HILLARY: HANSON – Never accountable, TUCKER & BIESECKER – More Bengazi emails; HALPER – Classified emails; BLAKE – Record #s dislike her.
LEADS: GRYNBAUM & HERRMAN – Breitbart rise; LA TIMES Poll; BATCHELOR – OCare.
END NOTES: The Donald in Mexico; Mark Levin 08/30/16
HILLARY . . .
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Why Hillary Is Never Held Accountable for Her Lies”
“The media excuse her mendacity because it serves the progressive cause.
“Everyone rightly catalogues Donald Trump’s fibs, distortions, and exaggerations: his assertions about his net worth, his charitable contributions, his initial supposed opposition to the Iraq War, or his “flexible” positions on illegal immigration. After all, he is flamboyant, right-wing in his present incarnation, and supposedly bends the truth either out of crass narcissism or for petty profiteering. So the watchdog media and popular culture have no problem with ridiculing Trump as a fabricator.
“But not so with Hillary Clinton, whose untruths far overshadow Trump’s in both import and frequency, but are so often contextualized, excused, and forgotten because of who she is and the purpose her outright lying supposedly serves.
“Lying in America has become not lying when “good” liars advance alternative narratives for noble purposes — part of our long slide into situational ethics and moral relativism.
“Every new bad idea in America today can ultimately be traced to the university. And it seems to take only about 30 years for academia’s nihilism to filter through the elite institutions and make its way into popular culture. So it is with our present idea of truth as a mere construct.
“In the 1980s and 1990s professors in the liberal arts became enamored of the French-speaking postmodern nihilists — among them notably Paul de Man, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Jacques Lacan. They refashioned an old philosophical strain of relativism found as far back as the Greek sophists and Plato’s discussion of the noble lie. They were influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche’s attacks on absolute morality, and their youth was lived during the age of Joseph Goebbels and Pravda. The utter collapse of France in six weeks in May and June 1940 and the later shame that most of the nation either was passive or actively collaborated with the Nazi occupiers rather than proving brave resistance fighters made the idea of empiricism and truth an especially hard pill to swallow for the postwar French postmodernists.
“While this group comprised quite different thinkers, they mostly agreed that reality was socially constructed and arbitrarily defined by the language of those in power.
“In fact, “truth” for a postmodernist is supposedly what those who control us say it is, largely in efforts to perpetuate their own race, class, and gender privilege. You can see how thoroughly popular culture has picked up this mostly banal relativist observation and transformed it into “the Truth”—and why today we assume that lying is simply a narrative, not a window into one’s character. . .”
Eric Tucker & Michael Biesecker, AP: “State: Benghazi emails involving Clinton recovered by FBI”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI’s recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.
“Government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta Tuesday that an undetermined number of the emails among the 30 were not included in the 55,000 pages previously provided by Clinton. The State Department’s lawyer said it would need until the end of September to review the emails and redact potentially classified information before they are released.
“Mehta questioned why it would take so long to release so few documents, and urged that the process be sped up. He ordered the department to report to him in a week with more details about why the review process would take a full month.
“The hearing was held in one of several lawsuits filed by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch, which has sued over access to government records involving the Democratic presidential nominee. The State Department has said the FBI provided it with about 14,900 emails purported not to have been among those previously released.”
Daniel Halper, NY Post: “Clinton emailed classified information after leaving State Dept.”
“Hillary Clinton continued sending classified information even after leaving the State Department, The Post has exclusively learned.
“On May 28, 2013, months after stepping down as secretary of state, Clinton sent an email to a group of diplomats and top aides about the “123 Deal” with the United Arab Emirates.
“But the email, which was obtained by the Republican National Committee through a Freedom of Information Act request, has been heavily redacted upon its release by the State Department because it contains classified information.
“The markings on the email state it will be declassified on May 28, 2033, and that information in the note is being redacted because it contains “information regarding foreign governors” and because it contains “Foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources.”
“The email from Clinton was sent from the email account — firstname.lastname@example.org — associated with her private email server system. . .”
Aaron Blake, WaPo: “A record number of Americans now dislike Hillary Clinton”
“Hillary Clinton hit her stride after the Democratic National Convention, riding to a double-digit lead over Donald Trump in some national and swing-state polls — her highest of the year.
“As of today, though, Americans’ views of her just hit a record low.
“A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 41 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Clinton, while 56 percent have an unfavorable one.
“That’s the worst image Clinton has had in her quarter-century in national public life. Her previous low favorable rating this year was in July, when it was 42 percent, lower than any mark in historical Post-ABC polls except a few points in the 1990s when a large share of the public had no opinion of her. Her previous high for unfavorable views was in June, when 55 percent disliked . . .”
LEADS . . .
Michael Grynbaum & John Herrman, NY Times: “Breitbart Rises From Outlier to Potent Voice in Campaign”
“Breitbart News has arrived.
The opinion and news site, once a curiosity of the fringe right wing, is now an increasingly powerful voice, and virtual rallying spot, for millions of disaffected conservatives who propelled Donald J. Trump to the Republican nomination for president.
Known for gleefully bashing the old Republican establishment, Breitbart now finds itself at the center of the party’s presidential campaign. Its longtime chairman, Stephen K. Bannon, was named campaign chief by Mr. Trump, whose nationalist, conspiracy-minded message routinely mirrors the Breitbart worldview.
On Facebook, it rivals news organizations like The Washington Post and Yahoo, and it has challenged conservative favorites like Fox News in its influence on the campaign, if not in size of audience.
On Thursday, the site received its biggest billing yet — in the form of a scathing condemnation. In a nationally televised speech, Hillary Clinton identified Breitbart as the Democratic Party’s media enemy No. 1, warning about a “de facto merger” between the Trump campaign and a news outlet that she described as racist, radical and offensive.
For Mrs. Clinton, it was a strategic attack that linked Mr. Trump to leading avatars of the hard-line right. But among Breitbart’s ideologically driven journalists, her remarks were taken as validation.
LA Times Poll:
John Batchelor: ACA
“Hour One: Tuesday 30 August 2016 / Hour 1, Block A:Joseph Rago, Wall Street Journal, in re: The crumbling ACA. A third of counties will have one insurance company; one county (in Arizona) has none. Cost increases average 18% this year, alone; the ACA’s original architecture was not good. Insurance companies and not-for-profits are pulling out of the exchanges. Every year, wore selections, insurers can’t cover costs. Want higher subsidies and a public option: “Co-ops” did not have unltd access to fed tax dollars and so collapsed. All Mr Trump has to do is take that document off the shelf . . . A GOP House will not bail out this system – much too expensive and poorly put together – all the geniuses from MIT (Gruber) told us how this would work: higher deductibles, and higher fees, and that’d subsidize the older, sicker, poorer people. The Ph.D.s have been destroying the Fed, and now also the health-care system. It was rammed through over GOP objections; huge social laws need bipartisan buy-in; that hasn’t happened.
“Obamacare is in trouble ‘If the program gets over this set of troubles, it could do well. . . . The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, calls the ACA ‘disastrous’ and blames it, . . .
“Marketplace troubles poised to impact swing state Senate races First, there absolutely are problems in the marketplaces. Premiums will rise much more rapidly next year than they did this year. As the Kaiser Family Foundation’s analysis for the Wall Street Journal story published this week shows, in almost a third of counties–31%–marketplace enrollees may have a choice of only one plan next year. This will affect about 19% of enrollees, primarily in rural areas, and is a substantial increase from this year. But the administration is right to point out that the vast majority of enrollees will be insulated from premium increases by government subsidies if they enroll in one of the lowest-cost plans available in their area. Still, some enrollees who receive partial or no subsidies cannot afford coverage. President Barack Obama recognized that this month in his Journal of the American Medical Association article on the law, which called for Congress to increase financial assistance for this group.”
END NOTES . . .
The Donald in Mexico
Colliding societies form brickworks, not blends. I catch some of the news at Burger King and it’s obvious that the brown-eyed, brown-skinned customers drop their chatter and lock on the TV whenever Donald appears. And I lately learned about Money Gram and find that a local service point is in the Mexican International Food Shop. I’m sure it works pretty well . . .
Mark Levin, 08/30/16
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, Some people are saying there is a monster vote of supporters for Donald Trump that isn’t being counted by the polls. However, there’s no evidence for this underground, unseen, vote in support of Trump. The Trump campaign better hope there is a monster vote, but hope isn’t a plan. And should Hillary Clinton win and pass immigration reform, given the make-up of the electoral college it will be exceedingly difficult for any Republican to ever win the presidency again. Hillary shouldn’t be anywhere close to the Oval Office, she shouldn’t be leading in any battleground state for the presidency, and she’s leading in all of them.
”In addition, if a candidate loses it’s the candidates fault; no surrogate or groups of surrogates can make the difference. In the end, the Republican Establishment put us in this position where we nominated the wrong candidate. What can we do as conservatives? We can only do so much, Trump has to put in most of the effort if he wants to win.
“Later, Hillary Clinton had at least 30 emails regarding Benghazi deleted. These 30 were among the thousands uncovered in a recent FBI investigation into her private server. She should be prosecuted in a slam dunk case and put in prison. She has an insatiable appetite for power and has nothing to offer our nation.
“Finally, Marco Rubio wins in the Republican Florida primary for Senate and Brian Mast wins his primary Congressional race in Florida’s 18th District.