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  • Why it is not unfair to think of (nearly all) Brexiteers as racists


    by Chris Bertram on August 22, 2016


    The EU referendum divided the UK very deeply. Some people want reconciliation with their political opponents; for others the scars are too recent. I’m in the latter camp. A national political project requires people to think of themselves as being in some sense in community with their co-nationals and to recognize themselves as being under special obligations to those others, obligations that they don’t have to outsiders. But I now feel myself out of community with my co-nationals who voted differently. Of course, I’m not utterly indifferent to their well-being — they have their human rights after all, even though they might dispute that — but I don’t feel any enthusiasm beyond pragmatic self-interest for putting them ahead of distant others.

  • One reason for this is that I think of nearly all of them as racists and xenophobes. Since this is one of the most bitterly resented accusation, prone to trigger outbursts of indignation, some explanation is needed. So here goes. Most Brexiters don’t actively hate foreigners. At least I think and hope that’s true, so let me stipulate that it is. If active hatred were a necessary component of racism and xenophobia then it would follow that most Brexiters are neither racists nor xenophobes. But I don’t think such an active attitude is needed for the accusation to proceed. Rather, I have something else in mind.
  • Brexit triggered a wave of hate crimes against the many EU citizens living in the UK, and, indeed, against foreigners more generally and made the legal and social position of those people precarious. This was all predictable. The formerly silent haters felt that the vote gave them a licence to act. Leaving the European Union also leave EU citizen residents in a state of acute insecurity, unsure what their future status will be. Brexiters were nearly all, when they contemplated their vote prospectively, indifferent to these impacts or they failed to give them the thought they should have. Though some Brexiters now seem appalled at what they have wrought, they seem incapable of grasping the full complexity of the rights that need reviewing and protecting which go beyond residence and work but extend to family life, and many social rights.

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  • Comey’s FBI Double Standard


    To view Hillary’s FBI file, lawmakers must go to a secure room under lock and guard.

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      Kimberley A. Strassel 
  • As for the suspicion that there is one standard for the <!--  --> Clintons<!--  --> and one for everyone else, witness the FBI’s interaction this week with Congress over <!--  --> Hillary Clinton<!--  -->’s agency file. The G-men are back to being G-men—at least now that the Democratic nominee is off their hook.

    FBI Director <!--  --> James Comey<!--  --> gets credit for agreeing to Congress’s demand for documents related to the bureau’s investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email server. The FBI shares such files only on the rarest of occasions. Yet given the cloud surrounding this affair, not to mention Mr. Comey’s stated interest in “transparency,” he would have been hard-pressed to deny Congress’s request.

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  • August 22, 2016

    CNN anti-Trump lie BUSTED on air!


    On Sunday, CNN propagandist Dana Bash interviewed John Bel Edwards, the governor of Louisiana. Addressing Trump’s recent visit to Baton Rouge, she opened with this:


    So, um, Donald Trump and Mike Pence came down to Baton Rouge on Friday. You dismissed the visit as a photo op and you said you wished that Donald Trump would make a donation to a relief organization instead. We did, by the way, check with the campaign and they said Trump made a $100,000 donation to the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church where he visited. But, uh, here’s what your fellow Democrat, former Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu about the visit.

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    Hold on! (I’ll get to Landrieu’s comments in a second.)


    I heard what the governor said and Bash’s portrayal of his words was completely inaccurate. Some might say Bash engaged in sloppy reporting. But it wasn’t. We’re well past sloppy reporting in America (though sloppy reporting would be bad enough). I have no choice but to assume it was an intentional misrepresentation of the governor’s statement.


    After Bash’s distortion of the governor’s message prior to Trump’s visit, CNN cut to a clip of Landrieu expressing thanks to Trump for coming to the state and drawing attention to the dire situation from massive flooding. After the clip, Bash asked Edwards the following:


    So governor, why is she wrong?


    Hold on! (I’ll get to Edwards’s reply in a second.)


    Why was Landrieu’s appreciation for Trump’s visit wrong?! Edwards never suggested it was. Bash’s determination to put a particular spin on Trump’s visit to Louisiana was utterly transparent. Do these leftists have no shame? Do they not know how idiotic they look?


    (Probably not. Probably not. And they probably wouldn’t care, anyway.)


    Edwards replied:


    She’s not. But you mischaracterized what I said. I didn’t dismiss his trip as a photo op. Before he came down, I said we welcome him here and we want him to be helpful and we hope it didn’t turn into a mere photo op. So you got the story backwards.


    I think the Governor of Louisiana just expressed what should be the sound bite of the century: “You got the story backwards.”


    If you imagine all the situations when the media reported on domestic and international matters of great importance where the you-got-the-story-backwards truth would apply, you would likely be occupied for the rest of your life and still not have identified every situation.


    Backwards Bash then asked Edwards if Trump’s visit was helpful. Edwards stated that it was, as was his lengthy phone call with Governor Pence where Pence expressed “sincere and genuine” interest and a desire to be of service.


    Like the rest of her colleagues at CNN, Dana Bash is a clueless useful idiot leftist non-thinking tool. How these fools live with themselves is anyone’s guess.


    And as long as we’re on the subject of CNN, during a Trump rally in Virginia this week-end, when CNN reporters came into the room the crowd shouted: “Do your job!” over and over again. They didn’t surround the reporters, scream obscenities at them, try to block their passage, spit on them, throw things at them, threaten them, punch them, beat them, kick them, or otherwise threaten their well being. As compared to leftists who have been attacking Trump supporters across the country (here, here, and here).


    Grown-ups vs children in the bodies of adults.


    Watch the whole thing for yourself:



    Hat tip: Gateway Pundit, The Blaze


    On Sunday, CNN propagandist Dana Bash interviewed John Bel Edwards, the governor of Louisiana. Addressing Trump’s recent visit to Baton Rouge, she opened with this:

  • So, um, Donald Trump and Mike Pence came down to Baton Rouge on Friday. You dismissed the visit as a photo op and you said you wished that Donald Trump would make a donation to a relief organization instead. We did, by the way, check with the campaign and they said Trump made a $100,000 donation to the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church where he visited. But, uh, here’s what your fellow Democrat, former Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu about the visit.


    Hold on! (I’ll get to Landrieu’s comments in a second.)

  • I heard what the governor said and Bash’s portrayal of his words was completely inaccurate. Some might say Bash engaged in sloppy reporting. But it wasn’t. We’re well past sloppy reporting in America (though sloppy reporting would be bad enough). I have no choice but to assume it was an intentional misrepresentation of the governor’s statement.


    After Bash’s distortion of the governor’s message prior to Trump’s visit, CNN cut to a clip of Landrieu expressing thanks to Trump for coming to the state and drawing attention to the dire situation from massive flooding. After the clip, Bash asked Edwards the following:

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  • Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:09pm EDT 

    Exclusive: U.S. withdraws staff from Saudi Arabia dedicated to Yemen planning

  • By Phil Stewart  | WASHINGTON  

    WASHINGTON The U.S. military has withdrawn from Saudi Arabia its personnel who were coordinating with the Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen, and sharply reduced the number of staff elsewhere who were assisting in that planning, U.S. officials told Reuters.

    Fewer than five U.S. service people are now assigned full-time to the "Joint Combined Planning Cell," which was established last year to coordinate U.S. support, including air-to-air refueling of coalition jets and limited intelligence-sharing, Lieutenant Ian McConnaughey, a U.S. Navy spokesman in Bahrain, told Reuters.

    That is down from a peak of about 45 staff members who were dedicated to the effort full-time in Riyadh and elsewhere, he said.

  • The June staff withdrawal, which U.S. officials say followed a lull in air strikes in Yemen earlier this year, reduces Washington's day-to-day involvement in advising a campaign that has come under increasing scrutiny for causing civilian casualties. A Pentagon statement issued after Reuters disclosed the withdrawal acknowledged that the JCPC, as originally conceived, had been "largely shelved" and that ongoing support was limited, despite renewed fighting this summer.

    "The cooperation that we've extended to Saudi Arabia since the conflict escalated again is modest and it is not a blank check," Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said in a statement.

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  •   Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:55pm EDT 

    Trump team talks trade, labor with U.S. farm groups

  • By Tom Polansek  | CHICAGO  

    CHICAGO Advisers to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pledged to U.S. agricultural groups that he will give growers and states a say on national farm policy should he be elected, two association leaders said on Friday.

    Eleven groups representing farmers, seed companies and other players in the sector met for the first time with Trump's top agricultural advisers in Washington on Monday to make recommendations on policy, following a similar meeting with representatives of rival Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in June.

  • The presidential candidates' agriculture policies are crucial, agricultural groups say, because net U.S. farm income this year is forecast to drop to its lowest since 2002, largely due to a decline in grain prices. If that happens, incomes will be down 56 percent from a recent high of $123.3 billion in 2013.

    For Trump's team, the meeting came as he has tried to be more disciplined and on message as he seeks to reset his campaign against Clinton for the Nov. 8 election. He reshuffled top campaign leaders this week, and on Friday accepted the resignation of campaign chairman Paul Manafort.


    Agricultural trade, labor, crop insurance and food safety were among the topics discussed at the meeting with farm groups, which included Charles Herbster, national chairman of Trump's agricultural advisory committee, and Sam Clovis, Trump's chief policy advisor, participants told Reuters.

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  • The pay-to-play Clinton Foundation

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    By The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board    | 6 a.m. Aug. 19, 2016
  • The 2010 Citizens United decision — in which a bitterly divided Supreme Court ruled that corporations have political speech rights and shouldn’t have limits on their independent political expenditures — has been depicted as a disaster for American democracy by most Democrats and nearly all progressives since the moment it was announced.

    Former President Jimmy Carter says donations without limits could lead to the “complete subversion” of democracy as politicians traded favors for campaign support. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren repeatedly characterize corporate donations as barely disguised bribes.

    This line of thinking has an appealing clarity. When a corporation, a special interest or an individual gives money to a politician, a group supporting a politician or to a politician’s pet cause, it is an attempt to win influence.

  • This perspective also offers the simplest way to see through the doubletalk and rationalizing that perpetually surround Hillary and Bill Clinton. Once it is applied, the way the Clinton Foundation functions looks just as tawdry as the corporate chicanery that Carter, Sanders and Warren fear and decry. We have a former president and a prospective future president selling access, the appearance of access and the Clinton aura to Wall Street giants, governments such as Saudi Arabia and Germany, tycoons from several nations, multinational corporations and more. The foundation has collected $2 billion since its 2001 founding. Since then, the Clintons have also amassed more than $150 million in speaking fees, often from the same donors.

    These special interests are not giving money because the foundation is such an effective charitable organization; a 2013 New York Times investigation made it seem chaotic. They are not paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to hear shopworn speeches because they expect to obtain profound insights. They want the Clintons’ help, and they’re willing to pay for it.

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  • How America Grew -- and Grew Unequal


    Today’s inequality has more to do with historical accident and political power than economic efficiency.

  • This article appears in our Summer 2016 issue. Subscribe here


    The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War
    By Robert J. Gordon
    Princeton University Press


    Unequal Gains: American Growth and Inequality Since 1700
    By Peter H. Lindert and Jeffrey G. Williamson
    Princeton University Press

  • Perhaps the most arresting moment in Robert J. Gordon’s comprehensive history of American economic growth comes near the end, when he explains that the yardstick he has been using no longer works very well. “Throughout this book, progress has been measured by the rate of advance of average real GDP per person. … Such averages … may be misleading if the pace of improvement benefits those who have high incomes more than those who have middle or low incomes.” And indeed, he goes on to note, that turns out to be the case. We’ve long known we live in an era of remarkable and increasing income inequality, in which a small number of very rich Americans enjoy economic, educational, and political opportunities foreign to most of us. But the rich have lately grown so different from you and me that they’ve spoiled the social science that sufficed for 600 pages of solid economic history and, Gordon says, now threaten to end altogether the story of American prosperity he has sought to tell.

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  • Why Donald Trump’s nickname of Mr. Brexit may be right on

    Voters want to see fitness for office and a cautious hand with the nuclear code

  • -     The Washington Times -       Thursday, August 18, 2016 

    The pollsters and pundits overwhelmingly thought the British people were going to vote to “Remain” in the European Union, much like the political establishment class is now calling the U.S. presidential race for Hillary Clinton.

    They were proved wrong in Britain, and could be proved wrong again with Donald Trump.

    “The state of the Clinton-Trump Race: Is it over?” The New York Times wrote on Monday, noting Mr. Trump’s polling deficit has climbed to 8 points behind Mrs. Clinton, and “no modern candidate who has trailed by this much a few weeks after the conventions has gone on to win the presidency.”

    Yet, this is unlike any other presidential race in history.

    So where do Mr. Trump’s hope for victory and the Brexit vote align?

    First, in disaffected, “unpolled” voters.

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  • Hillary Clinton’s Ethics Problems Are Worse Than She Understands

  • August 19, 2016
  • “Give a man a reputation as an early riser,” said Mark Twain, “and he can sleep ‘til noon.” Hillary Clinton finds herself in the opposite situation: She has a reputation for venality — the merits of which we can set aside momentarily — that forces her to a higher ethical standard. Her inadequate response to the conflicts of interest inherent in the Clinton Foundation show that she is not meeting that standard, and has not fully grasped the severity of her reputational problem.

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  • Democrats fret over timing of Clintons’ charity fete


      They fear the glitzy confab will provide fresh ammunition to Republicans, a week before the first debate between Clinton and Trump.

  • Hundreds of corporate executives, foreign dignitaries and celebrities will pile into a Manhattan ballroom to hobnob with Bill and Chelsea Clinton next month at their charity’s keynote annual event — just days before Hillary Clinton defends herself against pay-to-play accusations from Donald Trump in their first debate.


    The 12th and final annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative will showcase its philanthropic work and also the Democratic nominee’s greatest potential vulnerability — her ties to a sprawling global charity that has accepted donations from Middle Eastern governments, foreign businessmen with checkered histories and major corporations with business before the government.

  • Some Democratic operatives say they’re dismayed by the timing of the three-day conference Sept. 19-21 — a week before the first national debate and seven weeks before Election Day. They say it’s inevitable that having two members of the former and perhaps future first family rubbing shoulders with the well-heeled and well-connected will provide fresh ammunition to the Republican campaign, even as Hillary Clinton is off honing rebuttals to charges that donors got special consideration from the government while she was Secretary of State.

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    Judge orders Clinton to answer email questions in writing

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  • Judicial Watch, which has filed a lawsuit against Clinton over her email use, has sought to force Clinton to answer questions in person, which would have allowed attorneys to ask follow-up questions. 
    U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan turned that request aside, however, ruling "less burdensome" efforts were required. 
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    "Judicial Watch’s argument that a deposition is preferable in this case because of the ability to ask follow-up questions is not persuasive," Sullivan wrote.
  • "Given the extensive public record related to the system, a record which Judicial Watch has acknowledged, Judicial Watch will be able to anticipate many follow-up questions. For those follow-up questions that Judicial Watch is unable to anticipate, it can move this Court for permission to serve additional interrogatories," he added.
    Judicial Watch said it was nonetheless pleased with the decision.

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  • Brexit Armageddon was a terrifying vision – but it simply hasn’t happened 

      Project Fear predicted economic meltdown if Britain voted leave, so where are the devastated high streets, job losses and crashing markets?
  • Unemployment would rocket. Tumbleweed would billow through deserted high streets. Share prices would crash. The government would struggle to find buyers for UK bonds. Financial markets would be in meltdown. Britain would be plunged instantly into another deep recession.
  • Saturday 20 August 2016

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  • 19.08.2016
  • Pentagon Threats to Shoot Down Syrian Planes over Hasakah
  • Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis has said that the United States is ready to shot down Syrian government warplanes over the city of Hasakah in eastern Syria. The United States also scrambled warplanes near Hasakah, after Syrian SU-24 attack aircraft dropped bombs “dangerously near” the US Special Forces sericemembers deployed with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the area.

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  • Leaked Soros Memo: Refugee Crisis ‘New Normal,’ Gives ‘New Opportunities’ For Global Influence

    11:45 PM 08/15/2016
  • A leaked memo from left-wing financier George Soros’s Open Society Foundations argues that Europe’s refugee crisis should be accepted as a “new normal,” and that the refugee crisis means “new opportunities” for Soros’ organization to influence immigration policies on a global scale.
  • OSF program officer Anna Crowley and program specialist Katin Rosin co-authored the May 12 memo, titled “Migration Governance and Enforcement Portfolio Review.” The memo focuses on an OSF program called the International Migration Initiative, which aims to influence immigration policy.


    The nine-page review makes three key points: OSF — which doles out millions to left-wing causes — has been successful at influencing global immigration policy; Europe’s refugee crisis presents “new opportunities” for the organization to influence global immigration policy; and the refugee crisis is the “new normal.”


    Open Society Foundations is successfully influencing global immigration policy

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  • Top DNC fundraiser to depart following shakeup

  • Jordan Kaplan, the Democratic National Committee finance director, is now leaving too.


    Three weeks after the shake-up sparked by the WikiLeaks dump that forced the resignation of the chair and three senior staffers, the top fundraiser for the official party apparatus is leaving the building himself.

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    Kaplan’s were among the emails released, but he didn’t lose his job in the immediate wave of housecleaning. And unlike the others who left, he’s not going far: Kaplan will be the DNC's outside point person for events that involve President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as they raise money for the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and other candidates going into the final phase of the election.

  • A DNC official confirmed the news, which was announced to senior staff Friday morning.


    “Jordan Kaplan has decided to return to his consulting business full time. He will continue to manage DNC finance events featuring the president and first lady,” the official said.

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  • After Milwaukee Speech, Trump Jumps 10 Points with Black Voters


    New poll suggests law and order message could cut deep into Clinton's support


      by Robert Romano | Updated 18 Aug 2016

  • After delivering his Milwaukee speech promoting law and order on Aug. 16, Donald Trump has increased support among African-Americans by nearly 10 points — the LA Times/USC daily tracking poll finds.


    In the speech, Trump asked for blacks’ support — “I am asking for the vote of every African-American citizen struggling in our country today who wants a different future” — and they responded.

  • The result marked a jump from 4.8 percent support on Aug. 15 — to 14.3 percent on Aug. 16 and 14.6 percent on Aug. 17.


    That is nothing short of a political earthquake, representing more than 1 million potential voters suddenly swinging in Trump’s direction. That’s huge.


    Democrats got 95 percent of the black vote in 2012, 99 percent in 2008, 93 percent in 2004, and 95 percent in 2000, according to Gallup. It is a vital constituency for Democrats. One they simply cannot win without.

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  • Last Night Was the Turning Point in Trump's Campaign

      By  Roger Kimball  August 19, 2016
  • Donald Trump cleared up one thing in his speech in Charlotte, North Carolina, last night: he is running to win.

    Throughout this very odd election cycle, some pundits have periodically suggested that Trump wasn't serious in his run for the presidency. First, it was said that he got into the race simply to garner publicity, to burnish his "brand." He himself, it was said, was surprised that he did so well in the primaries.

  • When it became clear that he was poised to win the nomination, the story changed slightly. Now, he was said to be playing the buffoon because he didn't really want the job. The same line was repeated and amplified post-convention whenever Trump went off-message or waved The National Enquirer about. Anything having to do with Ted Cruz really seemed to set him off. And off he went, as his plummeting poll numbers showed.

    But these last couple of weeks have shown the world a new, more disciplined Donald Trump.

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  • Trump's 'extreme vetting' is really nothing of the kind: Kevin O'Brien

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  • Donald Trump started with immigration as his hobby horse, and if he'd get back on it full-time, he might just find himself in the White House come January.


    That's the issue that lines up perfectly with his famous political incorrectness and his populism. He doesn't always get the statistics right, and what he presents as his solutions may be short on specifics, but he captures the national mood brilliantly. Americans understand that their immigration system is horribly out of sync with today's realities.


    Some of those in his corner on the issue are, I suppose, nativists. Some are, I suppose, bigots. Some are, I suppose, xenophobes.

  • The vast majority, however, are not. Americans are overwhelmingly generous, compassionate, friendly people. Their interest in pursuing what is best for themselves and their country certainly extends to welcoming — even recruiting — people from foreign lands whom they believe will make the United States a better country.


    Most Americans are interested in seeing reasonable immigration laws enforced. Most support admitting foreigners who embrace America's social and legal values, who are comfortable living with America's cultural norms and who pose no financial burden on the public. Most are of the opinion that the residents of this nation — or any nation — have the right and the duty to say who will be granted access across their borders, and why, and when.

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  • ELECTION 2016


    It ain't over till it's over


    Pat Buchanan cites reasons Donald 'I am who I am' Trump has hope

  • Patrick J. Buchanan
  • “I did it my way,” crooned Sinatra.


    Donald Trump is echoing Ol’ Blue Eyes with the latest additions to his staff. Should he lose, he prefers to go down to defeat as Donald Trump, and not as some synthetic creation of campaign consultants.

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    “I am who I am,” Trump told a Wisconsin TV station, “It’s me. I don’t want to change. … I don’t want to pivot. … If you start pivoting, you are not being honest with people.”


    The remarks recall the San Francisco Cow Palace where an astonished Republican, on hearing the candidate speak out in favor of “extremism in the defense of liberty,” blurted out, “My God, he’s going to run as Barry Goldwater!”


    And so he did. And Goldwater is remembered and revered by many who have long forgotten all the trimmers of both parties who tailored their convictions to suit the times, and lost.

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