So now it turns out that Hillary Clinton has been using the DNC as a cut-out in a massive dirty-tricks campaign against Sen. Bernie Sanders. A cut-out, for those who don’t read espionage novels, is “a mutually trusted intermediary facilitating the exchange of information between parties.” The parties in this case being the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton Crime Family, working in tandem to destroy Sanders and his free-stuff crusade. I know what you’re thinking: the primary campaign is over, so what difference, at this point, does it make? But on the eve of the Democratic convention, this leak of 20,000 emails among
In 2008 we had John McCain, who was too honorable to criticize Barack Hussein Obama. In 2012 we had Mitt Romney who again was too honorable to attack our first black President. Now we have Ted Cruz who is too honorable to honor his pledge of party unity, too honorable to protect our Supreme Court from Hillary’s potential nominees, and too honorable to help us win. We have all the Libertarians, so honorable they have a shot at throwing the election to Hillary. We have a whole list of conservative pundits and websites, who could swallow the GOP betraying all
The brush fire raging in the rugged mountains of the Santa Clarita Valley grew by more than 10,000 acres on Sunday, scorching an estimated 33,172 acres by the late evening as the blaze continued to threaten hundreds of homes while firefighters battled to keep flames from spreading, authorities said. Fueled by 20-mph winds and hillsides carpeted with tinder-like chaparral, the wildfire was burning in hills toward Acton by late Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of residents were ordered to evacuate. Mandatory evacuations were still in place Sunday for about 1,500 residents in parts of Sand and Placerita canyons, as well as for others along
Hillary Clinton didn´t feel threatened by chants of ´Lock her up!´ at the Republican National Convention last week, only saddened. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said she seemed to be the only thing the GOP agreed on. ´I don´t know what their convention was about, other than criticizing me,´ she said during at appearance on CBS´ 60 Minutes, her first televised interview with running mate Sen Tim Kaine. ´I seem to be the only unifying theme that they had. There was no positive agenda. It was a very dark, divisive campaign.´ (Photo/Video) Clinton said she didn’t recognize the America that
The Democrats may not have any more unity than the Republicans did at their convention, but they are going to have a lot more celebrity bold-faced names.* Figure skating great Michelle Kwan, the 5-time world champion, 9-time U.S champion and 2-time Olympic medalist, is in town as a surrogate outreach coordinator for Hillary Clinton. Kwan worked in the State Department under Clinton and is married to Coast Guard officer Clay Pell, who has also worked in the Obama administration. (Tweet) * Want to see Katy Perry when she takes the stage at the DNC? Txt KATY PERRY to 47246 (Hillary
WASHINGTON — An unusual question is capturing the attention of cyberspecialists, Russia experts and Democratic Party leaders in Philadelphia: Is Vladimir V. Putin trying to meddle in the American presidential election? Until Friday, that charge, with its eerie suggestion of a Kremlin conspiracy to aid Donald J. Trump, has been only whispered. But the release on Friday of some 20,000 stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, many of them embarrassing to Democratic leaders, has intensified discussion of the role of Russian intelligence agencies in disrupting the 2016 campaign. The emails, released first by a supposed hacker and later by WikiLeaks,
Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has appeared in an audio interview calling on fighters to take Western hostages and exchange them for jailed jihadists, the monitoring service SITE Intelligence Group said on Sunday. In recording posted online, Al-Zawahiri called on the global militant network to kidnap Westerners "until they liberate the last Muslim male prisoner and last Muslim female prisoner in the prisons of the Crusaders, apostates, and enemies of Islam," according to SITE. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the recording. Zawahiri is believed to be seeking refuge in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area
Philadelphia — It’s not just Republicans that want presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in prison. At a lively Sunday march in support of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, chants of “lock her up,” “Hillary for Prison” signs and t-shirts and calls for indictment were common among the most ardent supporters of Mr. Sanders, who arrived in Philadelphia to make their voices heard to the delegates attending the Democratic National Convention. Republicans used last week’s Republican National Convention to make the case that Mrs. Clinton’s perceived ethical lapses made her unfit for office.
German police arrested a 16-year-old Afghan youth on Sunday on suspicion of a connection to the killing of nine people by an 18-year-old gunman in Munich, authorities said. The youth was under investigation for possibly having failed to report the plans of the gunman, who later shot himself, a police statement said. "There is a suspicion that the 16-year-old is a possible tacit accomplice to (Friday´s) attack," it said. Police earlier said the gunman was a deranged Iranian-German who was fixated with mass killings but not inspired by Islamist militancy. The Afghan youth was questioned after he contacted police following the shooting
Some U.S. officers in Baghdad believe the Obama administration is rushing plans for a Mosul offensive so it takes place before the November presidential election, a retired general says. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero said his contacts in Baghdad have relayed the concerns to him, fearing there is now an “artificial timeline” for what promises to be by far the toughest battle in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq. Iraqi Security Forces, which has made strides since the U.S.-led coalition began retraining its troops, may not be sufficiently prepared for a rushed operation. The troops face the monumental task of
Rep. Tom Cole (R., Okla.) embarrassed Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) on ABC Sunday morning when the latter falsely claimed that former Democratic Alabama governor George Wallace was a Republican. Wallace is perhaps best remembered as being one of the most strident supporters of segregation in the 20th century. He sought the Democratic nomination for president multiple times, with racist stances as a key of his platform. In 1968, he ran as the American Independent Party candidate and received 46 electoral votes, making him the most recent third-party candidate to capture votes in the Electoral College. Ellison was
Al Gore’s self-imposed exile from politics will extend to this week’s Democratic National Convention. Citing “obligations in Tennessee,” the former vice president’s spokeswoman told a local newspaper on Sunday that Gore plans to skip the festivities in Philadelphia where his former boss’s wife will accept the Democratic presidential nomination. (Snip) Gore’s close friends and allies have in the past said he was staying quiet in order to make climate change a more potent issue with the presidential candidates and also because of his complicated relationship with the former first lady that dates back more than 20 years.
Ansbach, Germany — Bavaria’s top security official says a man who blew himself up after being turned away from an open-air music festival in the southern German city of Ansbach was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum. “We don’t know if this man planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others,” Joachim Herrmann said. He added that the man’s request for asylum was rejected a year ago, but he was allowed to remain in Germany on account of the situation in Syria. Twelve people were injured in the explosion, which came two days
Without you necessarily realizing it, your unique attributes — or "biometrics" — are being used to verify your identity. Every time you unlock your smartphone, use a fingerprint scanner at the airport, or upload a photo with facial recognition to Facebook, your physical attributes are scanned and scrutinized against a template. (Snip) But, unlike a password, if a person´s biometrics are hacked, they can´t be changed. "You can always get a new credit card. You can always create a new password. [It´s] really hard to get new fingers. You only have ten of them and once that information leaks, it's out and there's nothing you can do,"
On Friday, I listened to a brief lecture on the unhappy history of Detroit, told from the familiar anti-capitalist point of view: Because international trade is a merciless race to the bottom, the Detroit-based automobile industry could not compete with foreign rivals absent some degree of intervention from the U.S. government. Instead, the U.S. government pursued free-market policies, which resulted in the municipal ruination of Detroit and the impoverishment of its people. That didn’t come from the ghost of Howard Zinn. It came from Sean Hannity. It’s a goofy and illiterate critique, but one that has been popular on the
Frustrated holidaymakers face weeks of disruption at Dover following France´s decision to beef up security checks in the wake of terror attacks. Up to 250,000 were hit on the first weekend of the school holidays, with some families forced to spend two nights in 14-mile traffic jams. French border guards relaxed the checks yesterday to ease the backlog – eventually resorting to waving travellers through the controls on to ferries without even glancing at their passports. One driver claimed that when he and his family finally reached the checkpoints at the Channel port, there was nobody there to take their documents. Solicitor Luke
Just as his second term is winding down, President Obama says he really has hit his stride in office. In an interview broadcast Sunday, the president painted an optimistic picture about the state of the country, saying his team is “operating at peak level.” “I feel as if I’m a better president than I’ve ever been,” Mr. Obama said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “That the experience has made me sharper, clearer about how to get stuff done.” He also said the recent terrorist attacks — such as the one Friday in Munich, Germany, in which nine were killed and
One person was reported killed and 12 injured in an explosion last night at a restaurant in Ansbach, near Nuremberg in Germany. A spokesman for the Bavarian interior ministry said the explosion was not an accident and appeared to have been intentional. The area around Eugene’s Wine Bar was sealed off by police after the explosion, which was first reported shortly after 10pm local time. (Snip) Last night police said they suspected that the man who had died in the explosion was the attacker. They also said that he was carrying a backpack and that was no immediate information on his identity
PHILADELPHIA — It has been an open secret for some time that one of the weakest elements of the extended Democratic Party family under President Obama has been the Democratic National Committee. This neglected institution has become a public embarrassment on the eve of a national convention designed to highlight party unity. The cascade of internal DNC emails released Friday by WikiLeaks underscore what Sen. Bernie Sanders and his advisers have long claimed: The DNC appeared to have its finger on the scale for rival Hillary Clinton through the long nominating contest. In some ways, that is not entirely surprising,
A suspected suicide attacker has died and at least 12 people have been injured - three seriously - in an explosion near a music festival in southern Germany. The explosive device is believed to have detonated at around 10pm local time on Sunday as the man carried it through a busy area in Ansbach, Bavaria, where the open air event, full of some 2,500 revellers, was taking place. The suspected attacker is thought to have been turned away from the festival - which reports suggest may have been the intended target. The incident comes as Germany remains on high alert in the wake
PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic National Committee chairwoman resigned under fire Sunday, on the eve of a national convention meant to project competence and unity in contrast to the turbulence of the Republicans’ gathering last week. The disarray threatened to upend Hillary Clinton’s plan to paint the Democrats as the party best prepared to lead a divided and anxious country and herself as the leader who can offer an optimistic alternative to Republican Donald Trump. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida was forced aside by the release of thousands of embarrassing emails among party officials that appeared to show coordinated efforts to
Thousands of leaked emails have sealed the fate of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz´s uneven five-plus-year tenure as DNC chair. Wasserman Schultz´s resignation announcement Sunday afternoon comes as a bad situation just keeps getting worse -- and appears as though it might continue to do so. That´s because WikiLeaks has so far released nearly 20,000 emails, new details are still being discovered, and there is still the prospect of additional, damaging emails coming to light. Many of the most damaging emails suggest the committee was actively trying to undermine Bernie Sanders´s presidential campaign. Basically all of these examples came late in
A top official with Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Sunday accused the Russian government of orchestrating the release of damaging Democratic Party records to help the campaign of Republican Donald Trump — and some cybersecurity experts agree. The extraordinary charge came as some national security officials have been growing increasingly concerned about possible efforts by Russia to meddle in the election, according to several individuals familiar with the situation. Late last week, hours before the records were released by the website Wikileaks, the White House convened a high-level security meeting to discuss reports that Russia had hacked into systems at the
In the rush for big donations to pay for this week’s Democratic convention, a party staffer reached out to Tennessee donor Roy Cockrum in May with a special offer: the chance to attend a roundtable discussion with President Obama. Cockrum, already a major Democratic contributor, was in. He gave an additional $33,400. And eight days later, he was assigned a place across the table from Obama at the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Washington, according to a seating chart sent to the White House. The 28-person gathering drew rave reviews from the wealthy party financiers who attended. “Wonderful event yesterday,” New York