IG Report: Clinton’s Use Of A Personal Email System Led To The Interception Of Classified Information By Foreign Powers

Hillary_Clinton_Testimony_to_House_Select_Committee_on_BenghaziI ran a column yesterday on the release of the report of the Inspector General’s report and its implications. Much of the report was anticipated.  However, among the most notable elements, was the final confirmation that the Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal server for State Department business not only contained classified information but was successfully intercepted by at least one foreign intelligence agency. That finding directly contradicts Clinton’s repeated denials through the campaign.  The media however has barely noted the finding despite widely repeating Clinton’s prior denials of both classified content and any interception by foreign powers.

 

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Congress Is Again AWOL On War Powers

US_Capitol_Building,_East_side_steps_and_domeBelow is my column in The Hill newspaper on the recent Senate hearing (in which I testified) on the proposed new AUMF legislation.  In the last couple days, an open battle erupted between Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., South Carolina) and Sen. Rand Paul (R., Kentucky) after Graham called for the addition of North Korea among the ever changing list of countries.  Paul called him “a danger to the country.”

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Critical Mass: USC Professor Calls For Film Critics To Be Selected By Race and Gender

download-3University of Southern California Associate Professor of Communication  Stacy L. Smith has written a report entitled “Critic’s Choice?” with USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative which discussed the problem that film critics are “largely white and male.” The solution appears to be the selection of critics based on their race and gender — as opposed to simply their talent and writing — to achieve “inclusion among film reviewers.”  We previously discussed a Canadian gender quota for directors.

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It’s Not Personal, Mr. Rosenstein, Its Strictly Government Business

Rod_Rosenstein_Official_DAG_PortraitIt appears that things got ugly in a recent meeting between Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and House oversight staff.  Rosenstein reportedly threatened to “subpoena” House committee members if they went after him with a contempt sanction for failing to turn over material on the FBI’s investigation of Trump campaign officials.  If the account is true, it was a mistake by Rosenstein.   To quote The Godfather, oversight is not personal, its oversight business. Continue reading

Are You Or Have You Ever Been A Russian Collaborator? DNC Member Accuses Sanders Supporter Of Being A Russian Stooge

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It may be the ultimate expression of our overheated politics.  Longtime DNC member Bob Mulholland accused a Sanders supporter of being a possible Russian stooge after she attended a meeting of the Democratic National Committee to discuss rules and bylaws.  It appears that anyone can now be denounced as Russian collaborators in an environment that is increasingly picking up McCarthyite elements.  The bizarre allegation from Mulholland comes after the DNC moved to effectively block Sanders from the next presidential primary unless he registers as a Democrat. The effort was later abandoned, but left bad memories of the last primary where the DNC was shown to have secretly rigged the process for Hillary Clinton.

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Clinton: Standards Have Changed Over “What You Can Do To Someone Against Their Will”

Democrats and media figures continue to struggle with the truth of the abuses of former President Bill Clinton who has been accused by multiple women of everything from sexual harassment to rape.  Dozens of reporters have interviewed Clinton without seriousness questioning him on these past allegations until recently.  Even after a year of “MeToo” stories, only this month did an interviewer risk the ire of Clinton supporters to press the former president.  Clinton became immediately condescending and dismissive.  The continued muted response to Clinton’s past is evident after a rather shocking claim in a new interview with PBS NewsHour where Clinton explained that “what you can do to someone against their will” has simply changed. Continue reading

The Wolfe Indictment: Is Andrew McCabe Next In Line For Prosecution?

McCabeBelow is my column in The Hill newspaper on the implications of the indictment of James Wolfe for lying to federal investigators.  I have very serious concerns over the targeting of a journalist for surveillance in this case, particularly because there seems ample alternatives to the intrusion into confidential communications of a reporter.  However, the most obvious threat may be to Andrew McCabe who is still awaiting word on whether he will be criminally charged and recently sought immunity from Congress. Continue reading