, many of us viewed the White House as the prime suspect.  After all, it served President Obama's political purposes to claim, at the height of a political campaign in which he was taking credit for the fall of al Qaeda, that the death of a U.S. ambassador was down to spontaneous outrage over a video, rather than pre-planned terrorism.  It turns out, however, that the State Department was the prime culprit.

On CNN, Mother Of Slain Benghazi Victim Excoriates Hillary Clinton: 'I Blame Her'.  Pat Smith, mother of slain State Department officer Sean Smith, who died in the September 11, 2012, attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, tore into the federal government and their efforts to investigate that deadly attack on Tuesday.  In an interview with CNN host Jake Tapper, Smith said that she blames former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for failing to ensure her staff was secure and for not taking blame for that failure after they were killed in the line of duty.

Brit Hume: 'No way' for Hillary Clinton to escape responsibility for Benghazi.  Senior Fox News political analyst Brit Hume laid out why this week's testimony on last September's terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya could be problematic for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Hume, speaking on Tuesday's [5/7/2013] broadcast of "America Live," said there is no feasible way for her to escape any responsibility since she had to be involved in the crafting of the talking points that came out after the attack that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including then-U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

Reminder: Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi while standing in front of the victims' caskets.  [Video clip]

Dems' Benghazi Hearing Mission: Help Hillary For 2016.  Congressional Democrats will go all-out to protect their likely 2016 presidential nominee.  They won't ask why a 10-man SWAT team was sent to arrest a filmmaker while pleas for help in Benghazi were ignored.

Why Benghazi is a Blow to Obama and Clinton.  The administration's response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on U.S. installations in eastern Libya was inaccurate, irresponsible and shrouded by campaign-style spin.  It belied President Obama's oft-broken promise to run a transparent government.  If nothing else, Benghazi is a blow to the credibility of the president and his potential successor, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

From Bimbos to Benghazi.  [Scroll down]  Close to the top of said liberal agenda, on the political side, is the preservation of Mrs. Clinton's reputation and record as Secretary of State.  A necessity for her presumed 2016 presidential candidacy that is thoroughly entangled with both the record and long-term historical legacy of the Obama presidency itself.  Thus, the tactics used to smear Bill Clinton's women — his "bimbo eruptions" as the phrase of the day went — are now being wheeled out to deal with Hillary Clinton's Benghazi whistleblowers.

Hillary Hasn't Heard the End of Benghazi.  While nothing said at the hearing was the "smoking gun" that some in the GOP suspect will eventually bring senior administration officials down because of the Libyan tragedy, enough questions were raised to keep the fires stoked on the issue for the foreseeable future.

Paul: Hillary Clinton 'should never hold high office again'.  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul wrote Friday [5/10/2013] that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "should never hold high office again" in the wake of criticism over the administration's handling of the lead up and aftermath of the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Paul made the comments in an op-ed Friday in The Washington Times.  Testimony from several whistle-blowers at at hearing before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday contradicted Clinton's account of the events surrounding the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, as well as the version of events put forward by the administration.

Hillary Clinton's Allies Come to Her Rescue Over Benghazi.  Longtime allies of Hillary Clinton are coming to her defense amid new reports suggesting the State Department, under her stewardship, altered talking points about the attacks in Benghazi to remove references to terrorism and al Qaida. [...] Some of the defenses sounded reminiscent of Clinton's own famed allegations of a "right-wing conspiracy" in the late-1990s after reports her husband had an affair with Monica Lewinsky.

The moment of responsibility for Hillary Clinton.  When I took Hillary Rodham Clinton to task in January for the mishandling of security in Benghazi, Libya, I told her that if I had been president at the time, I would have relieved her of her post.  Some politicians and pundits took offense at my line of questioning.  During those hearings, I reminded Mrs. Clinton that multiple requests were sent to the State Department asking for increased security measures.  I asked if she had read the cables from Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens asking for increased security. She replied that she was busy and had not read them.  I find that inexcusable.

Kerry Pledges to 'Leave No Stone Unturned' on Benghazi Culpability.  Amid potentially damaging new revelations about the State Department's early assessments regarding attribution for the Benghazi consulate attack, Secretary of State John Kerry pledged Thursday that if any disciplinary action is found to be necessary, he will ensure it happens.

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That's meaningless:  Hillary doesn't work there any more, so she is immune from Secretary Kerry's "discipline."

Could Benghazi impact Hillary Clinton in 2016?  Gregory Hicks, the number two diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, described being in constant contact with then-Secretary of State Clinton the night of September 11, 2012. And yet he said his requests for military resources to be deployed to Benghazi were repeatedly denied.

Benghazi Continues: Hillary de Medici.  Some folks on the right, because they have been so accustomed to failure in the face of a monolithic media, will be ready to throw in the towel.  That group is particularly disturbing because they are the very people who should be pushing this forward.  Without realizing it, their proclamations of pessimism are a self-fulfilling prophecy.  I urge them to overcome it for the sake of our country, because — trust me — Benghazi is not over.  It has only just begun.

The Clintons' Fixer.  If the GOP congressmen and whistleblowers who spoke at Wednesday's hearing are correct, [Cheryl] Mills stands at the center of the Obama administration's attempt to put the lid on the Benghazi scandal.  Ohio congressman Jim Jordan described Mills as "the person next to Secretary Clinton," tracing the growing scandal to the highest echelons of the State Department.

The Whistleblower Blocker: Cheryl Mills.  Who is Cheryl Mills?  She was general counsel and chief of staff to Secretary Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi attack.  She is also one of the ultimate Clinton insiders.  Here are six things you should know:  [#1] She's been working for the Clintons on and off since 1992.

Mother of Benghazi victim: I blame Hillary.  One woman still looking for answers about the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is Pat Smith.  Her son Sean Smith, a State Department information officer, was one of four Americans killed during the attack.  "I blame her," said Smith, referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  "That's her department, she's supposed to be on top of it, and yet she claims that she knows nothing, it wasn't told to her," said Smith.  "Who's running the place?"

White House hopes under fire.  The Clinton political machine is in full campaign mode already, preparing for 2016 and hoping voters forget by then that she had a key role in the Obama administration's handling of the terror attack.

Hillary Clinton's Shameful Intimidation Of Gregory Hicks.  The secretary of state in the most transparent administration in history has her chief of staff warn a Benghazi whistle-blower to not spill the beans on Benghazi to a U.S. congressman.

Hillary Misled Congress — But Not Under Oath.  Wednesday's testimony on the Benghazi terror attacks by State Department whistleblowers before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform contradicted several statements by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in testimony before House and Senate committees in January.  However, while Clinton may have misled Congress in her testimony, she likely did not commit perjury because she never actually testified under oath.

Hillary 2016: Another Benghazi Casualty.  Well, we've finally settled on that elusive Clinton Doctrine:  "We leave our diplomats and soldiers behind."  Or, alternatively, "What difference does it make?!"  Unfortunately for Clinton, it translates to a potentially devastating blow to whatever 2016 presidential aspirations she had.

Hillary Clinton: I certainly did not know of any reports that contradicted Susan Rice talking points.  Considering that Gregory Hicks, the original source of all information coming out of Libya the night of the Benghazi attacks, testified that he never suggested or said there was a protest that morphed into a terrorist attack, and that he also said the YouTube video was a non-event in Libya, it does appear that this is a lie by Hillary Clinton.

Benghazi Talking Points: A Lie Hillary Agreed Upon.  At least a dozen rewrites of the Benghazi talking points were made, with all references to al-Qaida and prior attacks removed at the direction of the secretary of state's office.

Benghazi Whistleblower Attorney: Congress Must Subpoena Hillary Clinton to Testify Again.  Earlier today [5/10/2013], we learned about a bombshell report that said the CIA's Benghazi talking points were changed 12 times, with extensive input from the State Department.  It comes after State Department whistleblower Gregory Hicks testified Wednesday that he was shocked when he saw Susan Rice blaming a protest for the attack on numerous talk shows.

Hillary Clinton — culpable for Benghazi from beginning to end.  When it first became clear that the CIA's Benghazi talking points had been altered, many of us viewed the White House as the prime suspect. [...] It turns out, however, that the State Department was the prime culprit.  It was State that pushed back hard against the original talking points.  The White House, probably for the political reason cited above, took its side.  Why did State want the talking points changed?  Because it had ignored warnings about rising terrorist activity in Libya and had reduced security rather than beefing it up, as our embassy requested.

Why did Hillary Clinton tie Benghazi to video on 9/11/12 if she talked to whistleblower during attack?  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement that attributed the Benghazi attack to the now-infamous anti-Islam YouTube video in a statement on the day of the assault, even though she talked to a State Department official in Libya about the attack as it was unfolding.

Obama-Hillary Axis Exposed As Purely Self-Serving.  President Obama and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put the common good before political ambition by teaming up — or so we were told.  An updated book-length expose indicates the opposite.

CBS News: U.S. State Department Cover-Ups Range From Prostitution Charges to Drug Rings.  Uncovered documents show the U.S. State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal behavior ranging from sexual assaults to an underground drug ring.  CBS News reports that is has unearthed documents from the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), an internal watchdog agency, that implicate the State Department in a series of misconducts worldwide.

Hillary's sorry state of affairs.  A State Department whistleblower has accused high-ranking staff of a massive coverup — including keeping a lid on findings that members of then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's security detail and the Belgian ambassador solicited prostitutes.  A chief investigator for the agency's inspector general wrote a memo outlining eight cases that were derailed by senior officials, including one instance of interference by Clinton's chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.  Any mention of the cases was removed from an IG report about problems within the Bureau of Diplomatic Security [...]

Whistleblower: Hillary's Chief Staff Quashed State Dept. Scandal Investigation.  A former senior investigator with the State Department's criminal investigative unit has turned whistleblower and alleged to both the media and Congress that senior staff within State Department covered up investigations into appalling behavior committed by members of Hillary Clinton's security staff and our ambassador to Belgium.  One of those alleged to have interfered was Cheryl Mills, Hillary's chief of staff.

Hillary's State Department Sex Scandal.  Public anger about the lies that were told about the Benghazi terror attack as well as her failure to provide adequate security to diplomats that were placed in harm's way was bad enough.  But the latest State Department scandal linked to her office is the sort of thing that could begin the process by which Clinton's status as the inevitable Democratic presidential nominee starts to unravel.

Two New Obama Scandals in a Single Day.  White House Dossier last week noted a total of 20 significant Obama administration scandals, but that was before these latest two and the revelation that the government is keeping track of telephone calls and Internet traffic.  In one the fresh scandals that came to light Monday, CBS News revealed that State Department investigations into misdoings by officials overseas — several having to do with sex — were manipulated or quashed.

Alleged Pedophile Ambassador Protected By State Dept Is Major Obama Bundler.  We are being governed by a bunch of sickos.  There's no other way to look at this.

Tweet This! Hillary Scandals Explode.  Prime among those scandals is Benghazi.  Clinton's failure to adequately protect her own diplomats in Libya and the multiple lies told about the terrorist attack are bad enough in themselves to warrant multiple investigations.  But now it turns out that there was an entirely different kind of scandal brewing in the State Department's halls and embassies during her tenure:  Multiple sex scandals, including charges — not proven — that Howard Guttman, a longtime Democratic supporter who now serves as ambassador to Belgium, solicited sex from prostitutes and even children.  CBS News has reported that investigations into a number of sexual misconduct charges on the part of both ambassadors and security officers were quashed by order of Clinton's chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.

No Word From Kerry on State Dep't Sexual Misconduct and Coverup Claims.  Amid continuing fallout over allegations that senior State Department officials tried to stop investigations into personnel misconduct, Secretary of State John Kerry kept a low profile Tuesday, making no public comment on the controversy. [...] The suspected misconduct, which occurred during the tenure of Kerry's predecessor, Hillary Clinton, included the alleged use of prostitutes by Clinton's security personnel during foreign trips — a practice described as "endemic" — and the alleged solicitation of prostitutes, including minors, by a Europe-based U.S. ambassador.

Damage control: Hillary Clinton loyalists suspected of criminal cover-ups for diplomats.  Congress and the State Department's inspector general are examining allegations that senior officials working under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton may have suppressed investigations into suspected criminal activity among U.S. diplomats abroad — including the alleged solicitation of prostitutes by an ambassador in Europe.

State Dept. Pushes Back on Report of Prostitutes, Cover-ups.  The State Department is strongly denying allegations from a former department investigator who claimed top officials tried to halt or delay several potentially damaging investigations.  Aurelia Fedenisn, the whistle-blowing former investigator, also claimed that when the department's Office of Inspector General tried to expose the interference in a report, that language was scrubbed.

Clinton confidante at center of Benghazi damage-control tied to probe of suspected diplomat crimes.  A longtime confidante of Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton who reportedly played a key role in the State Department's damage-control efforts on the Benghazi attack last year is also named in accusations that department higher-ups quashed investigations into diplomats' potential criminal activity.  Cheryl Mills, who served in a dual capacity in recent years as general counsel and chief of staff to Mrs. Clinton as secretary of state, was accused of attempting to stifle congressional access to a diplomat who held a senior post in Libya at the time of the attack.

'Criminals' hired by State Dept.  The State Department has hired an alarming number of law-enforcement agents with criminal or checkered backgrounds because of a flawed hiring process, a stunning memo obtained by The [New York] Post reveals.  The background problems are severe enough that many of the roughly 2,000 agents in State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security can play only limited roles in agency efforts to police bad conduct and prosecute wrongdoers.

State Department Whistleblower Seeks Congressional Protection After State Threatens Her Kids.  The State Department whistleblower is Aurelia Fedenisn.  She worked in the department's inspector general's office until her retirement in December 2012.  According to USA Today, she has sought protection as an official whistleblower after the State Department directly threatened her, once at her home.  It threatened her with criminal charges when she turned over documents to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) showing evidence that the department had watered down her report, in which she alleged that the department at the highest levels had scuttled eight investigations into a range of criminal wrongdoing.

More State Department Cover-up: Shooting of Two Pregnant Women and Two Men.  Things for the State Department just keep getting worse.  First we learned from CBS News that Department official covered up and interfered with inspector general investigations of sexual misconduct, including the soliciation of prostitutes by an ambassador.  Then we learned those sexual solicitations involved minors.  Now, we're learning State Department officials covered up the shooting of four Hondurans.

Hillary Clinton's Legacy of Scandal.  In the midst of the eruption of near-daily scandals involving the Obama administration, let us not forget that until just a few months ago, Hillary Clinton was the most significant persona within that administration besides the president himself.  Let us not also forget that notwithstanding the scandal-grenades going off all around us, Mrs. Clinton diligently plans her run for the presidency, even while several of those scandals are obviously and entirely her responsibility, exposing the State Department during her tenure as an utter sewer of corruption, cronyism, and fatal incompetence.

Foreign Affairs Chairman: Give Me the Unedited Memo on State Dept. Misconduct.  House Foreign Affairs Committee Chariman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) has asked the State Department's inspector general to elaborate on the "undue influence" found to have been exerted by higher-ups to interfere with investigations into department misconduct.  The final OIG report that Congress got lacked any references to the specific cases of criminal and other misconduct apparently detailed in an October 2012 OIG memorandum, Royce noted.

Did senior State Department security officials commit perjury?  Two top officials at the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service (DS) — the federal law enforcement agency that protects American diplomats and investigates allegations of criminal misconduct by State Department employees — gave sworn testimony earlier this year that appears to be evasive at best, and untrue at worst, according to evidence obtained by Fox News.

'Atmosphere of secrecy' pervades State Dept. office, audit finds.  A key State Department bureau that manages the official face presented by the U.S. to the rest of the world is rife with management problems that have left "an atmosphere of secrecy, suspicion and uncertainty," according to a department watchdog review released Thursday [6/20/2013].

The Never-Ending Clinton Sex Scandals.  A State Department whistleblower has claimed that Hillary's people covered up multiple scandals, including the sexual abuse of minors by an ambassador who donated money to Hillary and Obama, as well as sexual assault and sexual harassment cases worldwide.  And then there are the reports that Hillary's security detail routinely hired prostitutes on international diplomatic visits.

State Department's Sex Trafficking Scandals.  Pssst, did you hear?  President Obama is replacing Ambassador Howard Gutman in Belgium.  You remember Ambassador Gutman, don't you?  He's the big Democrat donor President Obama nominated to represent his policies in Belgium and who, it is alleged, trolled for prostitutes — some of them children! — in a park near his official residence.  Late in the day on Friday, June 21, the White House released a list of new nominees for various posts, and Denise Bauer was listed for the United States Ambassador to Belgium post.

Cameras Catch Mystery Break-In at Whistleblower's Law Firm .  The offices of a Dallas law firm representing a high-profile State Department whistleblower were broken into last weekend.  Burglars stole three computers and broke into the firm's file cabinets.  But silver bars, video equipment and other valuables were left untouched, according to local Fox affiliate KDFW, which aired security camera footage of the suspected burglars entering and leaving the offices around the time of the incident.

Watergate-style burglary hits State Dept. whisteblower's law firm.  Remember Aurelia Fedensin?  She's the former investigator for the State Department Inspector General who blew the whistle on Hillary Clinton's State Department covering up scandals and squashing investigations around the world.  Fedensin and her family have already been hassled with intimidating displays of force by the same State Department that seemed relatively untroubled by an ambassador allegedly chasing underage prostitutes through the streets of Belgium.  Knowing that her allegations would be explosive, Fedensin wisely retained the services of a law firm called Schulman & Mathias of Dallas, Texas.  Which just got robbed in a Watergate-style break-in.

Security Cameras Catch Break-In at Whistleblower's Law Firm.  The Dallas law firm representing the State Department whistleblower's had file cabinets and computers stolen but the thieves left behind valuables like silver bars.

Obama Scandal Machine's Own Amateurish Break-In?  [Scroll down]  [Aurelia] Fedensin's allegations touch former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton more directly than anyone else currently in the Obama administration.  Clinton was SecState when the eight investigations that Fedensin alleges were scuttled by senior department members, were scuttled.  The scandals even touch Clinton's own security detail as well as her long-time fixer, Cheryl Mills.

State Department's Credibility Remains in Tatters.  After the news broke that the ambassador to Belgium and members of his security detail had allegedly been soliciting prostitutes, including in some cases minors, President Obama quietly announced that he would reward another major fundraiser, Denise Bauer, by naming her as the replacement for that post.  Bauer had been "finance chair for Women for Obama and raised more than $500,000 for the president's re-election campaign" — classic qualifications, apparently, for the President who was going to change the way Washington does business. [...] There is another disturbing aspect to this story.  The whistleblower who revealed the cover-up of these investigations, Aurelia Fedenisn, has borne the brunt of State Department bullying as a result of her efforts to bring the cover-ups to light.

MSM protecting Hillary from scandal taint.  A former member of then- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's protective detail has been sentenced to a year in prison, extending the strong of scandals that have engulfed the agency since Mrs. Clinton's tenure began.  The diplomat had faced a possible 7 year term, but pleaded guilty, sparing the expense and delay of a trial and perhaps shortening his sentence.

Whistleblowers.  So what did whitleblower Aurelia Fedenisn blow the whistle on?  She is a former investigator in the Inspector General's office in the State Department.  Agents for the department had been working on investigations that uncovered serious and criminal wrongdoing.  Their work, they said, was subject to influence and manipulation by higher-ups at the department.  Agents told the IG's office they were told to stop investigating a U.S. ambassador in a sensitive post who solicited prostitutes in a public park.  Fedenisn, a 26 year veteran at State, went public.

The Watergate of Whistleblowers that could bring down Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Being a whistleblower under the tyrannical rule of Barack Hussein Obama seems to be getting a bit "dicey" these days.  So too is being a law firm representing such whistleblowers.  If you're not subjected to extravagant 21st century NSA surveillance technology, you just might end up being the victim of a less-glitzy, low-tech 1970s Watergate-era style burglary.  According to the mainstream media under Obama, of course, these things simply don't happen.  Oh, except that they do, but you're just not supposed to know about them.

State Department agency deemed 'critical' to information security is a mess, report shows.  An obscure little State Department agency whose work is called "critical to the Department's information security posture" has been in a shambles for years, and is still in chaos, according to an audit report by the department's inspector general released yesterday [7/19/2013].  As one result of all the bumbling and inaction, the security checks that the agency is supposed to perform and subsequent approvals for use that it is supposed to bestow every three years on 36 of those State Department systems have lapsed entirely, meaning that they are operating, in effect, illegally.

Hillary Clinton, Queen of Profit (Cattle Futures Aside).  Hillary Clinton is getting $200K per speech.  I think that qualifies as "cashing in."  I also think it qualifies as "trading on one's public office."  I have used some pretty old-fashioned phrases here.  We heard them in 1989, when Ronald Reagan went to Japan for a week and came back with $2 million.  (An old Reagan hand described this as "the Reagans' retirement fund.")  There was a storm of condemnation.  Has there been any storm over Hillary Clinton?  Over Bill Clinton, and Al Gore?  Haven't they made tens of millions or hundreds of millions of dollars?

Huma, Hillary & hiring.  Thus far, the State Department has stonewalled.  It claims the questions can't be answered because of issues of employee confidentiality.  In fact, the issues these questions about [Huma] Abedin's employment raise have to do with conflicts of interest and State's accountability to the elected representatives of the American people.

Hillary's $500K Saudi jewelry.  World leaders lavished President Obama and top administration officials with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewels, artwork and other extravagant gifts last year, the State Department disclosed Thursday [8/29/2013].  Most of the gifts are turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration or the General Services Administration (GSA), though recipients are allowed to retain many for official use or buy them for their personal collections.

Jeb Bush to Award Hillary 'Liberty Medal' on Eve of Benghazi Anniversary.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will honor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with this year's Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center.  The award will be presented to Clinton on September 10th, the eve of the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

Hillary Clinton heckled on Benghazi during award ceremony.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fielded hecklers who hounded her on Benghazi at the tail end of an award acceptance speech she delivered at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday evening [9/10/2013].  Mrs. Clinton was accepting the 2013 Liberty Medal, an honor to recognize her career in public service and advocacy for women's rights, CBS reported.

D.C. executive linked to secret 2008 aid to Hillary Clinton.  The D.C. businessman at the center of an ongoing city corruption investigation secretly spent more than a half-million dollars on get-out-the-vote efforts for Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, according to interviews and court documents filed Wednesday.

Clinton Muslim Brotherhood Operative Arrested in Egypt.  The arrest of Gehad el-Haddad for inciting violence is a sobering reminder not just of how close Hillary Clinton's network is to the brutal Muslim Brotherhood, the Left's favorite Islamofascist cell, but also of the extent to which Islamist enemies of the United States have infiltrated the American political establishment.

The Clintons Employ Muslim Brotherhood Officials? You Can't Be Serious.  I don't know who is more shocked about this, me or Huma Abedin, but it turns out that a former top Clinton Foundation official is also ... a senior Muslim Brotherhood official who has just been arrested for — you'll never guess — inciting violence in Egypt.  Not to worry, I'm sure it was only moderate violence.

Second Hillary Clinton aide got special 'status' at State Department.  A longtime adviser and confidante of Hillary Clinton had "special government status" while the former Secretary of State was at Foggy Bottom, allowing her to work on a targeted project about women's issues while she maintained her own business, officials told POLITICO.  Maggie Williams, who has been in Hillary Clinton's orbit for years and who took over her campaign after a shakeup in the 2008 presidential race, was granted "SGE sta tus" to work with the Global Women's Issues office, officials said.

State Department swept sex scandals under the rug.  Months after whistleblowers accused the State Department of covering up employee sex scandals, most of the cases have been ignored or swept under the rug, critics charge.  Records show that staffers were given cushy jobs or allowed to retire, and watchdogs say the feds have hardly bothered to investigate since the shenanigans came to light this past summer.

Hillary Clinton's Lucrative Goldman Sachs Speaking Gigs.  Hillary Clinton spoke at two separate Goldman Sachs events on the evenings of Thursday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 29.  As both Politico and the New York Times report, Clinton's fee is about $200,000 per speech, meaning she likely netted around $400,000 for her paid gigs at Goldman over the course of six days.

Hillary's Odyssey.  Hillary Clinton is no doubt a talented speaker.  She recently went into what the left wing sees as the heart of darkness of the American 1 percent at Goldman Sachs, purportedly gave two brief chats, and walked away with a reported $400,000 in fees.  Such compensation is almost as profitable as Hillary's long-ago cattle-future trading, in which as a talented rookie speculator she beat one-in-several-million odds by parlaying an original $1,000 investment into a $100,000 profit.

Paul: Benghazi should disqualify Clinton from holding higher office again.  Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Tuesday that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's decisions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, "should preclude" her from holding higher office again. [...] "There were still people alive and fighting for hours upon hours, and there were some people in Tripoli who could have gone.  I don't think that decision was made by a military person.  I think it was made ultimately by a politician."

Sen. Rand Paul gets applause with anti-Clinton remark at The Citadel.  Potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul drew applause from The Citadel's Corps of Cadets on Tuesday [11/12/2013] when he said Hillary Clinton should be disqualified from running for president because of the Benghazi affair.  "Her failure to provide our ambassador and his mission with adequate security should preclude Hillary Clinton from ever holding high office again," Paul said of the former secretary of state in connection to last year's fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city.

Hillary Clinton Supporters Slowly Realizing She Didn't Do Anything as Secretary of State.  Hillary supporters are actually so desperate and neurotic that they're already trying to take credit for Kerry's disastrous bungling.  But at least Kerry did something.  Bad, bad things.  But he did them.  Still, what difference does it make?

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2013.  [Scroll down]  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:  On January 23, 2013, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified to congressional committees regarding the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which led to the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American citizens.  At times evasive, at other times defensive and aggressive, Clinton delivered her version of events in the days before and after the murders in Benghazi.  And, in the end, the Secretary of State pretended to take "responsibility," but gave a predictable response regarding who is to blame:  "...the level of responsibility for the failures...was set at the Assistant Secretary of State level and below," Clinton said, referring to an investigation of the incident.  In other words, this was not my fault.

CNN's Jake Tapper says Hillary will have to answer for Benghazi.  CNN anchor Jake Tapper said Monday [1/6/2014] that if or when Hillary Clinton runs for president, "there will have to be some questions answered about [Benghazi]."  Tapper spoke with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday about the former Secretary of State's prospects for the presidency.  One of the few mainstream media reporters to challenge the Obama administration's deflections over the deadly September 2012 attack in Libya, Tapper noted that it won't be easy for Clinton to shed her Benghazi baggage on her way to the White House.

Hillary's Hit List.  It would be political malpractice for the Clintons not to keep track of their friends and enemies.  Politicians do that everywhere.  The difference is the Clintons, because of their popularity and the positions they've held, retain more power to reward and punish than anyone else in modern politics.

What did Hillary really accomplish at State?  Aside from her already noted record setting pace for racking up frequent flier miles, what did she really do?  Was there any great peace deal brokered somewhere?  Some breakthrough in trade or normalization of relations with a previously hostile nation?  Or even the submission of one to international pressure brokered by the US?  Nothing seems to jump to mind.

$6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department.  The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors.  In a special "management alert" made public Thursday [4/3/2014], the State Department's Inspector General Steve Linick warned "significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years.  The alert was just the latest example of the federal government's continued struggle with oversight over its outside contractors.

"What difference, at this point, does it make?"
State Department misplaced $6B under Hillary Clinton.  The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts during the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, according to a newly released Inspector General report.  The $6 billion in unaccounted funds poses a "significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department's contract actions," according to the report.  The alert, originally sent on March 20 and just released this week, warns that the missing contracting funds "could expose the department to substantial financial losses."

Carter dismisses Clinton's State work.  Former President Carter says Hillary Clinton "took very little action" as secretary of State to bring about peace.  Carter, 89, made the remark about the former secretary of State and 2016 Democratic front-runner in a phone interview with Time magazine Wednesday night after he spoke at the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas.

Reporter Asks State Dept for One Accomplishment from Hillary Clinton's Big Review Process.  When she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton instituted a Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review.  The first one was completed in December 2010.  Nearly four years later, AP reporter Matt Lee asked State Department Jen Psaki to name one thing that Clinton's QDDR accomplished.  Just one.  She can't.  [Video clip]

Hillary Clinton's Accomplishments.  I challenge you to name a single accomplishment from Hillary Clinton that isn't personal in nature.  From her years as Secretary of State?  From her years as a Senator from New York?  Even her time as a simple lawyer... remember why she got fired from the Watergate investigation?  Her employer, Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat said, "Because she was a liar.  She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer.  She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality."

The Editor says...
Is the Republican nominee going to describe Hillary Clinton as a carpetbagger, or talk about the laundered bribe disguised as a brief investment in cattle futures?  There is a lot of dirt in the Clintons' past, I predict the Republican nominee will be too polite to talk about any of it.

State Department spokeswoman can't name Hillary Clinton's diplomatic achievements.  Hillary Clinton's legacy as secretary of state is thin, judging from a press conference Tuesday [4/22/2014] in which the State Department's chief spokeswoman couldn't articulate any of the future presidential candidate's achievements on the job.  She's not alone, with experts of all political stripes finding it difficult to bolster Clinton's resume as America's top diplomat.

State Department gets second chance to list Hillary Clinton accomplishments. It doesn't go well..  With plenty of time to prepare, the State Department came up with a number of mostly bureaucratic reorganizations as the legacy of Secretary Clinton's QDDR.  [Associated Press reporter Matt] Lee was not impressed.  "Were there any of these that didn't simply involve rearranging of the bureaucratic deck chairs or shuffling responsibilities between one bureau to another or creating a new level of bureaucracy?" he asked.  "Were any of the accomplishments in — outside of that, those areas?"

Clinton's State Department resisted labeling Boko Haram as terror group.  The kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by radical Islamic terror group Boko Haram has drawn international condemnation, including that of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  "Abominable," is how she described the kidnapping, calling it an "act of terrorism" that merits "the fullest response possible."  But the State Department, under Clinton's leadership, repeatedly resisted and blocked efforts to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group.  Those who pushed for the designation as early as 2011 are now saying the department missed a major opportunity to track and target the deadly organization as it grew.

Hillary Clinton's State Dept. Blocked Terrorist Designation for Boko Haram.  "We must stand up to terrorism," bleated Hillary Clinton a few days ago in a tweet expressing outrage against Boko Haram, the jihadist organization that has abducted hundreds of young girls in Nigeria.  Yet, when she was actually in a position to stand up to Boko Haram's terrorism as secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton instead protected the group.

Hillary Clinton's State Department refused to brand Boko Haram as 'terrorists'.  Under then-Secretary Hillary Clinton, the U.S. State Department repeatedly refused to add the Nigerian al-Qaeda affiliate group Boko Haram — the organization responsible for the recent kidnapping of more than 300 young girls — to its official list of terrorist organizations.  In November 2013, current Secretary John Kerry did what Clinton wouldn't.  Boko Haram is the group that has claimed responsibility for kidnapping hundreds of girls in Nigeria, promising to sell them into slavery.

Hillary's State Department Refused to Brand Boko Haram as Terrorists.  The State Department under Hillary Clinton fought hard against placing the al Qaeda-linked militant group Boko Haram on its official list of foreign terrorist organizations for two years.  And now, lawmakers and former U.S. officials are saying that the decision may have hampered the American government's ability to confront the Nigerian group that shocked the world by abducting hundreds of innocent girls.

State Department compared Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis to religious minorities in United States.  When congressional leaders asked the State Department to tailor American assistance to Nigeria in such a way that would protect Christians from religious persecution at the hands of Boko Haram, an extremist group that kidnapped hundreds of Christian girls last month, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's team dismissed the idea on the theory that the organization was not motivated by religion.

The Editor says...
Hillary Clinton apparently does not understand that Islamic terrorism is motivated by Islam.  This alone disqualifies her for the office of President, or Secretary of State, or carpetbagging Senator from New York.

Hillary and the Face of Terror.  Hillary Clinton, under attack for refusing to label brutal and murderous Nigerian Al Qaeda affiliate, Boko Haram as a terrorist organization during her tenure as Secretary of State, resurrected the old poverty-causes-Jihadism myth, rebranding it as "social justice."  Though later, during her now iconic Congressional testimony about Benghazi, Hillary slipped up and admitted that we are facing a "spreading Jihadist threat."  Of course, Hillary is not the only Obama Administration Official to trot out this demonstrably false canard.  President Obama himself infamously voiced the same nonsense right after 9/11, while still a state Senator in Illinois; current Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated it last fall, and Code Pink has also attempted to recently perpetrated the myth.

Hillary Clinton Protested Designation of Boko Haram as Terrorist Group.  While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton fought hard against officially designating the Islamists of Boko Haram as a terror group — placing her in the camp of far-left activist group MoveOn.org. [...] The African terror outfit is again in the news last month by kidnapping and selling into sexual slavery upwards of 250 Nigerian girls.  The group did this because these girls dared to go to school and gain an education, something Islamic fundamentalists oppose.  The name "Boko Haram" means "Western education is sinful."

The Obama State Department's Understanding of Boko Haram Was Even More Delusional than You Thought.  A news article in today's [5/9/2014] New York Times sets out to explore why the United States waited until November 2013 to designate Nigeria's Boko Haram as a "foreign terrorist organization."  In light of the group's latest atrocity — the kidnapping and enslaving of over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria's Borno state last month — this is a very good question.  The article makes the point that the terrorist designation was made after Hillary Clinton resigned as secretary of state, and confirms reporting that it came after a two-year debate in which "the Justice Department, the F.B.I., American intelligence officials and counterterrorism officials in the State Department" all called for the designation but State ultimately opposed it.

Why Hillary Clinton's State Dept. didn't list Boko Haram as a terrorist group.  The US lists Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization.  But that designation occurred only last year, under John Kerry's State Department.  An earlier proposal by a congressional committee that the group be placed on the US terror list was studied but ultimately denied in 2012 by Mrs. Clinton's State Department.  The Clinton State Department did add three Boko Haram leaders to the US list of individual terrorists, including Abubakar Shekau — the leader who issued a video this week in which he claims the mass kidnapping and vows to "sell in the market" the 276 girls though to still be under his control.

Hillary Revising History of Her Iran Sanctions Role, Senator Claims.  Hillary Clinton is exaggerating her role in imposing sanctions on Iran when she was Secretary of State in what one Republican said today was a "blatant revision of history." [...] "The truth is that Hillary Clinton's State Department fought tooth and nail against the very congressionally imposed sanctions that she is now boasting about," Rubio spokesperson Alex Conant said in a statement.

Hillary Clinton and the release of thousands of criminal aliens.  In effect, the administration has, as Bill Otis puts it, "unleashed its own crime wave."  But who within the administration was responsible for this for wanton indifference to public safety?  One responsible party is Hillary Clinton. [...] [F]ederal law requires the secretary of state to stop issuing visas to the citizens of any country that refuses to take back its nationals.  Refusing to issue visas to citizens of a foreign country would provide a powerful incentive for that country to take back its nationals and thus create a significant likelihood of removal in the foreseeable future.  This, in turn, would enable the U.S. to avoid releasing criminal aliens onto our streets.

Hillary Clinton, Boko Haram, and Obama's Most Dangerous Lie.  Hillary Clinton, we now know, strongly opposed placing Boko Haram on the State Department's official list of foreign terrorist organizations.  According to Josh Rogin, the Justice Department (including the FBI), the CIA, and more than a dozen senators and congressmen wanted Boko Haram designated a foreign terrorist organization, but Clinton successfully resisted.  Boko Haram wasn't so designated until late this year, after Clinton had left Foggy Bottom.  Now that Boko Haram is holding more than 200 Nigerian girls, forcing some to convert to Islam and threatening to make sex slaves out of others, Clinton takes a different view of this outfit.  Recently she tweeted:  "Access to education is a basic right [and] an unconscionable reason to target innocent girls.  We must stand up to terrorism."  But why didn't Clinton stand up to Boko Haram's terrorism by designating it a foreign terrorist organization when she was in power?

The Obama Administration's Ethics Problem.  Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton left office with American foreign policy in shambles.  She has been unable to make the argument that a single initiative — reset with Russia, lead from behind in Libya, red lines on Syria, deadlines to Iran, complete withdrawal from Iraq, pressure on the Israelis, outreach to radical Islam and Latin American Communist dictatorships — had met with success.  Clinton infamously dismissed the lingering mysteries surrounding the Benghazi deaths with "What difference at this point does it make?"  She also refused, despite numerous entreaties, to place the now-infamous Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram on a State Department terrorist watch list.

Hillary Clinton's Speaking Circuit Payday: $5 Million (and Counting).  Since leaving [the] State [Department], Clinton has made more than 90 speeches and notable appearances.  Her hosts have included private equity firms, investment banks, nonprofit galas, trade association conventions, and a slew of colleges and universities.  At least two-dozen of those were paid speeches.  With her usual fee of $200,000 a speech, Clinton has banked close to $5 million for her speeches and appearances in the last 15 months.

Hillary's big economy speech forgets about Obamanomics.  [Scroll down] And this is the inherent vulnerability of a potential presidential run:  All the long-term problems she'll mention haven't really gotten any better under the current Democratic president.  So, to use Bob Dole's 1996 phrase, she needs to be a "bridge to the past," to the bubbly, booming 1990s.

NBC's Richard Engel: 'Hard Pressed' to Name Country with Which Hillary Improved Relations.  On Thursday, NBC News' award-winning foreign correspondent Richard Engel was pressed by Home Depot founder Kenneth Langone to "name one country" with which the United States has better relations today than it did when President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took office in 2009.  Engel noted the increasing number of nations with which the U.S. has worse relations, but said he was "hard pressed" to identify a relationship which has improved.  "I think you'd be hard pressed to find that," Engle said after noting that bilateral relations with most European countries "have gotten worse."

Hillary Clinton's Senate years curiously missing from her memoirs.  Next week Hillary Clinton will release "Hard Choices," a memoir of her years as secretary of state. [...] Clinton's first book covered the period from her birth in 1947 through 2001.  Her second book covers 2009 through 2013.  What about the eight years in between, from 2001 to 2009?  That was the time Clinton served as a U.S. senator, and it is the only part of her life she has not seen fit to write a book about.

The Post-Achievement Politics of Obama and Hillary.  Obama and Hillary don't just suffer from a shortage of accomplishments.  They're also burdened with a surplus of failures.  Benghazi worries so many Hillary supporters because there is nothing to balance it against.  There is no, "But look at all the good she did."  Hillary didn't do any good.  She didn't do much of anything except tour countries and pose for photos.

Hillary Clinton: We were dead broke.  Hillary Clinton, who recently raked in $5 million dollars in speaking fees in 15 months, recounted to Diane Sawyer the sad tale of her former destitution, telling her, "We came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt."  According to Clinton, she and her husband, who has made over $100 million since leaving the White House, "struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea's education, you know, it was not easy."

2001 was Hillary's Year of Great Fortune, not of being "dead broke".  The problem is not that the Clintons made a fortune.  This is America, after all.  People are entitled to make a fortune so long as they do so lawfully, and we've not yet reached the point where the law dictates when people have made enough.  The problem is that Hillary is not being straight with the public. [...] In mid-December 2000, a month before Bill left office, Hillary signed a book deal with a near record $8 million advance.

Hard Knocks Hillary.  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thinks everyone should shut up and stop second-guessing her (and her husband's) voracious appetite for money.  Clinton, who charges up to $200,000 to give one-hour speeches to Goldman Sachs executives and others, claims that she and Bill were "dead broke" and in debt following their eight years in the White House, and "struggled" to pay the mortgages on their multiple mansions and finance their daughter Chelsea's education at Stanford, Oxford, Columbia, and Oxford (again).

Hillary Clinton doubles down on poverty claim and says 'relentless persecution' by Republicans made them 'deeply in debt'.  Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton told the German magazine Der Spiegel on Tuesday that she and her husband Bill were indeed 'deeply in debt' when they left the White House and blamed 'relentless persecution' by Republicans for her legal bills after his presidency.  The claim has added fuel to the fire Clinton herself touched off last month when she claimed they were 'dead broke' after their time in the White House.  The former first lady earns $200,000 or more every time she makes a public speech.  The former president has earned a reported $104 million in speaking fees since he left the Oval Office behind him.

Senator: Clinton State Dept. Broke Law, Lied About Boko Haram Terror Threat.  A leading senator has charged that Hillary Clinton's State Department broke the law by intentionally obfuscating and downplaying to Congress the terror threat posed by the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram, which recently gained international infamy for violently kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls.  Sen. David Vitter (R., La.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, petitioned Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday to explain why Clinton's State Department misrepresented and downplayed key information about Boko Haram's terrorist activities in its annual reports to Congress.

More to 'Hard Choices' than Benghazi.  It took a village of handlers to produce Hard Choices, dumbed down to the point of explaining that winter in the southern hemisphere occurs at a different time of year.  The book is highly autohagiographical, bulked with gossipy filler such as half a page on Benazir Bhutto's shalwar kameez, [...]

Billions In Taxpayer Dollars Spent On 'Lyrical, Poetic' Embassy Architecture Overseas.  Under the Obama administration, embassy construction costs have exploded even while security — a major issue in the Benghazi scandal — has grown worse.  Now we know why.  A video released by the State Department in 2012 shows exhibits the philosophy behind a campaign begun under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to build fancy buildings overseas to enhance the nation's reputation.

Show us the receipts.
Hillary Clinton Says She's Donated All University Speaking Fees.  "All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work.  So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation," Clinton said when asked about the criticism she and her husband have faced recently for their wealth.  Hillary Clinton reportedly makes roughly $200,000 for each speaking engagement.  And recent reports show that she has made much more from some of the country's top universities.

The Editor says...
It's always amusing to hear a key figure in the Abortion Party talk about his or her "life-saving work," and it's always "for the children."

Hillary's disturbed.  Hillary Clinton says she's "deeply disturbed" by the Supreme Court decision this week to uphold Hobby Lobby's rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Basically, the former first lady, senator and secretary of state is saying the court is letting bosses who oppose contraception impose their religious views on employees.  Of course, it does nothing of the kind.  For one thing, Hobby Lobby has no objection to — and continues to pay for — 16 forms of birth control.  It's just one reason The Washington Post gave Hillary "Two Pinocchios" for her claims.

Hillary Clinton donates big speaking fees to a nonprofit foundation — her own.  To give the organization its full name, that's the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation (originally, the William J. Clinton Foundation).  Set up the year after Bill Clinton finished his second term as president, the Clinton Foundation says its mission is "to bring people together to take on the biggest challenges of the 21st century," including economic development, global health, climate change, and empowering women and girls.  The Wall Street Journal reported recently that the foundation has collected between $750 million and $1.7 billion over the years.  That's a lot of clout for influencing the public — i.e., political  — discussion on major issues, something any other politician with presidential stars in his or her eyes could only envy.

Hillary: Gaza's Small Size Justification for Hamas Housing Rockets in Schools.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Fusion TV's Jorge Ramos that part of the reason Hamas hides rockets in schools and civilian areas is "Gaza is small."  [Video clip]

15 Brutally Hilarious Amazon Reviews On Hillary Clinton's 'Hard Choices'.  Hillary Clinton's book, Hard Choices, has been something of a hot topic lately, although not in a positive sense.  With abysmal sales and a clear message throughout the book which implies she will be running for President in 2016, it is safe to say that Hillary has been having a "hard time" promoting her book.

State Department approved 215 Bill Clinton speeches, controversial consulting deal, worth $48m.  A joint investigation by the Washington Examiner and the nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch found that former President Clinton gave 215 speeches and earned $48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons fulfilled ethics agreements related to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.  According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released Wednesday [7/30/2014] in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act case, State Department officials charged with reviewing Bill Clinton's proposed speeches did not object to a single one.

Hillary Clinton: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down was "terrorism".  "They were equipped by the Russians.  They were trained by the Russians.  There may have even been Russians on the ground with them and the result was this horrible attack," Clinton told Fusion during a wide-ranging interview.  "And yes, it is a form of terrorism... When you have armed militants, aided and abetted by a major country like Russia, able to use surface-to-air missiles to bring down a commercial airline."

The Editor says...
This is a transparent attempt to dilute the definition and concept of terrorism by lumping senseless Islamic barbarism together with ruthless (but commonplace) acts of war and calling either one "terrorism."

Hillary Clinton and the Decision to Intervene in Libya.  Hillary Clinton has been working full-time to control the story of her time as Secretary of State.  That was the point of her clunky, largely unread book, and the point of her awkward, gaffe-laden book tour.  Clinton argues (plausibly) that she wanted a more activist approach to Syria than that served up by her boss.  She argues (implausibly) that she wasn't really sold on the "reset" with Russia.

Say, the Clintons' 'Speaking Fees' Sure Look Like Hefty Foreign Bribes.  Hillary Clinton claims that when she and Bill left the White House, they were "dead broke."  Well, what's One Broke Girl to do with a youthful yet retired husband and lots of legal bills to pay?  Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State.  Bill Clinton set up a foundation, which is tax-exempt.  Through that foundation, Bill booked a pile of extremely lucrative speaking engagements all over the world.  Hillary's State Department approved all of them, according to documents FOIA'd into the light by Judicial Watch and the Washington Examiner.

JW Forces Release of Clinton State Department Conflict of Interest Docs.  Judicial Watch announced today [7/30/2014] the release of more than 200 conflict-of-interest reviews by State Department ethics advisers of proposed Bill Clinton speaking and consulting engagements during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. [...] "These documents are a bombshell and show how the Clintons turned the State Department into a racket to line their own pockets," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  "How the Obama State Department waived hundreds of ethical conflicts that allowed the Clintons and their businesses to accept money from foreign entities and corporations seeking influence boggles the mind.  That former President Clinton trotted the globe collecting huge speaking fees while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy is an outrage.  No wonder it took a court order to get these documents.  One can't imagine what foreign policy issues were mishandled as top State Department officials spent so much time facilitating the Clinton money machine."

So Why Is Hillary Doing Stupid Things?  [Scroll down]  Now, with President Obama's poll numbers sliding, and especially as his foreign policy doves are coming home to roost, his former chief diplomat is trying to tell Americans that she is not on board with the current direction of U.S. foreign policy.  The Post describes her move as her "most forceful effort yet to distance herself from an unpopular administration."  This attempt to swim away from the wreckage is hardly believable.  She was an architect of the policies we now see so obviously failing.  She boasts that the "reset" with Russia was a "brilliant stroke."

It may be impossible for Hillary Clinton to distance herself from Barack Obama.  By their admission, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden inherited a war that had been won.  In 2011 Mr. Obama said America was "leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq," and Mr. Biden proclaimed Iraq "one of the great achievements of this administration."  Mr. Obama then committed a massive error in judgment by withdrawing all U.S. troops.  That allowed the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, the world's most formidable, merciless and dangerous terrorist army.  ISIS is now establishing an Islamist caliphate that stretches from Aleppo in Syria to Fallujah and Mosul in Iraq and beyond.

State Department can't account for $6 billion in last 6 years.  After six months, the search for missing State Department accounting records continues.  Multiple websites, including the American Thinker, reported in early April 2014 that, "There has been, in the most charitable interpretation, grave sloppiness in spending and accounting for money at the cabinet agency run by Hillary Clinton."  The sloppiness involves $6,000,000,000.

Charge: Benghazi Boiler Room Operation Hid Documents.  A top former State Department official is charging that senior aides convened an after-hours Foggy Bottom operation to sift through Benghazi-related documents and separate out those that might be damaging to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The documents were supposed to be turned over the the Accountability Review Board, an internal State Department probe that has been criticized for not addressing the potential culpability in the Benghazi matter of Clinton or President Obama.

Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review.  As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation:  Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to "separate" damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

State Dept. inspector general: More evidence of rampant mismanagement under Hillary Clinton.  The State Department's Office of Inspector General has released another "management alert" detailing rampant mismanagement within the agency, much of it during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tenure.  The inspector general's latest "management alert" — the third released by the agency's internal watchdog in a little over a year — warns that the State Department's management and oversight of grants has become a serious financial liability.

Hillary's reputation for competence as Secretary of State erodes from within.  Hillary's tenure as Secretary of State continues to draw internal criticism.  The former Secretary of State is coy about her 2016 POTUS candidacy intentions, but the department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) continues to identify administrative incompetence concerning financial and information security matters during her tenure.

Account of Clinton Aide's Benghazi Document Sifting Familiar to Career Public Servant.  To Sonya Gilliam, a recent account of improper sorting of Benghazi-related documents at the State Department brought back vivid memories of her own encounters with high-level government officials who withheld, deleted or destroyed public records.  And one name stood out for its familiarity:  Cheryl Mills.  A former deputy assistant secretary of state had told The Daily Signal that Mills was present during an after-hours document operation in a basement room of the State Department in October 2012.  Mills was chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.



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