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State Department refuses to investigate Hillary emaildelay
Blames ‘oversight’ and snowstorm for failing to meet judge’s deadline
Department is so tardy on former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s emails
that it still hasn’t sent all of them out for security and privacy
reviews by other agencies, the Obama administration admitted late
Thursday, just hours before it is supposed to release all of them to
has begged a federal court for a one-month extension on that deadline,
which would push the final release until the last day in February, or
well after the voting has already begun in the Democratic presidential
Rep. Darrell Issa: FBI Wants to Induct Abedin Along With Hillary
The FBI wants
both Hillary Clinton and her longtime aide Huma Abedin indicted for
conducting confidential government business on the former secretary of
state's private email server, Rep. Darrell Issa tells The Washington
"I think the
FBI director would like to indict both Huma and Hillary as we speak. I
think he's in a position where he's being forced to triple-time make a
case of what would otherwise be, what they call, a slam dunk," Issa
said, referring to FBI Director James Comey.
Comey's agency has been probing Clinton's use of a private email server when she led the State Department.
Trump's absence dominates GOP debate
wasn’t on the stage, but he was still the dominant figure in Iowa on
Thursday night as the rest of the Republican presidential field debated
on Fox News and the billionaire businessman boycotted, instead drawing
thousands of people to an event across town raising money for veterans.
With just days
to go before Iowa voters kick off the primary season, the candidates
pleaded for Iowa to give them another look and keep Mr. Trump from
being their champion against the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary
Video shows slain Oregon militant reaching in jacket, had loaded gun
killing a man in cold blood, the FBI released dramatic video Thursday
showing the final minutes before an armed occupier was shot dead in a
clash with law enforcement.
filmed from an airplane above Highway 395 near Burns, Oregon, shows a
man identified as Robert “LaVoy” Finicum speeding away from officers
and then swerving into a snowbank after reaching a roadblock, nearly
hitting an agent.
Debbier Wasserman Schultz under fire from Democrats
DNC chairwoman’s handling of presidential campaign questioned
National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is under fire
from liberal groups nationally and from progressive Democrats back home
in Florida for her handling of the presidential campaign and the
groups are in full revolt, and Mrs. Wasserman Schultz saw her
decision-making challenged this week when a New Hampshire newspaper and
liberal cable news network MSNBC announced they would break the DNC’s
stranglehold and host an unsanctioned Democratic presidential debate
Obama proposing rule to force companies to disclose salaries based on gender
administration is proposing new regulations that would require large
employers to disclose how much they pay men and women, the latest move
in President Obama’s efforts to equalize wages.
Employment Opportunity Commission Friday published a plan to begin
gathering pay data from employers with 100 or more workers, looking at
information on gender, race and ethnicity. The government will use the
information to target companies that may be discriminating against
women for enforcement action.
France cracks down on Islamic radicalism, shutters mosques
France is once
again responding to a Paris slaughter at the hands of Islamic radicals
by trying to root out extremism entrenched in its growing Muslim
This time, however, the socialist government of President Francois Hollande seems to mean it.
This time Mr.
Hollande ratcheted up the response. He declared war on the Islamic
State, imposed a state of emergency that suspended civil liberties and,
for the first time in France, shut down three mosques deemed to be
inspiring and supporting murderous zealots.
Hillary manager predicts Trump will win presidency if nominated
Democrats aren’t laughing about Donald Trump anymore. He has them all but admitting defeat.
In a stunning
admission, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager predicts in an email that
Donald Trump will become president if he wins the Republican nomination.
Trump takes the Republican nomination, our party will lose more than
the presidency,” Robby Mook writes to supporters.
White House Buzzing About FBI Investigation of Hillary
Mark Halperin reported this morning on MSNBC that the White House is
buzzing about the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton. Halperin also
said that the FBI will likely interview Clinton.
MSNBC host Joe
Scarborough reported, "[T]he Hillary Clinton investigation of the FBI
is far more progressed and Mika and I have been hearing it from the top
officials in the Obama administration for actually several months now
and we can't go to a meeting in Washington where we don't hear that.
I'm sure you're hearing the same thing. What is -- what are your -- all
of our sources high up are ... telling us the same thing: that this
investigation is far more advanced than we the public knows. What are
Bloomberg's Mark Halperin, "well, there are three things people are
keying off of. There's a lot of chatter amongst FBI agents, many of
whom have never been big fans of the Clintons, but a lot of FBI agents
seem to be saying something is happening here.
10 Publishers Account For Half Of All Online News
small group of publishers dominate Americans’ online news consumption,
according to a new study by research outfit SimilarWeb, which compiled
figures for the top news publishers covering both mobile and desktop
audiences in 2015.
top 10 publishers -- together owning around 60 news sites -- account
for 47% of total online traffic to news content last year, with the
next-biggest 140 publishers accounting for most of the other half,
Is a secret sniper killing off ISIS high command in Libya?
gunman credited with shooting three of the terror group's leaders in
their new "Caliphate" in Colonel Gaddafi's home city of Sirte
As befits all
the best practitioners of his shadowy trade, no-one is quite sure
whether he is one man or many, or even simply an urban legend.
But after a
string of assassinations of its local henchmen, the Islamic State's new
"Caliphate" in the Libyan city of Sirte is abuzz with talk that an
anti-Isil sniper is at work.
In recent weeks, no fewer than three Isil commanders in Sirte have been shot dead from long range, according to local media.
US and UK Spied on Israel Drones for Years
U.S and British
intelligence cracked the codes of Israeli drones operating in the
Middle East and monitored their surveillance feeds for almost 20 years,
according to documents leaked by an American whistleblower and
published in international media on Friday.
Reports by the
German daily Der Spiegel and the investigative website The Intercept
said the details emerged from documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the
former National Security Agency contractor who leaked millions of
documents about U.S. government surveillance in 2013.
The election when nobody showed up
Why are the
front-runners in both parties so unelectable? The frenzied and the
frightened count the ways, without getting into the depth and breadth
and height a body’s soul can reach.
This was the
year that everybody decided that he (or she) could be elected president
of the United States, or have a lot of fun trying, particularly if the
trip is on someone else’s money. Rarely has there been such a
Republican field, once thought to be unusually strong only to come to
naught, or close to it.
Say it's not so
On Syria, the United States defers again to Russia and Iran
Is this the
United States of America that continuously defers to Russia and Iran,
and thereby to the Syria of Bashar al Assad? Do our own actions and
words enable one of the most murderous and cruel, destructive and
destabilizing, regimes the world has ever seen? Have we so lost our
strategic sense and moral compass that we knowingly repeat policies
that have made war and atrocities in Syria worse?
The disheartening answer is yes.
Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action
enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving
Armed Services of the United States.
to its recipient by the President of the
United States of America in the name of Congress.
first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to
JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made
September 15, 2011
to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.
then there have been: •
3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the
Medal of Honor.
VERSACE, HUMBERT R.
Organization: U.S. Army
Date of Issue: 07/08/2002
Captain Humbert R. Versace
distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29
October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor,
Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of
Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol
engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province,
Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar,
automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed
enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although
severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly
and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and
fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted
capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure
of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he
exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered
into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his
fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation
and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to
escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his
wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure.
During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated
prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time,
and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break
his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United
States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who
epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was
executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's
gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding
courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon
himself and the United States Army.
From the Archives
American Fairness to a Fault — a Deadly One
Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 02:28 PM
American’s tragic flaw is our unbridled fairness, which has been
corrupted ever more by the cancer of political correctness to the point
we put ourselves at risk rather than create even the perception of
Sometime after the VOLAR (all volunteer) Army, the military veered from
the “yes sir, yes sir, three bags full” blind adherence to all orders to
the concept of refusing “unlawful orders” and that was ostensibly a
However, the uniformed services do not set or get to pick and choose
foreign policy. The civilian leadership sets foreign policy, and the
U.S. military enforces it — with a big, honking combined arms stick.
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters has been one of the rare pundits with the
courage to target the “culture of political correctness” in leadership
of the military. In at least two interviews on Fox, Peters (correctly)
blamed the culture of political correctness for the Army’s diffidence in
taking action against Nidal Malik Hasan in the wake of knowledge of the
Many mechanisms exist for dealing with matters of deep conscience — all
without killing those one might think disagree with in principle.
However, it is not prejudice to discriminate based on threat facts in
evidence. Refusal to act judiciously for fear of a tainted perception is
just plain dumb.
Notwithstanding the articulated fears of the Army chief of staff and the
secretary of Homeland Security, officials made an epic mistake in
handling suspicions about Hasan. A mistake founded on political
correctness and sustained by diffidence that cost the lives of
Reportedly, U.S. intelligence agencies were aware (months ago) that
Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with
al-Qaida. He spoke openly to too many people about his angst and
misdirected sympathies. He was apparently a poster child for suspicion,
and the Army failed bigtime to intervene.
“It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army
that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al-Qaida
figures," the officials said.
But you damnbetcha they SHOULD have done so.
Investigators want to know whether Hasan maintained contact with a
radical mosque leader from Virginia, Anwar al Awlaki, who now lives in
Yemen and runs a Web site that promotes jihad around the world against
the United States.
In a recent blog posting titled "Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing,"
Awlaki calls Hasan a "hero" and a "man of conscience who could not bear
living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that
is fighting against his own people."
Increasingly we are told people who knew or worked with Hasan say he
seemed to become gradually more radical in his condemnation of the war
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Subordinates and superiors had a responsibility
to flag the inappropriate rhetoric, and they apparently did not.
The fear to speak out is a symptom of the PC disease fueled by
recriminations and implied threats of discrimination — a fear that
indirectly resulted in mayhem.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman said, "If Hasan was showing signs, saying to
people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to
have a zero tolerance," and despite the echo of shutting the barn door
after the horse got out, he is right.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. is concerned that speculation
about the religious beliefs of Hasan could “cause a backlash against
some of our Muslim soldiers.” He’s right, but such a backlash would be a
direct result of the failure of command — not prejudice.
When confronted about whether he thought the Army “dropped the ball” in
not responding to warning signs, Casey replied that the Army needs to be
careful not to jump to conclusions based on early tidbits of
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., both of whom
are veterans, took pains to say that Muslims have served honorably in
the military and at risk to their lives.
“At the end of the day, this is not about his religion — the fact that
this man was a Muslim,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
But, hey, it is (kinda/sorta) about religion (when the FBI says 10
percent of American Mosques preach jihad) — at least from a risk