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Clinton Trounces Sanders in South Carolina

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sailed to an easy win in South Carolina in the Democratic primary there on Saturday, Feb. 27.

Clinton outscored her rival, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, nearly three-to-one.

Clinton’s big base that boosted her for the win was a solid wall of support from black voters. Nearly nine in ten black voters pulled the lever for Clinton on Saturday, according to exit polls.

As the result of Saturday’s win, Clinton has 542 delegates. Sanders has 83 delegates thus far. It takes 2,383 delegates to nail down the nomination.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump remains in the lead with 82 delegates thus far. Vying neck and neck for second place are Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) with 17 delegates and Sen. Marco Rubio, with 16.

“Tomorrow, this campaign goes national,” Clinton declared at her victory rally in Columbia, S.C.

Between March 1 and March 8, primaries will be held in more than a dozen states.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Clinton Wins Nevada Caucus, Trump Takes SC, Bush is Out

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won a narrow victory in Nevada’s Democratic caucus – but the primary was held on a Saturday and therefore excluded all observant Jewish voters.

Even so, the heavy turnout indicated that Clinton is going to face an uphill battle even in states she thought she might win handily. At the end, with 85 percent of the precincts reporting in Nevada, the two-time First Lady won 53-47.

Sanders congratulated Clinton on her victory and said he looked forward to the primaries and caucuses ahead.

The Republican contest in South Carolina on the same day involved a far broader field, but Donald Trump again triumphed with 33 percent, although his victory margin has narrowed. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio battled for second place with 99 percent of the precincts reporting; Rubio had a slim lead with slightly more than 22 percent. Rubio had placed third in Iowa, where Cruz won.

Jeb Bush decided to suspend his campaign after a night in which the numbers made it clear he was just not in the picture for this year’s run. It is not yet clear to whom he will encourage his supporters to turn.

At his victory rally, Trump dismissed the idea that other candidates would benefit from Bush’s decision to end his campaign. “[Analysts] don’t understand that as people drop out, I’m going to get a lot of those votes,” he said. He acknowledged the negative turn the race had taken, saying it had become “mean” and “vicious” but added, “When you win, it’s beautiful.”

In typical businessman manner, he ended his speech as if closing a deal: “Let’s put this thing away, and let’s make America great again.”

Hana Levi Julian

Republican Presidential Field Continues to Narrow

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

After the results of the first two election battles in this U.S. presidential campaign season, the crowd has begun to thin out.

After the Iowa caucus and before the New Hampshire primary, Governors Mike Huckabee and Martin O’Malley dropped out.

And now, with disappointing results in Tuesday’s primary, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Carly Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard, both called it quits.

Look for still more to fall by the wayside as the intense primary season proceeds full steam. While the frontrunner Donald Trump, followed by Gov. John Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are all probably in the running for quite a bit longer, it won’t come as surprise to political viewers if neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson soon calls it quits unless he gets a top tier showing in the next few primaries.

The South Carolina Republican primary will take place on Feb. 20, with Democratic contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders going head to head in South Carolina the following Sturday, on Feb. 27. That same week are the Nevada contests, with Democrats voting on Feb. 20 and the Republicans just a few days later on Feb. 23.

March 1 will be a huge day, with more than a dozen contests scheduled, including Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. By the time that is over, the pecking order should be quite a bit clearer.

The contests will continue right up until the District of Columbia primary on Tuesday, June 14.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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.”

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/report-info-on-hillarys-private-email-server-could-serious-harm-to-national-security/2016/01/20/

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