Hillary Clinton claimed on CNN this morning that she has not yet been interviewed by the FBI in regards to its investigation into her email server. Clinton made the claim in response to a question from CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper.
"In terms of the status of the FBI investigation into your private e-mail server, have you been interviewed by the FBI yet?"
"No," Clinton replied.
The interviewed then ended.Read more
Hillary Clinton is talking tough on Iran. In a statement released to the press, the leading Democratic candidate took a tougher stance than President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry.
"I am greatly relieved by the safe return of American prisoners from Iran. Their families and our country have waited and prayed for this day to come," Clinton's statement reads.
"I also welcome the full implementation of the nuclear agreement, an important achievement of diplomacy backed by pressure. Implementation marks an important step forward in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Iran has dismantled centrifuges, disabled a reactor, and shipped out almost all of its enriched uranium.Read more
Hillary Clinton will appear on every Sunday show this week. Except for Fox News Sunday, hosted by Chris Wallace.
The leading Democratic presidential candidate will be interviewed by Chuck Todd of NBC, George Stephanopoulos of ABC, John Dickerson of CBS, and Jake Tapper of CNN.
By not doing Fox News Sunday, Clinton barely avoids the "Full Ginsburg," named after Monica Lewinsky's attorney William Ginsburg who appeared on every Sunday morning show in one day.
Clinton's top rival, Bernie Sanders, has the same interview schedule for Sunday morning.
Hillary doing every Sunday show BUT Fox News Sunday. Guess she wanted to avoid the 'Full Ginsburg.' pic.twitter.Read more
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina slammed Hillary Clinton -- and her marriage -- this morning on MSNBC.
"If my husband had done some of the things Bill Clinton had done, I would have left him long ago," Fiorina said, when asked why she was making Clinton's marriage a campaign issue."I think if you're running for the presidency of the United States, everything is an issue. You know why? Because leaders need to be trusted. And they cannot be trusted unless they know you. Read more
I’ve spent much of this week in Jerusalem discussing with young Israelis the subject of America—both the classics of our political thought and the history of modern American conservatism. I've found the seminars interesting and the conversations stimulating, not so very different from similar discussions with young Americans. I've noticed, though, one difference—not in my interlocutors but in my own attitude. At home, one is wary of seeming too solemn or earnest even in discussing weighty matters. The ponderous self-regard of so many in public life inclines one towards the opposite stance.Read more
The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer is out with a new book, Dark Money, purporting to unmask those dastardly Koch brothers and their infamous habit of spending money to support libertarian and conservative causes. Her 2010 New Yorker article "Covert Operations" succeeded in vilifying the Kochs among progressive voters in spite of being riddled with strange accusations and dubious assumptions. Her book seems to be no different.
Aside from running a glowing review, the New York Times splashed a big scoop taken straight from Mayer, "Father of Koch Brothers Helped Build Nazi Oil Refinery, Book Says.Read more
Earlier this week on the campaign trail, Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, attacked Bernie Sanders. It turns out, a Clinton spokesman told the press, the Chelsea Clinton attack was not a planned event.
Here's how Chelsea Clinton attacked her mother's Democratic rival: "Sen. Sanders wants to dismantle Obamacare, dismantle the CHIP program, dismantle Medicare, and dismantle private insurance. I don't want to empower Republican governors to take away Medicaid, to take away health insurance for low-income and middle-income working Americans. And I think very much that's what Sen. Sanders' plan would do."
But it was not a planned line -- and signals Chelsea going rogue.Read more
On Wednesday, I noted that the New York Times had heaped a lot of favorable coverage upon New Yorker writer Jane Mayer’s new book on the Koch brothers, despite the fact that the coverage was unfair to the Kochs and failed to disclose that Mayer is the wife of the Times's Washington editor. Well, the Times may want to take a closer look at whether Mayer's connection to the paper is a good thing. Among the Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department is this one:
Just as a quick reminder, Sidney Blumenthal is a particularly odious creature of Washington. During Hillary Clinton's tenure at the State Department, he advised her on Libya strategy, even though he was engaged in a shady war profiteering scheme in thatRead more
One of the men who is credited with helping facilitate the pardon of Marc Rich, Eric Holder, has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Holder was deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration and, more recently, attorney general in the Obama administration.
"Our next president can't shy away from building on the progress of President Obama, which is why Hillary Clinton is the candidate that we need in the White House. She has the experience and right judgment to deliver results for families across the country," Holder, who served in Obama's cabinet with Clinton, says this morning in a statement.Read more
On occasion my radio colleagues accuse me of being a “hard worker." I have a standard reply: "I haven't worked a day of my life since the last time I cropped tobacco for my Uncle Bobby."
I spent a long, hot (and, for a pre-teen bookworm, terrifying) summer working on my uncle's tobacco farm. Uncle Bobby, a Marine who saw combat in Vietnam, taught me to crop tobacco and hang it in barns in the brutal Carolina heat. Today, Bobby is in his seventies and he still sends chills of fear through my spine; the same spine he attempted to straighten when I was a slump-shouldered kid by making me stand with a tobacco stick shoved through the crooks of my bent elbows.Read more
"White privilege is a term that more people are talking openly about these days. Certainly, people like me have long understood what it means," said the questioner. "Secretary Clinton, can you tell us what the term white privilege means to you? And can you give me an example, from your life or career, when have benefited from it?"Read more
Journalist Jorge Ramos, an anchor on Fusion, asked Hillary Clinton about her current email accounts. "How many email accounts do you have?"
"I have one," Clinton said, and then let out a hearty laugh.
Ramos's daughter works on the Clinton campaign.Read more
Writing in mid-June, a couple of days after Donald Trump announced his candidacy, we offered the judgment that he should not be our next president: “We're not Trump enthusiasts. We're not even Trump fellow travelers. We're closer to Trump deriders."
And so we unapologetically remain. It would be ungracious not to acknowledge Trump's remarkable standing in the polls six months later. But we see no reason to alter our conclusion that Donald Trump shouldn't be president of the United States. Indeed, Trump's behavior over this period has confirmed our judgment. If back in June we wrote that the rest of the presidential field could use "A Little Touch of Trump," it's fair to say that we've gotten more Trump than we bargainedRead more
Des Moines -- There's no other way to say it: Hillary Clinton is very boring. The Democratic presidential frontrunner's campaign stops are, too. The members of her traveling press corps look like they'd rather be anywhere else. So do some of the attendees, who shift in their seats starting around minute 10. Even the campaign staffers pace the back of the room or tap inattentively on their iPhones as Clinton drones on about finding a cure for Alzheimer's and universal pre-kindergarten.
At a recent "organizing event" at the State Historical Building, in the shadow of Iowa's capitol dome, Clinton's supporters are getting restless before the candidate's even arrived. Somewhere in the crowd, a chant breaks out. "When I say 'Madam'Read more
Until very recently, The Scrapbook had not thought of any particular connection between Bill Cosby and Hillary Clinton. Of course, both are well known to the public—he as an entertainer, she as a politician—and they share a longtime interest in certain social issues and Democratic politics. You can even find photographs of them standing together exchanging smiles at public events. But that's a fact of life for famous people and not necessarily significant in itself.
Now, however, Cosby and Clinton share an unlikely connection: sex. Bill Cosby, after decades as a beloved comedian and television actor, stands accused of serially drugging and assaulting women and, as of last week, faces criminal charges in Pennsylvania.Read more
After nearly a year of buildup, the Republican nomination process is finally set to begin. What do we know about how things will unfold?
Precious little, as it happens. This is the most open Republican nomination battle in a generation, if not more. The large number of candidates, the unpredictable behavior of Donald Trump, and the lack of a clear frontrunner all conspire to make this race as hard to predict as defeating Garry Kasparov in a game of three-dimensional chess. Time and again, predictions about the state of the race have been quickly exposed as erroneous.
These forecasting errors could persist. In fact, there are four very good reasons why we might not have our first clue about the real shape of the race untilRead more
Hillary Clinton says she comes from “the Clinton school of economics." It's her way of identifying with her husband, Bill Clinton, and suggesting that if elected president she would duplicate the economic success of his presidency.
Given what she's proposed in her campaign for the White House, the chances of this happening are practically nonexistent. Her policies are closer to those of socialist senator Bernie Sanders, her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, than to Bill Clinton's.
She is against nearly everything her husband either signed into law or benefited from in the 1990s. He raised income tax rates in his first year in office, the top rate increasing from 31 percent to 39.6 percent.Read more
Well, we’ve endured 2015, the next to last year of the Obama administration. It's not been without damage to the country—both to its constitutional fabric and its standing in the world. But endured we have. One more year to go.
The point, though, per William Faulkner, is not just to endure but to prevail. America can prevail if today's conservatism prevails—by which we mean a conservatism that incorporates most that is good about yesteryear's liberalism and today's conservatism, and that is also willing to think and act anew, as our case is new. And conservatism can most easily prevail if the political party that is the home of conservatism prevails—the Republican party.
In fact, the prospectsRead more
In recent weeks, The Scrapbook has not been unique in coming to three related conclusions about the Hillary Clinton machine. One, she’s already doubling down on running a "War on Women," identity-politics-driven campaign. Two, Hillary Clinton is such a terrible candidate and this female-centric campaign is so ham-handed—see the article "7 things Hillary Clinton has in common with your abuela" on her website for a good example of why it's no bueno—that hubby Bill has been hitting the trail to gin up support. And three, compensating for a charisma deficiency by leaning on your notoriously lecherous husband can't help but put a damper on the whole "Girl Power" theme.Read more
During a speech in Iowa Tuesday, Hillary Clinton's Southern accent made a comeback. In the Midwest.
In August, we ranked her Southern accent when it came out in an interview with the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic party. We're once again ranking the intensity of her Southern accent in a video, using a fried chicken scale (1 = lowest, 5 = strongest).Read more
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