World leaders are “concerned” about how a Donald Trump presidency would affect relationships between their countries and the United States, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy said today in Japan. “I think people are concerned,” Kennedy, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, told ABC News. “What they’re concerned about is the future, and so what does this mean for the American alliance.” Kennedy, who said she hasn’t followed the presidential campaign closely, pointed to the case of Japan, saying the alliance between the two countries has grown to its strongest point in the past seven decades. “We’ve seen this alliance go from 70 years,
Peeing in the street, loitering, littering, drinking alcohol out of a bagged bottle and other quality of life crimes are to be decriminalized in New York City. Under bills expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio soon, police will no longer automatically treat such crimes as criminal offenses, but instead serve civil summonses to pay a fine in court. But not everyone is happy. Councilman Steve Matteo (R-Staten Island) said: ´We don’t want people to think it’s okay to urinate in public. (Photo) ´We want there to be real consequences because there’s a big difference between a criminal fine
Let’s be clear about our nation’s plight: At this moment, American voters face a choice between two historically corrupt, dishonest, and incompetent politicians. One of them helped create the most dangerous foreign-policy environment since the Cold War, a world in which our nation faces the largest and most savage jihadist fighting force in modern times, a re-arming and potentially nuclear Iran, and the re-emergence of threats from Russia and China. The other would respond to that crisis with a collection of announced policies that range from the insane (intentionally killing women and children to punish terrorists, sending Exxon to pacify
Hillary Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon conducted a number of interviews on Wednesday in reaction to the State Department Inspector General’s scathing rebuke of Clinton’s private e-mail account and server, but none measured up to FNC’s Special Report host Bret Baier and his calm, thorough dismantling of Fallon. Baier jumped right into the substance by showing video of Clinton repeatedly claiming her e-mail server was legal before noting that “[a]s you know, the Inspector General´s report says something completely different” and providing an extensive quote from the IG about Clinton having failed to seek approval and notify the State Department.
The State Department´s report on Hillary Clinton´s insouciant attitude toward cyber-security would finish any other American politician. She ignored the law, flouted it repeatedly, and didn´t care; folks are in prison for less. The only thing that´s holding her up at this point is her Amen Corner in the media, most of whom know her personally and who long for a Clinton Restoration in order to reclaim their places as house courtiers. But 2016 is not 1992 or even 2008, and retinue of retainers is as long in the tooth as the former first lady herself. They can´t protect her
Republican presidential nominees normally run with one arm tied behind their back. Bob Dole shied away from discussing Bill Clinton’s scandals. John McCain ducked the subject of Barack Obama’s association with Jeremiah Wright. Mitt Romney dropped any mention of Benghazi in his final debate. Donald Trump suffers no such inhibitions. He is swinging hard at Hillary with both hands, forcing her to retreat into a telling silence. “I am going to let him run his campaign however he chooses,” she said. “I have nothing to say about him and how he is running his campaign.” Accused of rape by Trump, Bill Clinton
One day prior to Donald Trump formally clinching the GOP nomination, House Speaker Paul Ryan launched a new line of attack against the Party’s standard bearer selected by GOP voters. During a Wednesday meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill, the House Speaker, once again, disavowed Trump’s campaign pledge to enforce U.S. immigration law. Ryan also indicated that he would not include Trump’s signature policy platforms on trade or immigration in the House GOP 2017 policy agenda. As the Washington Post reported: Ryan was pressed on whether the House was preparing plans for the mass deportation of illegal
A State Department audit has faulted Hillary Clinton and previous secretaries of state for poorly managing email and other computer information and slowly responding to new cybersecurity risks. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report by the agency´s inspector general Wednesday. It cites "longstanding, systemic weaknesses" related to communications. These started before Clinton´s appointment as secretary of state, but her failures were singled out as more serious. The review came after revelations Clinton exclusively used a private email account and server while in office. Clinton is now the likely Democratic presidential nominee. The 78-page report says the department and its secretaries were
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday defended Hillary Clinton´s use of a private email server even after a State Department watchdog reported that she broke federal rules. "What Secretary Clinton did was consistent with what other secretaries of state have done, including Colin Powell," the California Democrat said as she noted the watchdog´s reference to Clinton predecessors using private email communications. Clinton, she said, "did act in good conscience" when she was secretary of state. Pelosi focused her comments on the report´s finding that Clinton was not the only one to use private email for State department business. But
After President Obama leaves the White House, his family has plans to move to a $5 million mansion in Washington D.C. According to Politico’s Mike Allen, Obama will lease the mansion from former Bill Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart and Giovanna Gray. The home was sold in 2014 for $5,295,000 and has 9 beds and 8.5 bathrooms, according to the McFadden group. It has 8,200 square feet and was built in 1928. Watch this video to get a feel of how the Obamas will enjoy life after the White House: (Video) The Obamas plan to live in Washington D.C. at
I am part of the tiny fraction of the population that deals professionally in public policy from the right. In influence, we are all over the map, from talk-show hosts with audiences of millions (Limbaugh, Hannity) to politicians who directly shape policy (Ryan, McConnell) to academics who write technical papers read exclusively by their peers. We have been dubbed the “Republican Establishment” during this campaign season — bemusing to those like me who have trivial influence and are not even Republicans — but I’ll use Establishmentarians as a convenient label (snip) This note is addressed to my fellow Establishmentarians.
President Barack Obama asserted Thursday that foreign leaders are ´rattled´ by Donald Trump and have good reason to feel that way, as he accused the presumptive Republican presidential nominee of ignorance about world affairs. Weighing in on the Democratic race to replace him, Obama also downplayed concerns that the protracted fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is hurting his party´s chances, brushing off their escalating attacks as the inevitable ´grumpiness´ of a primary campaign. Obama´s assessment of the presidential campaign came on the sidelines of a Group of Seven advanced economies summit in Japan, the latest world gathering to be colored