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New Documents Indicate Key Hillar Claim on Emails Was NOT True
Emails published by the New York Times Monday indicate that Hillary
Clinton used more than one private email address during her time as
secretary of state, contradicting previous claims from the Democratic
presidential contender’s office.
Multiple emails show Clinton used account “firstname.lastname@example.org”
while serving in the Obama administration as secretary of state.
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Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, had previously told Rep. Trey Gowdy
(R-S.C.) that that particular address had not “existed during Secretary
Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.”
Hillary hides from reporters as security race across Iowa at 95 MPH to dodge pursuing journalists
For reporters trying to cover the opening months of Hillary Rodham
Clinton's second presidential campaign, Waterloo, Iowa might be her
On Monday night the Clinton camp held a private campaign party at the
home of a wealthy pharmacist in the central Iowa town – a longtime
Democratic Party figure – and Daily Mail Online was the only media
outlet to make it to the address.
Other press outlets can't be faulted, however: Clinton's aides kept the
existence of the party a secret, leaving it off of the schedule
circulated to reporters who cover her events in a rotating 'pool.'
Daily Mail Online only found the location after trailing the candidate's
motorcade at a distance for an 85 miles trek, at speeds reaching 95
ABC's 'secret' $105M gamble on Stephanopoulos
ABC has plenty of reasons to be freaking out over the George Stephanopoulos scandal — 105 million, to be exact.
Morning America” and “This Week” anchor renewed his contract last year
for $105 million, TV industry sources told The Post Monday.
deal — which dwarfs the five-year, $50 million contract scored by
since-suspended NBC rival Brian Williams — was supposed to keep
Stephanopoulos in front of ABC’s cameras through 2021.
GOP Wants Review of Internet Governance Handover
administration’s plan to relinquish U.S. control of the Internet’s
architecture to a group of international stakeholders isn’t going over
well on Capitol Hill.
want to review any handover agreement, while members of both parties
are saying the California nonprofit that manages the Internet’s
addressing system needs to do a better job protecting American
copyrights before President Barack Obama turns over control.
“Who’s going to
be there when something goes wrong?” asked Rep. Joe L. Barton, a Texas
Republican, at a House Energy and Commerce hearing last week. “I’ve yet
to hear this vaunted multi-stakeholder process come up with an
Israel says Iran violated sanctions by purchasing aircraft
Israeli official took a swipe at the United States on Tuesday over
Iran's reported purchase of second-hand civilian aircraft, saying the
acquisition violated international sanctions and went ahead despite a
tip-off from Israel.
Transport Minister Abbas Akhoondi was quoted on May 11 by the Iranian
Students News Agency as saying Tehran bought 15 used commercial planes
in the last three months. He did not say who sold them or how they had
ban on the export of aircraft spare parts to Iran was eased under an
interim nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers in late 2013, but
the sanctions regime continues to restrict sales of planes.
Ramadi battle: IS prepares to defend seized Iraqi city
militants are preparing to defend the Iraqi city of Ramadi, witnesses
say, as Iranian-backed militiamen gather east of the city.
Residents said IS fighters had set up defensive positions and laid landmines after capturing the city on Sunday.
also going door-to-door looking for government sympathisers and
throwing bodies in the Euphrates river, residents were quoted as saying.
Boehner demands Obama do-over on Islamic State war request
John A. Boehner said Tuesday that President Obama should withdraw his
current war request from Congress and “start over,” coming up with an
entirely new strategy to fight the Islamic State after this weekend’s
setback in Iraq.
“We don’t have a strategy,” Mr. Boehner said in calling for the do-over.
Republican had spent much of last year demanding Mr. Obama send up a
request for Congress to authorize the use of military force, known in
Capitol-speak as an AUMF. But when Mr. Obama finally did send one up,
it left Congress paralyzed, and no major legislative action has
occurred in the three months since.
Obama-allied liberal group wants ATF-FBI merger for stricter gun laws
advocacy group with close ties to the White House is calling for the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to be merged with the FBI,
saying it would lead to stricter enforcement of gun laws.
The Center for
American Progress said its two-year study of the ATF found that the
agency can’t keep up with the challenges of enforcing gun laws and
regulating the firearms industry.
“Too often, the
leadership, management, and resources lag behind the dedication of the
agents,” said Arkadi Gerney, CAP senior vice president. “With 33 people
murdered with guns in the United States every day, it is time to think
big about how best to fulfill ATF’s mission.”
Rand Paul: 'Whatever it takes to stop' Patriot Act reauthorization
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said he will do "everything humanly possible" to keep the Senate from reauthorizing the Patriot Act.
presidential candidate said in an interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota
that aired Tuesday on "New Day" that he will try to filibuster a
reauthorization of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which spawned the
National Security Agency's collection of millions of Americans' phone
A handful of
powerful Senate Republicans are pushing to reauthorize the Patriot Act
without any reforms. Others in the Senate are pushing the USA Freedom
Act, which would reform the Patriot Act's Section 215 and effectively
end bulk data collection. The House quickly passed that bill last week.
Kitzhaber scrapped workable Oregon health exchange for political benefit
Gov. John Kitzhaber was told in early 2014 that the Obamacare state
health care exchange his administration spent $305 million building
could be made operational. But his administration chose instead to
scrap the project and seek a scapegoat to keep the fiasco from harming
his re-election, according to evidence turned over to congressional
reviewed by The Washington Times, include emails and memos between
state officials and campaign aides as well as a transcript of a
conversation from a state official turned whistleblower that suggests
federal tax dollars were sacrificed for political convenience.
The memos show
Mr. Kitzhaber’s election campaign aides took the unusual step of
instructing state officials on how to handle the Cover Oregon exchange
project, especially when the project was abandoned just before its
launch. The campaign aides even sought to supervise the testimony of a
state official appearing before the U.S. Congress.
When Hillary gets an unexpected spanking
can run, to paraphrase Muhammad Ali’s rebuke of a timid opponent, but
they can’t hide. Hillary Clinton is turning her campaign into a game of
hide-and-seek, and the party is terrified. Some leading Democrats are
beginning to say out loud what they have said privately for weeks.
thought would be a cake walk to Philadelphia and the 2016 nomination is
beginning to look like a cornbread walk, and cornbread has no icing.
She took a
spanking on the Sunday talk shows, with her party critics focusing on
her reluctance to speak up on several key issues, including one or two
that have been close to the beating heart of her party.
Re-establishing a consensus on national defense
From al Qaeda
to the Islamic State, we have learned to kill enemy leaders but not
much else about basic issues of war and peace. Just last week, the
media diverted attention from the scandals of Our Lady of Perpetual
Ambition Hillary Rodham Clinton by asking Jeb Bush some really hard
questions. Would he have done the Iraq War the same way as his brother
— or at all?
fumbling and tap-dancing recalled an earlier time when Roger Mudd of
NBC News asked presumptive White House heir-apparent Edward Kennedy,
“Senator, why do you want to be president?” But neither Ted Kennedy nor
Jeb Bush were prepared for those painfully obvious questions.
So have we
really learned our lessons — or only identified them? A broad hint is
contained in “The Water Diviner,” Russell Crowe’s new movie about
Gallipoli — a World War I disaster where arrogance outweighed strategy
and all common sense. A hard-bitten Turkish sergeant ruefully tells
Russell Crowe’s character, “Never invade a country when you don’t even
know where it is.”
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.
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Rank: Master Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Detachment B-56
Division: 5th Special Forces Group
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Master Sergeant (then Staff Sergeant) Roy P. Benavidez
United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of daring and
extremely valorous actions on 2 May 1968 while assigned to Detachment
B56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Republic
of Vietnam. On the morning of 2 May 1968, a 12-man Special Forces
Reconnaissance Team was inserted by helicopters in a dense jungle area
west of Loc Ninh, Vietnam to gather intelligence information about
confirmed large-scale enemy activity. This area was controlled and
routinely patrolled by the North Vietnamese Army. After a short period
of time on the ground, the team met heavy enemy resistance, and
requested emergency extraction. Three helicopters attempted extraction,
but were unable to land due to intense enemy small arms and
anti-aircraft fire. Sergeant Benavidez was at the Forward Operating
Base in Loc Ninh monitoring the operation by radio when these
helicopters returned to off-load wounded crewmembers and to assess
aircraft damage. Sergeant Benavidez voluntarily boarded a returning
aircraft to assist in another extraction attempt. Realizing that all
the team members were either dead or wounded and unable to move to the
pickup zone, he directed the aircraft to a nearby clearing where he
jumped from the hovering helicopter, and ran approximately 75 meters
under withering small arms fire to the crippled team. Prior to reaching
the team's position he was wounded in his right leg, face, and head.
Despite these painful injuries, he took charge, repositioning the team
members and directing their fire to facilitate the landing of an
extraction aircraft, and the loading of wounded and dead team members.
He then threw smoke canisters to direct the aircraft to the team's
position. Despite his severe wounds and under intense enemy fire, he
carried and dragged half of the wounded team members to the awaiting
aircraft. He then provided protective fire by running alongside the
aircraft as it moved to pick up the remaining team members. As the
enemy's fire intensified, he hurried to recover the body and classified
documents on the dead team leader. When he reached the leader's body,
Sergeant Benavidez was severely wounded by small arms fire in the
abdomen and grenade fragments in his back. At nearly the same moment,
the aircraft pilot was mortally wounded, and his helicopter crashed.
Although in extremely critical condition due to his multiple wounds,
Sergeant Benavidez secured the classified documents and made his way
back to the wreckage, where he aided the wounded out of the overturned
aircraft, and gathered the stunned survivors into a defensive
perimeter. Under increasing enemy automatic weapons and grenade fire,
he moved around the perimeter distributing water and ammunition to his
weary men, reinstilling in them a will to live and fight. Facing a
buildup of enemy opposition with a beleaguered team, Sergeant Benavidez
mustered his strength, began calling in tactical air strikes and
directed the fire from supporting gunships to suppress the enemy's fire
and so permit another extraction attempt. He was wounded again in his
thigh by small arms fire while administering first aid to a wounded
team member just before another extraction helicopter was able to land.
His indomitable spirit kept him going as he began to ferry his comrades
to the craft. On his second trip with the wounded, he was clubbed from
additional wounds to his head and arms before killing his adversary. He
then continued under devastating fire to carry the wounded to the
helicopter. Upon reaching the aircraft, he spotted and killed two enemy
soldiers who were rushing the craft from an angle that prevented the
aircraft door gunner from firing upon them. With little strength
remaining, he made one last trip to the perimeter to ensure that all
classified material had been collected or destroyed, and to bring in
the remaining wounded. Only then, in extremely serious condition from
numerous wounds and loss of blood, did he allow himself to be pulled
into the extraction aircraft. Sergeant Benavidez' gallant choice to
join voluntarily his comrades who were in critical straits, to expose
himself constantly to withering enemy fire, and his refusal to be
stopped despite numerous severe wounds, saved the lives of at least
eight men. His fearless personal leadership, tenacious devotion to
duty, and extremely valorous actions in the face of overwhelming odds
were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service,
and reflect the utmost credit on him 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