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Trump and Sanders on Top in New Hampshire

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

The two long-shots each came in first in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night.

Donald Trump bested the other Republicans and Bernie Sanders was the chosen Democratic nominee.

The networks called the Republican race shortly after 8:00 p.m. As of press time there was no clear second place finisher, although Gov. John Kasich seemed to be pushing ahead, with Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz battling for third place.

New Hampshire residents are notoriously hard to pin down on predictive polls. This year was no different; a CNN exit poll showed 46 percent of Republican primary voters made up their minds only in the last three days.

The win for Sanders was decisive. Less than an hour after the polls closed at 8:00 p.m., Hillary Clinton called Sanders to concede the race. With 21 percent of the precincts reporting, Sanders had a solid 58 percent, with Clinton trailing at 40 percent.

All political watchers now swivel towards South Carolina, which holds its primary on Feb. 20.

Iowa Caucus Produces Cruz for GOP But No Clear Winner for Democrats

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The two presidential candidates for the Democratic party are still not clear about which one of them won this round in the Iowa caucus.

The process in the state is not a simple primary election as in most others, but rather operates as a “gathering of neighbors” around the state. Voters meet to talk about the candidates, take an initial vote, discuss and then vote again.

The state holds 44 elected delegates who will ultimately help determine the nominee at the Democratic National Convention this summer.

Although campaign officials for Hillary Clinton said the former Secretary of State won a slim victory over Bernie Sanders on Monday, his campaign said the results were not settled: there remain questions in several counties.

The Iowa Democratic Party itself said results in the state were the closest in Iowa Democratic caucus history, and no winner has yet been officially declared.

Clinton and Sanders remained in a virtual dead heat overnight according to every media outlet.

A statement from the party leader called it a “historically close” finish but did not declare a winner. Clinton won 699.57 state delegates, Sanders had 695.49, Martin O’Malley had 7.68 and there were an uncommitted number that totaled 0.46, with one Des Moines precinct that had not yet reported in, with a total of 2.28 state delegate equivalents.

By the end of the night, Martin O’Malley decided to suspend his campaign.

Clinton led among women, and Sanders led among men, according to CBS News. First-time caucus attendees supported Sanders over Clinton, 59 percent to 37 percent. He also drew more support among the “under 30″ crowd – 84 percent – and 58 percent in the 30 to 45 age group. Clinton held sway among those in the 45 to 64 age range (58 percent) and the over 65 crowd (69 percent). The “very liberal” Democrats supported Sanders over Clinton, 58 percent to 39 percent.

The Republican caucus came up with a win for Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and at least a stall for billionaire celebrity Donald Trump. Cruz led the candidates with 28 percent of the vote, followed by Trump with 24 percent, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio extremely close behind with 23 percent, still in the top three.

Cruz set a Republican caucus record on Monday night by winning more than 50,000 votes. The senator is clearly preferred over Trump by the GOP rank-and-file party establishment, although it is still too early to tell who will represent the party in November.

That did not stop Cruz from underlining his anti-Washington Insider campaign in a speech at the end of the evening.

“Iowa has sent notice that the Republican nominees for the next president of the United States will not be chosen by the Washington establishment, will not be chosen by the lobbyists,” Cruz said at a victory party at the Iowa state fair in Des Moines. Instead, he said, the candidate will be “chosen by the most incredibly powerful force where all sovereignty resides in our nation, by ‘we the people’ – the American people.”

Haaretz/Forward Article Paints Clinton as Strong on Israel But Omits Critical Fact

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Sometimes emails seem to have a life of their own. That is especially the case when the emails were sent to or by public figures, and even more so when one such public figure is running to become the President of the United States. And sometimes journalists try too hard to be good advocates.

Take Hillary Clinton’s emails, for example.

Clinton’s emails have attracted lots of attention ever since it was discovered that she used a private server for government business, eschewing the government email servers which nearly everyone now agrees she should have used. Claims have recently been made that emails which went through her private server required even more classification than top secret.

But just consider, once again, some other emails that were sent to and by Hillary Clinton that caught media attention recently.

Adam Kredo had two blockbuster revelations in the Washington Free Beacon on Jan. 11. He revealed that two sets of emails sent to Clinton while she was Secretary of State showed that some of her advisers were recommending she take wildly inappropriate action that would have been harmful to Israel.

Lots of other media outlets, including the JewishPress.com, then reported on those emails as well. The clear implication was that Clinton accepted advice from folks who were distinctly unfriendly towards Israel.

And now there are some media outlets who are using those same emails to dampen the damage, and even to promote Clinton as a friend to Israel.

The Forward‘s Natan Guttman, whose article was printed in Haaretz on the evening of Jan. 26, referred to Clinton’s “deep bench” of foreign policy advisers, as compared to Sanders’ empty bench. Guttman used the Free Beacon emails as examples of how much more involved in foreign affairs is Clinton than her main and now seemingly formidable primary opponent, Bernie Sanders.

One set of the emails in question came from former Ambassador to Israel Thomas Pickering. He suggested Clinton find a way to agitate amongst Palestinian Arab women to protest Israeli policies. Pickering advised Clinton that she would have to keep her involvement secret.

Guttman rightly points out that Clinton’s response: “please print,” was less than an enthusiastic endorsement of the idea. Fair enough, although the fact that someone in one of the most powerful positions in the western world even glanced at and made any comment suggests some level of interest in the concept.

But then something peculiar happened.

Guttman also pointed out that Clinton’s Director of Policy Planning Ann-Marie Slaughter offered to Clinton what she hoped would be a creative, if slightly off the wall, suggestion. Slaughter suggested Clinton gather up a gaggle of billionaires and encourage them to create a massive fund for the Palestinian Arabs. Slaughter suggested it be called the “Pledge for Palestine,” along the lines of Warren Buffet’s “The Giving Pledge” campaign.

Guttman gets a pass for suggesting that Clinton’s “please print” response to Pickering’s suggestion to invoke “peaceful” riots was phlegmatic, but his failure to mention Clinton’s positive response to Slaughter is more of a sticky wicket.

Slaughter delighted at the prospect of having Israelis “be shamed” for building homes “in the face of a Pledge for Peace.”

And Clinton’s response to Slaughter, as the JewishPress reported, was anything but phlegmatic. She wrote: “I am very interested – pls flesh out. Thx.”

In other words, a diabolical idea to get phenomenally wealthy Clinton Foundation donors and others to kick in a lot of dough for Israel’s enemies, and to embarrass the Israelis at the same time, was of great interest to Clinton. Not the kind of information promoters of Clinton as “good for the Jews” want noted.

Perhaps Guttman only read Kredo’s article about the emails, and not the emails themselves.

Report: Info on Hillary’s Private Email Server Could Do Serious Harm to National Security

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

According to a letter from the Inspector General overseeing the investigation of former Secretary of State and now presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, several dozen emails on her server were more sensitive than even ones designated “top secret.”

Those emails contained intelligence from what is called the U.S. Special Access Programs (SAP). Former CIA agent Charles Faddis told Fox News that SAP is considered the “crown jewels of the American intelligence community.”

SAP information should only ever be seen by a handful of very top government officials, and those are on a “need to know” basis. That is because exposure of such intelligence would likely reveal the source, putting that human asset at risk.

“If this information’s compromised,” Faddis explained, the U.S. is “going to suffer very serious national security damage. People are going to die, quite frankly.”

Transmitting such information over an unsecured server and maintaining it in a potentially compromised location could create dramatic vulnerabilities for national security. Anyone who would maintain such highly volatile information in a compromised manner could be subject to severe criminal penalties.

People are beginning to murmur about the penalties imposed on former CIA director General David Patreus, who signed an identical non-disclosure statement that Clinton did, and who was prosecuted for sharing classified information with his mistress.

All eyes are now on how the Clinton investigation is being handled, and what if any consequences Clinton will suffer as a result.

Kerry’s State Dept ‘Appalled’ by (Unnamed) Terrorist Attacks on Israelis

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Apparently attacking two defenseless women, one the mother of six, the other a pregnant woman, was too much for even Secretary of State John Kerry’s State Dept. to ignore.

About midday D.C. time on Monday, Jan. 18, the U.S. State Department issued a statement condemning the barbaric attacks on two Israeli women in less than 48 hours. One of the women was murdered at the door of her own home as several of her children watched or heard in horror. The other victim, a woman five months pregnant, was stabbed in a clothing store in her home community, who remains in Shaare Tzedek Meical Center’s Trauma Unit.

The U.S. acknowledged the horrific attacks on the two Israelis, mentioning each by name.

This is the full, six sentence, one paragraph condemnation issued by Kerry’s State Department’s spokesperson John Kirby:

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks over the past two days against Israeli civilians. We were appalled and deeply saddened by the death of Dafna Meir, a mother of six, who was attacked on Sunday in her own home. We extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends and community. Today, a pregnant Israeli woman, Michal Froman, was stabbed in the West Bank. We wish her a full and complete recovery. These horrific incidents underscore the importance of affirmative steps to restore calm, reduce tensions and bring an immediate end to the violence.

It is appropriate for the State Dept. to condemn these brutal attacks, as they do others even when far less brutal, when they occur in the region.

The title of the statement uses the term “West Bank” to note where the attacks took place, rather than simply stating Israel. On the other hand, at least neither the title nor the statement itself describes the places where the women were attacked as “settlements,” as did, for example, the BBC  and even the JTA, in their reports.

At least as significant is that while the U.S. condemned the savage attacks, no responsibility was placed on any actors. The “terrorist attacks” happened, but nothing was said about who committed the acts, or who directed the attacks. In both instances it is already known that Palestinian Authority Arabs were the terrorists who knifed the women, one to death. One of the terrorists was an Arab who had been welcomed in to work in the community where he stabbed to death the mother of six. The other terrorist was an Arab teenager from nearby Bethlehem who entered the yishuv through a hole in the fence surrounding the community.

Not assigning blame when Palestinian or Israeli Arabs stab, slash, shoot or ram innocent Israelis is part of the modus operandi of John Kerry’s State Department, as it also was when State was run by now presidential-candidate Hillary Clinton.

This time, at least, the victims were particularized, but the people and entity responsible were not. That’s a problem that allows the responsible parties to remain anonymous and blameless on the world stage, where Israel, Israelis and, in particular, the Israeli government is always named and blamed.

Just wait to see what is the response to the new dictate by the chief security officer for Gush Etzion, the area south of Jerusalem in which the pregnant woman was stabbed. Arabs will now be barred from entering any of the Jewish towns in the area. Collective punishment? Apartheid? It’s coming. Four…three….two….one.

Clinton ‘Very Interested’ in Secret Plans to Fund Shaming of Israel and Spark ‘Palestinian’ Demonstrations

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

UPDATED see end of article for update

While the U.S. government complains about a proposed Israeli law that will force non-governmental organizations operating in Israel to reveal whether they’re actually operated by foreign governments, it turns out that the U.S. government itself planned to use NGOs in Israel to manipulate Israeli policy. How? By sparking demonstrations among Palestinians, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Several high-level advisors to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sketched the plan in emails, and Clinton directed that the emails be printed, apparently so she could study them carefully.

In an email, former Ambassador Thomas Pickering proposed to Clinton exactly who should be involved in the demonstrations, and the specific venues and buildings at which demonstrations should be conducted.  He even names at least one NGO to steer the protests he wanted to create: — “The Peace Now organization (Shalom Akshav)” – which Pickering suggests “despite its decline.”

The goal of the Pickering proposed demonstrations was to force Israel back to the negotiating table with the Palestinian Arab leadership.

Strikingly, given recent U.S. attacks on Israel’s proposed law mandating transparency among NGOs, the State Department advisers cautioned Clinton that their campaign would have to be secret.  “The United States, in my view, cannot be seen to have stimulated, encouraged or be the power behind” the plan to encourage such demonstrations. To achieve the desired result without being outed, Pickering suggested that “third parties and a number of NGOs” be drafted to be the public face on the plan.

Pickering was awarded an honorary degree by Brandeis University in 2014 for “elevat[ing] diplomacy to a high art.” Indeed.

The State Department emails describing the Pickering plan have something to offend everyone. Pickering urged Clinton to include only Palestinian women, and not men, in the planned demonstrations because the men would not remain peaceful.  “On the Palestinian side, the male culture is to use force.”  Indeed, Pickering explained to Clinton, for Palestinians “male culture comes close to requiring” violence.

The spirit of Pickering’s proposal was echoed by Anne-Marie Slaughter, who, in another email, proposed that the State Department find a group of millionaires/billionaires who would promise to contribute billions of dollars in a “Pledge for Palestine.”  Slaughter was confident that “even 30 calls to the right people in the Clinton fundraising network” would quickly generate the desired cash. Slaughter appeared to delight at the prospect of having Israelis be shamed for building homes “in the face of a Pledge for Peace.” The email went to Clinton as well as Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, and others. Clinton responded to Slaughter’s proposal, writing: “I am very interested – pls flesh out. Thx.”  Slaughter served as Clinton’s Director of Policy Planning.

Apparently the actual uses of the funds were unimportant, because Slaughter’s email did not say anything about what the money should be spent on. Perhaps tunnels in Gaza.

UPDATE: The link to the email between Clinton aide Slaughter and Clinton was dropped in the posting of this article. It is now embedded in the text.

Ivanka Trump Open to Politics; The First Woman Jewish President?

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Ivanka Trump, the woman who is considered the big brains in her father’s business empire, rules out politics for the time being but says she might consider following in her father’s footsteps later in life.

Asked if she thought about entering politics, Ivanka told Town & Country in an interview published Tuesday:

It’s not something I’ve ever been inclined to do, but I’m 34, so who knows? At this point I would never even contemplate it, but that doesn’t mean that when I’m 50 I won’t have a change of heart.

If that doesn’t sound like a politician, what does?

If she wanted to run for President today, she might have a good shot at, considering the candidates, including her father.

The media have not been enthusiastic about any of the presidential hopefuls. Hillary Clinton is viewed as a powerful liar, Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish, a wild-eyed socialist, and Donald Trump a UFO who knows how to get headlines and infuriate more than half the country while magnetizing an incredibly large number of voters.

Ivanka is a lot more good looking than her father and is the highly successful vice president of the Trump Organization.

She has tried to stay out of the campaign but told Town & Country she loves and fully supports her father. “I’m always there for him if it’s helpful,” Ivanka said.

Ivanka converted to Judaism through an orthodox rabbi, at the insistence of the family of her husband. She adopted the Hebrew name of Yael and said in an interview this year:

We’re pretty observant… It’s been such a great life decision for me… I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity. From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls.

The former model also has two children with a third on the way.

Politico has called her “the quiet power behind the Trump throne,” a stark contrast to her father’s shoot-from-the-hip barbs and crass remarks about women, Mexicans, Muslims and just about anyone else who is not a redneck.

Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News chairman and whose TV journalist Megyn Kelly was crudely insulted by Trump, concedes that “Ivanka is the secret weapon of the entire Trump organization. She not only has tremendous business savvy, but she’s also street smart. There’s no doubt she exhibits the best skills of her father, has already developed an impressive personal brand, and besides is a very nice person.”

If Clinton does not become the first woman President of the United States, and if Sanders does not become the first Jewish President, Ivanka might be in line for both.

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