While looking through the newest batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department, one finds a disturbing anti-Israel trend. Her advisers regularly criticized Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the "US. Jewish community," and AIPAC.
Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal sent Clinton an article titled, "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment." Blumenthal added, "The hysterical tone of much of the Israeli leadership and US Jewish community is partly rooted in this long-term and profound development." Clinton replied, asking that he "Pls print 3 copies."
This largely redacted email from Hillary Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan includes the subject line, "Dealing with Netanyahu." "Dealing with" is a strange way to talk about working with an American ally, and it isn't any wonder why it's redacted.
Blumenthal reminded Clinton not to let Netanyahu set the terms at Camp David. "Don't operate from blank slate or allow Bibi to set the terms. There are already terms." He also sent Clinton some ideas, noting, "This puts the burden on Bibi to repudiate Barak in principles and details if he pushes back, splitting his coalition, and appearing to be the rejectionist." The email subject line was, "an idea, perhaps useless, but nonetheless..." Clinton ensured him the idea was "Not useless--thx."
This email from Blumenthal told Clinton to "Hold Bibi's Feet To The Fire" in her AIPAC speech. He also added that, "...while praising AIPAC, remind it in as subtle but also direct a way as you can that it does not have a monopoly over American Jewish opinion. Bibi is stage managing US Jewish organizations (and neocons, and the religious right, and whomever else he can muster) against the administration."
Sullivan also sent Clinton an article about Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer straying from the Obama administration on Israel.
In yet another, Blumenthal emails Clinton, talking about Likud "propaganda." "The New Republic is a preferred outlet for the highest level Likudineocon propaganda."
So far, the Republican presidential contest has been light on Obamacare, with Scott Walker — who has essentially championed the 2017 Project’s “Winning Alternative to Obamacare” — providing a noteworthy exception. Since Obamacare is the biggest issue of Barack Obama’s presidency, why are most GOP candidates shying away from talking about their plans to bring about its full repeal? The answer, in part, is that while almost all Tea Partiers and most grassroots Republicans are fully committed to repeal, two groups within the Republican party or the conservative (or libertarian) movement are either not fully dedicated to the cause or are actively working against it.
Three of the Republican presidential candidates are sons of immigrants. Marco Rubio’s parents—his father a bartender, his mother a maid—came from Cuba. The parents of Bobby Jindal emigrated from India, his father an engineer, his mother a student who later earned two master’s degrees. Ted Cruz’s father is an evangelical pastor from Cuba, his mother an American citizen. Cruz himself, a citizen from birth, was born in Canada.
The Scrapbook can’t pretend to have had a misspent youth. But we did occasionally wallow in the spectacle of pro wrestling. And it’s pretty obviously the case, as a handful of astute observers have pointed out, that Donald Trump is a close student of, and has been deeply influenced by, the dramatic conventions of pro wrestling.
Republicans have been slow in recognizing the real damage Donald Trump is doing to their party. The harm is not to the party’s image. What Trump has done is exacerbate the increasingly bitter rift between the party’s leaders and its grass roots. He’s made the GOP’s future dicey.
It's too soon to make any solid predictions about which candidates will benefit from the early debate featuring the GOP candidates who didn't make the cut for the primetime debate later tonight. But based on some instant reactions, it appears that Carly Fiorina has been turning heads of viewers:
No one quite knows what the first Republican debate will look like, who exactly will be onstage, or what it means that Donald Trump will be there, too. This, it seems, is the Republican National Committee’s solution to the debacle of the 2012 debates. The problems are memorable: too many primary debates, too many damaging questions from television anchors with liberal biases.
Denver "Nobody’s home,” says Michael Fields, the 28-year-old state director of the Colorado chapter of Americans for Prosperity. On this sunny Saturday morning in mid-July, we’re walking through a residential neighborhood in Greenwood Village, a wealthy suburb in Arapahoe County. It’s the perfect day for a hike near the mountains or a dip in the pool, which may explain why Fields is greeted with silence at nearly every door he knocks on.
The Republican National Committee has come out against the Iran nuclear deal, which it labels as part of the "Clinton-Obama foreign policy." The RNC makes their case in a 33-second web video which will be released later today:
The ad uses audio from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. At the end of the short spot, the screen text reads, "Clinton-Obama foreign policy: Bad deals, a nuclear Iran. Too dangerous for America."
Louisville In many respects, 2015 represents a high-water mark for Republicans in Kentucky. But the GOP’s Bluegrass State successes bring new challenges.
Fresh off his landslide reelection last year, Mitch McConnell is majority leader and getting rave reviews for making the Senate function again. The state’s junior senator, Rand Paul, has a national following and is a credible candidate for president. No state can boast a more influential pair of senators.