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Trump escalates atttack on Bill Clinton
presidential candidate Donald Trump is reviving some of the ugliest
political chapters of the 1990s with escalating personal attacks on
Bill Clinton’s character, part of a concerted effort to smother Hillary
Clinton’s campaign message with the weight of decades of controversy.
Trump’s latest shot came Monday when he released an incendiary
Instagram video that includes the voices of two women who accused the
former president of sexual assault, underscoring the presumptive
Republican nominee’s willingness to go far beyond political norms in
his critique of his likely Democratic rival.
The real estate mogul has said in recent interviews that a range of
Clinton-related controversies will be at the center of his case against
Sanders: Democratic Convention Could Be 'Messy'
presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says the Democratic National
Convention in Philadelphia and his push to make the party more
inclusive could get "messy" but asserts in an interview with The
Associated Press: "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle."
The Vermont senator, campaigning Monday ahead of California's primary
against Hillary Clinton, said his supporters hope the party will adopt
a platform at the summer convention that reflects the needs of working
families, the poor and young people, not Wall Street and corporate
House launches effort to impeach IRS commissioner
Republicans kicked off the path to impeaching IRS Commissioner John
Koskinen Tuesday with a hearing exploring the ways the agency chief,
hired to clean up after the tea party targeting scandal, instead
bungled the probe and botched his handling of a congressional subpoena.
declined to appear to testify, citing a crowded schedule. And lawmakers
blocked his written testimony he submitted defending himself from even
being entered into the hearing record, saying he had his chance to
defend himself and refused to appear.
But Rep. Jason
Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee that has pursued
the investigation into the tea party targeting, said there’s little
question Mr. Koskinen has broken faith with Congress.
Bill Cosby WILL Stand trial on sex assault charges
Bill Cosby is heading to trial on charges he sexually assaulted a woman over a decade ago.
comedian, 78, learned the news inside a Norristown, Pennsylvania
courtroom on Tuesday after Montgomery County prosecutors spent the
morning presenting their case to the judge and laying out why they
believe they have enough evidence to send the case to trial.
accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his
mansion in January 2004 and is facing three felony counts of aggravated
If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
TSA boots head of ssecurity amid furor over long lones
Transportation Security Administration ousted its head of security this
week because the agency is seeking a "different approach," not because
of any wrongdoing, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger said Tuesday.
was removed from his post amid an uproar over long lines at airport
security checkpoints and intense scrutiny of bonus payments. Neffenger
said he hoped to find another place "for Hoggan's talents" within TSA.
Army officer dealing with terror threats denied concealed carry permit in N.J.?
The state of New Jersey told an Army officer dealing with
terror threats at Picatinny Arsenal in Wharton that there is no
“justifiable need” for him to have a concealed carry permit.
Lt. Col. Terry S. Russell, the product manager for the Army’s
Individual Weapons and Small Arms program, requires a Top Secret
Sensitive Compartmented Information clearance for his job. The base
where he works was chosen as a terrorist “dry run” for a a Vehicle
Borne Improved Explosive Device, and hackers have tried to obtain
information on personnel.
Regardless, Oceanport Police Chief Daniel W. Barcus still denied the
solider a permit, a decision ultimately backed last month by Superior
Court Judge Joseph Oxley.
Illegal immigrant border crossings surge to highest level in hearly two years
The number of illegal immigrants crossing the southwestern border
surged in April, reaching the highest point in nearly two years as
Central American families and children traveling alone continued to
test the Obama administration’s border controls.
More than 38,000 illegal immigrants were caught in April, U.S. Customs
and Border Protection said in new figures released Monday — the highest
since July 2014, which was near the peak of the last surge that exposed
massive holes in border and immigration policy.
McAuliffe campaign donations from Chinese mogul raise federal red flags
The FBI and Justice Department reportedly are
investigating whether Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe accepted illegal
contributions during his 2013 campaign.
Citing officials who had been briefed on the investigation, CNN
reported Monday that authorities over the past several months have
looked into whether donations made to Mr. McAuliffe’s gubernatorial
campaign violated the law.
Spokespeople from the Justice Department and the FBI’s Washington field office declined to comment Monday.
Obama's plan to reintegrate ex-convicts into society raises crime fears
administration has gone into overdrive in the last two months, pushing
administrative policy changes to make it easier for ex-convicts to
rejoin society, but at the same time sparking concern that reforms will
increase crime and jeopardize safety.
efforts have been spurred on in part by bipartisan criminal justice
reforms enacted at the state level and changing public opinion that has
warmed to second chances, experts say.
Planned Parenthood Lawyer Denies Collusion Charge, Admits DA Shared Video Footage
A Texas Planned Parenthood lawyer accused of conspiring with a district
attorney against a man who shot a video in which the sale of fetal body
parts is purportedly discussed — has denied the charge, but admits the
prosecutor gave him a copy of the footage.
"The recent filings by the Harris County District Attorney confirm that
the DA shared confidential documents and information with abortion
provider Planned Parenthood, colluding with it in the prosecution of
David Daleiden." attorney Peter Breen told Breitbart Texas.
North Korea's UK Amabassador Rejects Trump's Offer of Talks
ambassador to Britain said Tuesday that his country has no interest in
presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's offer to
open nuclear talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Ambassador Hyon Hak Bong said that Pyongyang views Trump's offer as an electoral ploy that isn't serious.
Hyon said that
"we see it as the dramatics of a popular actor," adding that U.S.
presidential candidates say a lot of things during a campaign but once
they assume power they always adopt a hostile stance toward North Korea.
Turning Presidente Obama loose in Asia
hasn’t learned much in his seven years (and counting) in the White
House, but he might have learned a little. He bowed to his Vietnamese
hosts on arrival in Hanoi, but it wasn’t the infamous back-breaking
180-degree bow he gave to the despots of the Islamic world in Cairo.
that with an apology, for what it was never quite clear, perhaps for
being an American, a professed Christian or a friend of Israel. Or
maybe it was an apology in behalf of the American people for not being
as obsequious as he is when addressing Muslims. The president’s
constituents cringe every time he goes abroad, for fear of whom he
might apologize to next, and for what.
How Reaganomics saved Bill Clinton's presidency
The Gipper’s principled conservatism fundamentally transformed the nation
Republicans discard Ronald Reagan as a relevant political figure for
today? Columnist Jonah Goldberg speaks for many conservative
strategists when he writes: “Ronald Reagan is dead and he’s not coming
back.” He was fine for his time, a great president, says Mr. Goldberg,
but we have different problems today and shouldn’t keep invoking the
Gipper when searching for presidents.
Really? My own
view is that Republicans don’t celebrate Reagan nearly enough, largely
because they have forgotten the totality of what he accomplished and
have, unfortunately, ceded the prosperous 1990s to Bill Clinton, when,
in fact, Bill became successful by plagiarizing Reaganomics.
Reagan’s first two terms produced substantially lower tax rates for
individuals and corporations, domestic (non-defense) spending restraint
and deregulation, which resulted in the end of Jimmy Carter’s gas
lines, a dramatic reduction in inflation, a jobs growth explosion and a
major boom period that went 92 months without a recession — from
November 1982 to July 1990. At the time, this proved to be the longest
peacetime period of sustained economic growth in U.S. history.
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