Category Archives: Politics

03Oct/16
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Does A Wikileaks Dump Spell Doom for Clinton This Month?

In late August, Wikileaks head Julian Assange told Sean Hannity and Fox News viewers that his organization would be releasing vital information in October that could potentially derail Presidential nominee Hilary Clinton’s bid for the White House. After announcing earlier this week that he would be making a major announcement from the balcony of London’s Ecuadorian Embassy on October 4th, everyone assumed this was the bombshell the nation had been waiting for, some with dread.

This past weekend, Assange suddenly cancelled the announcement amid security concerns. The cancellation serves to create a mystery within a mystery. Prior hacked DNC email dumps have indeed provided damaging information related to the DNC’s favoring of Clinton and her campaign. This latest twist leaves people on both sides of the isle wondering what’s in the offering and when the message would be delivered. After the cancellation, no further information was provided related to whether or not the event was going to be rescheduled.

One can only imagine what Assange is privy to at this point in time. Over the past month, political pundits have been debating the potential effects of the information yet to be disclosed from the massive hacks into the DNC’s database. There are further concerns that some of the information yet to be released could have been derived from hacks perpetrated on Clinton’s infamous private email server.

While the Clinton campaign has been particularly quiet about Assange’s threats to continue releasing information, the camp of GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump has done everything in its power to keep this threat front and center in the news. Conservatives have been pushing Assange’s group to get the information out ahead of the elections in November, assuming the information would indeed hurt Clinton’s falling numbers. According to Trump supporter Roger Stone, Hilary will be “done” once this information is released.

26Sep/16
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President Obama Says “No” to the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)

It’s intended to stand as a new law that allows U.S. citizens to file lawsuits against foreign governments and foreign government officials for “injuries, death or damages stemming from an act of international terrorism.” The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) is a bill written to accommodate individuals who suffer the loss of family members from events like 9/11.

Inexplicably, President Barack Obama has vetoed the bill because he felt it ““would neither protect Americans from terrorist attacks nor improve the effectiveness of our response to such attacks.” By that statement alone, it would seem the President is willing to set aside the pain caused by terrorist attacks in favor of being politically correct.

As a result of his veto, Congress is getting ready for it’s first real attempt to override one of President Obama’s vetoes. The battle in Congress is certainly going to be hotly contested as the country moves into the 2016 election cycle. This bill is very popular among U.S. citizens and the last thing a politician needs to do during an election cycle is be forced to vote down a popular bill.

As a reminder, the bill needs to get at least a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representative and the Senate in order to override the veto. At this point, it looks like there is a good chance of success for the passing of this bill. However, there is likely to be some political casualties from the process.

After word came down related to the President’s veto, both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump expressed their disappointment over the decision and made claims that they would in fact sign the bill if it landed on their desk. Regardless of Clinton’s position, she faces possible kickback if the bill is killed because of her ties to Obama and his administration.

14Sep/16
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Negative Interest Rates for the U.S. in 2017?

As the U.S. Federal Reserve contemplates its next move with interest rates, economists are starting to look well into the future to get an idea where the U.S. and world economies may be headed. Over the next couple of years, business and finance leaders will have a better idea regarding how Great Britain’s exit from the European Union is going to affect world financial operations.

Until then, it seems to be Fed Chairperson Janet Yellen’s job and responsibility to keep the U.S. economy moving the right direction. While the economic numbers have been good, not great, most investors and economists are predicting one or two small interest rate increases over the last quarter of the current fiscal year. Beyond that, the picture becomes a little more muddled.

It’s interesting to note that many business leaders are preparing for a possible recession by the end of 2017. What makes that such an interesting position to take is the depth of the current recovery has been lacking over the past two years. The prospect of a recession coming on top of a three-year long weak recovery could create some rather serious economic issues throughout the world.

In other local economies that have recently been facing a similar situation, negative interest rates have been used to create business activity and discourage saving. Some experts have intimated that Yellen has been investigating the legalities of implementing a Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP) in the U.S.

At the beginning of the year, Yellen mentioned she didn’t have the legal authority to use a NIRP. However, she did hire Marvin Goodfriend of Carnegie Mellon University, who gave a presentation about the nuances of NIRP to the Fed Reserve Board at a group session in Wyoming back in July. The hiring of a huge proponent of NIRP to give an important presentation would only make sense if the subject matter of the presentation was under serious consideration.

23Aug/16
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Clinton ordered to Answer Server Questions in Writing

After the department of Justice decided to not press for felony charges against Democrat Presidential nominee Hilary Clinton for the mishandling of top secret information, the conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch has been stepping up the pressure to get answers from Mrs. Clinton related to her use of a personal computer server.

Based on the group’s request related to its civil lawsuit against Mrs. Clinton, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan has ordered her to answer the group’s question in writing in lieu of appearing in person at a deposition as requested. This allows her to continue her campaign without interruption from court proceedings.

Under the terms of the order, Judicial Watch’s attorneys have until October 14 to provide Mrs. Clinton with their written questions. Once the questions have been received, she will have 30 days to provide written answers under oath. It’s interesting to note that these deadlines fall precariously close to the November 8th elections.

From the Clinton campaign camp, all of this fuss is nothing more than an attempt by conservatives to embarrass Mrs. Clinton during the election process. According to Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Clinton’s campaign, “Judicial Watch is a right-wing organization that has been attacking the Clintons since the 1990s. This is just another lawsuit intended to try to hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”

While these actions could certainly be considered political in nature, the fact remains that no one is clear as to why Mrs. Clinton chose to use a personal server and to what extent she exposed the country’s deepest domestic secrets to the scrutiny of outside parties.

It was just a couple of weeks ago that the State Deportment released previously unidentified emails from some of Clinton’s aides. A couple of these emails raised the possibility that Mrs. Clinton was using her political clout as Secretary of State to secure donations for the Clinton Foundation.

08Aug/16
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Clinton Emails Discussed Executed Iranian Nuclear Scientist

The Hilary Clinton email controversy just keeps on giving legitimate news reporters fodder for more news. In the most recent episode, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton was able to identify several emails found on Clinton’s private server that contained incriminating evidence related to the Iranian nuclear scientist who was just recently executed in Iran for treason.

After defecting to the United States in 2009 under what was termed as “mysterious circumstances,” the 38-year-old scientist Shahram Amiri sought permission to return home despite the fact he was warned by CIA officials that he could be arrested for revealing secrets related to Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program. Some sources claim Amiri was prompted to return home after threats were levelled against his son.

In 2010, there were several email exchanges that contained references about the deceased scientist. The first email appeared in 2010. It was a communication from Richard Morningstar, a former State Department’s special envoy and Jake Sullivan, a former State Department foreign advisor. In this particular email and at least one other subsequent email, Amiri was referred to as “our friend.”

While Senator Cotton certainly understands that there is no official word that anything found on Clinton’s email server would have led to the execution of this particular scientist, Cotton’s assertion is that it shows how careless and reckless Clinton was with state secrets.

In a recent interview conducted on the TV news show “Face the Nation,” Senator Cotton called into question Clinton’s ability to make sound decisions should she be elected as President of the United States.

His comment was: “I’m not going to comment on what he may or may not have done for the United States government, but in the emails that were on Hillary Clinton’s private server, there were conversations among her senior advisors about this gentleman,” later adding, “That goes to show just how reckless and careless her decision was to put that kind of highly classified information on a private server. And I think her judgment is not suited to keep this country safe.”

02Aug/16
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Presidential Candidates Set – Let the Battle Begin

With both the Republican and Democrat candidates officially designed by their respective parties, it’s clear the gloves are coming off and this could end up being one of the bloodiest political fights in US history, metaphorically speaking.

Not ones to mince words, both Hilary Clinton (Dem) and Donald Trump (GOP) are not afraid to step into a verbal battle with those who stand in their way of getting something they covet. Over the next the 3+ months leading up to the November 8, 2016 Presidential election, both candidates will be busy verbally punching and counter-punching against their opponent. All of the rhetoric leading up to this point in time is likely to look like child’s play compared to what’s going to be said during the election cycle.

The loser in all of this might be the American voter who is more interested in what each candidate proposes for the country’s future as opposed to hearing what each candidate thinks about his or her opponent’s ideology.

On one side of the fence, Trump has assured voters that the country is broken and needs him to fix it. That would include the illegal immigration or undocumented immigrant problem, the economy and general relations with other countries all over the world.

On the other side, Clinton has made it clear she believes the country is headed in the right direction. Never mind that the national debt currently stands at $19.4 trillion, the country has a growing problem with ISIS and race relations throughout the country are deteriorating a little everyday.

At the end of the day, each candidate is claiming they represent the real America. During her acceptance speech at the recently concluded Democratic National Convention, this is what Mrs. Clinton has to say about her opponent: “Here’s the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump. This is it. And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn’t get: that America is great because America is good.”

25Jul/16
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Wikileaks Wrecks Havoc on DNC and Democratic Party

As the Democratic National Committee prepares for the party’s convention next week, Wikileaks has made good on its promise to disrupt the Democratic Party as much as possible. With the release of nearly 20,000 emails from key party insiders, including DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, it has become quite clear that the establishment Dems gave favor to Hilary Clinton during the primary season.

The news falls in stark contrast to Wasserman’s claims that the DNC was completely impartial during the entire process. The release of these emails is sure to upset Sanders supporters who have been expressing concerns that the fix was in and that party leaders were prepared to do whatever it would take to make sure Clinton got the necessary number of delegates for nomination.

Ever the opportunist, GOP nominee Donald Trump wasted very little time using this information for his possible benefit. At a time when he senses the party is filled with disgruntled Sanders backers, he has started the process of fanning the firestorm of concern over a possible rigged election process. With this strategy, he hopes to offer Sanders supporters himself as an alternative to a woman who would cheat them out of their voice in the political process.

In a tweet released on the evening of July 23, Trump stated ‘Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileaks, really vicious. RIGGED’

It’s unclear whether or not these latest revelations are enough to chase Sanders supporters away from the party. However, these supporters invested a lot of time and money trying to get their candidate into position to run for the presidency. If information about collusion and possible party corruption continues hitting the newswire, those democrats who feel they have been deceived might be in position to second guess that for which the party stands.

19Jul/16
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US Presidential Candidates Announce Running Mates

With the Republican convention already in the books and the Democrats getting ready to take center-stage, both Presidential candidates have now announced their November election running mates.

On Friday July 15, Trump was the first one to show his hand as he announced that his Vice Presidential running mate would be Indiana Governor Mike Pence. After a very contentious primary season where hard-right conservatives fought against all odds to prevent a Trump victory, the naming of a social and evangelical conservative comes as a welcomed development.

Among the other possible running mates that drew heavy consideration were New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. However, it was clear to Trump that he needed to pick someone who could help him pull the party back together in time to go after Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton.

According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, “Pence is a principled conservative, man of faith, and talented messenger for Republican ideas.”

Next up, it was Hilary Clinton’s turn to reveal her running mate. In an effort to bring a moderate democrat to the ticket, Clinton announced that Virginia Senator Tim Kaine was her selection. This choice really came as no surprise as Kaine had long been considered a favorite for the job.

For the liberal party, Kaine holds a lot of appeal. His background with foreign relations and military affairs should help to relieve any concerns people might have related to Clinton’s time as Secretary of State. He also has a solid reputation for being able to work closely with members of the other party, which is something he has been very successful at in Virginia.

Clinton’s other reported finalist was Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. However, Kaine might have been the better choice as the party hopes to carry the day in Virginia, a key state in the upcoming election.