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Doctor declares Hillary 'healthy and fit'?
             Hillary Clinton stops her speech to cough at Luke Easter Park in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 5. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton’s doctor on Wednesday pronounced her “healthy and fit” to serve as president, making a belated effort at transparency and hoping to contain political damage after the Democratic nominee was too weak to make it through a Sept. 11 memorial service this weekend.

In a letter released by the Clinton campaign, Dr. Lisa Bardack, chairwoman of internal medicine at CareMount Medical in Mount Kisco, New York, described a series of nagging conditions and a handful of medications Mrs. Clinton is taking, but said other than allergies, a sinus infection and her bout with pneumonia, she has no major medical issues.

“My overall impression is that Mrs. Clinton has remained healthy and has not developed new medical conditions this year other than a sinus infection and ear infection and her recently diagnosed pneumonia,” Dr. Bardack wrote. “She is recovering well with antibiotics and rest. She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as president of the United States.”

Doctors Raise Concerns over Hllary Pneumonia Diagnosis and Treatment

Doctors are raising concerns about Hillary Clinton’s recent pneumonia diagnosis and treatment, suggesting a case of the disease that causes a patient to collapse should be treated more seriously.

Initial reports suggested the former first lady fainted, but Clinton denied losing consciousness during an interview with CNN following her health scare.

Clinton’s campaign initially left the press in the dark about what occurred at the 9-11 ceremony, but nearly two hours later, the campaign blamed Clinton’s health episode on the former first lady being overheated.

Hillary secrecy fuels conspiracy theories

Depending whom you ask, Hillary Clinton is deathly sick, responsible for countless murders dating back decades, or poised to become the next reptilian to occupy the Oval Office.

This week’s pneumonia diagnosis — preceded by a Clinton campaign cover-up — has spawned another batch of entries in the Clinton conspiracy file, a book of fantastical tales that scholars say may be larger than that of any other family in the United States, or perhaps the entire world.

The latest Clinton conspiracies center on her health, including rumblings that the former secretary of state is terminally ill or that she has resorted to using a body double on the campaign trail as a cover.
Across the internet, there is talk that Mrs. Clinton is a closeted lesbian and has been having an affair for years with her top aide, Huma Abedin.
Gennifer Flowers, reported to be one of Mr. Clinton’s former mistresses, said years ago that the 42nd president told her his wife was bisexual.
Conspiracy theorists also contend that the Clintons are behind the deaths of former Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster and dozens of political opponents.
Mr. Clinton even joked about the couple’s rumored homicidal tendencies during a campaign stop Wednesday.

Ford shifting all U.S. small-car production to Mexico
CEO Mark Fields told investors the move is part of plans to make production simpler and less expensive

Ford plans to eventually shift all North American small-car production from the U.S. to Mexico, CEO Mark Fields told investors Tuesday, even though the company's production investments in Mexico have become a lightning rod for controversy in the presidential election.

"Over the next two to three years, we will have migrated all of our small-car production to Mexico and out of the United States," Fields said at a daylong investor conference in Dearborn.

First female soldier in Green Beret training fails to complete course
             Army Special Forces candidates carry a log during a recent Special Forces Assessment and Selection class at Camp Mackall at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Two female officers have qualified to undergo training to become Green Berets. Photo courtesy of the Department of the Army

The first female soldier to participate in the Army’s initial training program for the Green Berets — side-by-side with men — has failed to complete the course this week, The Washington Times has learned.

The enlisted soldier is the first woman to attend the U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), the first step toward earning the Special Forces tab and the coveted Green Beret. The Times reported in July that two female officer candidates have been accepted to attend an SFAS class that begins in the spring.

The female soldier, whom Army officials did not identify by name, had reported to the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Sept. 2. She passed the physical fitness test and the first half of the grueling, 21-day weeding-out process, during which 10 percent to 15 percent of her classmates dropped out.

Republican Deal Delays Vote on Impeaching IRS Chief

A last-minute deal between conservatives and GOP leaders in the House has averted votes expected Thursday on a measure to impeach the commissioner of the IRS.

Instead, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will testify before Congress next week.

The conservative House Freedom Caucus celebrated the development as a win late Wednesday, as conservatives had long pushed GOP leaders for impeachment hearings against Koskinen. They accuse him of obstructing a congressional investigation into the treatment of tea party groups seeking tax exemptions.

CIA: 'Wouldn't be Surprised' to See More Hacks

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan said he "wouldn't be surprised" by more hacks on the election system as Russian hackers have been breaking into U.S. political websites for years, CBS News reported.

Brennan's comments come in the wake of another dump of Democratic National Committee documents by the hacker, Guccifer 2.0. The leaked personal emails of former secretary of state Colin Powell, in which he rips apart both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, has spurred more controversy and concern over the country's cybersecurity efforts.

Expecting more breached emails ahead of the elections, Brennan said, "I certainly wouldn't be surprised if we see it coming out."

Arab Spring star Tunisia emerges as Islamic State's No.1 source for foreign fighters
           Tunisian police are on constant alert for terrorism because of the number of young people who are lured in by the Islamic State and return to carry out jihad. Analysts say part of the problem is the economy, combined with a religious vacuum and sense of despair. (Associated Press)

It’s considered the star performer of the ill-fated Arab Spring, the one country in the region where representative democracy has made major strides. But even here, the fight against radical Islamic violence requires an unceasing vigil.

The head of a secretive U.S.-backed counterterrorism Fusion Center based in the capital says Tunisian government authorities are keeping at least 1,000 people under surveillance in the nation on suspicion that they are clandestine operatives of the Islamic State group.

“Some have come back from Libya and some from Syria and Iraq,” said Karim Ammar, who heads the center at the heart of a growing struggle to prevent the Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIS and ISIL, from undermining Tunisia’s tenuous democratic rule.

Universitty of Chicago faculty defends safe spaces, trigger warnings

The University of Chicago faculty is defending safe spaces and trigger warnings in the aftermath of an administrative letter denouncing the practices.

Published on Tuesday in the Chicago Maroon, a campus newspaper, and signed by more than 140 faculty, the brief letter encourages incoming students to “speak up loudly and fearlessly” about their demands for specifically designated areas on campus free from conflicting points of view.

It says requests for warnings about difficult ideas with which students may disagree “often touch on substantive, ongoing issues of bias, intolerance, and trauma that affect our intellectual exchanges.”

China Launches Second Space Station

China has launched its second space station in a sign of the growing sophistication of its military-backed program that intends to send a mission to Mars in the coming years.

The Tiangong 2 was carried into space on Thursday night atop a Long March 7 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northern China.

Plans call for the launch next month of the Shenzhou 11 spaceship with two astronauts to dock with the station and remain on board for a month. The station, whose name means "Heavenly Palace," is considered a stepping stone to a mission to Mars by the end of the decade.

Colin Powell: Bill Clinton 'stick d---ing bimbos'

Colin Powell wrote in a jaw-dropping e-mail that he doesn’t want to vote for his pal Hillary Clinton because she’s a greedy defender of the status quo whose husband is “still d–king bimbos at home (according to the NYP)” — the New York Post.

“I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect,” the former secretary of state wrote Democratic donor Jeffrey Leeds on July 26, 2014.

Powell sent the message just days after The Post revealed in May that Bill Clinton allegedly has a blond mistress who visits his Chappaqua home so often, she was dubbed “the Energizer” by the Secret Service.

The truth about Hillary and the FBI
With his revelations about Clinton, Comey didn’t let her off the hook

The notion that FBI Director James Comey took a fall to protect Hillary Clinton for political reasons is now gaining as much traction as the claim that President Obama was not born in the United States.

But as with the Obama conspiracy theory, a few simple facts undercut the claim that Mr. Comey acted improperly by not moving to indict Mrs. Clinton.

The legacies of Barack Obama

He wanted to ‘transform’ America because he doesn’t like America very much

On his recent Asian tour, President Obama characterized his fellow Americans (the most productive workers in the world) as “lazy.”

In fact, he went on to deride Americans for a list of supposed transgressions ranging from the Vietnam War to environmental desecration to the 19th century treatment of Native Americans.

“If you’re in the United States,” the president said, “sometimes you can feel lazy and think we’re so big we don’t have to really know anything about other people.”

The attack on supposedly insular Americans was somewhat bizarre, given that Mr. Obama himself knows no foreign languages. He often seems confused about even basic world geography. (His birthplace of Hawaii is not “Asia,” Austrians do not speak “Austrian,” and the Falkland Islands are not the Maldives).

Medal of Honor
Army Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.
GeneTrerally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.
The first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to Private JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made September 15, 2011 to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.

Since then there have been:  • 3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
    • Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor.

Rank: Captain
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.

Archives: Geoff Metcalf/NewsMax January 14, 2010

Plunging Approval Shouldn't Surprise Democratic Bullies  
 By Geoff Metcalf  
Reasonable people can disagree (or should be able to) reasonably when they honestly consider facts that may contradict their preconceived opinions and prejudices.

 However, unfortunately, especially in the partisan environment of politics, reason, honest analysis, and fairness too quickly become victims of the “us-vs.-them” thing. Politics has become a blood sport in which the only golden rule is “the team with the gold makes the rules.”

 Politicians who were elected to represent the best interests, wants, and desires of their constituents morph into petty, agenda-driven competitors quick to eschew reason for partisanship. Sadly, this axiomatic reality is universal and not exclusive to any one party.

 Politics is supposed to be the art of compromise. However, it increasingly has become a blood sport personifying the absolute worse elements of abuse of power under the color of authority.

President Barack Obama, a year after promising "change" and a kumbaya tsunami of bipartisan cooperation, now reluctantly admits that he has not succeeded in bringing the country together. In a recent People magazine interview, the president begrudgingly acknowledged an atmosphere of divisiveness that has washed away the lofty national feeling surrounding his inauguration a year ago.

 "That's what's been lost this year. . . that whole sense of changing how Washington works," Obama said.

 "What I haven't been able to do in the midst of this crisis is bring the country together in a way that we had done in the inauguration," he said, referring to last Jan. 20, when hundreds of thousands flooded into Washington to see him sworn in as America's first black president. . . before reality and buyer's remorse.

 The simple reality is that Obama has failed because he and his party's leadership (or, critics will argue, LACK of leadership) have failed — failed to do what they said they would do, and failed to do anything the "way" they promised.

 Notwithstanding lofty eloquence, consensus, and "unity" cannot be mandated by imperial decree. Partisan acrimony is not and cannot be bridled by harangue, bullying, or bludgeon. Politics is the art of compromise, and the facts in evidence demonstrate that this administration and this Democrat-led Congress have not been disposed to engage in compromise.

 Rather, the Democrats have embraced a ham-fisted, "our-way-or-the-highway" forced imposition of their will.

Now, in the wake of spelunking poll numbers, rampant buyer's remorse, and a previously unimagined nostalgia for the Carter administration, Democrats seem shocked, amazed, and confused that more than half the country not only does not approve of what they are trying to do but also dislikes how they are doing it.

 Blaming the dark sky and coming ice age on Bush (or Reagan or Nixon or Eisenhower or Lincoln) is a worn-out dog that flat-out ain't gonna hunt.

 When Mr. Cool was promising "change," little did anyone assume that change might result in a Republican's winning Teddy Kennedy's Senate seat. (But that could happen, and soon.)

 It is a sad reality that, at the same time our military significantly has improved the quality of the U.S. troops who serve, the civilian leadership and politicians have regressed to a level reminiscent of uneducated feudal bullies.

 The military is smarter, more fit, better equipped, and as committed as any generation from Valley Forge to Iwo Jima or Pleiku to Bosnia. We have an all-volunteer military that is dedicated to protecting you. Conversely, the political arena is littered with disingenuous, duplicitous partisans who long since have abandoned their constituents for the next political victory (and/or pork-laden earmark).

 I recently re-read Robert Humphrey's "Living Values for a New Millennium" in preparation for a seminar entitled "Clarifying American Core Values" in February.

 In a 1997 speech before professor Humphrey passed away, he said that top leadership, in both our civilian or military government, is afraid even to discuss this apparent decisive need for new thinking both at home and overseas. Thirteen years ago, he observed that the news media and public opinion polls advise, "The people sense a moral bankruptcy in Washington" with a bickering inability in government to face these deeper problems.

Wherever you go, you are little bit safer because of the military and yet more at risk because of the coat-room shenanigans of Congress. Wherever the military sets a boot, everyone has a friend, a defender, and a champion. However, politicians seem more concerned about the next PAC contribution than the wants, needs, or well-being of the very people they were elected to represent.

 Ambrose Evans-Pritchard once wrote, “Moral relativism has set in so deeply that the gilded classes have become incapable of discerning right from wrong. Everything can be explained away, especially by journalists. Life is one great moral mush — sophistry washed down with Chardonnay.”