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August 29, 2015

Top Jeb fundraisers leave campaign amid troubling signs


Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy, POLITICO has learned.

There are different versions of what transpired. 

The Florida-based fundraising consultants — Kris Money, Trey McCarley, and Debbie Aleksander — have said that they voluntarily quit the campaign and were still working with Bush's super PAC, Right to Rise Super PAC. 

Others said the three, who worked under the same contract, were let go because they were no longer needed for the current phase of the campaign.  More

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August 28, 2015

Wyoming man files suit over massive EPA fines for building pond


A rancher is taking the Environmental Protection Agency to federal court, asking a judge to stop the agency from fining him more than $16 million because he built a small pond on his property.

Andy Johnson of Fort Bridger, Wyoming says he made sure to get the proper permits from his state government before building the pond. 

After all, this is America in the 21st century, and nothing done on your own property -- certainly when it involves the use of water -- is beyond government concern.

Johnson is facing millions in fines from the federal government after the EPA determined his small pond -- technically a "stock pond" to provide better access to water for animals on his ranch -- is somehow violating the federal Clean Water Act.  More

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August 27, 2015

Pollsters dumbfounded by Trump


Polling experts agree on one thing when it comes to Donald Trump’s presidential run: They’ve never seen anything like it.

The billionaire businessman’s dominance of the Republican presidential race is forcing experienced political hands to question whether everything they know about winning the White House is wrong.

The shocks have come in quick succession, with Trump first rocketing to the top of national polls, and then taking double-digit leads in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

In another act of political magic, Trump managed to flip his favorability rating from negative to positive in one poll during the span of a month — a feat that Monmouth University’s Patrick Murray called “astounding.”  More

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August 26, 2015

Clinton’s server contained classified intelligence from three different agencies


One of the emails that triggered the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s server contained classified intelligence from three different agencies, Fox News has learned – which could mean the State Department violated a President Obama-signed executive order by authorizing its release.

That 2009 order, EO 13526, lays out the rules for "classifying, safeguarding and declassifying national security information." It states that the authority to declassify rests with the intelligence agency that originated the information.

"Information shall be declassified or downgraded by … the official who authorized the original classification ... [or] the originator's current successor," the order says.  More

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August 25, 2015

IRS admits official behind Tea Party targeting used 2nd personal account


The IRS admitted to a federal court there was a second personal email account that Lois Lerner, the official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal, used to conduct agency business.

The email account apparently was set up under the name, "Toby Miles."

The admission, first reported by The Washington Times, was made Monday in an open-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative group suing to see Lerner’s emails sent during the targeting of conservative groups filing for tax-exempt status.  More

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August 23, 2015

Judge Lifts Ban on Planned Parenthood Videos - New Release Shows CEO Joking About whole babies


This latest video is only two minutes long and is more of a trailer of things to come. Most of its content was made up of bits and pieces of previous videos. 

The one new section featured Cate Dyer, the CEO of StemExpress in a lunch meeting with undercover operatives posing as representatives of a biotech firm. 

Dyer is seen laughing about how StemExpress purchases fully intact aborted babies from Planned Parenthood. As she paid the check, Dyer appears to be laughing about how lab recipients of the aborted babies go into shock when they open a box to find an "intact case" (whole body):

“Oh, yeah, if you have intact cases, which we’ve done a lot, we sometimes ship those back to our lab in its entirety."

“Tell the lab it’s coming; they’ll open the box and go, ‘Oh, my God!”  More

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August 21, 2015

Blackmail threat from government infidelity on Ashley Madison sparks major security fears


U.S. government employees with sensitive jobs in national security or law enforcement were among hundreds of federal workers found to be using government networks to access and pay membership fees to the cheating website Ashley Madison.

The list includes at least two assistant U.S. attorneys, an information technology administrator in the White House's support staff, a Justice Department investigator, a division chief, and a government hacker and counter-terrorism employee at the Homeland Security Department.

Hundreds of others visited from networks operated by the Pentagon.  More

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Information in dozens of Clinton emails 'born classified'


Washington DC - Dozens of emails that passed through Hillary Clinton's server during her time as secretary of state reportedly contained information automatically considered classified by the U.S. government and State Department's own regulations.

According to Reuters, at least 30 e-mail threads dating from as far back as 2009 contained what the State Department describes as "foreign government information."

That number represents scores of individual emails that have already been made public, including 17 sent by Clinton herself. 

At least one of those emails was sent to longtime supporter Sidney Blumenthal, who did not hold a government position at the time.  More

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August 20, 2015

Hillary's 'arrogant' aide Huma Abedin tried to force her way past Secret Service agents without ID, expected them to carry her luggage


When it comes to arrogance, Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's longtime top aide, and her presidential candidate boss are two peas in a pod, according to Secret Service agents.

For that reason, it's not surprising that the FBI investigation of Hillary's use of classified emails reportedly got a jump start after uncovering highly classified emails sent by Abedin and another Clinton aide.

Yesterday, it was revealed that State Department BlackBerry devices issued to the former Secretary of State's aides Cheryl Mills and Abedin, 39, have likely been destroyed or sold off, the department said in a court filing.  More

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August 19, 2015

THE FBI’S NOT LAUGHING - Hillary jokes about email scandal


An email from a top Clinton adviser containing classified military intelligence information, and one from a top aide containing classified information about the Benghazi terror attack, were the documents that kick-started the FBI investigation into the mishandling of classified information, Fox News has learned.

The emails, among thousands on Hillary Clinton's personal server, were released to the Benghazi select committee in May and have been widely discussed but Fox News for the first time has identified which Clinton aides sent them and the subject matter. 

The revelation came as the Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state tried to brush aside the burgeoning scandal, joking at a campaign event when asked by Fox News whether she had wiped her private server clean, "What, with like with a cloth or something? I don't know how it works at all."  More

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August 18, 2015

State Dept. recovers nearly 18,000 Clinton emails it insisted didn't exist


State Department officials have uncovered 17,855 emails sent between a former Hillary Clinton spokesman and reporters that the agency long claimed did not exist.

The trove was among more than 80,000 emails belonging to Philippe Reines, a Clinton aide, that were discovered on his State Department account, officials said in court filings Aug. 13.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Gawker Media in 2013, the State Department said it had no responsive records. Gawker was seeking official correspondence between Reines and reporters from 33 news outlets.  More

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August 15, 2015

Hillary Clinton Cracks Snapchat Joke About Email Scandal: ‘Messages Disappear All By Themselves’


Iowa - “I love it!” former Secretary of State jokes in Iowa

Hillary Clinton is laughing off the email scandal swirling around her, cracking a joke about her Snapchat account.

“I love it, I love it–those messages disappear all by themselves,” the former Secretary of State joked about her love of the popular app.

After joking about the email scandal, Clinton got more fiery, inviting Republicans to continue attacking her. More

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Scandal-tainted U.S. Secret Service to hire 1,100 staff


Facing accusations that it cannot adequately protect the White House, the U.S. Secret Service plans to hire 1,100 more officers and agents for an agency besieged by embarrassing scandals and security lapses, two law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the plans said.

The addition of 700 uniformed division officers and 400 agents over five years would expand its staff of 6,647 by nearly 17 percent, the biggest hiring increase in more than a decade at the 150-year-old agency whose job it is to protect the president, his family, and senior officials, along with fighting financial crime.

The Secret Service is trying to rebound from a leadership crisis and mend a culture of covering up mistakes that some trace back 12 years to when it was pulled out of the Treasury Department and absorbed into the sprawling new Department of Homeland Security, where it had to compete for turf and money.  More

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August 12, 2015

‘Top Secret’ emails found as Clinton probe expands to key aides


As pressure builds on Hillary Clinton to explain her official use of personal email while serving as secretary of state, she faced new complications Tuesday. It was disclosed her top aides are being drawn into a burgeoning federal inquiry and that two emails on her private account have been classified as “Top Secret.”

The inspector general for the Intelligence Community notified senior members of Congress that two of four classified emails discovered on the server Clinton maintained at her New York home contained material deemed to be in one of the highest security classifications - more sensitive than previously known.

The notice came as the State Department inspector general’s office acknowledged that it is reviewing the use of “personal communications hardware and software” by Clinton’s former top aides after requests from Congress.  More

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August 10, 2015

White House Staffer Threatened Boyfriend, a U.S. Capitol Police Officer, With His Own Gun


Washington DC – A White House staffer has been charged with domestic violence after police say she threatened her boyfriend, a U.S. Capitol Police officer, with his own weapon during an argument.

According to charging documents, Barvetta Singletary (picture), Special Assistant to the President and House Legislative Affairs Liaison, sent her boyfriend a text on Friday, asking him to come to her Upper Marlboro home for sex.

After they had sex, Singletary confronted her boyfriend about other woman he was dating.

Investigators say Singletary asked her boyfriend to step outside, and they both went to his car. More

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August 7, 2015

Ben Carson’s Powerful Closing Statement is Causing a Buzz


As the GOP debate came to a close, Dr. Ben Carson offered a powerful closing statement that’s catching a lot of attention.

It started with some humor, which the audience loved.

Carson said:

“I haven’t said anything about me being the only one to do anything, so let me try that. I am the only one to separate Siamese twins. The only one to operate on babies while they’re still in their mother’s womb. The only one to take out half of a brain, but you would think if you go to Washington, that someone had beat me to it.”

Then, he went into a more serious tone.

“But I am very hopeful that I am not the only one who is willing to pick up the baton of freedom. Because freedom is not free and we must fight for it every day. Everyone of us must fight for it because we are fighting for our children and the next generation.”

How Trump responded when Megyn Kelly said: 'You’ve called women fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals'


Fox News host Megyn Kelly lit in to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the first official presidential debate of 2016 for demeaning comments he's made over the years about women, including Rosie O'Donnell, pointing out that he's in the past called them 'fat pigs' and 'slobs.'

Trump hit back at her hard and said that while he's been 'nice' to her in the past he 'probably' shouldn't be in the future given the way she just came after him. At that point, he received boos from the Cleveland, Ohio, audience.

'Mr Trump - one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don't use a politician's filter,' she said on Thursday night. 'However, that is not without its downsides. In particular, when it comes to women. You call women you don't like, "fat pigs," "dogs," "slobs" and "disgusting animals."  More

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August 6, 2015

Senate report: IRS' Lerner also targeted Bristol Palin


Lois Lerner, the key figure in the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups for added scrutiny, once considered opening up an audit into Bristol Palin’s compensation from a teen pregnancy charity, according to a new Senate report.

The Senate Finance Committee released the results of its two-year investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups Wednesday, with revealing looks at Lerner’s emails.

One email, cited by Chairman Orrin Hatch as an “example of Lerner’s interest in conservative organizations,” asked whether the IRS should open an audit of Candie’s Foundation, which paid Palin $332,500 in compensation to be a celebrity spokesperson. Lerner was concerned that the salary figure could violate IRS rules against charitable groups being for the private benefit of individuals.  More

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August 3, 2015

Donald Trump: "I pay as little as possible" in taxes


Presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sunday that he pays as little in taxes as possible just like every other taxpayer in America.

"I fight like hell to pay as little as possible for two reasons. Number one, I'm a businessman. And that's the way you're supposed to do it," Trump said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation." "The other reason is that I hate the way our government spends our taxes. I hate the way they waste our money. Trillions and trillions of dollars of waste and abuse. And I hate it."

Trump has not yet released his tax returns, but said he has "no major problem" with doing it. And he said he may tie a release of his tax returns to a release of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state.  More

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July 30, 2015

Bobby Jindal: Second Amendment Rights Apply Wherever You're Legally Allowed To Be


One week after a gunman opened fire, killing two people in a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said people should be allowed to carry guns anywhere, including movie theaters.

During a segment on July 29 on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” Blitzer asked whether Jindal agreed with his fellow GOP presidential candidate, former Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. Blitzer was referring to Perry’s statement on July 26 that people should be allowed to carry guns in movie theaters and other places, reports The Hill.

“I'm a big believer that where you are legally allowed to be, you should be able to have your Second Amendment rights as well” Jindal told Blitzer. “There are private property issues, I understand that. Somebody has a right to say what they want to do with their property, but I think the fewer restrictions on law-abiding citizens, the better for them and the better for our country.”

Swiss bank's donations to Clinton Foundation increased after Hillary intervention in IRS dispute


Donations to the Clinton Foundation by Swiss bank UBS increased tenfold after Hillary Clinton intervened to settle a dispute with the IRS early in her tenure as secretary of state, according to a published report.

According to the Wall Street Journal, total donations by UBS to the foundation grew from less than $60,000 at the end of 2008 to approximately $600,000 by the end of 2014. 

The Journal reports that the bank also lent $32 million through entrepreneurship and inner-city loan programs it launched in association with the foundation, while paying former President Bill Clinton $1.5 million to participate in a series of corporate question-and-answer sessions with UBS Chief Executive Bob McCann.  More

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July 29, 2015

Reported two-month gap in Clinton emails coincides with escalating Libya violence


A reported two-month gap in emails from Hillary Clinton's private account during 2012 coincides with a period of escalating violence in Libya and the obtaining of a special exemption by her top aide, Huma Abedin, to work for both the State Department and the Clinton Foundation.

The Daily Beast reported late Tuesday that no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff for the months of May and June 2012 are among the estimated 2,000 messages that have been released from the Democratic presidential frontrunner's account.  More

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July 28, 2015

Obama to African Union: ‘I’m a Pretty Good President’ And If I Ran For a Third Term, I Could Win


President Obama told the African Union Tuesday that he felt he had been a “pretty good” president and if he were allowed to run for a third term, he’d probably be victorious.

Obama made the remarks while criticizing leaders on the continent who wouldn’t step aside at the conclusion of their terms.

“Now, let me be honest with you,” Obama said. “I do not understand this. I am in my second term. It has been an extraordinary privilege for me to serve as the President of the United States. I cannot imagine a greater honor or a more interesting job. I love my work. But under our Constitution, I cannot run again.”

The crowd cheered appreciatively.  More

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