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Clinton Aids To Be Interviewed By FBI

According to LA Times

Federal prosecutors investigating the possible mishandling of classified materials on Hillary Clinton’s private email server have begun the process of setting up formal interviews with some of her longtime and closest aides, according to two people familiar with the probe, an indication that the inquiry is moving into its final phases.

Those interviews and the final review of the case, however, could still take many weeks, all but guaranteeing that the investigation will continue to dog Clinton’s presidential campaign through most, if not all, of the remaining presidential primaries.

No dates have been set for questioning the advisors, but a federal prosecutor in recent weeks has called their lawyers to alert them that he would soon be doing so, the sources said. Prosecutors also are expected to seek an interview with Clinton herself, though the timing remains unclear.

Some cynical people think this is all necessary to make it look as if an investigation had been done, before declaring her completely innocent. I’m wondering if they aren’t going to go after her because she is such a weak candidate. Maybe we’ll get Plagiarizing Joe Biden instead?!

– Aggie

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He Gets Results

American Vice President rightly condemned the leadership of the fictitious, invented people self-described as “Palestinian” (they might as well call themselves leprechauns or unicorns) for not denouncing the rash of terror attacks that met his arrival.

Fatah (Mahmoud Abbas’s gang) responded:

Text on arm: “The heroic Martyr (Shahid)”
Text on map is name of Taylor Force’s murderer: “Bashar Masalha”
[Official Fatah Facebook page, March 9, 2016]

Fatah and the Palestinian Authority celebrated yesterday’s murder of Taylor Force, an American tourist who was visiting Israel with Vanderbilt University. Fatah’s official Facebook page posted a drawing of a knife held over the PA map of “Palestine” that includes all of Israel and the PA areas.

“In the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) homeland and on the day the Martyrs are roses, flying to their Creator, to Allah’s mercy. O the pride of all of the young Palestinians, may your blood remain a source of true honor for the homeland for which you sacrificed all – even your precious lives. We promise you that your blood will continue to be a torch that illuminates our path, until we achieve what you died for as Martyrs. Your blood has taught us a lesson in the school of life: #The_homeland’s_honor_is_above_all”
[Official Fatah Facebook page, March 8, 2016]

There’s talk that Obama might try another “peace” intitiative before he leaves office. Israel needs that like it needs a hole in the head.

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Palestinian Terrorist Who Killed American Grad Student …

attacked near Biden family

Biden is now condemning terrorism, and criticizing the world media for failing to condemn terrorism.

US Vice President Joe Biden denounced those in the international community and in the Palestinian Authority who have failed to condemn Palestinian terror attacks against Israel.

“Let me say in no uncertain terms the US condemns these acts and condemns the failure to condemn these acts,” Biden said in Jerusalem on Wednesday at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He spoke just one day after a Palestinian terrorist went on a stabbing spree in Tel Aviv and Jaffa, killing a Vanderbilt graduate student, Taylor Force, 29, and wounding 12 others.

Force was a US veteran who had served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan only to be killed on the Jaffa boardwalk by the Mediterranean sea on Tuesday evening.

The attack occurred just a short distance away from where Biden was meeting former president Shimon Peres.

Biden noted that his wife and his grandchildren who have joined him on this trip, were having dinner on the beach nearby.

“It just brings home that [terror] can happen anywhere at any time,” Biden said.

The truth is that “terror can happen anywhere at any time” because for at least sixteen years the world has had good terrorists and bad terrorists. The Tsarnaev brothers are bad terrorists; Yassir Arafat was a good terrorist. Killers of Israelis are frustrated terrorists; killers of US citizens or European citizens are obviously bad terrorists. I applaud Biden for bringing his family to Israel and I hope that they stay and enjoy themselves. But he really needs to sit down with his boss and have this conversation….

– Aggie

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Ready For…Joe?

Joe who?


You put your left foot in, you put your left foot out…

Panic among some Democrats about Hillary Clinton running into trouble with Bernie Sanders is spreading so rapidly that the idea of drafting Vice President Joe Biden is popping up yet again.

Fox News has learned that a prominent backer of the “Draft Biden 2016” movement, Tulsa businessman Bill Bartmann, fired off an email Friday afternoon to several dozen Democratic allies musing about the possibility of reviving the push for Biden.

“I would urge all of you to join me in ‘keeping our powder dry’ until we see if for the good of the party and the country, we should resurrect (sic) the Draft Biden movement.”

Draft Biden…that rings a bell:

Biden received student draft deferments during this period, at the peak of the Vietnam War,[29] and in 1968, he was reclassified by the Selective Service System as not available for service due to having had asthma as a teenager.

Asthma. Is that a fact?

Biden attended the Archmere Academy in Claymont,[14] where he was a standout halfback/wide receiver on the high school football team; he helped lead a perennially losing team to an undefeated season in his senior year.[11][15] He played on the baseball team as well.

[A]nd he played halfback with the [University of Delaware] Blue Hens freshman football team.

I guess the pollen is worse in Vietnam. Anyway:

There is absolutely no evidence that Biden is re-thinking his decision to skip the race, though in January he said he was sorry that he had not launched a bid.

“I regret it every day, but it was the right decision for my family and for me, and I plan on staying deeply involved,” Biden told NBC affiliate WVIT in Hartford, Conn.

That sounds like at least a little evidence that he is re-thinking his decision. “Every day.”

Aren’t we all?

During his first year [at Syracuse Law School], he was accused of having plagiarized 5 of 15 pages of a law review article. Biden said it was inadvertent due to his not knowing the proper rules of citation, and he was permitted to retake the course after receiving an “F” grade, which was subsequently dropped from his record (this incident would later attract attention when further plagiarism accusations emerged in 1987).

That darn asthma! Oxygen deprivation can make a man do crazy things.

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Is it 2016 Already?

No, but it’s awfully close. Caught Biden completely by surprise:

Inside Biden’s final deliberations

It went down to the wire. But in the end, the vice president decided it was too late to mount a credible campaign.

Too late? Whose fault is that? He’s been “weighing his options” for months, even years, and the deadline snuck up on him and bit him in the ass? Please. Every four years, Joe, every four years. It’s in the Constitution. You bet Hillary has the date cicled on her Monster Truck calendar.

This is a Politico story with many unnamed sources, but I still don’t believe it. Not even Joe Biden is this dumb.

But don’t ask me to bet on it.

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Say it Ain’t So, Joe

It ain’t so:

Vice President Joe Biden ended months of intense speculation about his political future on Wednesday by announcing he wouldn’t seek the presidency, abandoning a dream he’s harbored for decades and putting Hillary Clinton in a stronger position to capture the Democratic nomination.

[yadda-yadda]

“While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent,” he said in a speech that highlighted Democratic themes on income inequality along with a call for a national movement to cure cancer.

[yadda-yadda]

You do that, Joe. You’re just the guy. Nobody messes with Joe, not even malignant melanoma.

But much as I would have enjoyed the spectacle, and much as I am on record fearing a Biden-Warren ticket, no 72-year-old should take on the rigors of campaigning for, let alone serving as, president.

Did someone get to him? Did Obama withhold his support, or at least offer it with only with burdensome conditions? I hope we find out. But if Biden can bow out, I’d like to suggest about half a dozen Republicans (in name only) do the same. Every moment that Lindsay Graham or John Kasich takes away from Ted Cruz is a crime.

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Rambo Joe

The Democrat nomination is only of mild interest to me. I’d vote for Marmaduke or the Tasmanian Devil before I’d vote for any Democrat (the late Jim Webb possibly excepted).

But can you picture the entertainment value of Hillary vs. Biden? Remember Dueling Brandos from SNL?

Imagine those two trying to out-lie each other?

Vice President Biden on Tuesday seemed to contradict Hillary Clinton’s account of the 2011 raid that killed Usama bin Laden, while also changing his own account of the advice he gave President Obama before the commander-in-chief approved the risky, and ultimately successful, mission.

Biden spoke about the raid at a forum honoring former Vice President Walter Mondale. Without naming Clinton, he effectively contradicted her claim that she firmly backed the raid from the beginning. In his remarks, he said that only then-CIA chief Leon Panetta was in favor.

“There were only two people who were definitive and were absolutely certain. Leon Panetta said go, [Defense Secretary] Bob Gates … said don’t go. Others were at 59-41,” Biden said.

Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner and former secretary of state, has claimed she recommended to Obama that he “go ahead,” while his advisers “were split.”

The VP comments come as Biden weighs whether to enter the 2016 Democratic presidential race. It’s unclear whether Biden intentionally challenged Clinton’s account, or simply offered an inadvertently flawed retelling of events.

Biden on Tuesday also contradicted his past recollections of the deliberations, telling the forum that while he privately supported the raid, he didn’t want to say so in front of everyone else as it risked “undercutting” his relationship with Obama if the president decided against the raid.

Biden said he only advised Obama to go ahead when the two were alone — after advising in a Cabinet meeting that there should be another pass with a surveillance drone to make sure bin Laden really was at the compound.

“As we walked out of the room and walked up the stairs, I told him my opinion that I thought he should go but to follow his own instincts,” Biden said. “I never, on a difficult issue, never say what I think finally until I go up in the Oval with him alone.”

However, Biden previously described himself as on the fence on the bin Laden raid decision.

Comment, Madame Secretary?

I don’t blame you, toots. It is pretty funny. But then, let she who is without sin cast the first ashtray.

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Angry Democrats

Hillary hasn’t been this PO’d since coming under fire in Tuzla!

“Hillary’s been having screaming, child-like tantrums that have left staff members in tears and unable to work,” says a campaign aide. “She thought the nomination was hers for the asking, but her mounting problems have been getting to her and she’s become shrill and, at times, even violent.”

In one incident, Hillary berated a low-level campaign worker for making a scheduling mistake. When the girl had the nerve to turn her back on Hillary and walk away, Hillary grabbed her arm.

Hillary’s anger may be stoked by fear — her poll numbers have slipped by 10 points in one week on the eve of the Democrat debate.

And Biden! Well, the last time he lost his temper like this was…the last time:

Biden always had time for strangers, especially if they bore any relation to Delaware. If you were family, or part of a small circle of long-serving aides, like Kaufman, and you “bled Biden blue,” as the senator liked to say, then he was intensely loyal.

But if you just worked your ass off for him for a few years, he ignored you, intimidated you, sometimes humiliated you, took no interest in your advancement, and never learned your name.

“Hey, Chief,” he’d say, or “How’s it going, Cap’n,” unless he was ticked at you, in which case he’d employ one of his favorite terms for male underlings: “dumb f–k.”

“Dumb f–k over here didn’t get me the briefing materials I needed.” It was both noun and adjective: “Is the event leader a Democrat or a Republican? Or are you too dumb f–k to know?”

Biden had agreed to wear a mike for an entire, unedited campaign event — a first in political history. He was brilliant for 89 of the 90 minutes, but he had spent his whole career saying too much, and just before the end, a voter asked him about his law-school grades. Biden snapped, “I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do,” then made at least three false statements about his education while taking the guy’s head off.

Even Angry Bernie Sanders has his own Twitter account.

But we’re used to this. Being liberal is synonymous with being angry. Liberals don’t do disappointment, they go striaght for outrage. They don’t merely disagree, they scream bloody murder. Aggie and I could show you our scars, but, frankly, we don’t want to see yours.

If Biden announces his candidacy today (citing his descent from a long line of Neil Kinnock’s coal-mining forebears), will he be at the debate on Tuesday night? The ashtrays and the invective will be flying!

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Nobody Messes With Joe, But Joe is Messing With Us All

So, Joe Biden is going to gather his family about him this weekend to make his at-long-last decision whther to run for president.

Why do I suspect a set-up?

Vice President Joe Biden is convening a “family meeting” this weekend at his home in Delaware to discuss a possible presidential run.

The family get-together comes following months of public speculation and private contemplation by Biden about whether to jump into the race for the Democratic nomination.

The Bidens in Wilmington are not exactly the Kennedys at Hyannisport, but I mean that as a compliment.

Biden has acknowledged his own doubts about running. But the wishes of his late son, Beau, who died in May and reportedly wanted Biden to make one last run, weigh heavily on him.

Beau Biden, God bless him, died of brain cancer, gliobalstoma multiforme, about which I know a little bit, as my brother died of it several years ago. If my brother’s experience is any guide, Beau Biden made no such request from his death bed because Beau Biden didn’t kow his own mind near the end. Early on, shortly after diagnosis? Sure. But death bed implies the final hours or days, not the 18-24 months one is usually allotted after the onset of symptoms. (Google “end stage glioblastoma” if you’re morbidly curious.) Supposedly this moment happened between the two of them, so I can’t prove it didn’t actually took place. But I can look at Joe’s record with the truth and say I’m massively skeptical.

But it’s all part of a bigger plan. Will I, won’t I? Aw, shucks, if you insist. Lemme ask my family. It’s what Beau wanted—he told me so just before he expired in my arms.

Bleccch. He’s running.

Hillary’s a dead woman walking; Sanders won’t be the nominee if Debbie Wasserman Schultz herself has to seduce him into making a lurid sex tape. (After which he’d have my vote: Audie Murphy was never so brave in service to his country.)

Of course he’s running. I still say it’s for a single term if the Democrats can find someone whose record is not so odious (or from Massachusetts, same thing) to take over after serving as Joe’s VP. Elizabeth Warren? Deval Patrick? Pass. Whitey Bulger could do a better job from solitary.

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The Other 9/11

Lest we forget:

Charles Woods also said his resolve was strengthened Thursday, on the eve of the anniversary, after seeing a road sign by chance while driving along Highway 213 near Oregon City. Ty graduated from Oregon City High School.

“I am in Oregon getting my other kids registered for college. And driving down the freeway, I saw this sign for ‘Fallen Hero. Memorial Highway. Tyrone S. Woods U.S. Navy.’ I pulled over, and took a picture as the tears went down my cheeks. He is my son. I am not going to let this die. Justice must prevail.”

He’s been trying for three years:

The grieving father also described his brief encounter with President Obama during the ceremony for the Libya victims.

“When he finally came over to where we were, I could tell that he was rather conflicted, a person who was not at peace with himself,” Woods said. “Shaking hands with him, quite frankly, was like shaking hands with a dead fish. His face was pointed towards me but he would not look me in the eye, his eyes were over my shoulder.”

“I could tell that he was not sorry,” he added. “He had no remorse.”

Beck said he wanted to give the president “the benefit of the doubt,” and asked Woods how he could be sure that Obama wasn’t just uncomfortable or nervous during their conversation. Woods said it was Obama’s “demeanor.”

Hillary Clinton’s comments to Woods raise even more questions about the White House’s official story on the Benghazi attack, which has already been extremely inconsistent.

After apologizing for his loss, Woods said Clinton told him that the U.S. would “make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.”

Vice President Biden, as he has become known to do, reportedly made a wildly inappropriate comment to the father who had just lost his hero son.

Woods said Biden came over to his family and asked in a “loud and boisterous” voice, “Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?”

“Are these the words of someone who is sorry?” said Woods.

Obama was only sorry Benghazi cut into his fundraising time in Vegas.

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Run, Joe, Run!

Despite my concerns that a ticket of a Welshman wannabe and a Cherokee never-was would be formidable in these most [bleeped]-up of times, don’t we need Joe Biden in the race for comic effect? Trump’s a riot, of course, but Hillary’s a farce—not the same thing. The rest of the pack, Dem and GOP, while earnest and worthy (of what I can’t say) are about as beguiling as a flare-up of shingles.

Our neighbors, the Chinese, demand it!

FALLON: Of course, there’s a lot of rumors right now that Joe Biden may be running for president and he does seem to be giving more speeches recently. Here he is in Florida yesterday, talking about all the new energy being produced by the North American countries. Most of them are North American countries. Watch.

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: North America is going to be, for the first half of the century at least, the epicenter of energy in the world. Not the Arabian peninsula. Not Venezuela. Not Nigeria. North America. Mexico, the United States, and China. [LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]

We could try to explain—if you substitute Canada for China, it makes sense—but [LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE] is the best response. If the emperors give us bread and circuses, do we ask for peanut butter and a lieder recital? No! We enjoy the spectacle and wait for the next Christian to be served.

I do have to say, however, the act is getting a little old:

Vice president Joe Biden declared China a North American country in a speech at Boston’s John F. Kennedy Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School on Thursday [Oct. 2, 2014].

“On energy, North America is literally — not figuratively — the epicenter of energy in the world today. There are more rigs, gas and oil rigs in the United States pumping today than every other nation in the world combined. Combined. North America will account — meaning Mexico, China and Canada — for two-thirds of the growth of global energy supply over the next 20 years.”

Well, at least Canada made it that time. But if you go to the official White House website, you can find what he’s been trying to say this whole time:

Meanwhile, we’re in the midst of a seismic shift in the global economy: the ascendancy of the Americas as the epicenter of energy production in the world. We have more oil and gas rigs running in the United States, than all the rest of the world combined. Mexico, Canada and the United States is the new epicenter of energy — not the Arabian Peninsula. It is the new epicenter of energy in the 21st century.

My online dictionary has the literal meaning of epicenter as the location of an earthquake; the figurative meaning is as Biden uses it, however of an unpleasant situation. So, his declaration that “North America is literally — not figuratively — the epicenter of energy in the world” is literally—not figuratively—nonsensical.

And isn’t energy production a bit of a sensitive subject in these climate-changed times? Don’t Democrats want to be at the epi-periphery, the epi-circumference, of fossil fuels? And I still don’t get why Air Force One, and 20-something of its closest 747s, flew to Alaska to decry the despoilation of the environment by human activity. They couldn’t Skype?

Of course, none of this hilarity will serve to entertain us if the media don’t report it. Trump doesn’t know the difference between Hamass and Hezbollah, from Al-Jackass and Abu Douchebag, and the media elite have a fit of vapors. Fine. He should. But I bet he can find Canada and China on the map.

PS: The only energy China produces comes from coal. Unless Biden is wooing Appalachian voters with a figurative—not literal—dog whistle, he’s veering further from sense.

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About That Dream Ticket

Biden/Warren ’16? The Welshman Wannabe and the Ersatz Indian?

Not so fast:

A look at the public record shows that clashes between the pair began more than a decade ago. The fraught relationship has improved in recent years, but their past would complicate a potential alliance should he decide to run for president — and, as some have speculated, ask her to join him on a ticket.

Biden was an early opponent of Warren as she cut her teeth in national politics, and he became one of the first in a long list of Democrats to be called out by her for not sufficiently supporting the pro-middle class policies that she has made a reputation promoting.

There’s the lengthy letter she penned in 2002 to The New York Times. In the missive she accused him of taking a position that made it harder for women to overcome debt and suggested a reason why: His home state is a place “where many banks and credit-card issuers are incorporated,” she wrote.

Three years later they were still at it, continuing to debate on consumer debt, with Biden accusing her in 2005 of making a “mildly demagogic” argument as a witness before his Judiciary committee.

At one point Biden interrupted Warren as she testified. “That is not my question,” he snapped. “I would like you to answer my question.”

These two are so good at inventing identities that I’m sure they’ll be lovers in no time.

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