Monday, October 31, 2016
Trump: I’d Get ‘Electric Chair’ for Cheating on Debates Like Hillary
JOEL B. POLLAK
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Republican nominee Donald Trump told an audience of roughly 8,000 cheering fans that if he had cheated in presidential debates the way rival Hillary Clinton had, he would be sent to the “electric chair.”
Voters abandoning establishment candidate in droves
Paul Joseph Watson
According to former Jimmy Carter pollster Pat Caddell, Hillary Clinton is hemorrhaging support as a result of the FBI announcement and we could see a repeat of the 1980 election when anti-establishment candidate Ronald Reagan won in a landslide.
Many people have heard of Ken Bone, the red-sweater-wearing undecided voter who stole the show at the second, town hall-style presidential debate. But few remember the question he asked. It was about the candidates' energy policies, and the balance they must strike between protecting the environment and keeping energy prices low and millions of energy workers employed. It's a question worth revisiting in these closing days of the campaign.
The U.S. is now the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas, despite President Obama's costly energy regulations. Hillary Clinton is campaigning for the presidency not by celebrating the shale extraction that has made us less dependent on energy from parts of the world hostile to America. Rather, she focuses on renewable energy, claiming that it can supply a third of electricity needs.
Where Obama talked about an "all of the above" energy policy, Clinton focuses on "clean energy" with a $60 billion Clean Energy Challenge aimed at expanding the role of renewables, such as wind and solar power.
She has pledged to cut oil consumption by a third and generate enough from renewable sources to power every home in the country. During a rally on Friday, she promised to make America "the clean energy superpower of the 21st century."
Clinton wants to build billions of dollars worth of solar panels, which fits the Democrats' record of blowing taxpayer money on energy boondoggles. Taxpayers got nothing from the $100 billion of their money that Obama squandered on wind and solar subsidies.
Clinton has stepped back from her support of fracking and now demands that it be more regulated. She admitted to the audience at a CNN "town hall" meeting that it was "going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business."
Renewables are likely to become increasingly important, but fossil fuels will be central to a comprehensive energy policy for the foreseeable future. As Nicolette Nye of the National Ocean Industries Association recently wrote in a Washington Examiner op-ed, "by 2040 fossil fuels will still supply around 80 percent of energy needs globally."
Donald Trump has pledged to approve an expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline, lift moratoria on oil and gas production on federal lands and offshore drilling (87 percent of which Obama has put off limits) and revoke restrictions on new drilling technologies. Trump's plan would lift restrictions from shale drilling and other forms of energy. This would lift wages, revenues and economic activity generally.
The difference between the two main parties' energy policies is one of the best reasons voters should return Republican majorities in Congress on Nov. 8. The makeup of Congress after this election might decide whether America takes advantage or wastes its vast natural resources.
Jamie Schram, Daniel Halper and Bruce Golding
The FBI got a warrant to search Anthony Weiner’s laptop for new evidence in the Hillary Clinton email scandal, setting off a mad dash to try and finish the massive job before Election Day, law-enforcement sources told The Post Sunday.
Weiner shared the laptop computer with his now-estranged wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and the feds believe there are around 650,000 emails stored on it, with many from Abedin’s accounts, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“FBI agents are reviewing the emails as we speak,” one source told The Post.
Metadata found on Weiner’s laptop computer — seized as part of an investigation into his explicit, online relationship with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina — suggest it may hold thousands of emails sent to or from Clinton’s private server, sources said.
It was unclear how long the search would take, but an official briefed on the matter told The Post that the job would extend past Nov. 8, when the vast majority of Americans go to the polls.
“There are too many emails to sift through before the end of the election and that is why [the Department of Justice] was cautioning [FBI Director James Comey not to make the announcement,” the official said.
“The FBI won’t be able to look through them all and now they risk looking political.
“Many of these emails appear to be redundant. That’s to say that since Huma was on Hillary’s staff, she was apparently copied on a lot of them. Investigators have probably seen them before. Now will all of them be redundant? No, that won’t be the case for all of them,” the official added.
Agents have probable cause to search only those that relate to the Clinton probe, and they’re only expected to seize a portion of the huge cache, a law-enforcement source told The Post.
Hours earlier, Clinton opponent Donald Trump — who’s previously blasted Weiner as a “pervert” and a “major, major, major sleaze” over his sexting habit — publicly hailed the disgraced ex-pol for inadvertently reviving the FBI probe.
“We never thought we were going to say thank you to Anthony Weiner,” the Republican presidential nominee told thousands of cheering supporters at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.
Trump crowed about Weiner’s potential new role in the Nov. 8 election as a new ABC/Washington Post poll showed him just 1 point behind his Democratic opponent, who held a 12-point lead in the same poll last Sunday.
The Abedin emails were discovered several weeks ago, with agents in New York alerting FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the bureau’s second-in-command, about their existence, sources told the Journal.
McCabe has recently come under fire from Republicans in Congress over the failed 2015 Senate candidacy of his wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, which got $467,500 in contributions from the political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton loyalist.
Senior FBI officials decided that the agents investigating Weiner should further examine the metadata and report back, and a member of the Justice Department’s senior national-security staff asked for an update during a meeting early last week, according to the Journal.
Officials then realized no one had sought a warrant to examine the emails, and McCabe ordered that investigators figure out if the laptop’s contents could relate to the Clinton email probe — and they determined they might, The Journal said.
Amid the controversy over her emails, Abdedin abandoned the campaign trail and took a back-bench seat at Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn on Sunday while the candidate stumped for votes in the battleground state of Florida.
Meanwhile, Clinton campaign director Robby Mook revealed that Clinton — who on Friday demanded that the FBI “release all the information it has” from Weiner’s computer— hasn’t asked Abedin what’s in her emails.
But Mook refused to say why when pressed six times by anchor Chris Wallace, who at one point asked, “Why on earth wouldn’t Hillary Clinton say to her closest personal aide: Was there any stuff on your laptop, and what was it?”
“Chris, again, I appreciate your question because people want answers. There’s nothing about Huma Abedin in the letter that was sent out [on Friday by FBI Director Jim Comey],” Mook replied.