HILLARY: HUDSON – Huma’s lobby; JULIAN – Assange: Media protects Clinton
LEADS: FIELDS – Donald visits Philly; WASHINGTON TIMES: Trump in Mexico; SIMON – Birth of a policy wonk; GOLDBERG – Ethanol.
END NOTES: MARK LEVIN 09/01/16
HILLARY . . .
Jerome Hudson, Big Govt: “Emails Show Major Clinton Foundation Donors Lobbied Huma Abedin for Diplomatic Passports”
“. . . The emails, published by government watch dog group Judicial Watch, show how longtime Clinton confidant Doug Band asked then-deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of State Abedin to assist former aid to President Clinton Justin Cooper in obtaining diplomatic passports for himself and another unnamed party.
“We had them years ago but they lapsed and we didn’t bother getting them,” Band wrote in an email from 2009.
The email was published as part of the Washington D.C.-based transparency group’s ongoing legal probe into the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which has come under fire recently for allegations that Hillary Clinton used her position as Secretary of State to sell access to major Clinton Foundation donors.
Last month, Abedin emails showed the top Clinton aid working as a conduit between senior Clinton Foundation staffers to furnish favors and special access for the foundation’s donors.
Lucas Nolan, Breitbart:“Assange: Media ‘Erecting a Demon’ by Protecting Hillary Clinton”
“. . . In an interview with journalist Jo Becker via Facebook, Assange claimed that the liberal media were doing their nation a disservice by refusing to cover Hillary Clinton’s less than pristine record.
“The American liberal press, in falling over themselves to defend Hillary Clinton, are erecting a demon that is going to put nooses around everyone’s necks as soon as she wins the election, which is almost certainly what she’s going to do,” said Assange.
Becker questioned Assange’s own political leanings, asking whether or not his biases were affecting his objectivity. Assange replied that WikiLeaks’ ‘enormous range’ was not highlighted by the media and that WikiLeaks had released over 10 million documents on multiple organisations across many countries, highlighting money laundering schemes and the ‘oil-money mill’ in Russia.
“Assange has openly stated his distrust of Hillary Clinton in the past and released info relating to both Clinton and DNC corruption. He has also claimed that Silicon Valley tech companies such as Google are purposefully painting Clinton in a positive light and are“directly engaged” in Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Assange denied that he was purposefully targeting Clinton, saying, “We don’t target the West. We are an investigative publisher.”
LEADS . . .
Nick Fields, PoliticsPA: Report: Trump to Visit Philadelphia Tomorrow”
“Donald Trump is coming to the City of Brotherly Love.
“Dave Davies of WHYY is reporting that the GOP presidential nominee will be visiting Philadelphia tomorrow.
“Second Congressional District candidate James Jones, a Philadelphia Republican, said Trump is planning a roundtable discussion with African-American leaders at the Greater Exodus Baptist Church on Broad Street at Fairmount,” Davies writes. “The Rev. Herb Lusk is pastor of the church.”
Jones told Davies that PA-1 GOP candidate Debbie Williams will also attend the event.
“Trump is aiming to appeal to black voters, a demographic that doesn’t hold him in high esteem. “Today’sPPP poll found just 3% of American-American Pennsylvanians support Trump.
Washington Times: “Trump in Mexico”
“He looked and sounded like a confident man who might make a president
“Hillary Clinton and the Democrats — and a considerable number of Republican summer soldiers who play “can you top this” with each other to see who can say the most hateful things about their party’s nominee — thought they hadDonald Trump’s number.
“He was ignorant, a blustery racist, a blowhard bigot and maybe even guilty of mopery, a little bit crazy and unable to learn from his mistakes. He wouldn’t take the advice of anyone and he would be buried under a landslide for Hillary Clinton. No foreign leader would deign to talk to him, because he wouldn’t know what to say, anyway. The polls would soon reflect the dimensions of the anticipated landslide.
“Hillary and the naysayers were clearly flummoxed that President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico invited the Donald to meet him at Los Pinos, the presidential palace in the Chapultepec Forest in central Mexico City, and the Republican nominee quickly accepted. He not only braved the anger and contempt The New York Times said he would find there, but was treated respectfully, seriously and as if the president of Mexico thinks he might well be the next president of the United States. (He’ll entertain Hillary later.)
“Mr. Trump, for his part, acted presidential, speaking respectfully of both his host and his host’s country, further infuriating the Never Trumpers. He did not back away from his criticism, blunt and always offered with the bark on, that uncontrolled immigration from Latin America is more than the United States should and would tolerate. America, like Mexico and all other nations, has the right to protect its borders and the right to preserve its culture, traditions and history. There would soon be a new day in Washington. . .”
Roger Simon, PJM: “Birth of a Policy Wonk: Trump Gets Into the Weeds on Immigration”
“While Hillary Clinton hunkers down under a nonstop barrage of email releases, avoiding press conferences while doing a desperate distaff impression of Richard Nixon (“I am not a crook!”), Donald Trump won the daily double on Wednesday, appearing presidential in his visit with President Nieto in Mexico City and then coming back to deliver a substantive speech (almost dizzyingly so) on immigration in Phoenix.
“Indeed, I can’t remember a more highly detailed speech on one subject area by a presidential candidate in my lifetime. And we thought Trump was weak on policy. He’s out-wonking the wonks with his ten-point plan on immigration, no matter how you fall out on them.
“You could almost call it “Birth of a Policy Wonk” with the onetime gambling plutocrat taking off his gold lamé tuxedo to reveal the tweedy duds of a Johns Hopkins poli sci prof. Well, not quite. Donald will always be Donald and he did roam off prompter a few times, though not far. Still, credit where it’s due. He had a lot to say. (Critics immediately got on the air to ask him to explain more, even though the speech was already an hour and fifteen minutes long. If he had spoken for fifteen hours, they would have asked for thirty. And that’s before George Stephanopoulos gets into it.)
“But before examining those ten points, let’s take a step backwards and tip the hat further to Donald for his overall theme—the rule of law. Most of all, Trump wants us to enforce our existing immigration laws. Who’d a thunk it? Certainly, not Clinton. Enforcing the law is not her long suit. But we know that, so on to the ten points.
“ONE—THE WALL: He wants to build the promised wall with the best technology and protection against underground tunnels. No surprise here. And he still, despite his morning visit south of the border, wants Mexico to pay for it. (Shrieks from the media, but actually this is a giant canard. Illegal aliens send some $25 billion a year in remittances back to Mexico. Start taxing that and Mexico has paid for the wall in no time—without having to say one word to their government.)
“TWO—END CATCH-AND-RELEASE: This alone could change everything. Why did it ever exist in the first place? The Obama (and undoubtedly Hillary) endorsed catch-and-release always seemed something out of Orwell. Scratch that—Lewis Carroll. (“I caught you sneaking across,” said the Mad Hatter. “Now you’re released… Here’s a hundred dollars and a house. And would you like a cup of tea?”) Bravo to Trump for ending it.
“THREE—ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CRIMINAL ALIENS: Did you know there were two million of them inside this country? Are we crazy? Trump wants to pass Kate’s Law—named for Kate Steinle, the young San Franciscan who was murdered by one of these characters —which imposes severe punishment on illegal alien recidivists. The idea was first proposed by Bill O’Reilly. Trump can count on some positive coverage there to make up for Megyn Kelly.
“FOUR—SANCTUARY CITIES ARE OUT: And good riddance too. Their funds will be blocked if they don’t comply. But will San Francisco have the cash to clean up its poop problem? Trump didn’t say. (Just kidding, of course, but it is a problem.)
“FIVE—UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS CANCELED: These are by you-know-who. This is where Trump also said he would enforce all existing immigration laws and add to ICE personnel, etc. to make sure they can be enforced.
“SIX—SUSPEND THE ISSUING OF VISAS FROM PLACES WHERE ADEQUATE SCREENING CANNOT OCCUR: aka the Islamic Middle East. This is the “extreme vetting” proposal made by Trump in his recent foreign policy speech. It makes sense but he has not addressed the more complicated issue of Western Europe, where second-generation Muslims are shooting up nightclubs and slicing the necks of priests. Do we withhold visas from France, Belgium, etc.? Something has to be figured out.
“SEVEN—OTHER COUNTRIES MUST TAKE THEIR PEOPLE BACK WHEN WE ORDER THEM DEPORTED: Donald, the enforcer. He might even be able to make this work.
“EIGHT—BIOMETRIC ENTRY-EXIT VISA TRACKING: This one’s extremely important since half our illegal aliens come in by overstaying their visas, including many of the most dangerous jihadi-types. High time we did this. Maybe Apple or Google could help. (Yeah, right.)
“NINE—TURN OFF THE JOBS AND BENEFITS MAGNET: This is self-explanatory.
“TEN—REFORM LEGAL IMMIGRATION TO SERVE THE BEST INTERESTS OF AMERICA AND ITS WORKERS: ditto.
“In all there’s nothing in Trump’s ten proposals with which I disagree. Notably missing is what to do with the eleven million (or whatever the real number is) existing illegal aliens, other than the criminal element that would be immediately sent out. No mass deportations in evidence despite much of the post-speech media coverage, even on the increasingly confused Fox News, focusing on Trump supposedly not softening on immigration.
“Trump said we should deal with that population after everyone felt the border was genuinely secure. He implied that could take a while. Again, I concur. This the humane way to do it. Seal the border tight. Get rid of the unsavory. (People who come here illegally and then commit crimes are definitely unsavory.) Then see what our country looks like. Everyone may feel generous at that point. Ann Coulter may be freaking out, but so what? She’ll still sell more books than ninety-nine percent of authors. (Yes, I’m jealous.) Trump’s approach is just fine. Cross your fingers (and mark your ballots) so he has a chance to put it into action.
“The full text of Trump’s speech is here.
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Why Now Is the Right Time to Talk about Ethanol”
“. . . Just in case you didn’t know, ethanol is very popular in Iowa and other corn states, which is why most presidential candidates swear once every four years that they love ethanol so much they’d marry a jug of it if they could. If only for a moment, loyalty to this government moonshine becomes as fraught with political symbolism as a gay wedding in which both grooms refuse to wear American flag pins while declining to stand for the national anthem in support of our troops.
“Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about that for a little while, so let’s tell the truth: Ethanol is stupid, wasteful, and bad for cars (because it’s corrosive and inefficient), the economy, and the environment.
“The main case for biofeuels is twofold. It’s supposed to be better for the environment, particularly global warming, and lessen our dependence on foreign oil. The assumption was that converting plants into fuel was “carbon neutral,” and since we can do that at home, every gallon of oil we replace with corn is one less we have to buy from overseas. The fact that it also lines the pockets of agribusinesses and the politicians who love them is supposed to be a total coincidence and irrelevant to this good and noble policy.
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin, 9/1/16
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, We have just armed up the most aggressive, detestable terrorist-state on the face of the earth, Iran! They’re on their way to building nuclear weapons! The Obama administration cut a secret deal with Iran to permit the terrorist-sponsoring regime to violate restrictions put in place by last year’s nuclear deal. These are impeachable offenses for the whole top-level of the Obama administration, the president on down. This is the fate that President Obama has sealed for the American people.
“In addition, this Iran Deal is a treaty and should have been put before the Senate as treaty. However, it wasn’t and Mitch McConnell and Bob Corker did nothing to stop the President. The warnings of Mike Lee and other conservatives in the Senate went unheeded. In the end, this deal makes war with Iran absolute.
“Later, Trump gave an excellent speech with a 10 point proposition for immigration. Included in this plan, is to stop funding for sanctuary cities, end catch and release, build a wall and make removing people who overstay their visas a top priority. America would be far better off if we can stick to this plan.”