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Monday, October 31, 2016

Carville Melts Down: ASSERTS FBI, GOP, and KGB in CAHOOTS

Democratic strategist calls reopened Clinton probe an 'attack' on American democracy in MSNBC tantrum

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 Edmund Kozak

Famed Democratic strategist James Carville may be the first Clinton surrogate to have officially lost his mind over the FBI’s decision to reopen its investigation into Clinton’s private email server.
In an appearance on MSNBC on Monday, Carville relentlessly — and repeatedly — attacked the FBI’s decision to reopen the investigation, asserting it is part of a conspiracy to subvert American democracy.
“The House Republicans and the KGB are trying to influence our democracy.”
“This is in effect an attempt to hijack an election,” Carville claimed. “It’s unprecedented … the House Republicans and the KGB are trying to influence our democracy,” he said.
Apparently the fact that the Soviet security agency was disbanded in 1991 does not preclude its involvement in this vast, anti-Clinton, FBI-organized conspiracy, according to Carville. Poor Carville was clearly apoplectic at the news of Comey’s announcement, describing it as an assault or attack on American democracy multiple times.
He was also adamant about who was responsible. “Comey was acting in concert and coordination with the House Republicans,” Carville said. “We also have the extraordinary case of the KGB being involved in this race and selectively leaking things from the Clinton campaign that they hacked,” he added.
Carville was very upset that Comey's announcement thrust Clinton's behavior back into the spotlight. "It would seem to me that the FBI shouldn't be getting rolled by the House Republicans, that's what happened here — there's nothing else that's going on — and in the meantime … democracy is under assault by the KGB," he said. "To me that's something we ought to be talking about."
Unfortunately for Carville, fanciful tales about time-traveling Soviet spies and an FBI in the GOP's pocket certainly make for interesting entertainment — but they pale in importance to the real-life stories of Clinton's brazen lawlessness.
When the MSNBC anchor dared raise the fact that Democrats were praising Comey only a few months ago when he announced the FBI's decision not to recommend indictment, Carville went into a stuttering, sputtering fit.
"When the facts change I change my mind," Carville said. "Why are you defending this, why are you sitting here as American democracy is under assault?" he asked.
"This is an unprecedented event that was done on behalf of the House Republicans," Carville repeated. "And as we know the KGB is all over this election and this is what we are talking about? We ought to be talking about [how] our democracy is under assault right now and what we are going to do about it, not [what somebody said in July] about James Comey."

Controversial Dem OPERATIVE 'Close' to Clinton Campaign Boss

Cody Derespina

A Democratic operative who bragged about getting orders from Hillary Clinton to execute a bizarre stunt aimed at Donald Trump and was linked to a covert operation to incite the Republican presidential nominee’s supporters was “close” to Clinton’s campaign manager, according to an email released Sunday by WikiLeaks – despite the campaign’s denial of any “relationship” with the consultant.   
Democracy Partners co-founder Mike Lux made the eyebrow-raising assertion in a Dec. 17, 2015 email to Center for American Progress leader Neera Tanden. The message, found in a trove hacked from Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s account and posted by WikiLeaks, refers to an alleged connection between Democracy Partners head Robert Creamer and Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook.
“Just wanted to pass along this note I sent to Bob Creamer, who as you may know is consulting for the DNC and is close to Robby Mook,” Lux wrote in a note about outreach to grassroots progressives.
Mook previously denied any ties between the Clinton campaign and Creamer after undercover video surfaced appearing to tie Creamer to schemes to incite brawls at Trump rallies and illegally bus voters to polling stations.
“These individuals no longer have any relationship with the DNC. They’ve never had a relationship with the Clinton campaign,” Mook said on CNN on Oct. 23. “And my understanding is that the events that are referenced happened in February of last year, they did not have a contract with the DNC until June. But putting all that aside, this was again, a video that was leaked out for the purpose of damaging the campaign.”
But Lux’s email would appear to call most of that statement into question. Mook stated Democracy Partners didn’t “have a contract with the DNC until June [2016],” though Lux clearly asserts Creamer is “consulting for the DNC” as of December 2015. Lux’s characterization of Mook and Creamer as “close,” and Creamer’s own boast in one video of getting a directive from Clinton, also raise questions about Mook’s response.
Asked about any relationship between Creamer and Mook, Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin told in an email that the Clinton camp was not authenticating individual emails from the Podesta hack. Instead, Caplin blasted Trump for not standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government many intelligence analysts blame for the email theft.
Creamer earlier this month said he was “stepping back” from efforts to elect Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee following the release of the undercover, edited Project Veritas video in which a Democracy Partners subcontractor appeared to describe a push to incite Trump supporters to violence. Another video emerged last week that showed Creamer twice bragging that Clinton personally approved plans to place Donald Duck-suited activists at Trump rallies.
Amid separate reports finding Creamer made hundreds of White House visits, the email released Sunday provided yet another link between the highest levels of the Democratic Party and the operative.
The GOP quickly posted to its website the text of the email alongside Mook’s recent denial. Trump has referenced the Project Veritas videos on the campaign trail and during the third presidential debate.
“I was wondering what happened with my rally in Chicago and other rallies where we had such violence,” Trump said during the Oct. 19 debate. “[Clinton’s] the one, and [President] Obama, that caused the violence. They hired people, they paid them $1,500, and they’re on tape saying, be violent, cause fights, do bad things.”
The DNC and Clinton campaign have steadfastly disavowed the actions discussed in the videos, produced by controversial conservative activist James O’Keefe.
“While Project Veritas has been known to offer misleading video out of context, some of the language and tactics referenced in the video are troubling even as a theory or proposal never executed,” Clinton campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said earlier this month.

If Hillary Were HONEST She Would Have Outed Brazile

Trump: I’d Get ‘Electric Chair’ for Cheating on Debates Like Hillary

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrives to board her campaign plane at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, on October 31, 2016. 
Clinton's campaign was jolted when FBI boss James Comey announced October 28 that his agents are reviewing a newly discovered trove of emails, resurrecting an issue Clinton had hoped was behind her. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)


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.”

Trump was commenting on the revelation by Wikileaks on Monday that CNN commentator Donna Brazile, who is now the chair of the Democratic National Committee, had been caught again passing debate questions from the network to the Clinton campaign during the Democratic primary.
Brazile had been exposed earlier doing the same — passing a question to the Clinton campaign in advance of a town hall debate against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
At the time, Brazile was not yet DNC chair, but was a regular CNN contributor.
CNN fired Brazile on Monday, releasing a statement: ““We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor.”
Trump noted that Brazile was not the core issue — “I don’t care” about her, he said. Rather, he argued, Hillary Clinton should have reported Brazile the first time she tried to pass debate questions to her.
Trump also talked about cheating at the polls, telling supporters that the only way to overcome voter fraud would be to vote by the “millions.”
He cited 1.8 million dead people on the country’s voter rolls, and 2.75 million who are registered in more than one state. (The statistics appear to be based on a Pew Research Center study.)
Trump challenged journalists in the room to ask Hillary Clinton why she had not reported Brazile after being provided with the debate questions.


Voters abandoning establishment candidate in droves

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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.
Caddell drew comparisons to the 1980 presidential race, which was close right up until the final days before the electorate abandoned Carter and rallied around the anti-establishment candidate, leading to Reagan taking victory in a landslide.
Caddell noted that Carter’s entire campaign had been built around portraying Reagan as unqualified and “dangerous,” in a similar vein to how Clinton has demonized Trump.
Caddell explained that the polling between Reagan and Carter was close up until the final weekend when “the dam broke” and Reagan shot ahead by ten points.
Stating that he had been looking at the data regarding unfavorability ratings for both Clinton and Trump, Caddell noted that since Friday, large numbers of voters had been structurally “moving against the status quo – the incumbent who is essentially Hillary Clinton.”
As an ABC News poll found, Hillary’s unfavorability rating just hit its highest ever mark.
Caddell said that the latest information regarding the FBI re-opening its investigation into Hillary’s email scandal was the “popper” that “could open up significantly before it’s over,” meaning it would be the decisive factor that enables Trump to defeat Hillary.

New Email Shows DNC Chair Gave Hillary Debate Question

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Another leaked email has emerged showing Democratic National Committee boss and former CNN contributor Donna Brazile sharing a debate question in advance with the Hillary Clinton campaign -- despite Brazile's persistent claims to the contrary.
CNN announced in a statement soon after the email became public Monday that Brazile had tendered her resignation and the network accepted it on Oct. 14, days after the controversy over Brazile tipping off the Clinton campaign initially broke.
According to documents released Monday by WikiLeaks, Brazile sent Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri an email titled, “One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash,” the night before the March 6 CNN primary debate in Flint, Mich. 
“Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint,” Brazile wrote.
The following night, Lee-Anne Walters, a mom whose twin boys stopped growing and whose daughter lost her hair during the Flint water contamination crisis, posed a question to both Clinton, the eventual Democratic presidential nominee, and her primary opponent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. 
“After my family, the city of Flint and the children in D.C. were poisoned by lead, will you make a personal promise to me right now that, as president, in your first 100 days in office, you will make it a requirement that all public water systems must remove all lead service lines throughout the entire United States, and notification made to the — the citizens that have said service lines?” Walters asked.
Clinton responded with a lengthy answer that moderator Anderson Cooper had to twice interrupt in an attempt to keep to the agreed-upon time limit. Clinton’s remarks drew applause from the crowd, though she wound up ultimately losing the state’s primary to Sanders two days later. 
The apparent email tip-off was included in the latest trove of messages hacked from Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account and posted by WikiLeaks.
Brazile had been under fire over an earlier email chain appearing to show her tipping off the campaign before a town hall event later that same month. That exchange began with Brazile sending Palmieri the text of a question about the death penalty in an email with the subject line: “From time to time I get the questions in advance.”
After Palmieri responded, Brazile wrote back: “I’ll send a few more.”
Roland Martin asked the death penalty question verbatim the next night during a CNN town hall. 
Brazile's role as a CNN contributor was suspended when she took over as interim DNC head in July, but on Oct. 14, in light of the email revelations, CNN said it accepted her full resignation.
Thank you @CNN. Honored to be a Democratic Strategist and commentator on the network. Godspeed to all my former colleagues.
"We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor," the network said Monday in a statement.
Brazile on Monday tweeted a "thank you" to CNN and in a second tweet told the media to refer to an Oct. 11 statement she gave to Politico about the controversy.
“As a longtime political activist with deep ties to our party, I supported all of our candidates for president," Brazile's statement said. "I often shared my thoughts with each and every campaign, and any suggestions that indicate otherwise are simply untrue. As it pertains to the CNN Debates, I never had access to questions and would never have shared them with the candidates if I did."
Brazile, in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly on Oct. 19, again denied aiding Clinton during the primaries.
“Well, Kelly, since I play straight up and I play straight up with you, I did not receive any questions from CNN,” she said.
When Kelly pressed, Brazile said she was being persecuted and questioned the credibility of the hacked files.
“As a Christian woman, I understand persecution, but I will not sit here and be persecuted,” Brazile said. “Your information is totally false.”

Reid's Claim That FBI Director BROKE Federal LAW is BS

Brit Hume Slams Harry Reid's Claim that FBI Director Broke Federal Law
Leah Barkoukis
As Matt reported over the weekend, since the announcement that the FBI is reopening its investigation of Clinton’s emails, James Comey is taking shots from all angles. Sen. Harry Reid even claimed that he’s violating federal law.
“I am writing to inform you that my office has determined that these actions may violate the Hatch Act,” the Senate minority leader wrote in a letter to Comey. “Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law.”
The Hatch Act prohibits FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election. Reid said that by releasing this information, which he says is not conclusive or pertinent, Comey may have broken the law. Reid referenced a memo from Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates from March of this year that establishes all Justice Department employees, including Comey, are subject to the Hatch Act.
Reid accused Comey of having intent to aid one political party over the other in the election and called his behavior a "double standard" due to the fact that, as Reid claimed in the letter, Comey has information related to Donald Trump's dealings with Russia.
"I wrote to you months ago calling for this information to be released to the public," Reid wrote in the letter. "And yet, you continue to resist calls to inform the public of this critical information."
"By contrast, as soon as you came into possession of the slightest innuendo related to Secretary Clinton, you rushed to publicize it in the most negative light possible."
But Fox News anchor Brit Hume was quick to put to the accusation to rest, calling it “BS” in a tweet Sunday evening.  
How can you tell the claim of a Hatch Act violation against Comey is bs? Harry Reid is making it.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) October 30, 2016
Sen. Tom Cotton appeared to agree.
Harry Reid is a disgrace to American politics, among worst men ever in Senate. He can't go soon enough, & many Democrats privately agree.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) October 30, 2016
Reid is retiring at the end of his term. 

Washington Examiner ENDORSES Trump...Republicans

The candidates were asked a question at the second debate about their energy policies, and the balance they must strike between protecting the environment and keeping energy prices low and millions of energy workers employed. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


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.

FBI RACING Through Clinton Emails BEFORE Election Day

 Jamie SchramDaniel 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 accountsthe 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.
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.

Now It's HILLARY vs. COMEY, With HYPOCRISY On Both Sides

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Howard Kurtz

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the FBI again investigating Hillary Clinton is the rather predictable partisan back-flips.
No sooner did we learn that James Comey had come up with new email evidence than Donald Trump—and some conservative commentators—came to a much more positive view of the FBI director. Before, he was running a “rigged” investigation and failing to do what any competent prosecutor would do, which was pursue criminal charges against Clinton.
Now he was a man of integrity standing up for truth, justice and the American way.
Meanwhile, the Clinton camp—and some liberal commentators—who had sung Comey’s praises when he declined to prosecute were now dismissing him as a partisan Bush administration hack throwing a monkey wrench into the campaign’s final stretch.
NYT columnist Paul Krugman: “If we don't hear more from Comey, we just have to conclude that he was trying to swing election. And *that* should be the story.”
For many of these folks, justice is served only when a law-enforcement official delivers the outcome you want.
The fact that the trail soon led to Anthony Weiner’s sexting of a teenage girl, as the New York Times was the first to report, just added to the surreal and quasi-comical nature of the whole extravaganza. Call it the Carlos Danger phase of the campaign.
As one pundit tweeted, the whole campaign seems to have come down to “Access Hollywood” and Weiner sexting.
Maybe Trump was on to something when he used to rail about how Weiner is a “pervert” and who knew whether his wife Huma Abedin, Hillary’s longtime confidant, was sharing classified information with him.
The media treated this like a bombshell, and rightly so, when it exploded on Friday afternoon. Even if it turns out to be a nothing-burger, it has utterly changed the media and political environment in a campaign in which Clinton seemed to be coasting.
But Comey was not “reopening” the original investigation, as NBC, the Washington Post, Politico and other outlets initially reported and then retracted. And as the story unfolded over the weekend, new details emerged that cast the Comey move in a less favorable light.
Comey apparently violated FBI policy against bringing a case or otherwise taking action against a politician in the 60 days before the election. I would give him a pass on that, since this case is so unique, but it does provide some pause.
The FBI chief said initially that the new evidence may not be “significant.” But Yahoo’s Mike Isikoff reported that the bureau, at the time, had not even reviewed the emails in question, lacking the requisite search warrant. So the emails could be a bunch of duplicates, and reports say they aren’t to or from Clinton.
Why, without knowing these critical facts, would Comey go public? The Post reported that he feared being blamed for a coverup if, after the election, the evidence turned out to be significant.
I can see why he had that concern, and he was in a no-win position. But that leaves him open to criticism that he bowed to pressure from within the bureau, or was more concerned with protecting his personal reputation than with interfering in a national election.
Clinton has decided to make Comey an issue, calling his move “unprecedented” and “disturbing.” Now she is is under the shadow of another FBI inquiry. Trump will be pounding away on this day after day. When I asked his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on “Media Buzz” whether the new emails could turn out to be nothing, she acknowledged that but added that the probe reminds people of Clinton corruption.
My initial thought was that Comey has a responsibility to provide more information before Election Day. Now it’s clear he doesn’t yet have the information. And every day Clinton runs against him is a day she’s not solely focusing on Donald Trump.