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Bill Clinton Doesn’t Use Email

By on 3.11.15 | 1:28PM

If you found it hard to imagine that Bill Clinton was just sending loads of email to his wife, after she excused some of her missing private emails yesterday by noting that they were from the former President, you weren't alone. In fact, it seems Bill Clinton can't really remember much in the way of electronic communication with Hillary either.

It turns out that, in his life and despite his private server with several private email addresses set up, Bill has sent exactly two emails in his entire life: one to astronaut John Glenn and one to troops serving abroad. And none to his wife. 

If Hillary Clinton’s emails are eventually cracked open, don’t expect to see any juicy correspondence with her husband—or any correspondence at all. Bill Clinton doesn’t use email.

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AP Sues State for Hillary’s Emails

By on 3.11.15 | 12:20PM

The State Department may have initiated the request for Hillary's emails, but it seems they weren't overly specific in terms of what they were looking for. Their oversight may end up testing the boundaries of the Freedom of Information Act.

The Associated Press filed a lawsuit today in an attempt to force the State Department to release certain key emails authored or in the possession of one Hillary Rodham Clinton. Apparently, the AP has been filing FOIA request after FOIA request for years, seeking a response, and the State Department has been reticent to address them. One such FOIA request has been languishing for five years. And so, in light of Secretary Clinton's statements on the subject (including that 30,000 of her emails are now lost to the "brown file"), they're taking their request to the courts.

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Welcome to the 1990s

By on 3.10.15 | 7:48PM

How amusing to see what the Clintons have been up to. We’ve all been there before, but what I especially like is the reaction from the Left. I recall what they said after Bill left the White House, amidst the corrupt pardons and the attempt to steal George W. Bush’s thunder with a very public party during his inauguration. “We’ll never trust them again,” the Left told us. “We’ve learned our lesson. You were right. They’re lying scum.” As indeed they are. But I’d give the Hillary email scandal a half-life of 12 minutes, after the Left realizes that they’re the only game in town for them. 

Do you remember Barry Goldwater? The sainted junior Senator, Jim Buckley? They were the people from our side who delivered the message to Richard Nixon that it was quittin’ time. And are we to think that they, the noblest Republicans of all, were merely patsies?

That is what the Left invites us to think.

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How Will Democrats & MSNBC React to Hillary’s E-Mail Press Conference?

By on 3.10.15 | 6:45PM

It goes without saying that conservatives aren't buying Hillary Clinton's "I didn't want to use two phones" explanation when she, in fact, admitted she had been using multiple phones.

The question here is how will Democrats and the liberal media, MSNBC in particular, react.

Remember it was just a couple of days ago that Dianne Feinstein said that Hillary needed to speak up

I doubt that Feinstein would have the felt the need to do so if MSNBC hadn't been focusing so much of its energy on it as the exchange between Andrea Mitchell and James Carville demonstrates.

So will Democrats and MSNBC close ranks around Hillary?

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What’s the Safest Way to Transport Oil?

By on 3.10.15 | 4:12PM

An overturned tanker truck spilled about 1,100 gallons of fuel on the I-95 in Prince George’s County outside Washington earlier today.  Meanwhile, back at the White House, Obama worries about the safety of an oil pipeline.

And the past month has seen four oil-train accidents in Canada.

And in the White House, Barack Obama worries about the safety of the proposed Keystone oil pipeline.

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Nuclear Tit for Tat in the Middle East

By on 3.10.15 | 4:02PM

The Washington Post reports this morning that “on Monday Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile that appears capable of carrying a nuclear warhead,” the Shaheen-III, which “has a range of up to 1,700 miles.” The Post would like us to believe that Pakistan was sending a message to its long-time rival, India, even as it puzzles over the visit the week before between India’s foreign secretary and Pakistani diplomats in Islamabad, presumably to improve relations.

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Hillary’s Email Excuse: She Didn’t Want Two Phones

By on 3.10.15 | 2:33PM

I've removed the UN press conference live feed now that Hillary is done talking because I highly doubt you want to continue to watch people standing around staring at a step and repeat. I mean, maybe that's your thing. But do it on your own time.

Anyway, here's what we learned from Hillary's brief, somewhat contentious (as least as far as Andrea Mitchell was not involved) press conference at the United Nations. It began, as many press conferences have today, with a brief soliloquy on those dastardly Republicans who keep insisting on derailing the President's landmark discussions with Iran. She also made some brief remarks on the anniversary of the Beijing conference on Womens Rights, which she appears to have attended, noting that she is thrilled to be a part of the event and the commission, despite having accepted thousands in donations for the Clinton Foundation from countries where women are still regularly stoned for adultery.

She made several remarks on her email:

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Obama: We’ll Have to Pass the Iran Deal to Know What’s In It

By on 3.10.15 | 11:55AM

I can't say for certain whether the Republican strategy of warning Iran, individually, that Congress has the power to override whatever deal the President thinks he's striking in Iran, is a winning one. My confidence in the Republican leadership to follow through on the threat of having a backbone has been eroded, and while I understand the need to do something before this all really goes off the rails, this might have been too much, too soon.

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Why Obama Blasting Walker Over Wisconsin’s New Right-to-Work Law is Absolutely Fantastic - UPDATED

By on 3.10.15 | 9:41AM

Last night, President Obama blasted Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for signing right-to-work legislation into law:

I'm deeply disappointed that a new anti-worker law in Wisconsin will weaken, rather than strengthen, workers in the new economy," Obama said. "Wisconsin is a state built by labor, with a proud pro-worker past.

So even as its governor claims victory over working Americans, I'd encourage him to try and score a victory for working Americans—by taking meaningful action to raise their wages and offer them the security of paid leave. That's how you give hardworking middle-class families a fair shot in the new economy—not by stripping their rights in the workplace, but by offering them all the tools they need to get ahead.

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The University of Oklahoma SAE Fraternity & Our Never Ending National Conversation on Race

By on 3.9.15 | 11:08PM

It goes without saying that the racial epithets sung by members of the University of Oklahoma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon are disgraceful especially the imagery evoked by "hang 'em from a tree" utterance.

Predictably there are those who want to start yet another national conversation on race. Case in point, Alabama based writer Edward T. Bowser:

Whenever race is mentioned in this space, I'm inevitably met with these three words: "Get over it." It's as if racism totally died out in the 1960s with giant headbands and bell bottoms.

Well, nobody told the frat boys from the University of Oklahoma that racism is out of style.

Not one day removed from thousands of marchers of various races crossing Edmund Pettus Bridge in an act of solidarity, a video clip featuring members of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon gleefully singing a racist chant has been making the rounds online.

I refuse to post the video here, but this excerpt speaks volumes:

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