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Weiner’s Wife Huma Now on the Hot Seat

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The good news for New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is that the heat he has been taking for sexting is shifting to someone else. The worse than bad news is that the subject is his wife, Huma Abedein.

Her problem is not sexting. Her story is far less sordid than his husband’s but possibly is even graver. She is suspected of misusing her connections as aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and using inside political information for private purposes.

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley wanted to know about Mrs. Weiner’s  access to information while working for the Teneo Holdings strategic advisory group based in New York.

“The State Department and Ms. Abedein haven’t provided a single document that I requested,” Sen. Grassley told the New York Daily News. “Putting up a stone wall raises a lot more questions about how the program is being used than it answers. I intend to pursue more complete answers to my questions.”

The senator’s office released for publication a letter she sent, stating, “I certainly never ‘gathered information from government sources for the purpose of informing investment decisions of Teneo’s clients,’ as the Senate letter suggests,”

Abedein was the deputy chief of staff at the State Department under Clinton, but after the birth of the Weiners’ son, when she was long out of the State Dept., she was granted status as a “special government employee,” a designation that allowed to work from home as a part-time consultant to State while acting as a consultant for Teneo.

By the way Hillary’s husband ex-President Clinton is a aboard member of Teneo. Huma pulled in a cool half a million dollars from the two jobs.

In Email to JTA Quinn Says West Bank ‘Disputed Territory’

Friday, July 12th, 2013

New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn considers the West Bank “disputed territory” and said she would advocate for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

The comment, made in an email to JTA in response to a question at an Orthodox Union event Wednesday, comes two weeks after one of Quinn’s rivals in the race, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, stirred controversy with his comments on the status of the West Bank.

“Chris believes the West Bank is a disputed territory and that the Israelis and Palestinians must sit down and negotiate a solution,” said a spokesman for Quinn, the speaker of the New York City Council. “As Mayor, Chris will use the bully pulpit of the office and everything she can to urge the two sides to sit and negotiate a peaceful resolution of the conflict through the establishment of two states for two peoples that ensures safety and security for the State of Israel.”

Quinn’s position runs counter to that of the U.S. government, which considers the West Bank Israel-occupied territory.

The distinction is significant to both Israelis and Palestinians. “Disputed” suggests that the Palestinians have no more right to the territory than Israel, which captured the land from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War. “Occupied” suggests that it is Palestinian territory occupied by Israel. Successive U.S. administrations have opposed Israeli Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank as unlawful and obstructive to a two-state solution.

In late June, Weiner was asked whether he considers the West Bank occupied territory. He said, “The status of that area is left to be decided by the people who are there.” Asked to clarify, Weiner said, “There are disagreements about what constitutes the West Bank.”

Quinn also has said the United States must recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

At the O.U. event Wednesday, Quinn also talked about her positions on issues relating to Jewish day schools, saying she supports better security for schools, enhanced special education programs and fewer administrative hearings for parents of special education students.

Quinn also said she wants to eliminate hate crimes in New York.

“It’s not acceptable that mezuzahs were burned in Williamsburg or that a man in Greenwhich Village was killed because he was gay,” said Quinn, who is gay. “I want to make New York City the first hate crime free city.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/in-email-to-jta-quinn-says-west-bank-disputed-territory/2013/07/12/

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