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The Rush to Demonize Sgt. Bergdahl
New York Times, by Editorial

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Posted By:FlyRight, 6/6/2014 7:32:49 AM

Four months ago, Senator John McCain said he would support the exchange of five hard-core Taliban leaders for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. “I would support,” he told CNN. “Obviously I’d have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home and if exchange was one of them I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider.” But the instant the Obama administration actually made that trade, Mr. McCain, as he has so often in the past, switched positions for maximum political advantage. “I would not have made this deal,” he said a

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 6/6/2014 7:38:41 AM     (No. 9875176)

Wrong. Bergdahl is just your garden variety fruitcake who should not have been put anywhere near a combat zone. The "rush" is to point out how this administration lied about this guy´s status in order to smooth over the fact that they traded five rabid terrorist from the place where they should still be confined for this unworthy head case.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bighambone, 6/6/2014 8:21:59 AM     (No. 9875235)

Berdahl is certainly not the type of guy who can be turned into a first class loyal infantry soldier. Clearly the French Foreign Legion recognized that when he attempted to enlist in that force and his enlistment application was rejected. The US Army must establish procedures to filter out budding would be Islamists and keep them out of the force and off the battlefield, if not the country will continue to be embarrassed by their antics and American soldiers will continue to be killed and wounded because of them.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: wyowumin, 6/6/2014 9:11:46 AM     (No. 9875295)

Why "must" I read any bilge from the New York Times?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 6/6/2014 9:12:00 AM     (No. 9875298)

The NYT should retitle this piece of literature "The Rush to Whitewash Sgt. Bergdahl". Another Sulzberger Save Obama Project in the making.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: pineledger, 6/6/2014 9:17:53 AM     (No. 9875306)

As my grandmother always said, "Consider the source."

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Reply 6 - Posted by: trapper, 6/6/2014 9:18:05 AM     (No. 9875307)

Yes, our liberal friends, the sight of McCain and Miss Lindsey clawing and stumbling over each other in their race to get to the nearest TV camera has always been an embarrassment to us. It would, however, have been nice to have seen you exhibit this same attempt at evenhandedness when W was president and Senator Durbin was likening American soldiers to nazis.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tatterdemalion, 6/6/2014 9:19:14 AM     (No. 9875310)

Now, if the Obama administration followed up the release of the terrorists with drone attacks, THEN I would be impressed.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: gramma b, 6/6/2014 9:41:56 AM     (No. 9875332)

The NYT leaves out the fact that the administration had threatened Bergdahl´s fellow soldiers to keep quiet about Bergdahl being a deserter, and perhaps a traitor. If those soldiers hadn´t been muzzled all these years, the attitude of the country would have been different. See, e.g., Bergdahl´s own home town canceling the festivities, once the truth was finally out.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 6/6/2014 9:52:00 AM     (No. 9875340)

Since when has the NYTimes cared for what John McCain has to say - with the possible exception of when it sheds Obama in a better light.

Otherwise, I cannot - and will not- bother with anything the NYTimes editors have to say.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dman, 6/6/2014 9:54:58 AM     (No. 9875345)

#8: The men in his platoon have done the right thing - albeit a bit late. Non-disclosures and gag orders and threats of retaliation be damned: just tell the truth and let the chips fall. With the public behind you, even this evil Administration will be hard pressed to make any retributions stick.

Copy that, Benghazi witnesses?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: M2, 6/6/2014 9:58:17 AM     (No. 9875351)

The statement on his website was deleted a short time later. “Warmest regards to his family with gratitude for his/their service and sacrifice,” wrote Representative Stephen Lynch, Democrat of Massachusetts, in another quickly deleted tweet.

Yes, they deleted the welcome home tweets once they discovered that a deserter and his president just made America far more dangerous, not knowing what information Bergdahl could have given the Taliban. The NYT seems to find it odd that Republicans actually say "I´m sorry I made a mistake" in welcoming him home before I realized he was responsible for getting other soldiers killed.

The following is a doozy:

This duck-and-cover response is the result of the outrageous demonization of Sergeant Bergdahl in the absence of actual facts. Republican operatives have arranged for soldiers in his unit to tell reporters that he was a deserter who cost the lives of several soldiers searching for him. In fact, a review of casualty reports by Charlie Savage and Andrew Lehren of The Times showed there is no clear link between any military deaths and the search.

The NYT accuses "Republican operatives" of not having any facts, while at the same time they present as fact that "Republican operatives" cooked up the deserter meme. How´s that for a self-refuting, utterly illogical comment?

It describes him as a free-spirited young man who asked many questions but gave no indication of being a deserter,...

...except that he deserted.

It´s rare, other than Susan Rice, to see such desperation to prop up a presidential goofup.

Let me ask the NYT this: If Bergdahl wasn´t really what everyone who knew him says he was, why the rush to revise Susan Rice´s statement about his serving "with honor and distinction"?

Birdcage liner.

L´s commentary is right: This should be read for the sheer idiocy of it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: lana720, 6/6/2014 10:05:45 AM     (No. 9875363)

I could only read down to where they describe the traitor as a "free spirit."
Look at what his actions and attitudes have wrought and what is yet to happen to free people as a result.
I am watching what spotty coverage of the D-Day ceremonies. The difference between the warriors of the past and some of the current wimps, including the so-called CIC, is embarrassing. For starters, he doesn´t know how to act in public.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: oh-heck, 6/6/2014 10:51:08 AM     (No. 9875422)

McCain is Obama´s go to guy to muddy up the GOP position. Early on he proclaimed interrogation is torture. He always wants to part of a deal making team like the gang of 8 and is just old enough to believe that the dissension ends at the waters edge. So, even if he disagrees, he´ll be nominally supportive.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: merc55h, 6/6/2014 11:08:36 AM     (No. 9875444)

The Rush to Demonize Sgt. Bergdahl, really guys???

What´s in the water fountains at the New York Times, kool-aid??????

This editorial is the most biased, partisan, knee-jerk defense of yet another foolish move by Obama The Inept that I have seen. Pathetic, just pathetic.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: luandir, 6/6/2014 11:15:08 AM     (No. 9875453)

...and the horse you rode in on, Pinch.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: peterfleming, 6/6/2014 11:15:46 AM     (No. 9875454)

Read Robert Spencer´s column today in Jihad Watch !
Aside from his encyclopedic knowledge of everything Islam, has has years of background on the CIA watching Bergdahl.

Stuff you´ll never get from the propagandists Pelley, Sawyer,
Bryan Williams, the lapdog, censoring news actors.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 6/6/2014 11:19:49 AM     (No. 9875461)

In the original version of this editorial the Times omitted a key phrase from the McCain quote- "Obviously I’d have to know the details”. It was a later correction and one which weakens the Time´s case.





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Reply 18 - Posted by: nigella, 6/6/2014 11:27:15 AM     (No. 9875469)

And the NYT blamed his platoon for lack of discipline and lax security... See it was all those fellow Soldiers in his units fault... They´re "psycho."

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Felixcat, 6/6/2014 11:58:47 AM     (No. 9875498)

FTA: maximum political advantage

As if Obama and the Clintons haven´t done the same?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Hotrod, 6/6/2014 12:05:44 PM     (No. 9875504)

Whatever Obama and the democrats do is fine with the NY Times. They have no sense of honor, justice, right or wrong, or foresight.
The Times is blinded by ideology and close-minded to reality.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: readaholic, 6/6/2014 12:34:11 PM     (No. 9875529)

How did this kook get to be a sergeant? He seems like another Bradley Manning.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: K620, 6/6/2014 4:25:39 PM     (No. 9875732)

#21, Bergdahl was a Pfc when he walked off; he was promoted to Sgt in captivity.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Janjan, 6/7/2014 8:02:34 AM     (No. 9876197)

Typical NYT editorial probably written by Valerie Jarrett. The liberals´ sudden burst of compassion for our military fails to impress. My prediction is that as soon as the military releases this little weasel with no punishment (which they are sure to do. Imagine the optics of Bergdahl in handcuffs) he will scurry off to whatever country the Taliban assigns him to and the media cockroaches will take cover. And just for the record NYT, most conservatives couldn´t care less what McCain or Graham think about anything. They are far more interesting to you than to us.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Shimmer128, 6/7/2014 8:23:13 AM     (No. 9876218)

Folks, folks, this is all just a big Republican scam! Bergdahl was just a fine young man who happened to desert once....or twice....or more. But it´s all good!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: geo11, 6/7/2014 8:34:10 AM     (No. 9876230)

The Slimes defending Taliberg is a perfect example of why they are flushing themselves down the toilet. May they continue to lose $ for their stockholders and the Sulzberger´s.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: beca, 6/7/2014 8:38:35 AM     (No. 9876239)

i dont care what the wh slimes says.......i dont read anything they write.......they are the enemy of the state as far as im concerned..............obama puppets...

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 6/7/2014 8:51:15 AM     (No. 9876252)

#21 - because......??

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 6/7/2014 8:56:45 AM     (No. 9876255)

Oops! Sorry #21.... that should have been directed to #22.

How ... WHY ... is a private promoted to sergeant for ´´being captured´´? Is it assumed said private will serve in captivity with honor and distinction?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Lalo, 6/7/2014 9:01:27 AM     (No. 9876261)

Thank you for posting, OP, and to staff for making it a Must Read. Guess I´m one of the resident open-minded & objective people. (Rino alert, Rino alert).

They do get off to a bad start when the first sentence is contradicted by the second. Still, the article is somewhat sobering. It might not be a bad idea to wait until more actual facts are established before we pounce fur flying on all fours, me included. After all, I´ve been righteously riding the wave of negativity myself, but his Idaho home folks don´t seem to think the family is so bad, and I´ve noticed that one of our long-time regulars L-dotters from Idaho seems to concur.

So I´m waiting to hear more from people with access to the facts that I trust.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Adam, 6/7/2014 9:04:50 AM     (No. 9876262)

"If anything, the report suggests that the army unit’s lack of security and discipline was as much to blame for the disappearance, given the sergeant’s history."

The Times is so predictable. Blame the military.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: starboard, 6/7/2014 9:10:20 AM     (No. 9876264)

Typical tripe from the NY Times. They are on the same level of dishonesty as Susan Rice.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: nevernaught, 6/7/2014 9:18:23 AM     (No. 9876273)

#21 I read the other day that Bergdahl was automatically promoted while he was in so called captivity. That makes some sense, that is if they knew nothing about his walking away during guard duty and other punishable traitorous acts.

Since the NY Times tends to intentionally muddy the waters in cases where they look completely foolish, I wonder how they sleep at night. Probably by reading old Marxist propaganda books.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: tonyp173, 6/7/2014 9:47:35 AM     (No. 9876312)

I am a Vietnam Vet. I served with honor and distinction, but I came home in 1969 to rancor and vilification from a large swath of the population. Decades later, I watched soldiers and airmen deplane from a commercial flight after Operation Desert Storm to the genuine cheers of other travelers. I hoped that this change in attitude signaled a permanent condition. Over the last ten years, I´d begun to suspect that much of the outward appreciation for "the troops" was feigned. I thought I detected a subtle negative vibe as the war went on and the left finally got control just in time to lose it. Now, my worst fears are vindicated. Deserters, like Bergdahl, serve with "honor and distinction," while the faithful paratroopers in the 501st are labeled as psychopaths by--of all things--a PIO from HUD. The Progressives have NEVER respected anyone in the military. They have never appreciated our sacrifices because we are the antithesis of their ends justify the means philosophies designed to provide them with power at the expense of our liberty. The NYT editorial is demagoguery, bombast, and rank hypocrisy. The editors complain about the demonization of Bergdahl at the same time they condone the vilification of his former comrades. Is America a great country or what?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 6/7/2014 10:05:02 AM     (No. 9876331)

Must read? File under non-reads.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: strike3, 6/7/2014 10:21:18 AM     (No. 9876358)

Well said, #33. I too am proud of my service and would have done anything asked of me for America. I can truthfully say now that I would not serve one day under this fraudulent CIC or his ladder-climbing peacocks. In addition, most of the American people have turned into entitled whiners and are no longer worth fighting for.

When our military forces have been depleted to the point that our airspace is not protected, our shores can be invaded and our cities can be destroyed, the very people who hate the military the most will be the first ones screaming for their help. Good luck with that libs, I´ll be busy protecting my own.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: msjena, 6/7/2014 10:28:47 AM     (No. 9876370)

The article says O can´t do anything without the Republicans criticizing it for political purposes. In fact, no one can criticize O without being accused of being political. I guess we need a new category of information: political but accurate.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 6/7/2014 12:28:52 PM     (No. 9876501)

According to those who served honorably in Bergdahl´s platoon, he was upset because he wasn´t seeing enough action.
He was the opposite of a peacenik and wanted to engage in raging battles every day.
This guy must have had all kinds of red flags in his background when he enlisted ,
it´s a shame he wasn´t rejected.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 6/7/2014 9:36:22 PM     (No. 9876899)

it´s really sad when even the sargent/private´s home town is threatened by outsider violence if they allow him to return. Threats of death and destruction without honor.
Did Obama swap for Bergdahl because he knew the vicious reaction without hearing one word from him would totally detract from his crime of turning loose 5 known terrorists?
The sour smell hangs like a stampede to
crucify without conviction.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: radrelic, 6/8/2014 12:06:00 AM     (No. 9877040)

They speak out of one side of their face for the left and the other for the right. next they tell us the Gitmo releasees were schoolgirls? Oops, that narrative has aleaady been floated.

The corrections because of their knee jerk reaction editorial are telling.

Journos have to fill pages in order to get paid. hey do not remain silent until they have something of truth and clarity to tell.

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In his message to the “Mexico/Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development,” Pope Francis characterized the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants that have crossed the U.S. southern border as a product of globalization, suggesting that the phenomenon is happening worldwide. Francis proclaimed, “Despite the large influx of migrants present in all continents and in almost all countries, migration is still seen as an emergency, or as a circumstantial and sporadic fact, while instead it has now become a hallmark of our society and a challenge.” Emmer McCarthy for Vatican Radio said Francis expressed his concern for “the tens of thousands of

Mrs. Obama Declares
War on Chick-fil-A

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Townhall, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 12:55:08 PM     Post Reply
The First Lady of these United States has declared war on Chick-fil-A. It seems the home of plump juicy breasts and hot buttered buns has run afoul of the new Smart Snacks in School program. The program is a component of Mrs. Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The new government regulations require snack items served in public schools to have less than two hundred calories. That includes vending machines, lunch rooms and other campus food venues. And that’s really bad news for kids at South Carolina’s Socastee High School. They’ve just learned they will no longer be allowed to buy Chick-fil-A

Lie at Heart of “Immigration
Reform” Exposed

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Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 7/15/2014 12:11:48 AM     Post Reply
“Trust” is for Con Men: The reaction to the border chaos in Texas has accomplished one thing: It has exploded the lie at the heart of current “comprehensive” immigration reform plans. The basic structure of those plans is a swap of a) near-immediate legalization for b) increased border security in the future. The appealing idea is to let current illegals stay while taking the steps necessary to prevent further waves. The lie is the assumption that, once current illegals get their legalization, pro-immigrant activists in both parties will continue to support the second half of the bargain, the increased security. The

Obama AWOL as border crisis worsens
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Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/16/2014 5:02:13 AM     Post Reply
John McCain, an immigration hawk. Who knew? Mr. McCain, the highest-profile Republican of the U.S. Senate’s “Gang of Eight” that came up with amnesty as the solution to the immigration crisis — and it truly is a crisis — is finally taking a hard line against President Obama for his encouraging the tidal wave of illegal aliens swamping the southwestern border. “There has to be a halt to this,” Mr. McCain thundered Sunday on CNN. “That’s what we want, and the best way to do that is for planeloads of these young people to be returning to their country of origin

The 5 Most Dangerous Guns in America
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Rolling Stone, by Kristen Gwynne    Original Article
Posted By: scottc- 7/15/2014 11:46:15 AM     Post Reply
Contrary to what those who defend the right to own high-powered assault rifles believe, not all guns are created equal. Due to a combination of availability, portability and criminal usage the following five types of guns are the country's most dangerous. School Shootings: Widely Reported Tragedies Since 2000 - Using firearm trace data from the ATF, as well as FBI homicide records, we determined the types of guns most often recovered from crime scenes and/or used in murders. The numbers are stark: According to the FBI's 2012 Crime in the US data, nearly 70 percent of homicides for which the FBI received weapons data involved the use

The media can no longer ignore
Obama and Hillary Clinton´s problems

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/16/2014 5:15:16 AM     Post Reply
It had to come sometime, and it came in one very bad week for the Democrats: that the many big problems with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama finally grew too great for the press to ignore. Obama in his own different way is heading towards Nixon-like levels of weirdness, as, beaten down by the failures regarding his ventures, he appears to have quit his own job. A.B. Stoddard of the Hill says in effect he has stopped being president and chooses to live in a world of his own, shutting out the problems that have become overwhelming, giving dinners where he talks

Rove American Crossroads
in Mississippi Controversy

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American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/16/2014 8:43:14 AM     Post Reply
The headline in the Washington Post on June 4 was clear: Rove-backed American Crossroads won’t get involved in Cochran runoff Said the Post story the day after Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel had defeated six-term Mississippi GOP Senator Thad Cochran in the first round of the state’s GOP primary: American Crossroads, a GOP establishment organization, has decided to shift its political focus almost entirely to the general election and will not be spending money in the likely runoff election to decide the Mississippi Senate nomination that was virtually deadlocked after Tuesday night. […] “Other than Alaska, we have completed our work on Senate primaries

Exclusive - Sessions Warns All of Congress:
Obama´s New Immigration Strategy ´Threatens
Foundation of Our Constitutional Republic´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 9:28:19 AM     Post Reply
Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has warned all of his colleagues in Congress that President Barack Obama’s new immigration strategy—his plans to legalize millions of illegal alien adults through executive power—could destroy America as we know it. “I write to inform you of a development that threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic,” Sessions, Congress’s top immigration hawk, wrote in a letter that was hand-delivered to all 535 members of Congress on Monday and provided exclusively to Breitbart News. Sessions cites a recent report from the National Journal, in which reporter Major Garrett detailed how, despite the ongoing

Eric Holder: Americans Should Not
Be ´Color Blind,´ But ´Color Brave´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 1:34:47 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder encouraged Americans not to forget race while working for justice and equality in their country. “As it stands, our society is not yet color blind -- nor should it be -- given the disparities that still afflict and divide us.” Holder explained, “We must be color brave, and we must never forget that all are made better and more prosperous if all are given equal opportunities.” Holder made his remarks during a speech at Howard University on Tuesday for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Civil Rights Act. “We must take into account not only the

Behind the scenes at the
Clinton White House

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New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/15/2014 5:04:05 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — It was an enduring image of his presidency: a chastened Bill Clinton walking his dog while wife Hillary keeps her distance as the family leaves town at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal — but it was all part of a contrived public-repentance campaign, according to a new book. With Bill on the skids and his wife’s future prospects on the line, it was necessary for the pubic to see the president being punished, said Weekly Standard online editor Daniel Halper in his new book, “Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.” “They understood that


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