By MAGGIE HABERMAN and AMY CHOZICK SEPT. 11, 2015
Even on Tuesday, after Mrs. Clinton’s apology on ABC News, at a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” later that day she again retreated to the idea that she was “sorry for all the confusion” her use of private email had caused.
Still, many Democrats took Mrs. Clinton’s less adversarial approach as evidence that she would be able to put a rough summer behind her, and that her advantages were being underestimated.
“There were performance issues, and the handling of the emails issue has been abysmal,” said David Axelrod, the former top adviser to President Barack Obama. “That said, she’s got a lot of assets that are really being undervalued — personal assets, in terms of her own strengths as a candidate, and organizational.”
But even if the candidate and her campaign begin to demonstrate the agility and sensitivity Mrs. Clinton’s supporters have clamored for, what happens next with regard to her emails is largely out of her hands, with the State Department sporadically releasing batches of her emails, the Republican-led House Select Committee on Benghazi calling Mrs. Clinton in for testimony on Oct. 22, and the F.B.I. investigating the security of her server.
Indeed, even as donors toured Mrs. Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn on Sept. 3 and were offered reassurances that the campaign was in a strong position, reports that an aide who had overseen her email server was invoking his Fifth Amendment right not to testify dominated cable news.
“The faster they can close this down, the better,” said Alan Patricof, a friend and donor of longstanding. “If Hillary had a choice, she’d get them to release every one of the emails tomorrow.”
This was just a riff but a teacher told me that hot tub and pool parties were a rap video phenomenon. The tubs got big and bigger and then everybody into the pool. This song is just about a bath tub:
August 16, 2015
One suggestion I have after watching this(!) is:
A) Set up two separate windows for the same video(Eyes of Wonder).
B) Start window #1 and then: After the lyric "I just curated my hair",
C) Start window #2 video and you can hear a canon like "Row Your Boat".
I'm still experimenting with when to start the second video.
The NY Times is fantastic for making this the cover of today's Sunday Magazine.
Congratulations and Thank You, because today you really are on it! @NYTOnit
"Inside the Campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act."
Know how even my closest friends and family find the Voting Rights posts here are a big yawn(Zzzz)?
Well, my they're even more boring than I thought(Read me)! This is dangerous because few people understand the recent roll back of voting rights as well as this article describes it. Spoiler Alert: This article is pretty dense.
Long Story Short: Sections 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act have been obliterated.
The activist wing of the GOP is much more sophisticated(just take a look at the quite sensible sounding but obfuscatory editorials of the Wall Street Journal) than the GOP primary candidates now appear; but it is much, much more vicious. Former NC Justice Henry Frye sums it up:
In neutral language at the end of the article(often the punch line), Frye says at the bottom right of page 48,
"'Its not quite what it was a long time ago,' he said. Pondering for a minute he laughed and
added, 'It's much more sophisticated now." To read more on Henry Frye, see the site below.
Dear Readers, The Council of Conservative Citizens, is not getting enough credit for their hand in the tragic and deeply mourned AME Church shooting. Click below for: http://conservative-headlines.com
We need to stand up to the NRA, the National Gun Lobby, and it's an issue seemingly only a Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren could tackle. Hillary has been conferring with Elizabeth, we hear. That's a smart move!
Anyway, This is not the War on Christmas or just someone's mental illness and this is not about video games. This had a lot to do with news outlets, like the Southern Conservative Politicians, twisting the facts to make inflammatory statements about black people, i.e, that they rape our women and are taking over our country." People like Dylan Roof got very wrong-headed ideas.
That is by no means to say we can write this horrific event off to "The South" either! It neither helps, nor is it fair to the South. Racism exists in the North as well.
A lot of people are saying Dylan is a man, and legally yes. He should stand trial. But mentally? No. The brain is not fully formed at 21 years old. But the Council of Conservative Citizens would like to help form it. They're just not getting enough credit.
In which we answer the question: "Obama: Soft on Iran?"
Was Reagan soft on the Soviet Union? Was Nixon Soft on China?
Obama has said, "We don't make peace with our friends."
Kudos to John Kerry. That was an amazing deal and biking is healthy and fun!
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Under Obama's nuclear deal, Iran is giving up all fissionable material.
While Iran is indeed allowed to continue enriching Uranium for their nuclear reactors, nevertheless 2/3 of the Centrifuges(I think they separate Uranium from other substances) will be dismantled.
Development of any new Uranium, from the stage of mining the ore, will be closely monitored. We're not saying over coffee that it's a perfect deal but we can inspect these processes 24/7 without notice.
That 24-day window for new sites, from the request to the inspection of a new site, is completely acceptable as Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz explained to us. He said that while the Iranians could hide physical equipment nevertheless the inherent traces of fissionable material would still be detectable as radiation, whether it's for simple energy or for nuclear weapons. You can't hide that.
Iran's heavy water reactor which enriches Plutonium is also being disabled.
Some of the Iranian citizens on TV don't want Death to America. Shouldn't that count for something?
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We could keep present sanctions or worse but China and Russia would not keep up with us. They would walk away, so we need this deal now.
In nine or ten years we will need to renegotiate yes and I hope the negotiator is not Donald Trump or former US Ambassador toe the UN(recess-appointed and not approved by the Senate) under George W. Bush), John Bolton.
Sidebar for Competing Philosophies of Diplomacy
A) Declaring an Axis of Evil:
1) Under George W. Bush Iran went from 100 centrifuges to(we say 10,000 but definitely): thousands.
2)North Korea detonated a couple of bombs.
3) We went into a long, traumatic and expensive war(which increased the deficit) with the only member of the Axis who did not have a nuclear program.
B) Gentle Diplomacy, Talking About It, Meeting Around a Table
1) I'm going to surprise you and say what has happened nuclearly up to this point under Obama. Red meat for conservatives. He sent in the virus Stuxnet which led the Iranian nuclear scientists to believe falsely that their preparations were going well when actually their centrifuges were going too quickly.
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Other concerns. It's these hackers and computer viruses we really have to look out for because so much of our infrastructure depends on computers whether it's satellite communications or the electric grid.
George Soros will be funding litigation that challenges unfair voting laws, many of which at least a few Southern states reinstated after complaining to the Supreme Court Justices that they no longer needed restrictions. To anyone looking, it was blatant proof that they still need these restrictions. Ohio and Florida too, guys.
(We interrupt this post for a Snow Goose on Lake Tahoe pre-drought.)
I read that the GOP accuse Dems of using minority voters to inflate the vote. You always have to look closely for when the Republicans repeat our anti-Bush/Cheney talking points and use them against us, like "Obama's overreaching."
That's not an example but I promise one will come up in your news feed any second. The converse of this is that the GOP wants to repress the minority vote to win. Which is worse?
Republicans know they can't win if everyone votes. So they are abandoning everything they ever learned about fair play, if indeed they learned it. It can't be helped that Democrats came out on the side of fairness. Coincidence?
Tweet your love to George at @GeorgeSoros #FairVote