We should probably have expected, with the publication this week of a tell-all book called “Shattered,” that the decaying remnants of Hillary Clinton’s defunct campaign would launch a witch hunt (no pun intended). They’re seeking to hunt down the identities of the high-ranking campaign staff that fed all these revealing, juicy anecdotes and details to a pair of journalists. [Snip] The stricken campaign was afflicted with disorganization, over-confidence, enmity and Bill Clinton. The campaign had no central message and, worse, it featured an unpleasant but clueless Hillary Clinton, who confided to a close friend, “I don’t understand what’s happening in
The leaks are tepid, the authors strongly disposed to exonerating Hillary.
The book is a rather humdrum timeline of the campaign with a few semi-spicy quotes thrown in. But bad acts and bad actors are never properly exposed for their mendacity and venality. Indeed, every chapter suggests that scum like Podesta, Schultz, Palmieri, and Mook acted in good faith.
This week´s ´who leaked?´ fervor is highly suspect - it sounds like one of these 21st century fake outrage/fake controversy campaigns meant to garner PR from unwitting news outlets, similar to Monopoly changing game tokens or M&M´s adding a color.
The real story of Hillary´s ill health, mental incapacity, hatred and flat-out abuse of those she encountered has yet to be written.
Interesting, we are not hearing denials, but we are hearing about the hunt for the leakers. She and Bill have been so used to lying and cheating and the MSM supporting them no matter what that she really thought she had it in the bag. I still can´t understand Comrade Bernie going out for her after what she did to him. Someone just tell her that we don´t like her; we really don´t like her!
Great news for landlords. Contrary to the longstanding alleged American dream, dramatically fewer Americans are owning their own home. Home ownership rates nationally peaked in 2007 at 73%. Today, they’ve plummeted to 63%, a dramatic shift involving many billions of dollars. This has occurred in all regions and income groups across the country. Except among senior citizens. According to
While a White House aide indulges in profane tantrums, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have finally found something they can agree on — sanctioning Russia. And Iran and North Korea. Again. Sanctioning people and countries is big these days. It looks like you’re doing something firm, even though sanctions and sanctions upon sanctions haven’t really accomplished anything. [Snip] dramatic evidence too of the absence of trust in Washington, that a Republican Congress should band with Democrats to ensure a GOP president can’t give something away to Russia. The measure also creates a tempting opportunity for Trump to ignite another political
For an entire generation now, Americans have awarded the country’s volunteer military force with the highest confidence rating of any national institution. Congress, on the other hand, not so much, based on its chronic perceived inability to perform the work widely seen as necessary. Oh, look! More examples this week [Snip] So, what if anything could the institution of Congress, whose job approval is mired at or below 20%, learn from studying the institution of the U.S. military? Not that it would, mind you. But if Congress
President Trump almost made it through an entire week driving a positive administration jobs message – Made in America. Almost. But Friday morning comes. He couldn’t control himself until Monday. So, out comes Trump with a major White House appointment that prompts Sean Spicer, the embattled PR face of an embattled administration, to resign. And that ignites a media firestorm about White House turmoil that incinerates another week’s painstakingly-orchestrated policy message. [Snip] Trump knows he knows more than his communications professionals, which makes their team messages garbled and incomprehensible and their jobs untenable. Not only does he know more, he
The Republican Party in Congress could be on the verge of losing the 2018 midterm elections 16 months before they happen. Since 2010, the GOP has been vowing and planning and stunting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, that transformative legislative Frankenstein that Democrats crammed through Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote. [Snip] The GOP crowd now looks like that little circus car disgorging clown after clown after clown, each one honking his horn and offering a personal version of Obamacare repeal. Now comes time to repeal and replace it for real and, well, golly gee, it’s kinda
No one ever accused Americans of being consistent when it comes to views on morality and marriage. So, it probably shouldn’t be surprising that a new Gallup Survey of adults finds that a record proportion of Americans now finds divorce “morally acceptable.” While the nation’s divorce rate actually drops. Since 2001, Gallup has found a 14% jump among Americans who find divorce morally acceptable. Increasing acceptance was especially prominent among older Americans, traditionally the most opposed. It wasn’t always this way. Some
After a wobbly couple of months, the nation’s new job creation appeared to get going again in June with some 222,000 new workers employed, more than expected. The new report also adjusted upward estimates of newly-created jobs from previous months. [Snip] However, such encouraging news also masks discouraging developments for thousands of employees and families of some big-name national employers, like Microsoft and Sears — news that further reveals ongoing seismic changes for American retailers
Melania Trump standing right next to Donald Trump. Let’s see. Which one would you look at first? The wife of Poland’s president had the same answer during the American first couple’s visit to Warsaw this week. While the two presidents greeted each other after a photo op, Agata Kornhauser-Duda walked straight over to shake Mrs. Trump’s hand in a warm woman-to-woman exchange. [Snip] But now even the president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, has decided to weigh in to denounce those reports about his innocent wife and to urge resistance to such fake news. He even uses
President Trump, who owns more hotel rooms than you’ll ever search on Trivago, could not get one for his stay in Hamburg during this week’s G-20 summit. The annual summit location was announced for Germany’s second-largest city 17 months ago, back when no rational person thought the New York billionaire had a chance in Haiti of actually becoming the most powerful man in the world. Lo and behold, he did. But he took office only on Jan. 20 this year [Snip] Of course, President Obama’s State Department, run by noted windsurfer and one-time presidential-election loser John Kerry, might possibly maybe
Media will focus overwhelming attention today on the G-20 economic summit in Germany for the initial encounter between President Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. We previously explored here what’s at stake in that encounter. But from a lasting economic standpoint, folks, what happened Thursday in Poland and tomorrow in Britain could be much more important. [Snip] “America stands ready,” Trump declared at a news conference, “to help Poland and other European nations diversify their energy supplies, so that you can never be held hostage to a single supplier.”
As the G-20 summit gets underway in Germany, a shocking study out of Britain suggests — are you sitting down? — President Trump’s aggressive statements on trade may actually be working to the benefit of the United States. Stay with us because you probably won’t see much about this White House success elsewhere. Critics have long suggested that Trump’s bluntness would alienate trade partners or, worse, even ignite trade wars. True, some like Germany are not happy. But the Center for Economic Policy Research in London has just reported that the other 19 G-20 economies took 52 steps against United
The admitted killer of an American Special Ops soldier in Afghanistan will receive $8 million in damages from the Canadian government, plus an official apology for mistreatment. You read that right. That’s the reported agreement between the Liberal Canadian government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the fighter, Omar Khadr, 30. He spent a decade in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility after being captured in a 2002 firefight at an al Qaeda compound in which Special Ops Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer was killed. In a 2010 plea bargain the Canadian-born Khadr confessed to throwing the grenade that killed Speer,
President Trump responded to the Senate Republican´s inability to pass a skinny version of Obamacare´s repeal the only way he knows how: Twitter. (Tweet) Senate Republicans weren´t able to muster enough votes to pass their skinny repeal of Obamacare. Senators voted 49-51 shortly before 2:00 a.m. Friday morning. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) cast a surprise "no" vote. He was joined by GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine). The bill, titled the Health Care Freedom Act, would have repealed the individual insurance mandate. It would also have repealed the employer mandate for eight years.
Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan says President Trump’s primary problem as a leader is not that he is “inexperienced, crude, an outsider” but that he is “weak and sniveling” and “undermines himself almost daily by ignoring” traditional norms of American masculinity. “He throws himself, sobbing, on the body politic,” Noonan wrote in her column Thursday. “He’s a drama queen. It was once said, sarcastically, of George H.W. Bush that he reminded everyone of her first husband. Trump must remind people of their first wife. Actually his wife, Melania, is tougher than he is with her stoicism and grace, her self-discipline and
What would you conclude if you voted for a candidate or a party because of a promise to repeal or change a law that you strongly felt was harmful and unjust, but once in office the party refused to do it? You might conclude, rightly, that those politicians didn’t really work for you, and the party didn’t care what you thought. That’s precisely the message Republicans have been sending their constituents throughout the Obamacare repeal fiasco. The failure of Senate Republicans to pass a so-called “skinny repeal” in the early hours of Friday is merely the latest instance of GOP
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today declared Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to have joined the ranks of late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) when it comes to greatness in Congress. The senator who was defeated by President Obama in his 2008 quest for the White House stepped in to cast the deciding vote to kill Senate Republicans´ last-gasp effort to repeal Obama´s signature healthcare legislation. Audible gasps arose from the Dem side of the chamber in the wee hours this morning when McCain walked forward and cast a loud "no" vote -- the 51st vote to kill a "skinny
Senator John McCain waited two years to get his revenge against Donald Trump for saying that McCain is not a war hero. But with a giant middle finger — or more precisely a thumb — McCain, perhaps assuming that he’ll never run for election again, showed Donald Trump that repealing and replacing Obamacare would not be the “so easy” venture that the great “deal-maker” promised. I understand that these two men don’t like each other. I understand that revenge is a dish best served cold. But by looking to hurt President Trump — which I have no doubt was one motivation
During a press conference on Friday, Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) praised Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Susan Collins (R-ME) for their votes against the skinny Obamacare repeal and stated McCain’s vote showed the same courage he showed during his service in the Vietnam War. Schumer said that he and McCain “have been friends for a very long time, ever since the Gang of Eight, which we put together. And I have not seen a senator who speaks truth to power as strongly, as well, and as frequently as John McCain. The very same courage
WASHINGTON -- The senator who was defeated by President Obama in his 2008 quest for the White House stepped in to cast the deciding vote to kill Senate Republicans´ last-gasp effort to repeal Obama´s signature healthcare legislation before the summer recess. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) were expected to vote against the "skinny repeal" -- a bare-bones repeal of only the individual and employer mandates as well as the medical device tax; the latter has drawn bipartisan criticism over the years. Vice President Mike Pence was at the Capitol, ready to cast a tie-breaking vote as he had to
President Trump has just announced via Twitter that he has fired Reince Priebus from the position of Chief-of-Staff and has replaced him with DHS Secretary John Kelly. It would appear GOPe Priebus’s inability to guide ObamaCare was the final straw. (Tweets) Perhaps this also provides the opening to move HR McMaster out of the NSC and into the DHS position…. interesting development.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.) said Thursday that he is writing a bill that will limit President Trump´s ability to fire the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling. Graham said his bill, which he will introduce next week, will block a president from firing the special counsel without a federal judge’s approval if that counsel is investigating the president or his administration, according to The Wall Street Journal. The South Carolina Republican has a Democratic cowriter on the legislation in Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), who said on MSNBC earlier this week that he had "concerns" about Trump attempting to oust Robert
Planned Parenthood says it´s sending superhero capes to the 51 senators who voted against the Senate´s ObamaCare repeal bill. [snip]The Senate GOP´s healthcare bill failed in a 49-51 vote late Thursday night, stifling Republicans´ hope of fulfilling their seven-year promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was the deciding vote on the bill, joining GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in breaking with their party to oppose the bill. The bill would have defunded Planned Parenthood and repealed key parts of ObamaCare, getting rid of the individual and employer mandates in the healthcare plan.
Anthony Scaramucci, the White House’s potty-mouthed new communications director, has been dumped by his beautiful blond wife because of his “naked political ambition,” multiple sources exclusively tell Page Six. Deidre Ball, who worked as a vice president in investor relations for SkyBridge Capital, the firm he founded in 2005 and sold to ascend to the White House, has filed for divorce from “The Mooch” after three years of marriage after getting fed up with his ruthless quest to get close to President Trump, whom she despises. One source told Page Six, “Deidre has left him and has filed for divorce. She liked
A transgender ex-Navy surgeon says she will perform free gender-confirming surgery for the service members on her list who have been affected by Donald Trump´s new ban on trans people serving in the military. "If the commander-in-chief won´t take care of our veterans, our veterans will," Dr. Christine McGinn told CNN´s Michael Smerconish on Saturday. McGinn´s transition began in 2000, the same year she was named senior flight surgeon at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station, then the largest reserve base in the country. She was later nominated for flight surgeon of the year for the entire US Navy.