Kenneth Starr, the former independent counsel whose investigation of Bill Clinton in the 1990s led to his impeachment, now heaps praise on the former president, according to The New York Times. “His genuine empathy for human beings is absolutely clear,” Starr said of Clinton during a panel discussion at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. “It is powerful, it is palpable and the folks of Arkansas really understood that about him — that he genuinely cared. The ‘I feel your pain’ is absolutely genuine.” "President Clinton was and perhaps still is the most gifted politician of the baby boomer generation. He just
Hillary Clinton may be the weakest prohibitive favorite ever to run for the presidency. She is generally given strong odds of beating Donald Trump in the fall, yet she is tied with him in the early going as she struggles to shake a 74-year-old socialist who persists in notching victories in Democratic primary contests. Armed with an impeccable resume and pedigree, and an impressive campaign and fundraising apparatus, Hillary has it all — except a rationale for her campaign and the ability to excite voters.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are almost exactly the same age, but they don’t even seem to be from the same generation. “I come from the ’60s, a long time ago,” she said during a 2015 debate. Trump does too — but not the campus 1960s. He’s from the Rat Pack 1960s. Welcome to the election of the Sixties Throwbacks. It’s remarkable how his mannerisms, his speech patterns and his general mien precisely reflect the ring-a-ding-ding heyday of Frank and Sammy and Dean — the hippest cats in show business, circa 1962. Like them, he’s not Jewish but speaks an English comically inflected
When you differ from people you admire, you have to question yourself. After all, what is the purpose of admiring people if they aren´t capable of influencing you? So, I have had to challenge my position — stated since the outset of the Republican presidential debates — that if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination, I will vote for him over Hillary Clinton, or any Democrat for that matter.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is scrambling to calm a growing bipartisan firestorm after downplaying veteran wait times at VA hospitals by comparing them to wait times for rides at Disney theme parks. McDonald made the comments Monday morning, and faced a backlash from Capitol Hill almost immediately. Perhaps the toughest condemnation came from Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat and Iraq war veteran who lost her legs in Iraq and still receives health care at a VA hospital. “Comparing abhorrent wait times to a trip to Disneyland is unbelievably tone-deaf and hurtful to American heroes desperately in need of care,” she
The state is “a gang of thieves writ large,” economist Murray Rothbard is said to have remarked. I’ve always viewed that sort of comment with a bit of skepticism. But now I’m beginning to wonder. I wonder more when I read things like this report from the Washington Examiner: “The CIA´s inspector general is claiming it inadvertently destroyed its only copy of a classified, three-volume Senate report on torture, prompting a leading senator to ask for reassurance that it was in fact ‘an accident.’” Here’s a hint: It very likely wasn’t. Is that unfair? I mean, it could have been an accident, right?
Donald Trump has begun lining up candidates for the ultimate job interview — his vice presidential running mate. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is considering a list that includes a retired general and some of Washington’s most powerful lawmakers. One of the most talked-about candidates on the billionaire’s short list is Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, who met with The Donald on Monday at Trump Tower in Manhattan. (Snip) Sources said Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions — one of Trump’s earliest supporters — also is under consideration. Sessions’ views on immigration match Trump’s. A surprise name on the list is retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn,
Donald Trump said he would have no problem asking Congress to formerly declare war so that he could better deal with the current terror threat growing out of the Middle East. ´It wouldn’t bother me at all doing that,´ he told Fox News Channel´s Bill O´Reilly in an interview that aired last night. ´We probably should have done that in the first place.´ But the presumptive Republican nominee also spoke about how different a war on terror looked compared to more traditional warfare. ´Look, we are at war with these people and they don´t wear uniforms,´ Trump noted. ´It´s not
The bipartisan deal to tackle Puerto Rico’s debt crisis represents Paul Ryan’s first big victory as Speaker. While the Wisconsin Republican has notched other wins on highway, education and government funding during his short, nearly seven-month tenure, former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had a hand in all of those negotiations. The Puerto Rico pact, coming in the middle of a contentious presidential election year, is Ryan’s, and Ryan’s alone. The agreement to restructure the island’s $70 billion in debt fulfills a promise the Speaker made to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democrats during spending talks last December. And it shows that Ryan’s
There is a real chance that Hillary Clinton will have clinched a majority of delegates, and the Democratic nomination, before polls close in the California primary late in the evening of June 7. But losing one of the country’s most diverse and Democratic states to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont would be such a damaging way to end this tumultuous primary season that Clinton is planning to spend millions there over the next two weeks. This isn’t exactly what Clinton had hoped to be doing as her party’s July convention in Philadelphia approaches and Republicans ramp up for the general
The bipartisan deal to tackle Puerto Rico’s debt crisis represents Paul Ryan’s first big victory as Speaker. While the Wisconsin Republican has notched other wins on highway, education and government funding during his short, nearly seven-month tenure, former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had a hand in all of those negotiations. The Puerto Rico pact, coming in the middle of a contentious presidential election year, is Ryan’s, and Ryan’s alone.The agreement to restructure the island’s $70 billion in debt fulfills a promise the Speaker made to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democrats during spending talks last December.
If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back down, says Aquino, the United States will lose "its moral ascendancy, and also the confidence of one of its allies." And what is Scarborough Shoal? A cluster of rocks and reefs, 123 miles west of Subic Bay, that sits astride the passageway out of the South China Sea into the Pacific, and is well within Manila´s 200-mile exclusive economic zone. [snip] What vital interest of ours is imperiled by who owns, or occupies, or militarizes Scarborough Shoal?
Donald Trump has mixed feelings about climate change. In January 2014, he publicly wondered how the United States could be spending money to combat what, in his words, was a “GLOBAL WARMING HOAX.” Last October, when Trump was bitten by the autumnal chill, the Republican presidential candidate snarked on Twitter that he could use “a big fat dose of global warming.” He told The Washington Post editorial board in March that he is “not a great believer in man-made climate change.” But when it came to protecting his own investments from global warming’s effects, Trump canned the screaming capital letters and jokes.
As the newspaper industry collapses, one of the queens of the American press is forced to layoff staff and revamp. Poynter Institute had a piece on memos from New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet to the staff. This passage from Poynter (quoting the memo) was fascinating: A new model for copy editing. "[Editor] Susan Wessling is leading a team that is examining whether our copy desks are structured properly for an era when stories no longer move at the rhythms of print." Editors won´t concern themselves with the print edition. "Assigning editors, in the very near future, will not
In an address to the people of communist-ruled Vietnam on Tuesday, President Obama made a case for the importance of upholding human rights, prefacing it by saying that the United States, too, “is still striving to live up to our founding ideals.” “No nation is perfect,” he said at the National Convention Center in Hanoi. “Two centuries on, the United States is still trying to striving to live up to our founding ideals.” “We still deal with our shortcomings – too much money in politics, and rising economic inequality,” Obama continued. “Racial bias in our criminal justice system. Women still
Move over ‘Banking Queen’ Barney ‘Fwank’ of Rush Limbaugh parody fame, Hillary Clinton is here. And a meaner, more money-crazed Banking Queen you’ll never get. Hillary doesn’t have Barney’s signature lisp, in either the Banking Queen parody or in real life, but she can bark like a dog.For the past two years she’s been barking all the way to the bank, courtesy of the world’s biggest banks paying her for speeches held under lock and key. But all dogs will be barking now that the cat’s been let out of the bag: Hillary Clinton was paid a whopping $21 million over the last
Barack Obama has said Washington supports Vietnam’s territorial claims against Beijing in the South China Sea and promised it greater access to security equipment. “In the South China Sea, the US is not a claimant in current disputes, but we will stand with our partners in upholding key principles like freedom of navigation,” the US president said in a speech in Hanoi. “Vietnam will have greater access to the equipment you need to improve your security,” he said. “Nations are sovereign and no matter how large or small a nation may be, its territory should be respected.” Obama did not mention China by
The successful parasite does not kill its host. But the federal regulatory parasite is in the process of killing the golden goose upon which it feeds. (Snip) From the new annual report, Ten Thousand Commandments 2016, prepared by Clyde Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, we learn that the costs of federal regulations — nearly $1.9 trillion — is now greater than the Internal Revenue Service collects from both personal income and corporate taxes. “Federal regulation is a hidden tax that amounts to nearly $15,000 per U.S. household each year.” “Over the last 58 years government spending to write and enforce
The stunning news that the FBI has been investigating Virginia Governor (and key Clinton Machine operative) Terry McAuliffe for a year is widely seen as an ominous sign for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. But a lot of tealeaf reading is necessary to figure out what is really going on. (snip) Now who might those “US officials briefed on the probe” be? People with political motives to leak this news. Four basic alternatives suggest themselves: Someone who wants to damage the Hillary Clinton campaign and is anxious to open a new front in the public controversies over her political machine, including the Clinton
Donald Trump has officially commented on the conspiracy theory that Bill and Hillary Clinton had something to do with Vince Foster‘s death. (Snip) So, of course, he was asked about his thoughts on Foster and how his suicide may have been a staged killing by the Clintons. This is what Trump said: He called theories of possible foul play “very serious” and the circumstances of Foster’s death “very fishy.” “He had intimate knowledge of what was going on,” Trump said, speaking of Foster’s relationship with the Clintons at the time. “He knew everything that was going on and then all of
The big difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is that no one — Trump included, most likely — knows what a Trump presidency would look like. Everyone appears to know what a Clinton presidency would look like. Enter the pollsters, with the news that Trump actually leads Clinton in voter preference (ABC/Associated Press) or trails her (NBC/Wall Street Journal) by a figure within the margin of error. What’s the word for it? How about “wow”? None of this portends anything in particular concerning the outcome of an election still five months in the future. What we get some sense of, nonetheless, from
Donald Trump faces a huuuge disadvantage in money and manpower heading into the fall election. That’s the message the media are sending with a spate of articles about the obstacles facing the Republican nominee. But what if the assembled media and political experts are once again wrong? Just throwing it out there. On the surface, it seems apparent that if Trump has trouble raising a billion dollars, does battle with a much smaller staff and has little turnout operation, he’s ceding some crucial advantages to Hillary Clinton. But so far, at least, the usual rules haven’t applied to this billionaire outsider.
Sen. Bernie Sanders was given unprecedented say over the Democratic Party platform Monday in a move party leaders hope will soothe a bitter split with backers of the longshot challenger to Hillary Clinton — and Sanders immediately used his new power to name a well-known advocate for Palestinian rights to help draft Democratic policy. The senator from Vermont was allowed to choose nearly as many members of the Democratic Party platform-writing body as Clinton, who is expected to clinch the nomination next month. That influence resulted from an agreement worked out this month between the two candidates and party officials, the
In the late 1800s, it took railroad companies six years to lay 1,907 miles of track for what was to become the Transcontinental Railroad (or as Barack Obama calls it, the Intercontinental Railroad). Building that railroad line required tunneling through mountains — at one foot a day — building bridges — including one that spanned 700 feet — and doing all the work almost entirely by hand. As best, it will now take seven years for California to lay 119 miles of track — on relatively flat ground in the middle of nowhere. That news came from a contract revision that the Obama
CNN broadcast a one hour special yesterday called “Why they hate us” discussing why adherents to the most authentic interpretations of Islam hate the United States. Overall, the broadcasted presentation by Fareed Zakaria was good; actually, very good. Perhaps one of the best one hour presentations in quite a while. The content was engaging, the historical references were well presented and well outlined…. until a fatal flaw. The common, disconcerting and uncomfortable fatal flaw. (Snip)Zakaria would have the viewing audience believe that 100k world-wide adherent followers, could inflict 30,00 fatalities. Common sense, not prone to co-dependency, would refute such an obtuse