Politics

15,000 Ashley Madison Clients Used Federal Emails

By on 8.19.15 | 12:32PM

Ever wonder what the Federal employees the government considers next to impossible to fire do all day? Well, for at least 15,000 Federal employees who used their work emails to log into AshleyMadison.com, a dating site that allows you to arrange "discrete" "relationships," many of which are with married individuals, that answer is pretty clear.

Ashley Madison, whose tagline is "Life is Short, Have an Affair," is the subject of a massive hack, with a group called "Impact Team" harvesting emails and holding them hostage. Last night, the hackers released the email addresses and while the database isn't secure enough to search, it contains around 37 million records. DC-based users lead the nation in Ashley Madison profiles, and the logged emails come from areas across the government, from the State Department to Homeland Security and beyond.

“What, With a Cloth?”: Clinton Dodges Server Questions During Presser

By on 8.19.15 | 11:55AM

From now on, when asked about how I feel about this Presidential election cycle so far, I'm going to answer with just this:

"Whaaaaaaaat?'

As we noted yesterday, the FBI is fairly confident that it can recover all of the deleted material from Clinton's email server, since much of it was migrated to other servers and the server itself wasn't physically destroyed. This will prove problematic for Clinton, since it won't just show what she deleted, but when she wiped the server, and, perhaps, who else was trying to access the server outside of the Clinton family. It's possible that the Chinese branch of the Clinton family is much larger than they previously knew.

In true Clinton fashion, she faced the press yesterday - clad in "prison jumpsuit orange," no less - and played as dumb as possible. What server? What wipe? "What is the meaning of classified material"? Do you mean wiped like with a cloth?

A Further Perspective

Republicans: Take the ESA Pledge

By 8.19.15

The mainstream press and political pundits are bombarding us with a stream of warnings that Donald Trump and the other Republican candidates are driving minority voters away from the Republican Party by their “extreme” proposals and rhetoric. Whether or not one believes there’s any truth to this, Trump and every other Republican candidate can prove the dire predictions wrong with one simple act — sign a pledge that they support education savings accounts (“ESAs”) for all families and will work to pass legislation authorizing ESAs. No single policy proposal will do more to attract low-income black and Hispanic voters than treating the dreams and aspirations that those voters have for their children to be as important as those of families who can afford to move to the right zip code or pay private school tuition.

Hillary Clinton Says She’ll “Just Talk to White People” About #BlackLivesMatter

By on 8.18.15 | 3:13PM

Someone needs a nap

Hillary Clinton had been ducking the #BlackLivesMatter protesters who are dogging Bernie Sanders, but they finally caught up to her after a speech in New Hampshire on August 11. While they didn't manage to throw her off her game during a speech (she had apparently agreed to speak with them in private after the event if they didn't disrupt her), they did manage to get on what seems to be her last nerve, questioning her about her role in the 1994 Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act, which provided tons of money to prisons, and led to mass incarcerations. The video, which #BlackLivesMatter released yesterday, shows Hillary Clinton snapping at their leadership in a very undemocratic way.

Political Hay

Hannity Answers Beck on Trump

By 8.18.15

Glenn Beck doesn’t get it.

Specifically, Beck turned to a lengthy post on his Facebook page and asked (in part here) this about conservatives and Donald Trump:

This is not an attack, this is an honest question….

I really want to understand.

I get that Trump is reflective of what people are feeling; secure the border; fight to win; don't give in to china etc. I really do understand that he is saying things that people are feeling. Justifiably.

I get the fact that he is saying that America is a great place and that we can be great again. That is rare and refreshing.

I understand that he is seen and has the proof in New York City, as a guy who can get things done.

I understand and like the fact that he just says what he is thinking. No politically correct bs; no focus groups and he does it with out apologizing.

But here is what I don't understand.

Only 2% of Americans Think Hillary Clinton Told the Truth About Her Email

By on 8.17.15 | 5:14PM

I don't really know how you get a poll result this low. Even when you're using Gallup to conduct a poll of unmentionables - say, the approval ratings for things like zombies, pond scum and members of Congress - you get at least a 5 - 10% favorability from any given group of registered American voters. 

But regardless of general expectations of the American public, according to a Fox News poll of registered voters, only 2% - two percent - of Americans believe that Hillary Clinton was telling the truth when she said that no emails containing classified information ever passed through the hallowed walls of her ClintonMail server in her Chappaqua basement. The poll sample, which leanded somewhat Democratic by a few points, demonstrates pretty confidently that when we say "literally no one actually believes Hillary Clinton," we're not even being metaphorical.

 

Hillary Clinton Meets With President Obama as FBI Seeks Backup Server

By on 8.17.15 | 1:37PM

The Clintons were in chatty moods over the weekend, as they took a break from the grueling Iowa State Fair routine to catch a little R&R in Martha's Vineyard. After all, there's a limit to how much "folksiness" even Hillary Clinton can stand, and she'd spent all weekend pretending to eat corndogs, dressed like Martha Stewart in a cute wide-collared blue gingham shirt, designed to coordinate with the ribbons on the pies she'd never even consider touching for fear of "proletariat cooties" (she was upstaged there by Trump, who was giving free rides in the helicopter he came in).

Political Hay

Are Reagan Democrats Becoming Trump Democrats?

By 8.13.15

The Gallup poll. December, 1979.

President Jimmy Carter — 60%. Former California Governor Ronald Reagan — 36%. So confident was Carter White House Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan of the coming year’s presidential election that he boasted: “The American people are not going to elect a seventy-year-old, right-wing, ex-movie actor to be president.” Hamilton Jordan was a smart guy — and he was also wildly wrong. A little less than a year later the American people — ignoring that Gallup poll — elected Ronald Reagan to the presidency in a landslide — in a three-way race. Reagan won 50.8% of the vote to Carter’s 41%. Third party candidate John Anderson, a liberal Republican who had been defeated by Reagan in the GOP primaries, won a mere 6.6% of the vote. Reagan carried 44 states to Carter’s six plus the District of Columbia.

The FBI Has Clinton’s Server, But Who Will Be Held Responsible?

By on 8.12.15 | 2:23PM

This morning, Hillary Clinton "voluntarily" turned what's left of her email server over to FBI agents investigating her email setup, after they found out just this week that at least two "top secret" emails passed through the Clinton database. After months of ducking from Congressional investigators, looking to examine the smoking remains of ClintonMail, Hillary Clinton has finally - finally - been forced to give up that which she holds dear above all else, at least, as far as email servers are concerned.

There may not be much, however, for the FBI to lookover. Accroding to Hillary's spokespeople and attorneys, the server was wiped long ago, and nothing remains of the backups, so she's left very few traces of her time using it to trade in Top Secret information, just copies of the emails that led investigators to demand the server in the first place. But investigators are, at least, going to give it the old college try.

Hillary Clinton Compliments Megyn Kelly, Hits Marco Rubio (Who Hits Back)

By on 8.11.15 | 12:50PM

Hillary Clinton is very disappointed in her old friend Donald Trump. 

Apparently, Hillary found Donald Trump's commentary about Megyn Kelly's "blood" utterly dehumanizing and patently offensive. According to Hillary, Megyn Kelly is smart and impressive and any criticism of Kelly is undeserved, outrageous and "pick your adjective." Although, she says, every other Republican Presidential candidate — lumping Carly Fiorina in with the men, apparently — is just as bad, because they all hate women and want to oppress them. Or something.

“I said it was outrageous, I stand by that,” Clinton said of Trump’s words. “I think more people should say the same.”

Pages