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Flip-flops Show Hilly's Long On Ambition,
Short on Principles
Jonah Goldberg
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"Show me your friends and I'll show you your future"
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 Cruz calls Dems crony capitalists -  On “The Kelly File” Sen. Ted Cruz said, “The people that have been hurt under the Obama economy have been the most vulnerable. It’s been young people. It’s been African-Americans, it’s been Hispanics, it’s been single moms. It’s been people struggling to achieve the American dream. And what the Democrats are all about is trying to buy votes, trying to play cronyism, paying off their favorite special interests.” Watch here.  -Fox News  
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 VOTERS SAY HILLY LIED ON LIBYA, BUT SPLIT ON PROBE   In the latest Fox News poll, negative sentiment about Hilly Clinton’s honesty about the Benghazi attack hits a new high. Sixty percent of those polled do not believe Clinton has been honest about the State Department’s role in the attack that killed four Americans in 2012, but that doesn’t mean they want anyone to do anything about it. The poll shows a split when it comes to continuing the congressional investigation. Fifty percent say it’s time to move on, while 46 percent say they should keep investigating, nearly unchanged from July.
          Clinton’s campaign is tap dancing on remarks made by Republican Rep. Richard Hanna on a radio show in his Central New York district. Hannah accused Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of having been unintentionally truthful when he took credit for helping to organize the inquest into the Benghazi attacks as an intentional effort to ruin Clinton. The poll was taken just ahead of the Oct. 14 Democratic debate, where the topic was briefly broached.  
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 Debate overstate -  WaPo: “If Hilly Rodham Clinton wins the Democratic presidential nomination, her Republican opponents will not let her off so easy. On Tuesday night in Las Vegas, Clinton faced a set of Democratic rivals who seemed to lack the skill — or the will — to challenge her about her record on foreign policy, her changes­ in position, her handling of government data on a private e-mail server, or her claim to be an ‘outsider’ after two decades in national politics. When the former secretary of state praised Libya — now a cauldron of chaos and Islamist militias — as ‘smart power at its best,’ nobody scoffed. When she was challenged about her e-mail practices, a controversy that has concerned many voters, top rival Bernie Sanders actually stepped in to dismiss the question. Americans are ‘tired of hearing about’ it, he said.”  -Fox News  
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 The Judge’s Ruling: Unhappy Hilly -  Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano explores an unhappy cycle for the presumptive Democratic nominee: “No Republican dirty trickster could have put her into the legal and political mess into which she has put herself. Her surreptitious refusal to follow federal law and her congenital lying about it have caught up with her…She is unhappy because only Democratic die-hards believe her. She is unhappy because voters will not elect an unhappy person as president -- and she knows that.” Read it all here.   -Fox News  
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 nObama Guilty Of Military Malpractice In Afghanistan  
{rickwells.us} ~ Senator Jeff Sessions agrees with military advisers, experts and virtually everybody else outside of the circle of complicit cowards managing our self-defeating foreign policy that Hussein nObama has been a disaster for our military... He points to the situation in Afghanistan in particular. For many of us, watching the phony nObama speak as if he’s a wise statesman acting on behalf of American interests is gut wrenching. He didn’t change course for the benefit of our nation but rather in recognition of the reality that politically, the only metric that matters to him, he simply wasn’t willing to take the hit for another fiasco like he created in Iraq. Perhaps he feared an outcry by some of his yet to be fully compromised military leaders or even an uprising among the more unruly members of the normally timid Congress. nObama’s still dooming our efforts to failure; it’s only going to be happening on a slightly expanded time frame, the remainder of the national nObama nightmare. By the time we are finally free of his curse, his successor will have a much more difficult task to ever regain even the current levels of limited control.        http://rickwells.us/archives/20863
Video:  at the site.
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 The Disastrous Effects of Sanctuary Cities  
{leanrightamerica.org} ~ Americans were outraged at the story of Kate Steinle, a young woman senselessly murdered in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who’s been deported several times... The outrage came from San Francisco’s status as a so-called sanctuary city and their refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. If they had, there’s a good chance Steinle would be alive today. If a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies has it right, though, these sanctuary cities have a long history of endangering Americans. Judicial Watch used numbers from the CIS to present some tragic findings. Among them, that the nation’s 340 sanctuary cities have released 9,295 illegal immigrants who should have been held in custody for Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation. Worse, more than half of these offenders had priors on their records. Worst of all, more than 2,000 of these criminals were arrested again in the next eight months. Where are they now? Who knows? These numbers come along as the nObama administration moves forward with a plan to release 6,000 nonviolent federal inmates over the next few months. As part of an effort to thin out the prison population, the Justice Department is looking at federal drug offenders as the first likely candidates for release. But hidden inside that number is another one that has Republican lawmakers deeply concerned.
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 'Huge mistake!' That time Hillary worked with jihadists  
{GREG COROMBOS} ~ The man who once spearheaded congressional efforts to strengthen American intelligence is hammering former Secretary of State Hilly Clinton for her description of the U.S. mission in Libya... at the recent Democratic debate and blames both Clinton and President nObama for unnecessarily turning a reluctant ally into a hotbed for jihadism. During the first Democratic presidential debate on Oct. 13, Clinton vigorously defended the nObama administration’s decision to intervene in Libya and ultimately force the overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. “Our response, which I think was smart power at its best, is that the United States will not lead this. We will provide essential, unique capabilities that we have, but the Europeans and the Arabs had to be first over the line. We did not put one single American soldier on the ground in Libya,” said Clinton at the debate. Hoekstra was stunned. “If this is smart power, I’d hate to see what dumb power would be,” he said, slamming Clinton for touting America as a follower instead of a leader.
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 Women of Courage Betrayed by U.S. and the Media  
{George Phillips} ~ Pope Francis, on his recent trip to Cuba, failed to embrace publicly the world famous "Ladies in White" ("Damas de Blanco") -- the wives and relatives of Cuba's jailed dissidents... "Ladies in White" was formed by Berta Soler in 2003 after 75 human rights activists and journalists were sent to prison by the Cuban government. The men in their family had been jailed for being activists. The "Ladies in White" were peacefully calling for their release. This year, for twenty straight Sundays between April and August, members of the "Ladies in White" were arrested as well -- for leading protests against the Castro regime for having imprisoned their family members and for suppressing human rights. These women have also been routinely harassed and beaten during their peaceful efforts to stand for freedom.        http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/6700/women-of-courage
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 MSNBC Airs Palestinian Jihad Propaganda Map  
{pamelageller.com} ~ Last Friday, MSNBC aired a segment featuring a Palestinian propaganda map that is a total fabrication, a pack of lies that contradicts established historical fact and is part of The Political Swindle of the Century, a.k.a “The Plight of The Palestinian People.”... Watch this MSNBC “news segment.” The maps they show of the steady diminishing of Palestinian territory at the hands of Israel are, quite simply, lies. The fallaciousness of the map MSNBC used is demonstrated by one simple fact: the flag of Palestine before 1948 featured the Star of David. This is further proof (as if we needed any more) of the falsity of the vicious historical revisionism by the Muslim world to erase the Jewish State and create a mythical Islamic narrative surrounding five thousand years of Jewish history.
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 Overstated benefits and underestimated costs of top income tax hikes 
{Aparna Mathur} ~ Increasing tax rates on top earners is often considered a panacea for many social ills, but particularly for addressing the issue of income inequality... In their 2011 article, economists Peter Diamond and Emmanuel Saez made the case that in order to maximize social welfare, high income earners should face high and rising marginal tax rates on earnings and the earnings of low income families should be subsidized. They recommended that the socially optimal tax rate on high earners should be set between 50 to 70 percent. In another paper, Thomas Piketty and colleagues argue that in fact the top rate could be set above 80 percent in order to reduce income concentration at the top and help the bottom 99 percent. Thomas Piketty makes a similar point in his book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, suggesting that the top rate should be over 80 percent on top incomes, and at 50 to 60 percent on incomes above $200,000. This should be combined with a global wealth tax. The implicit assumption is that by taxing high incomes, governments can raise more revenues which can then be used to redistribute money to the poor. Logically, this would suggest that high tax rates should reduce income inequality. However, a new analysis using a simulation model from the Tax Policy Center shows that such increases in the top tax rate are unlikely to make a dent in income inequality in any significant manner. Why don’t taxes matter for inequality? Here are some possible reasons why.
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 nObamacare Co-ops Dropping Like Flies  
{Kemberlee Kaye} ~ Seems like only yesterday we were reporting the fifth state level health insurance co-op closingin Kentucky. Since Thursday, the co-op closure toll has jumped to eight... Twenty-three tax-payer funded co-ops were created under nObamacare. Last year, Forbes Opinion Editor Avik Roy testified before Congress saying, “there are fundamental flaws in the way the co-op program was designed.” With eight co-ops announcing they’ll be closing up shop by year end and more closures looming, Roy’s year-and-a-half-old testimony is particularly haunting:
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 ISIS Fires Up Palestinians  
{Bassam Tawil} ~ By now, it has become clear that our young Palestinian men and women have learned a lot from the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group... This new "intifada" that some Palestinians are now waging against Israel should be seen in the context of the wider jihad that is being waged by the Islamic State, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda against the "infidels, Zionists, apostates, Crusaders" and against non-extremist Muslims. The tactics employed by Palestinian youths over the past two weeks show that they are doing their utmost to copy the crimes and atrocities committed by the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq, Libya and other Arab countries.        http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/6712/palestinians-islamic-state
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 Judge Jeanine – Just Let Trey Gowdy Do His Job...  
{rickwells.us} ~ Judge Jeanine Pirro plays a clip of Hilly Clinton, engaged in her common practice of lying about her criminal activities, in which she says she really doesn’t know what the objective of the Benghazi hearings is... She’s going to “just do her best” to answer questions, but reminds us that there have been seven previous, “show” inquiries before. She plays an excerpt of the debate stunt of commie Bernie Sanders, his declaration that “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails,” including the associated, mind-searing, “cackle of innocence” afterwards. Pirro asks Sanders why he retreated at the heart of the battle if he were actually fighting to be the president. Of course he’s not; his purpose is to provide cover for Clinton while simultaneously laying the groundwork for the future of the Democrats, directing their positions even further to the left. He’s not really a candidate in the purest sense of the word but a political tool that happens to be doing better than expected in the taker-win-all world of Democrat Marxism.        http://rickwells.us/archives/20923
Video at the site.
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 Iranian Leaders Refuse To Uphold Nuclear Deal  
{Adam Kredo} ~ Senior Iranian officials continue to lash out against the recent nuclear deal even as the nObama administration begins to implement it, according to a series of statements by the Islamic Republic’s leaders... The aggressive rhetoric comes as the nObama administration celebrated on Sunday the implementation of the deal, hailing it as a “milestone” in U.S. diplomatic history. However, Iran has balked. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took to his Twitter and Facebook pages to post an announcement titled, “Negotiation with America is Forbidden,” according to translations of the documents provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute. Other Iranian officials have demanded that the U.S. completely terminate economic sanctions, rather than suspend them, per the nuclear deal. Their writing their own deal.
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Flip-flops Show Hilly's Long On Ambition,
Short on Principles
Jonah Goldberg
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     {townhall.com} ~ Hilly Clinton revealed on Wednesday that she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, providing just the latest evidence that she is little more than political ambition wrapped in a pantsuit.
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     Pay attention to the press coverage, because it's fascinating: Nobody takes Clinton at her word. I'm not just referring to her conservative critics.
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      Slate's Jim Newell asks, "Will anyone find Clinton's position convincing?" The question is purely rhetorical. The article is headlined "Hilly Clinton Comes Out Against TPP, at Least Until the Democratic Convention."
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     In "First Read," a newsletter put out by "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd and his colleagues, the lead item on Thursday was titled "Why Clinton's Trade Flip-Flop Is So Unbelievable." They write:
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     "Yes, Hilly Clinton's new opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord cleans up something she needed to do before next week's first Democratic debate. And, yes, it puts pressure on Vice President loose lips-Joe Biden getting into the race (because he'd be on the only major candidate in support of TPP). But make no mistake: This flip-flop isn't believable at all."
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     Clinton had long touted TPP as "the gold standard" of trade deals. A tally by CNN in June found at least 45 instances where she had plumped, praised, pushed or otherwise promoted the agreement. That, of course, would make sense given that she was secretary of state when it was being crafted and had a big role in selling it.
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     After she left the administration, Clinton said she wouldn't take a position on TPP until it was done. She couldn't put it off any longer, so she's finally taking a stand. Well, maybe not a stand. It's more like a modified crouch.
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     Here's how she explained her position on PBS: "As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it."
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     It's hard to say exactly how long it will be before that cri de coeur replaces William Jennings Bryan's declaration "You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold" as the ne plus ultra of political passion and principle, but my hunch is it will take a while.
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     Clinton went on to explain that she was "worried that the pharmaceutical companies may have gotten more benefits, and patients and consumers fewer." She also said she was deeply worried about safeguards against "currency manipulation" not being part of the deal.
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     But as even the reliably liberal writers at Vox.com note, this makes no sense. The provisions -- or lack thereof -- on currency manipulation are no different than they were when then-Secretary Clinton was calling TPP the "gold standard." Meanwhile, the provisions on pharmaceutical companies are tougher than what the administration asked for.
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     As Vox's Timothy Lee notes, Clinton is either making up reasons to oppose TPP now, or she was utterly ineffectual then -- i.e., when she could have made a difference inside the administration.
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I think this is a false choice; both things are probably true.
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     In fact, finding evidence that Clinton operates this way is like looking for evidence that fire is hot. In 2008, when it was in her interest, Clinton was against federal "blanket rules" on guns; now she's making extra-constitutional gun-grabbing the centerpiece of her campaign (at least this week, while a recent mass murder is still fresh in our memories). She long opposed same-sex marriage on principle, until the times required a new position. She initially thought the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood were "disturbing." But within 48 hours, she was a stalwart defender of Planned Parenthood. As more -- and more disturbing -- videos emerged, she grew more adamant that the outrage wasn't the fetal organ harvesting, but the videos exposing them.
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     And so on: the driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants, the Iraq War, NAFTA, taking credit for regime change in Libya, her ever-shifting stories about her email server. Hilly Clinton is like a lava lamp. Don't like what you're seeing at the moment? Wait a minute. Just don't expect anything to last.
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     But all of this misses what I find so fascinating. With most of these examples, it's almost impossible to find someone who takes what Clinton says or does at face value. If you're not on her payroll, or auditioning to get on it one day, or just painfully naive, you simply start from the assumption that Clinton is unencumbered by any principles that might prove inconvenient to her political ambitions.
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No wonder she's running scared from a socialist.
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Joe Biden Vows: Give Taxpayer-Funded Obamacare To All Illegal Aliens In U.S.

Former Vice President and 2020 Democrat presidential primary candidate Joe Biden is vowing to give Obamacare, funded by American taxpayers, to all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States.

During an interview with Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart, Biden forgot that Obamacare technically bans illegal aliens from enrolling in healthcare plans — although illegal aliens are still able to obtain subsidized and free healthcare at Americans’ expense — and promised that under his plan, all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens would be able to get Obamacare.

The exchange went as follows:

DIAZ-BALART: When I … NBC moderated that first debate with you, I didn’t … I don’t recall a clear answer, under your plan should … would the 11, 12 million undocumented immigrants that live in the United States, that have been here many for generations, would they have access …

BIDEN: Yes.

DIAZ-BALART: — to health insurance.

BIDEN: Yes, they … if they can buy into the system like everybody else.

DIAZ-BALART: Because you know, in [Obamacare] they can’t.

BIDEN: Yeah. Yeah, I know. Well they can, that’s my point. They continue to be able to do that.

DIAN-BALART: They cannot under the ObamaCare.

BIDEN: Well and that’s my point, they will though. They will be able to buy into … [illegal aliens] would be able to buy in, just like anyone else could.

Biden joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — among other 2020 Democrats — in committing to forcing American taxpayers to pay for healthcare for illegal aliens who arrive in the U.S.

Already, due to loopholes, American taxpayers are spending nearly $20 billion every year to provide illegal aliens with subsidized healthcare, emergency room visits, and other health services.

Under the 2020 Democrats’ plan to provide taxpayer-funded healthcare to all illegal aliens living in the U.S., Americans would be billed potentially $660 billion every decade just to cover the costs. Other research has found that the plan would cost Americans at least $23 billion every year.

As Breitbart News has reported, experts have said that giving taxpayer-funded healthcare to effectively all foreign nationals who can make it to America’s borders would drive “strong incentives for people with serious health problems to enter the country or remain longer than their visas allow in order to get government-funded care.”

Despite 2020 Democrats’ continued push for taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal aliens, American voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey revealed that the healthcare-for-illegal-aliens plan is the least popular policy position, with opposition from 62 percent of U.S. voters.

Similarly, a CNN poll from July discovered that 63 percent of likely swing voters oppose providing healthcare to illegal aliens, along with nearly 6-in-10 of all likely U.S. voters and 61 percent of moderates. A Rasmussen Reports survey also found that likely voters, by a majority of 55 percent, oppose giving healthcare to even the most low-income illegal aliens.

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