SCHWEIZER – Clinton Foundation & the Kremlin.
LEADS: US Debt Clock; DRUDGE LINKS – Kahn; KAMISAR – 3rd party surges; WILSON – GOP Senate majority; UNRUH – Media bias; DURDEN – Barry never made 3%; McCARTHY – Religion & immigration.
ELECTION: WILLIAMSON – This woman?; GOLDBERG – Hillary OMG; NY POST – Mum re Foundation; NIMMO – Hillary sold guns to AlQ; COOKE – Hating Hillary.
PA: SNYDER – PoliticsPA.
Remember a Vet!
“Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party”
1:20pm, 4:20pm, 7:30pm, 10:20pm
1:10pm, 4:10pm, 7:00pm, 9:55pm
Peter Schweizer, WSJ: “The Clinton Foundation, State and Kremlin Connections”
“Why did Hillary’s State Department urge U.S. investors to fund Russian research for military uses?
“Hillary Clinton touts her tenure as secretary of state as a time of hardheaded realism and ‘commercial diplomacy’ that advanced American national and commercial interests. But her handling of a major technology transfer initiative at the heart of Washington’s effort to “reset” relations with Russia raises serious questions about her record. Far from enhancing American national interests, Mrs. Clinton’s efforts in this area may have substantially undermined U.S. national security.
“Consider Skolkovo, an ‘innovation city’ of 30,000 people on the outskirts of Moscow, billed as Russia’s version of Silicon Valley—and a core piece of Mrs. Clinton’s quarterbacking of the Russian reset.
“Following his 2009 visit to Moscow, President Obama announced the creation of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. Mrs. Clinton as secretary of state directed the American side, and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov represented the Russians. The stated goal at the time: ‘identifying areas of cooperation and pursuing joint projects and actions that strengthen strategic stability, international security, economic well-being, and the development of ties between the Russian and American people.’
“The Kremlin committed $5 billion over three years to fund Skolkovo. Mrs. Clinton’s State Department worked aggressively to attract U.S. investment partners and helped the Russian State Investment Fund, Rusnano, identify American tech companies worthy of Russian investment. Rusnano, which a scientific adviser to President Vladimir Putin called ‘Putin’s child,’ was created in 2007 and relies entirely on Russian state funding.
“What could possibly go wrong?
“Soon, dozens of U.S. tech firms, including top Clinton Foundation donors like Google,Intel and Cisco, made major financial contributions to Skolkovo, with Cisco committing a cool $1 billion. In May 2010, the State Department facilitated a Moscow visit by 22 of the biggest names in U.S. venture capital—and weeks later the first memorandums of understanding were signed by Skolkovo and American companies.
By 2012 the vice president of the Skolkovo Foundation, Conor Lenihan—who hadpreviously partnered with the Clinton Foundation—recorded that Skolkovo had assembled 28 Russian, American and European “Key Partners.” Of the 28 ‘partners,’ 17, or 60%, have made financial commitments to the Clinton Foundation, totaling tens of millions of dollars, or sponsored speeches by Bill Clinton.
“Russians tied to Skolkovo also flowed funds to the Clinton Foundation (emph added, jb). . .”
LEADS . . .
US National Debt Clock: Thanks Barry, John, Nancy, Mitch, & Paul.
Drudge Links: Kahn
TRUMP PUSHES BACK ON KHAN…
DAD INTENSIFIES ATTACK: ‘BLACK SOUL’…
Lectures How Terror Has ‘Nothing to Do with Islam’…
TRUMP: Media ignored victims of Benghazi, open borders who spoke at GOP convention…
CNN Cut Away From Parents Of Kids Killed By Illegals…
CLINTON QUESTIONS BENGHAZI MOM’S MEMORY…
Hypocrisy on full display…
Ben Kamisar, The Hill: “Third-party support surging”
“. . . Surveys over the last six weeks have found a steady but noticeable jump in support for third-party candidates. The biggest beneficiary has been Libertarian Gary Johnson, who has shot up from 4.5 percent to 7.2 percent in RealClearPolitics polling averages. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has also seen an uptick since June — from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent.
“The surge in support for a third-party candidate is adding a new element of unpredictability into the presidential race. Should voters opt for a third-party candidate in large numbers, it could potentially tip the scales in crucial battleground states.
“Pollsters and political scientists say the deep malcontent with Clinton and Trump should give both candidates pause.
““The fact that we have two major party candidates who are enormously disliked by the electorate, enormously and equally disliked, creates the opportunity for the minor party candidates to do better than they would in other presidential elections,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. . .”
Reid Wilson, The Hill: “GOP confidence in Senate majority builds”
“Republicans are growing much more optimistic about their chances of saving their Senate majority.
Less than 100 days before the election, unconventional Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has yet to become the albatross many Republicans feared.
He and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton are running about even in most polls, though Democrats hope their candidate will get a boost after her convention.
In the critical states of Ohio, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, GOP candidates are running as strongly as they were before Trump became the party’s presidential nominee.
“If the election were held today, it’d be exactly like a midterm election. Good campaigns are going to win. There’s no landslide,” said David Carney, a New Hampshire-based Republican strategist. “The bases are baked in. I don’t see dramatic shifts anywhere.”
Bob Unruh, WND: “GUESS WHO LET THEIR BIAS SHOW?”
“Networks over the last two weeks targeted one political party with 12 times as many negative portrayals as the other, according to a new report.
“Need time to guess which?
“The Media Research Center’s Rich Noyes, in a posting on Newsbusters, reports ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC portrayed the GOP negatively 63 times, while there were only five such references regarding the Democrats.
“The report said MSNBC in prime time interviewed five Democrats at the RNC but no members of the GOP at the DNC, and CNN aired 62 minutes of official party videos during the DNC but only 14 minutes during the RNC.
“Noyes reported: ‘By a 12-to-1 margin, journalists spent far more time deriding the Republican convention for its negativity, even as their reactions to Democratic speakers were consistently positive and often enthusiastic. Cable news had its own unique biases: MSNBC carved out time on each night of the GOP convention for interviews with top Democratic officials, but – despite promises to the contrary – aired no such interviews with Republicans during the Democratic convention. Meanwhile, CNN devoted more than an hour of airtime during the Democratic convention to airing 18 party-produced videos, but only included three such videos during the GOP convention.’
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Barack Obama Will Be The Only President In History To Never Have A Year Of 3% GDP Growth”
“We just got another extremely disappointing GDP number. It was being projected that U.S. GDP would grow by2.5 percent during the second quarter of 2016, but instead it only grew by just 1.2 percent. In addition, the Census Bureau announced that GDP growth for the first quarter of 2016 had been revised down from 1.1 percent to 0.8 percent. What this means is that the U.S. economy is just barely hanging on by its fingernails from falling into a recession. As Zero Hedge has pointed out, the “average annual growth rate during the current business cycle remains the weakest of any expansion since at least 1949″. This is not what a recovery looks like.
In addition, Barack Obama remains solidly on track to be the only president in all of U.S. history to never have a single year when the economy grew by at least 3 percent. Every other president in American history, even the really bad ones, had at least one year when U.S. GDP grew by at least 3 percent. But this has not happened under Obama even though he has had two terms in the White House. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “No, the Constitution Does Not Bar ‘Religious Tests’ in Immigration Law”
“Properly vetting would-be immigrants’ religious beliefs is not only legal — it would be wise and prudent.
“Of all the ignorant pronouncements in the 2016 presidential campaign, the dumbest may be that the Constitution forbids a “religious test” in the vetting of immigrants. Monotonously repeated in political speeches and talking-head blather, this claim is heedless of the Islamic doctrinal roots on which foreign-born Islamists and the jihadists they breed base their anti-Americanism. It is also dead wrong.
“The clause said to be the source of this drivel is found in Article VI. As you’ll no doubt be shocked to learn, it has utterly nothing to do with immigration. The clause states, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States” (emphasis added). On its face, the provision is not only inapplicable to immigrants at large, let alone aliens who would like to be immigrants; it does not even apply to the general public. It is strictly limited to public officials — specifically to their fitness to serve in government positions.
“This is equally clear from the clause’s context. Right before the “no religious Test” directive, Article VI decrees that elected and appointed officials “shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution[.]” An oath of office customarily requires the official to “solemnly swear” that he or she will support and defend the Constitution, “so help me God.” (See, e.g., the oath prescribed by federal law.) The Framers tacked on the “no religious test” clause to clarify that the mandate of a solemn oath before taking office did not mean fidelity to a particular religious creed was required. The same principle informs the First Amendment’s prohibition on the establishment of a state religion. . .”
ELECTION . . .
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “A Woman, Sure, but This Woman?”
“Making hay out of ‘making history’
“A favorite National Review chengyu is “tallest building in Wichita,” which is derived from William F. Buckley’s response to Gary Wills’s claim that Lillian Hellman, the blacklisted Hollywood Communist, was “America’s greatest living female playwright.” That’s a lot of modifiers separating “greatest” and “playwright.”
“Hillary Rodham Clinton is without a doubt the greatest current female American major-party presidential nominee.
“It is dumb but, for whatever reason (it isn’t entirely ununderstandable), we place great significance on those qualifiers, which is why that endless parade of witless cow-eyed hacks participating in and reporting on the Democratic National Convention beamed so dopily about the fact that an American political party had nominated as its presidential candidate a person with a genital configuration common to slightly more than half of the human race 37 years after Margaret Thatcher became the British prime minister, 47 years after Golda Meir became the Israeli prime minister, 50 years after Indira Gandhi became the Indian prime minister, 18 years after Ruth Dreifuss became president of Switzerland, etc.
“If elected, Mrs. Clinton will replace Barack Obama, who was our first black president, albeit a black president with a white mother and a grandmother who was, in his words, a “typical white person.” (Unlike President Obama, I’ve never met a typical white person.) When Obama was nominated, we were assured by the high and mighty that that, too, was a moment in which we were “making history.”
“Did we? . . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “My God, She’s Running as Hillary Clinton”
“No matter how many times they ‘reintroduce’ her, Hillary’s always going to be Hillary.
“Last night’s Democratic convention was a brilliantly scripted run-on sentence. A stationary parade of speakers built layer upon layer of emotion, patriotism, and drama heightening the anticipation for a political climax the likes of which we have not seen since Barack Obama rode a lightning bolt down from Mount Olympus to deliver his acceptance speech betwixt the pillars of his temple in Denver. The “the Democrats to build a four-night argument — or at least impression — that the Democratic party is the more optimistic and patriotic party alternative. As Erick Erickson and others have noted, Barack Obama’s speech the night before was more Reaganesque than anything we saw at the Republican convention. The fact it was so staggeringly hypocritical merely underscored the breadth and depth of the political opportunity Donald Trump has given the Democrats. Only in the era of Trump would Democrats dare to try to compete with the Republicans on the turf of American exceptionalism. . .”
“In all the Democratic convention speeches seeking to “humanize” Hillary Clinton, something went curiously missing: her work with the family charity.
“You’d think Hillary, Bill and Chelsea would want to use the national stage to tout how their family’s $2 billion foundation is “helping improve the lives of millions of people across the world,” as it boasts.
“You’d think we would’ve heard from some of the beneficiaries of the ‘partnerships between businesses, NGOs, governments and individuals’ finding ‘solutions that last.’
“But not a word that we can recall. No speeches, no videos, no personal testimonials — nothing.
“The silence is hardly mystifying — for the Clinton Foundation carries heavy baggage.
“Starting with the FBI’s investigation into whether any “intersection” between the foundation and the work of Secretary of State Clinton violated anti-corruption laws.
“Like her role in handing Russia exclusive mining rights to 20 percent of US uranium reserves via a company that donated millions to the foundation. (You thought Donald Trump was Vladimir Putin’s best friend?)
“Or the tens of millions donated by the same Middle Eastern nations — Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait — that Hillary has publicly denounced for supporting terrorism (not to mention criminalizing gay sex).
“And the Clintons certainly didn’t want to remind voters that the foundation had to amend four years of tax filings to finally come clean about $20 million in foreign donations it took during Hillary’s tenure.
“Fact is, mentioning the foundation would have also shined a spotlight on just how the Clintons acquired their massive wealth in a few short years. So, with Hillary’s future on the line, better silent than sorry.”
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars: “FLASHBACK: HILLARY CLINTON FACILITATED ILLEGAL SALE OF ARMS TO AL-QAEDA”
“More significant than anything revealed in the DNC emails
“Fox’s Judge Napolitano said in December Hillary Clinton facilitated an illegal arms deal to Qatar when she was secretary of state. The weapons were then sent to al-Qaeda in Libya and Syria and may have been used in the murder of ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Clinton’s sign off on the deal was in direct violation of a United Nations arms embargo. She later lied under oath about the transfer during testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22.
“To pursue her goal of a democratic’ government [in Libya], Clinton, along with Obama and a dozen or so members of Congress from both houses and both political parties, decided she should break the law by permitting U.S. arms dealers to violate the U.N. arms embargo and arm Libyan rebels whom she hoped would one day run the new government,” Napolitano explained.
“So she exercised her authority as secretary of state to authorize the shipment of American-made arms to Qatar, a country beholden to the Muslim Brotherhood and friendly to the Libyan rebels and a country the U.S. had no business arming.”
“Memos taken from the compound in Benghazi lend credence to the assertion. The Washington Times obtained documents which indicated US diplomats were keeping tabs on arms transfers, including transfers to the Transitional National Council. . .”
Charles CW Cooke, NRO: “Hillary’s Critics Don’t Hate Her Because She’s a Woman”
“They hate her because she’s Hillary.”
“Hillary Clinton has a heinous, grating, and dissonant voice. She hectors. She lectures. She assiduously over-pronounces, as if she were speaking English as a second language or navigating a densely written legal treatise for the benefit of an elderly relative. When attempting to sound inspiring, she instead seems irritated; when aiming to be meaningful, she comes across as censorious; and, on the rare occasions when she condescends to crack a joke, her demeanor is more tipsy than materteral. She is a bad speaker, and at this stage in her career, she is not going to get better.
“I mention this shortcoming not because it represents a dispositive case against her campaign — it does not; that can be found elsewhere — but because, since Hillary spoke last night, I have seen a concerted attempt to cast those who have noticed her ineptitude as “sexist” or “reactionary” or worse. They are no such thing. In a free society, it is imperative that the citizenry is encouraged to say whatever it wishes about those who would wield power, and, judging by the responses I saw yesterday evening, a whole raft of Americans wanted to say that Hillary Rodham Clinton is an atypically unappealing character. By setting their observations beyond the pale, Clinton’s apologists are attempting to foreclose a certain portion of political debate. They should not be allowed to do so.
“Underpinning the pushback against those who find Hillary unappetizing is a false and dangerous presumption: to wit, that to criticize Hillary’s mien is in fact to criticize all women. . .”
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 7/29 Ups & Downs
“Brad Koplinski. Yikes. What a fall. Koplinski was a Harrisburg Councilman andcandidate for Lieutenant Governor. On Tuesday, he was arrested for stealing press and parking passes to get into the Democratic convention. Apparently, he did the same thing in Cleveland and was selling Trump memorabilia. Our own Jason Addy witnessed Koplinski selling wares in Harrisburg earlier this month. All political careers end but few expire with such a sad whimper.
“Katie McGinty. The Democratic Senate nominee came so close to just a down arrow this week. Then, a Suffolk Pollfound her with a surprising seven point lead. Her week, however, was defined not by that survey or her convention speech but by her profane comments about Sen. Toomey. That mistake allowed her opponent to take the moral high ground and gave them the opportunity to make a killer ad. It’s never good when the GOP nominee can compare his opponent to Donald Trump instead of the other way around. Finally, McGinty would likely be better served on the campaign trail is she let out more of her personality. After this incident, though, it’s hard to imagine she’ll feel confident doing that.
“Christina Hartman. It’s hard running for Congress in Pennsylvania. For years the only seats even close to competitive have been PA-6, PA-7 and PA-8. All of a sudden, though, PA-16 has emerged as a potential opportunity for Democratic nominee Christina Hartman. Over the weekend, the Cook Political Report moved the seat from “Solid Republican” to “Likely Republican”. It’s still a long shot, butCongressman Joe Pitt’s retirement has given the Dems a glimmer of hope in the16th District for the first time in quite awhile.
“Hillary Clinton. By most accounts, the Democratic National Convention was considered a success. Observers believe the party used their top officials effectively and it even did better than the RNC when it came to TV ratings. This arrow, though, is mostly based on this week’s Suffolk Poll. It had Hillary ahead of Donald by nine both in head-to-head contests and including third party challengers. Perhaps it is an outlier, nonetheless it shows that at a point when Trump’s national numbers were improving Clinton still leads in the Keystone State.
“Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. This is week seven.”