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From the first debate
And I believe that's what Chris Stevens was trying to do. But he did not have the tools. We have failed as a country to invest in the human intelligence that would allow us to make not only better decisions in Libya, but better decisions in Syria today.
And it's a huge national security failing.
At the first Democratic debate of the 2016 presidential race, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for supporting a 2005 law that shields the gun industry from certain lawsuits.
Clinton voted against this law when she was a senator, and she has lambasted it several times on the campaign trail this month.
"Probably one of the most egregious, wrong, pieces of legislation that ever passed the Congress when it comes to this issue is to protect gun sellers and gun makers from liability," she said in Iowa Oct. 7. "They are the only business in America that is wholly protected from any kind of liability. They can sell a gun to someone they know they shouldn't, and they won't be sued. There will be no consequences."
Is Clinton right? Are gun makers and dealers "wholly protected" against any kind of lawsuit, and do no other industries have similar immunities? Short answer: No. The gun industry is susceptible to some lawsuits, and there are federal laws restricting liability for a number of other types of businesses.
As support, Clintons staff sent us a public health journal article that argues the gun industrys "broad immunity" against litigation inhibits safe manufacturing and distribution of firearms, though it does not directly address her claim.
O'Malley denied parole for elderly prisoners?
A tough on crime posture that did nothing to fight crime or protect citizens.
Ta-Nehisi Coates: O'Malley rules were "not sound policy for fighting crime or protecting citizens."
This is not sound policy for fighting crime or protecting citizens. In Maryland, the average lifer who has been recommended for but not granted release is 60 years old. These men and women are past the age of criminal menopause, as some put it, and most pose no threat to their community. Even so, the Maryland Parole Commissions recommendation is not easily attained: Between 2006 and 2014, it recommended only about 80 out of more than 2,100 eligible lifers for release. Almost none of those 80 or so men and women, despite meeting a stringent set of requirements, was granted release by the governor. Though Marylands Parole Commission still offers recommendations for lifers, they are disregarded. The choice given to judges to levy sentences for life either with or without parole no longer has any meaning.
Bonner wrote in her blog recalling the meeting that she "was completely blown away by the unexpectedness of it all, the sacredness of the moment, and the sincerity of all involved."
Bonner wrote that after they talked:
We asked Senator Sanders if we could take a picture with him and he consented. He did not impose upon Ms. Geneva to ask for a picture of his own. He did not use the moment as an opportunity to promote his campaign. He took no record, he made no statement. He did not try to turn it into a publicity stunt. He simply made space for a sacred moment, and then let it pass without trying to gain anything from it.
For that, I respect him. For that, I am grateful. That choice may not have made him a very good politician, but it made him a better man.
Bonner shared the photo on Twitter on Tuesday as proof of the meeting:
so broadly, that he is engaging electorate. He is causing excitement.
After an election with 72-year low on voter participation, 36 percent of
the people voted. You know, we need somebody who is going to generate some
street heat. Bernie is doing that, and I'm excited to be a part of it.
She did it again in the debate last night...
But what she did was certainly not allowed. It was a clear violation of State Dept. rules.
Shame on the CNN moderators for letting her get away with a lying to the nation about this serious ethical problem.
Judge Says Hillary Clinton Didnt Follow Government Email Policies
A federal judge on Thursday said that Hillary Rodham Clinton did not comply with government policies in her exclusive use of a personal email account while she was secretary of state, challenging her longstanding position that she abided by the rules.
When they asked him about Bernie applying for conscientious objector.
I thought that was very respectable.
During the Vietnam War, the man standing next to you, Senator Sanders, applied for status as a conscientious objector. Given his history, can he serve as a credible commander-in-chief?
WEBB: Everybody makes their decisions when the time there is conscription. And as long as they go through the legal process that our country requires, I respect that. And it would be for the voters to decide whether Senator Sanders or anyone else should be president.
Clinton said, "I did say when I was secretary of state three years ago that I hoped it would be the gold standard. It was just finally negotiated last week and in looking at it, it did not meet my standards."
Negotiations on the TPP trade agreement began while Clinton was secretary of state, but the significant details were worked out after she left that office.
In fact, Clinton did not say she "hoped" the TPP would be the gold standard, at the time she said the deal set the gold standard.
"This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field," Clinton said at an event in Australia in 2012. "And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world's total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment."
VERDICT: Clinton's claim she said she "hoped" TPP would be the gold standard is false. She said it was the gold standard and fully supported the negotiations.