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Bill USA

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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.” __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

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The real Clinton email scandal is that a bullshit story has dominated the campaign

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/4/13500018/clinton-email-scandal-bullshit


Some time ago, Hillary Clinton and her advisers decided that the best course of action was to apologize for having used a personal email address to conduct government business while serving as secretary of state. Clinton herself was, clearly, not really all that remorseful about this, and it showed in her early efforts to address it. Eventually aides prevailed upon her to express a greater degree of regret, which they hoped would lay the issue to rest.

It did not. Instead, email-related talk has dogged Clinton throughout the election and it has influenced public perceptions of her in an overwhelmingly negative way. July polling showed 56 percent of Americans believed Clinton broke the law by relying on a personal email address with another 36 percent piling on to say the episode showed “bad judgments” albeit not criminality.

Because Clinton herself apologized for it and because it does not appear to be in any way important, Clinton allies, surrogates, and co-partisans have largely not familiarized themselves with the details of the matter, instead saying vaguely that it was an error of judgment and she apologized and America has bigger fish to fry.

This has had the effect of further inscribing and reinscribing the notion that Clinton did something wrong, meaning that every bit of micro-news that puts the scandal back on cable amounts to reminding people of something bad that Clinton did. In total, network newscasts have, remarkably, dedicated more airtime to coverage of Clinton’s emails than to all policy issues combined.

This is unfortunate because emailgate, like so many Clinton pseudo-scandals before it, is bullshit. The real scandal here is the way a story that was at best of modest significance came to dominate the US presidential election — overwhelming stories of much more importance, giving the American people a completely skewed impression of one of the two nominees, and creating space for the FBI to intervene in the election in favor of its apparently preferred candidate in a dangerous way.

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I never agreed with the stupid, silly notion that "If we just ignore it, it will go away.". I always said it would have been better if they had countered the insinuations and baseless, wild conjectures with reality based information. Today there are millions of people who are convinced she lied about her emails, and jeopardized national security with her server. Why? ... Because most of the content about the email/server issue came from the Rabid Right Wing who love to go hysterical on anything - and the GOP Toadies of M$M who are only too happy to use RR hysterics as sources for their scripts on this matter. Maybe if people had had something else that was rational and fact based to read, it wouldn't have gotten so bad and Clinton's 'trust' numbers wouldn't be ridiculous as they are now.

A dirty trick that won’t change the outcome - Katrina vanden Heuvel

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-dirty-trick-that-wont-change-the-outcome/2016/11/01/0b94b1de-9fc0-11e6-8832-23a007c77bb4_story.html




Boo. Last week, FBI Director James B. Comey decided to scare up this election’s October surprise, writing to inform 16 congressional committee chairs and ranking members that the FBI had discovered emails in an unrelated investigation that potentially could be linked to the probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails. Subsequent leaks led the New York Times to report that the emails were found on a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner, the disgraced ex-New York congressman and estranged husband of Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s closest aide and “surrogate daughter.”

Frenzy ensued. Donald Trump immediately embraced the agency he had excoriated; the Clinton campaign attacked Comey directly. The New York Post called it the “stroking gun.” “Could Anthony Weiner’s E-Mails Cost Hillary Her Job?” asked the ever-hyperbolic Larry Kudlow. Livid Democrats opted for Kremlin-baiting. Former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean, a Clinton surrogate, tweeted that Comey, a Republican, “put himself on the same side as [Vladimir] Putin.” Senate leader Harry Reid charged that Comey had “explosive information” about “coordination” between Donald Trump and “the Russian government.”

Early polls suggested that most Americans would not be influenced by the news, but some might. In a race that was already tightening — as both major candidates firmed up their support in their own parties — partisans on both sides escalated the spitball volleys.

Let’s be clear. Comey’s astounding act was a deplorable and reckless dereliction of duty. He spurned Justice Department objections and ignored long-standing guidelines that the Justice Department or the FBI not release information about investigations within 60 days of an election. “There’s a longstanding policy of not doing anything that could influence an election,” George J. Terwilliger III, former deputy attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration, told the New York Times on Saturday. “Those guidelines exist for a reason. Sometimes, that makes for hard decisions. But bypassing them has consequences.”
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Comey: "I thought you might like an update"

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'The Antichrist personified': 'Open warfare' & antipathy twrd Clinton reportedly fueling FBI leaks

http://www.businessinsider.com/hillary-clinton-fbi-trump-2016-11


A recent flurry of leaks by FBI sources to the media about ongoing investigations related to Hillary Clinton has raised questions about whether bureau personnel are trying to meddle in the presidential race less than one week before the election.

A current FBI agent, speaking to The Guardian in a story published Thursday, perhaps put it most bluntly.

Clinton is "the Antichrist personified to a large swath of FBI personnel," they said. "The reason why they're leaking is they're pro-Trump."

Over the past week, unnamed FBI sources have leaked details about the battles both within the agency and between the FBI and the Justice Department over whether FBI Director James Comey should have recommended that Clinton be indicted for using a private email server amid the investigation into whether she mishandled classified information.
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.. seems like a cleaning of house is needed, big-time.

Republicans are now vowing Total War. And the consequences could be immense

.. with Trump's "leadership" Republicans are regressing into childhood. They are feeling if things don't turn out the way THEY want it's okay for them to burn down the house. Republicans have always acted like self pitying children but now with the Donald's spoiled rich kid encouragement this aberration of personality is getting even worse.



https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/11/03/republicans-are-now-vowing-total-war-and-the-consequences-could-be-immense/?utm_term=.803f8cab5684

The election is just five days away, and something truly frightening is happening, something with far-reaching implications for the immediate future of American politics. Republicans, led by Donald Trump but by no means limited to him, are engaging in kind of termite-level assault on American democracy, one that looks on the surface as though it’s just aimed at Hillary Clinton, but in fact is undermining our entire system.

I know, my conservative friends will say that this kind of talk is just fear-mongering and exaggeration. But there is something deeply troubling happening right now, and it goes beyond the ordinary trading of blows in a campaign season. Consider these recent developments:

[font size="6"].[/font] There appears to be a war going on inside the FBI, and from what we can tell, a group of rogue agents, mostly in New York, may be in such a fervor to destroy Hillary Clinton that they may be aggressively leaking damaging innuendo to the press against her in the waning days of the campaign. They succeeded in their apparent goal of making FBI director James Comey a tool of their campaign — and the basis for their investigation is an anti-Clinton book written under the auspices of an organization of which the CEO of the Trump campaign is co-founder and chairman. Pro-Trump FBI agents now seem to be coordinating with Trump surrogates to do maximal possible damage to Clinton.

[font size="6"].[/font] Republicans continue to cheer the fact that the electronic systems of American political groups were illegally hacked, and then private communications were selectively released in order to do damage to one side in this election. The Republican nominee has explicitly asked a hostile foreign power to hack into his opponent’s electronic systems.

[font size="6"].[/font] High-ranking Republican officeholders are now suggesting that they may impeach Clinton as soon as she takes office. These are not just backbench nutbars of the Louie Gohmert variety, but people with genuine power, including Ron Johnson, the senator from Wisconsin, Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and veteran legislators like James Sensenbrenner and Peter King. The message is being echoed by top Trump surrogates like Rudy Giuliani.

[font size="6"].[/font] There is a growing movement among Republicans in the Senate to simply refuse to approve any nominee appointed by a Democratic president to the Supreme Court, leaving open any and all vacancies until a Republican can be elected to fill them.

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Wanted for Abuse of Power, violating Hatch Act (i.e. a REAL violation of a law)

https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=&w=1484

Trump saying he does have a relationship with Putin .. 2013

FBI investigating itself for tweets seemingly intended to damage Clinton, boost Trump

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/3/1590740/-FBI-investigating-itself-for-tweets-seemingly-intended-to-damage-Clinton-boost-Trump


As Election Day nears, anonymous "sources" in the FBI has been steadily supplying reporters with claims that this or that Clinton-related investigation is a very big deal while investigations into Trump are, by golly, just not turning anything interesting up.

But when an FBI Twitter account suddenly sprung to life to reinforce that same narrative directly under the auspices of the bureau, that was too much. And now the FBI is investigating itself.

The account at issue, @FBIRecordsVault, had been dormant for more than a year. Then on October 30 at 4 a.m., the account released a flood of documents, including one describing Donald Trump’s father Fred Trump as a “philanthropist.”

But it wasn’t until two days later, when the account tweeted documents regarding President Bill Clinton’s controversial pardon of Marc Rich, that the account began to attract significant attention.

The account has not been active since that tweet.


The FBI had previously claimed the three days of tweets after a year of bupkis was just following "standard procedure"; now the bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility is confirming they have referred it for "investigation."

So there's been no explanation of why the Twitter account sat unused until a week before the election and became dormant again immediately after tweeting documents about the William J. Clinton Foundation, but they'll presumably be, you know, investigating that. Any bets on whether the results of that investigation will leak?

Former CIA chief: Trump is Russia’s useful fool

Michael V. Hayden, a principal at the Chertoff Group and visiting professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, was director of the National Security Agency from 1999 to 2005 and the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2009.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/former-cia-chief-trump-is-russias-useful-fool/2016/11/03/cda42ffe-a1d5-11e6-8d63-3e0a660f1f04_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-f%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.08702531685f

I know I’m not the first to notice this, but Donald Trump really does sound a lot like Vladimir Putin.

There has always been a sympathetic authoritarian chord between the Republican presidential nominee and the Russian president. Both are on record as admiring The Strong Leader. They’ve even complimented one another on the trait. Putin could have been humming along when Trump was claiming “I alone can fix it” during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Maybe he was.

Each seems to have a pretty conspiratorial view of the world, too. Putin comes by his naturally. He’s a product of a KGB Marxist philosophy where “the other” — any other — is reflexively identified as hostile and created by immutable forces of history, something to be feared and ultimately crushed.

Trump seems to view business a bit that way. At least I don’t recall a lot of win-win vocabulary when he touts his deal-making skills.
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Office Of Personnel Management Publicly Warns Fed Employees About Violating The Hatch Act

http://crooksandliars.com/2016/11/office-personnel-management-publicly-warns



The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has publicly warned federal employees about violating the Hatch Act after FBI officials have been seemingly trying to undermine Hillary Clinton's campaign with a series of actions and leaks just days before the election.

FBI Director James Comey recently followed-up his unprecedented July press conference condemning Clinton with a surprise announcement that the investigation into her private email server was not over -- just 11 days before the election. Suspicions were further raised when the FBI decided to release information about President Bill Clinton's controversial pardon less than a week before voters go to the polls.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that FBI investigators had based a probe of the Clinton Foundation on a discredited book written by a fringe conservative author. And then, the investigators disobeyed instructions from their superiors to drop the case.

All of this had some people wondering if FBI officials were violating the Hatch Act, a 1939 law that prevents federal employees from abusing their positions to support candidates.
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