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Another law signed by Bill Clinton comes back to bite the Dems?

by Doug Powers on Monday, June 30th, 2014

This is article 59 of 59 in the topic US Supreme Court

nullRecently, Democrats were celebrating the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act that was enacted in 1996. Bill Clinton congratulated himself for helping lead the recent fight to overturn the law that some guy named Bill Clinton signed.

Fast forward to this morning when the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby. The majority ruled that Hobby Lobby fell under the umbrella of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Who signed that bill? Bill! The RFRA was sponsored in the U.S. Senate by some right-wing Republican named Chuck Schumer.

Today could mark the beginning of 21st century Bill Clinton’s latest battle to undo the damage caused by 20th century Bill Clinton. Back to the future!

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Does a rogue, low-level email archiving company have backups of ‘lost’ IRS emails?

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

This is article 298 of 300 in the topic Taxation/IRS

This story failed the “smell test” quite a while ago, and now it just outright reeks.

From the Daily Caller via Instapundit:

The IRS signed a contract with Sonasoft, an email-archiving company based in San Jose, California, each year from 2005 to 2010. The company, which partners with Microsoft and counts The New York Times among its clients, claims in its company slogans that it provides “Email Archiving Done Right” and “Point-Click Recovery.” Sonasoft in 2009 tweeted, “If the IRS uses Sonasoft products to backup their servers why wouldn’t you choose them to protect your severs?”

Sonasoft was providing “automatic data processing” services for the IRS throughout the January 2009 to April 2011 period in which Lerner sent her missing emails.

But Sonasoft’s six-year business relationship with the IRS came to an abrupt end at the close of fiscal year 2011, as congressional investigators began looking into the IRS conservative targeting scandal and IRS employees’ computers started crashing left and right.

The IRS is still on Sonasoft’s client list. Hopefully the company’s hard drives haven’t been “recycled” by the time the subpoena arrives.

Disclaimer: There’s “not a smidgen of corruption” here and even if there is it’s Fox News’ fault:

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Jay Carney’s capable replacement: ‘Deliberate misinformation campaign’ causing border influx

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

This is article 439 of 444 in the topic Immigration
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The U.S. government is opening more detention centers to house people who are flooding across the border illegally.

Yesterday, Jay Carney’s replacement, Josh Earnest, who has some big lies to fill, scapegoated the border crisis:

White House officials blamed human traffickers for causing the crisis. “So much of what we are seeing on the southern border is the result of a deliberate misinformation campaign that is propagated by criminal syndicates in central America,” said Obama spokesman Josh Earnest.

What is that “misinformation”?

“That misinformation is causing some people who are in a rather desperate situation to risk their lives to come to the US border expecting that they will be able to stay in this country. That is simply not true.

Expecting to be able to stay in the U.S.? Where would they get that idea?

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We are a better nation than one that deports innocent kids: http://at.wh.gov/nYm0b  ,

Earnest’s “criminal syndicates in central America” must be really good at hacking Democrats’ Twitter & Facebook accounts.

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Faces of bipartisanship: Classic photo op at Congressional Gold Medal ceremony

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

This is article 127 of 127 in the topic US Congress

The Vine below is from today’s Congressional Gold Medal ceremony.

Pick which one looks like he has to go to the bathroom really bad:

My money’s on Carl Levin:

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Caption Harry Reid:

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“Hands across a Koch obsession.”

Harry looks like he finally came to the realization that Romney actually did pay taxes and that the entire photo op was set up by the Koch brothers.

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Baloney, counter-baloney: John Kerry’s insta flip-flop

by Doug Powers on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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“Did somebody say baloney?”

The claim that U.S. troops could be at increased risk in Afghanistan because of Obama’s “five Taliban leaders for Bergdahl” swap is “baloney” according to John Kerry, who then immediately confirmed that it might be true.

This is an insta-flip-flop:

Secretary of State John Kerry says it’s “baloney” to argue that U.S. troops will be more at risk in Afghanistan after the prisoner swap of five Taliban commanders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

“Our combat role in Afghanistan is over,” Kerry said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” when asked if U.S. troops were being put at increased risk.

“We’re going to have very few people in that kind of position,” he said. “On occasion, but I honestly, I just think that’s a lot of baloney because, to whatever degree it may be true, they will wind up putting themselves at the mercy of those people who are very effective who are there, who will deal with those guys.”

The Secretary of Baloney has spoken.

Here’s Kerry making the claim on the Lurch-o-Tron:

In case you missed it, Obama said last week he would be willing to do a similar trade again.

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Hillary relates to the working class: We were ‘dead broke’ after leaving the White House

by Doug Powers on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

This is article 31 of 31 in the topic Past US Presidents

Setting the stage for the “we know what it’s like to be you” portion of a possible Hillary campaign launch next year is under way:

“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Clinton said in an interview airing tonight on ABC.

“We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”

“Bill has worked really hard — and it’s been amazing to me — he’s worked very hard. First of all, we had to pay off all our debts, which was, you know, he had to make double the money because of obviously taxes and then pay off the debts and get us houses and take care of family members.”

Maybe Bob Bennett didn’t work for free, but how you could ever go broke while possessing this kind of cattle futures acumen is beyond me.

Here’s a detail to which the proletariat can certainly relate:

The Clintons actually had a helping hand as they got their financial lives in order. Wealthy Clinton pal Terry McAuliffe (now governor of Virginia) loaned them $1.3 million for the purchase of their $1.7 million Chappaqua home.

They’re just like us!

Here’s how Hillary’s life story begins:

Related flashback post here.

Update:

A reminder that it didn’t take Bill and Hillary long to pull themselves up by our bootstraps after leaving the White House:

Sean Davis @seanmdav

“The Clintons got rich quick after leaving the WH, pulling in $111 million in total income from 2000-2007.” http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0408/9393.html 

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Of course: White House tells Congress Chuck Hagel made the final call on the Bergdahl/Taliban leaders swap

by Doug Powers on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

This is article 979 of 986 in the topic Obama

Hey look at this — Team Obama is selflessly sharing credit for yet another popular decision. The humility of this White House never ceases to amaze.

From ABC News:

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel – not President Obama – executed the administration’s final call to proceed with the prisoner exchange of five ranking Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, administration officials told Congress today in a classified briefing today.

“They indicated [it was] Secretary Hagel [who made the final call],” House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, R-California, told reporters following the briefing Monday evening. “It was the president of the United States that came out [in the Rose Garden] with the Bergdahls and took all the credit and now that there’s been a little pushback he’s moving away from it and it’s Secretary Hagel?”

Officials also told Congress that 80 to 90 people within the administration knew of its plans to go forward with the controversial swap, exacerbating tensions between the White House and members of Congress.

CNN also reported the same thing.

This is pretty much all we need to know about the White House’s read of the barometer that’s gauging reaction to the Taliban/Bergdahl swap.

As proof that the Bergdahl/Taliban deal was totally Chuck Hagel’s call, the White House released this photo of the announcement being proudly trumpeted in the Rose Garden on March 31:

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Hopefully Hagel can at least change the oil while he’s under Obama’s bus.

Update:

White House now saying Obama did make the final call on the Bergdahl swap.

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Dave Brat makes good on ‘term limits’ pledge

by Doug Powers on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

This is article 22 of 26 in the topic 2014 Elections

During the GOP primary race for Virginia’s 7th district, Dave Brat pledged to fight for term limits, and he’s already delivered on that promise. Rep. Eric Cantor will be out after six terms, and that has caused “chaos in the marble halls” as the entrenched incumbency realizes that the “auto-renew” button for another term doesn’t always work.

Check out this comparison of campaign spending:

One measure of the extraordinary defeat could be seen in the candidate’s finances. Since the beginning of last year, Mr. Cantor’s campaign had spent about $168,637 at steakhouses compared with the $200,000 his challenger, David Brat, had spent on his entire campaign.

Cantor’s internal poll was way off the mark, and his pollster is blaming that on an unexpected number of Democrats voting in the open primary. Why they believe Dem voters would have an interest in replacing Cantor with somebody expressly opposed to their amnesty push is anybody’s guess.

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Hillary’s decision to testify before Benghazi committee will depend on ‘how they conduct themselves’

by Doug Powers on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

This is article 244 of 244 in the topic Congressional Investigations

Be a nice, polite select Benghazi committee with no interest in flipping over any more rocks that could makes waves for “Hillary 2016″ and maybe she’ll comply with a subpoena to testify. Maybe:

In the interview, Sawyer also asked about the new congressional committee that will examine the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton did not say definitively whether or not she will testify before the new committee if called to do so.

“That’s going to be up to the people running the hearing,” she said. “We’ll see what they decide to do, how they conduct themselves, whether or not this is, you know, one more travesty about the loss of four Americans, or whether this is, in the best tradition of the Congress, an effort to figure out how – what we can do better.”

In other words, if anybody on the committee wants to ask Hillary a question they’ll have to put on a disguise and show up at one of her book signings.

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Sounds about right: Hillary refuses to play politics with Benghazi; Keeps blaming video for attack

by Doug Powers on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

This is article 761 of 773 in the topic Terrorism

What diff… oh, never mind.

The windup:

In a chapter from the book, “Hard Choices,” Clinton rails against congressional Republicans for politicizing the attack on the American facilities in Benghazi, writing that “I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans. It’s just plain wrong, and it’s unworthy of our great country.”

And the pitch:

In her book, Clinton writes that the video did play a role in the attacks.

“There were scores of attackers that night, almost certainly with differing motives,” she writes. “It is inaccurate to state that every single one of them was influenced by this hateful video. It is equally inaccurate to state that none of them were. Both assertions defy not only the evidence but logic as well.”

That quote comes from the chapter in Hillary’s book titled “Keep saying it and eventually they’ll believe it.”

This dude’s now in charge of the book’s Benghazi messaging, so you know that Hillary’s super-serious about being as transparent as possible:

 

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