THE HILLARY: WARREN – I, Carly; HANCHETT – Rush/Walker; HANSON –Fall of the House; HALPERIN – Fire somebody; STRASSEL – Clinton scandal manual; WSJ – Quid pro quo Clinton.
LEADS: BOYLE – Baltimore; DRUDGE links; YORK – BO bucket; STRAUB – Human traffic; ANDERSON – Walker vs WSJ.
PA: BOEHM – Wolf tax plans.
END NOTES: STEYN – Climate.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: $135K needed; April 27th, “Standardized” showing in Wayne; May 6 – CFL; May 8 – VF Patriots; Erickson Campaign.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Trail Watch; Independent Women’s Forum.
THE HILLARY . . .
Michael Warren, Weekly Standard: “I, Carly”
“Ashland, N.H. “The Pemi-Baker Valley Republican Committee’s monthly all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner isn’t the kind of place you expect to see a crowd. Especially one that includes college students, and on a Friday night, no less. But the American Legion on Main Street is hopping. Greeting guests at the door is Omer Ahern Jr., the committee’s round-faced, mutton-chopped executive vice president. And he’s ecstatic.
“‘Everybody’s excited,’ Ahern says. ‘We’ve never had this many people here.’
“The spaghetti is delicious, but the 100 or so people have really come for the evening’s guest speaker, Carly Fiorina. The former chief executive of technology giant Hewlett-Packard is quite a draw among Republicans these days. The woman who once graced the covers of business and tech magazines is now more likely to pop up on Fox News. More recently, she’s becoming a familiar face here in New Hampshire as she prepares to run for president of the United States. Sources close to Fiorina say she’ll make that announcement on May 4. . .”
Ian Hanchett, Breitbart: “Rush: Walker ‘Has the Republican Establishment on Its Heels’”
“. . . Limbaugh stated “Scott Walker, he went into New Hampshire and basically owned it. I wonder why this is happening, wherever this guy goes. Iowa, now New Hampshire, wherever he goes, he’s drawing enthused, rabid, huge, large crowds, and he is giving those crowds what they want.”
He continued, “Scott Walker is the — is the front-runner. — In all candor, in all seriousness, he went into New Hampshire and the crowds showed up, and they were huge, and they were enthusiastic…I think this has the Republican establishment on its heels a little bit. At this time, you know, it was supposed to be Jeb and Chris Christie…this was not supposed to be. This — this wasn’t in the cards.”
Limbaugh concluded, “wherever he goes, his crowds are enormous and enthusiastic. Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton is the exact opposite. She can’t draw a crowd. She can’t sell her book. I mean, the contrast is — is deep and profound. ”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: “The Fall of the House of Clinton”
“Boys and girls, Count Victor presents a berrry, berrry scarrrrrry tale of political corruption run amok.
“Hillary Clinton will probably survive her latest ethical disaster. James Carville — of “if you drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find” fame — is back again to pronounce the Clinton Foundation scandal as “diddly-squat.” He may be right in the political sense. After all, we know the standard Clinton rescue plan from the past: her aging point-men like Carville, Lanny Davis, and Paul Begala flood the airways, yelling “prove it!” at their television hosts and declaring:
- That the accusations are “old news.”
- That the accusers are funded by right-wing conspiracists.
- That everyone does what the Clintons did.
- That the media pick on the Clintons.
- That there is no hard evidence (because they have destroyed documents) that would ever lead to a criminal case. And:
- That they are moving on, to work on behalf of the folks.
“Such obfuscation worked well with Troopergate, Travelgate, Whitewater, the cattle futures scam, Monicagate, the pardons, and Bill’s serial and sometimes coercive sexual conquests. The scorched-earth protocol has already largely dispensed with the “what difference does it make” and “we came, we saw, he died” Libya/Benghazi scandals. That the ex-president of the United States often flew on a private jet with registered sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein, known for supplying underage women to his guests, is, as the Clintons say, “old news.” Hillary Clinton’s serial lies about her email accounts and the Clinton Foundation shakedowns will likewise fade — despite the national-security implications of both transgressions for the United States.
“So by “Fall of the House of Clinton” I don’t suggest that a special prosecutor will be appointed to indict Hillary and Bill for crimes that would likely make the accusations that were once leveled against Sen. Robert Menendez, Gov. Bob McDonnell, Scooter Libby, Conrad Black or Dinesh D’Souza look like child’s play in comparison. . .”
Marc Halperin, RCP: “Halperin: Someone Else Would Have Been Fired From State Dept. For What We Know Hillary Did” (video)
Halperin also noted in an interview that Hillary deleted 30,000+ emails, Nixon deleted 18 minutes. (Hillary was one of the prosecutors!) $315 is the maximum contribution allowable and donations to Bill are charged to Hillary. Further, criticism appears in leftist media including Politico, the NYT, and the Washington Post. Warren may be in and Hillary out.
“MARK HALPERIN: Imagine if an Assistant Secretary of State had done what Hillary Clinton– what we know Hillary did. They would be out of the State Dept. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULIS, THIS WEEK: What things? HALPERIN: Co-mingling of a family foundation, donations from foreign governments, increased speech fees, and government actions. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULIS: No evidence of government actions. HALPERIN: We know there were government actions taken, what we don’t know –and this goes to the deleted emails– is what kind of interaction did Hillary Clinton have on her private email account regarding her husband’s speeches and Foundation activities involving foreign donations. If they hadn’t been so careless at the Foundation, if she hadn’t deleted the emails, if they put somebody out on this show today to answer these questions, I think a lot of this could be put to rest, but none of those things are true.”
Also – Ryan Lizza, New Yorker: The Virtual Candidate
“Elizabeth Warren isn’t running, but she’s Hillary Clinton’s biggest Democratic threat.
Peter Wehner, Commentary: “Hillary Clinton’s Bribery Scandal”
“Earlier this week I referred to Hillary Clinton’s “tangle of corruption.” It turns out I was being generous.
“As the politically explosive story in the New York Times demonstrates, the depths of the Clintons’ corruption and avarice is stunning. The facts in the Times story are utterly damning and prima facie evidence of a conflict of interest. If foreign governments, including adversarial ones like Russia, paid the Clinton Foundation and/or Bill Clinton huge sums of money, they assured themselves favorable treatment. (Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was pursuing the purchase of a Uranium One, a uranium mining company.) What we’re talking about looks very much like bribery, as former Governor Mitt Romney told Hugh Hewitt.
“It’s worth placing this revelation in context: The Clintons have known for years that Hillary would run for president–and yet they still undertook this transparently unethical and potentially politically catastrophic action. The same is true of Mrs. Clinton’s deletion of 30,000 emails, another breathtakingly inappropriate, and possibly illegal, act. (It wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that some of those deleted emails included a discussion of Uranium One, the company the Russians assumed control over.)
“All of this confirms what many of us have long believed: The Clintons are, in important respects, unethical and unscrupulous. They think the rules apply to other people but not them. They are self-indulgent, narcissistic, out of control. There don’t appear to be moral guardrails in place. They oversee a brutal political machine that destroys those who threaten their political viability. . .”
Kimberly Strassel, WSJ: “The Clinton Scandal Manual”
“. . . The Democratic Party has changed. It’s now more Obama than Clinton, its left dominated by progressives who didn’t grow up under Hillary, and don’t much like her. They want Elizabeth Warren, and what surely terrifies the Clintons is the potential party explosion were the Massachusetts senator to jump in at this moment of vulnerability. Would it take much to send the party bolting to a fresher female firebrand—without the baggage?
Maybe not, because Mrs. Clinton isn’t putting on the best show. She never had Bill’s political charm, and her years out of elected politics are showing. She looks grim. She looks cautious—hedging her bets, refusing to take positions. She looks out of touch, in the Scooby-Doo van. Mrs. Warren doesn’t have any of these problems. . .”
WSJ: “Quid Pro Clinton”
“We’re not the first to make the comparison, but Bill and Hillary Clinton’s adventures in the uranium trade recall nothing as much as Tammany Hall’s concept of “honest graft.” Except maybe their never-ending use of power and status for personal and political gain requires a new special terminology. Dishonest graft?
“The New York Times reported Thursday on the foreign cash that flowed into the Clinton Foundation between 2009 and 2013 as subsidiaries of the Russian state nuclear energy agency Rosatom acquired control of a Canada-based mining company called Uranium One. The story features the familiar Clinton touches: lucrative Kazakh mining concessions for the tycoon Frank Giustra, with Bill along as a character reference; a half-million-dollar-a-pop speech by the former President in Moscow for a Kremlin-linked bank; $2.35 million in secret donations from one family foundation to another. Our Kim Strassel has more nearby.
“All the while, Mrs. Clinton was serving in her capacity as Secretary of State on the U.S. Cabinet committee that screens foreign investment for national-security risks. The group approved the deal, despite critics who warned it would give the Russian government control over the world’s nuclear fuel—the same material Vladimir Putin is now selling to Iran. Oh, and don’t forget this was also amid the famous “reset” of relations with Mr. Putin.
“Mrs. Clinton’s campaign press secretary, Brian Fallon, distributed talking points claiming this was all merely a coincidence and pointed to a right-wing plot led by author Peter Schweizer. Mr. Fallon added that the allegations lack “a shred of evidence,” which is convenient given that Mrs. Clinton might have destroyed some evidence by wiping her private email server.
“The media have exposed a wealth of new facts, but the stories are as notable for how familiar this all seems. Can anyone honestly claim to be surprised?. . .”
LEADS . . .
Matthew Boyle, Breitbart: “War Zone: Baltimore Erupts Into Violence, Chaos as #BlackLivesMatter Riots Rage”
Thx Chris Stigall . . . Boyle indicated on the air that the cops were under orders from Baltimore’s mayor to “stand down” and let people express themselves. . .
“. . . The game was close, and at about 9:45 p.m.—2 hours and 45 minutes into the game—an announcement came over the loudspeaker in the stadium: The mayor of Baltimore, due to a public safety emergency outside, had “asked” everyone inside to stay in the stadium and not try to leave.
“The Red Sox had just tied what was a 3-2 Baltimore lead in the top of the ninth inning. It was headed to at least the bottom of the ninth, and perhaps extra innings, so we went to run to the bathroom together real fast and then found the gate right there—E-1—was locked and several Orioles staffers were standing in front of it. I asked one of them if we were allowed to leave, and they said no. We were, along with the 15,000 or so still in the stadium, being forcibly kept there by the Baltimore mayor’s authority. Several people around us lamented that the Orioles should open the bars back up—they stop serving alcohol after the seventh inning stretch—and give out free beer due to the chaos.
“My brother and I got back to our seats in time to see the Orioles blow it in the bottom of the ninth and got ready for extra innings. In the top of the tenth, the Red Sox took the lead 4-3 and the Baltimore mayor’s decision to keep everyone in the stadium remained in effect. If the Orioles didn’t exactly tie in the bottom of the tenth—and the mayor’s decision remained in effect—there would be 15,000 people trying to leave who couldn’t. All of a sudden, then, another announcement came over the loudspeaker and on the big screen at the park: the mayor lifted the ban on people leaving the stadium. Thank God, because the Orioles won it in the bottom of the tenth inning with a walk off home run—and right after they hit it, my brother and I bolted out of the stadium and hopped in a Baltimore city cab, which we took all the way back to our apartment just outside D.C. The cabbie told us the protests that were going on all night were “crazy.” After everything that went down, the Red Sox loss hurt much less than seeing a great city–Baltimore–turn into madness.”
Also: Debra Heine, PJM: “Video: Mayor of Baltimore Explains Freddie Gray Riot Destruction: “We Gave Those Who Wished to Destroy, Space…” http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/04/27/video-mayor-of-baltimore-explains-freddie-gray-riot-destruction-we-gave-those-who-wished-to-destroy-space/
Drudge Report, 4/27/15, Baltimore
Baltimore cleans up after Saturday protests… Rioters ‘mainly from out of town’… ‘Long summer, everywhere’… VIDEO: Protester Throws Flaming Trash Can At Police Officers… PACK OF TEENS ROB TV PRODUCER… Smash car… Rampage when darkness fell… Orioles react… ‘Could have been worse’… RAW VIDEO…
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “At correspondents dinner, Obama lets second-term anger out”
“. . . Now the second term is here. And at the Correspondents Dinner, Obama signaled that he will no longer be bound by the constraints that kept him from expressing anger and frustration during his first term, when he still had another campaign to run. Now, he’s past worrying about how things look.
“Welcome to the fourth quarter of my presidency,” Obama told the crowd. “I am determined to make the most of every moment I have left. After the midterm elections, my advisors asked me, ‘Mr. President, do you have a bucket list?’ And I said, ‘Well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list.'”
“Take executive action on immigration? Bucket. New climate regulations? Bucket. It’s the right thing to do.”
In addition to the I-don’t-care attitude the president signaled, it was probably the first time — research, anyone? — a president had made an extended joke on the F-word in a public appearance. . .”
Bill Straub, PJM: “How the Human Trafficking Bill Finally Got Through the Senate”
“WASHINGTON – After six weeks of dickering and delay that had nothing to do with the guts of the legislation, the Senate finally got around to passing a bipartisan measure aimed at providing assistance to those who have faced abuse as a result of sex trafficking.
The bill, offered by Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn, of Texas, breezed through in a 99-0 vote and now heads back to the House, which passed a slightly different version earlier. President Obama is expected to sign it once it reaches his desk.
“Cornyn said passage constituted ‘a very positive step because what it demonstrates is that we have not fallen deaf to the cries of those who actually need our help, the victims of human trafficking.’
“‘This legislation will be instrumental in helping victims of sexual abuse and trafficking recover from a life in bondage and will provide stronger tools for law enforcement officials to track down and punish those who want to keep them in the shadows, who want to continue making profit from the pain and the anguish and involuntary servitude of typically young women between the ages of 12 and 14.’
“Despite the near-unanimous support for the bill, it took a circuitous route to a final vote because of a dispute over a provision dealing with abortion.
“Democrats initially wholeheartedly supported the original bill, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee without opposition on Feb. 26. But Democratic lawmakers subsequently discovered the measure contained a provision that prohibited money from a restitution fund from being used to pay for abortions.
“Foes viewed the language as an unacceptable broadening of the so-called Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortions.
“By the time Democrats discovered the language, which was attached to the bill from the outset, it was too late to stop it from being sent to the Senate floor. The caucus was placed in the unenviable position of either ignoring the alteration and proceeding to a vote or mounting a filibuster in hopes of negotiating a change.
“They chose the latter and, in fact, foiled the efforts of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, to bring it up for a vote five different times.
“Behind-the-scenes negotiations occurred over several weeks. In the meantime, McConnell announced that Senate consideration of the nomination of Loretta Lynch, of New York, to serve as attorney general, succeeding Eric Holder, wouldn’t occur until after the sex trafficking dispute was resolved. . .” http://pjmedia.com/blog/how-the-human-trafficking-bill-finally-got-through-the-senate/ Also – Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “The Disgraceful Republican Cave-in on Loretta Lynch” “In October, while courting conservative support for the upcoming midterm election, Senator Mitch McConnell declaimed that any nominee to replace Eric Holder as “the nation’s highest law-enforcement official” must, “as a condition of his or her confirmation,” avoid “at all costs” Holder’s penchant for putting “political and ideological commitments ahead of the rule of law” — including as it “relates to the president’s acting unilaterally on immigration or anything else.” Turns out he was kidding. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417467/disgraceful-republican-cave-loretta-lynch-andrew-c-mccarthy
Jeffrey Anderson, Weekly Standard: “Scott Walker versus the Wall St. Journal on Immigration”
“According to Gallup, only 7 percent of Americans want immigration levels to increase, while 86 percent either want them to remain at current levels (47 percent) or decrease (39 percent). With most current and prospective Republican presidential candidates tripping over each other to vie for that 7 percent, it would seem to be good politics for a candidate to break from the pack and speak for the other 86 percent essentially unopposed. That’s more of less what Scott Walker has done over the past week.
“Actually, Walker hasn’t even said that immigration levels should not be increased. He has merely said that, as he put it on Friday, “In terms of how wide or how narrow the door’s open, our No. 1 priority is American workers and American wages….I don’t know how anyone can argue against that.’’
“Well, the Wall Street Journal editorial board is doing so, as the Journal criticized Walker in its lead editorial on Saturday. But the Journal’s arguments weren’t up to its usual high standards, which should strengthen Walker’s confidence that he has charted the right course. . .”
Also – WSJ: “Scott Walker’s Labor Economics”
“The Governor needs a better tutor on jobs and immigration
Del Wilber, Bloomberg: “Loretta Lynch’s Biggest Challenge as Eric Holder Successor Is Ticking Clock”
“. . . As the new U.S. attorney general, tasked with combating corporate crime and prosecuting terrorists, she will have just 21 months to leave her imprint on the Justice Department before her boss, President Barack Obama, steps down.
“She just isn’t going to be around long enough to think in terms of a huge legacy,” said Douglas Berman, a law professor at Ohio State University. “She will likely keep her head down, continue with most of Holder’s policies and make an impact and perhaps shift emphasis where she can.”
“Lynch, who was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday, will become the first black woman to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official, replacing Attorney General Eric Holder. Her confirmation on a 56-43 vote ended a five-month wait over her nomination, which was marked by partisan fights over unrelated legislation and Republican concerns that she won’t be independent enough from Obama.
“Holder had more than six years to craft a legacy on issues ranging from civil rights to pursuing terrorists and reforming sentencing laws. Because Lynch agrees with Holder on most issues and faces such a short tenure, she’s likely to make only slight changes to Justice operations.
“Lynch, expected to be sworn in on Monday, has offered few clues on how she’ll run the department, and what she has said suggests she’ll essentially be Holder 2.0. . .”
PA . . .
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Higher taxes all ’round: 3 things to know about IFO report on Wolf’s tax plan”
“All Pennsylvanians would face higher taxes if Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal becomes law.
“On the campaign trail and in his first budget plan, Wolf had pitched an ambitious overhaul of Pennsylvania’s tax system that he said would place a larger burden on high-income households while shielding those who made less than $70,000 per year. But the administration is now playing defense after an analysis released last week by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office showed that even the lowest-income Pennsylvanians would see a net tax increase under Wolf’s proposal.
“‘The analysis finds a net tax increase for all groups, including a small net tax increase for the lowest income group,’ the IFO concluded, setting off rounds of we-told-you-so from Republican lawmakers who have been skeptical about Wolf’s ideas.
“But the analysis is more nuanced than that one sentence would suggest. The IFO shows that Wolf’s proposal would mean higher taxes for all, yes, but it would also mean significantly higher taxes for high income households compared to lower income ones. . .”
END NOTES. . .
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May 6: Citizens for Liberty, 1st Responders
Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7 p.m. King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company 170 Allendale Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Citizens for Liberty invites you to attend one of our biggest monthly meetings yet! Andrew Poliakoff, a New York first responder, & Lou Arquer will be traveling here from Long Island to speak to our organization. Andrew and Lou traveled to Nevada to help the militia secure the Bundy Ranch after the standoff with the Feds in 2014. They’ve also traveled to the border to help the Arizona Border Recon patrol known drug/cartel operated areas to help keep America’s borders safe and secure. They do this out of the goodness of their hearts and their love for the American people. That is why they trade their time for long hours, and harsh environments with no pay. Come out and hear their stories. – We also confirmed that Cliven Bundy and his family are willing to speak to us live through Skype, but we are just waiting on a confirmation of whether or not this date/time works for them. – Barbara Dahdah-Anderson, the Director for our newly created Committee on Smart Meters will give us an up date on this fight. – We’ll also let everyone know about our future plans, and our trip to Harrisburg on May 12th to see Sheriff Richard Mack at the 2nd Amendment Action Day rally.
May 8: VF Patriots – Clearing the Core Confusion
FRIDAY, MAY 8, 6:30 PM
PHOENIXVILLE SENIOR CENTER, 153 CHURCH ST., PHOENIXVILLE
YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!!
“CLEARING THE CORE CONFUSION”, A PRESENTATION BY CAROL BEITZ
Based upon the work of Dr. Peg Luksik, the foremost expert on Common Core in PA.
Carol is a mother and was an IT Director and Computer teacher at her children’s school for 7 years. Through this experience and her commitment to quality education, she began extensive research into federal Common Core Standards. This raised such serious concerns about personal liberty and financial impacts of a national takeover of education, that she felt compelled to run for School Director for the Daniel Boone School Board where she now serves as Director.
Carol will be presenting her own first-hand experience in conjunction with a video presentation by Dr. Peg Luksik. Dr. Luksik with her 30 years of experience in education including various federal programs, has testified before numerous legislative committees in PA and elsewhere.
Independent Women’s Forum
Janet: Track the RINOS
“If you would like to follow your Representative and our Senators, go to this link:
A good way to see what our Rino’s are doing in D.C.