The New York Times
reports the death of Richard Mellon Scaife
, the Mellon heir and noted financial backer of conservative organizations and publications
such as the Heritage Foundation
, The American Spectator
, and the Institute on Religion and Democracy
, following his battle with cancer.
Scaife is perhaps best known for funding a staggering number of anti-Clinton projects in the 1990s that set the stage for the Whitewater investigation, efforts which won him derision from some quarters
and approbation from others
. [more inside]
Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin’s Post-Scandal Playbook (Spoiler: The disgraced Congressman is likely running for Mayor of New York City. SLNYT, Via)
The New York Times examines
how American taxes have changed since 1980
In 2008, the National Journal
released The Hidden History of the American Electorate
, an analysis of exit poll demographics conducted by multiple news organizations from US presidential elections between 1988 and 2004. The study looked for "pressure points in the electorate": trends which were likely to decide the outcome of the 2008 presidential election. They've released an update for 2012, by adding exit poll results from the 1980, 1984, and 2008 presidential elections
. It gives a more comprehensive look at voting trends over a 32 year period of the groups whom they believe are likely to influence the outcome in November. Charts: Voting Preferences of the American Electorate, 1980-2008
Robert Reich writes today: My political prediction for 2012 (based on absolutely no inside information): Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden swap places
. Biden becomes Secretary of State -- a position he's apparently coveted for years. And Hillary Clinton, Vice President [more inside]
This past March, former US President Bill Clinton acknowledged
to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that tariff policies his administration championed in the mid-1990's helped destroy Haiti's rice production
and contributed to the impoverished nation's inability to feed itself. But while most of the world has stopped paying attention to Haiti's woes, Mr. Clinton has become the de facto leader of the effort to rebuild it after the catastrophic earthquake this past January
. Will his influence be enough? Reports
from the UN Office of the Special Envoy to Haiti
indicate that the reconstruction progress has been slow
. [more inside]
The Sunshine Foundation
, a non-profit group dedicated to government transparency & accountability, has obtained Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's emails
from her time in the Clinton White House & made them available in a handy web application. Browse, read, search & mark those you find interesting for others to read.
U.S. Presidents have had an uneven relationship
with technology. The Clinton Presidential Library
has more than 40 million White House emails on record (but only two
are from the man himself). The Bush Administration, on the other hand, junked the Clinton archival process and replaced it with a comically inept alternative
that has lost more than five million messages, many concerning official government business
. (President Bush, for his part, gave up his longtime address -- G94b@aol.com
-- just before his inauguration). Even the Reagan White House had its share of problems
with the digital age. Now, as tech-savvy
Barack Obama prepares to implement his technology plans
, does he have a shot at dragging the Oval Office into the 21st century
? Or will he have to surrender his laptop
, his email account, and his beloved Blackberry?
State by state electoral college analysis
for the main 2008 presidential candidates, based on polling data and updated daily. [more inside]
The week started off in classic campaign form: a report
of remarks made by Obama
percolated through the media
and came to dominate the news cycle. In typically circular fashion, the exhaustive coverage came to provide its own justification, as journalists covered the controversy
that they had largely created... [more inside]
The hidden factor in Hillary Clinton's rebound:
committed Republicans voting in open primaries who want to prolong the messy battle for the Democratic nomination, encouraged by right-wing radio hosts like Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh. Or is Hillary just suddenly more palatable
to conservatives than multi-culti Obama
Bill Clinton on Charlie Rose
- on display: Thoughtful Visionary as well as Political Animal; cf. Howard Dean
and Jimmy Carter
Clinton in planted questions row.
The US presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton
, has criticised her aides after she was accused of taking pre-arranged questions at a rally in Iowa. A case of meet the new boss
, same as the old boss
Clinton White House Spokesman Joe Lockhart does stand-up. Text
, or if you prefer there is some audio
at the 51min mark from This American Life.
Vote different. Unauthorized Internet ad for Obama converts Apple Computer's '84 Super Bowl spot into a generational howl against Clinton's presidential bid. more
Why Are British Sex Scandals So Much Better Than America's?
A recent (Feb. 2007 issue) Vanity Fair
article by James Wolcott
examines the Profumo Affair
, the Major-Currie
revelations and the recent shenanigans
at the U.K.'s The Spectator magazine, as compared to Mark Foley, Clinton-Lewinsky
and much more.
Spin, exposed live and wriggling.
In 1995, Brian Springer released an hour-long documentary film comprised of incredibly revealing moments caught from raw satellite feeds. Not only do we get to hear the spin-doctor coaching candidates received during various commercial breaks, there are also some amazing moments such as Larry King suggesting to Clinton that Ted Turner could "serve him," an anchor suggesting to her expert that during the L.A. riots his frank diagnosis of inner-city hope is "too obtuse," and the exclusion and exclusion of Larry Agran from the 1992 Democratic primaries — and, really, there's much more.
Clinton’s Former Aide Drops Windfall in the Lap of Bush Campaign
"...Presidential challenger Kerry will have to think twice before attacking Bush on national security issues lest he lay himself open to reminders that a former Clinton aide and his own adviser was caught red-handed misappropriating classified materials that revealed how a Democratic president mishandled the threat of terror...."
The Counter Clinton Library
A tax exempt
reaction to the Clinton Library
being built in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Link from the FEC's website
A link off of the FEC's website seems to suggest Hillary Clinton's going to take a shot at the big office. The results can be retrieved like this:
1) Go to The FEC Site
2) Click on "Citizen Guide"
3) Click on "View Reports" under the "Campaign Finance Information" header on the right
4) Click "Search the Report Image System"
5) Search for "Clinton, Hillary"
The first link is for Senate in 2000, the second is for President in 2004. It would seem that she's breaking her promise to the residents of New York State to not run for President during her first term. However, this Wired article
suggests she was listed for the same thing for the 2000 elections (though the record now lists 2004).
In her autobiography, "Living History," Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton recounts how China's imprisonment of a prominent human rights activist, Harry Wu, caused a sensation in the United States and nearly derailed her plans to attend a United Nations women's conference held in Beijing in 1995.
In the officially licensed Chinese edition of Mrs. Clinton's book, though, Mr. Wu makes just a cameo appearance. While named, he is otherwise identified only as a person who was "prosecuted for espionage and detained awaiting trial."
But nearly everything Mrs. Clinton had to say about China, including descriptions of her own visits here, former President Bill Clinton's meetings with Chinese leaders and her criticisms of Communist Party social controls and human rights policies, has been shortened or selectively excerpted to remove commentary deemed offensive by Beijing.
My question: is anybody other than Hillary really suprised by this
The left hates bush the way the right hated clinton
Here's an interesting article on, of all places, fox news illustrating the similarities
between Bush and Clinton. It's a pretty intresting essay, and actualy seems to be... ghasp, fair and ballanced :P
Clinton Fires Back at Republican Accusations
"There was corporate malfeasance both before he took office and after. The difference is I actually tried to do something about it and their party stopped it. And one of the people who stopped our attempt to stop Enron accounting was made chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission." He also talks about the Middle East and the related "Blame Clinton" movement. I can hear the teeth gnashing already.
Clinton speaks, pundits spin: The Washington Times and the spread of a media myth
Yep, the loony right-wingers obsession with hating all things Clinton continues.
A survey of the political climate surrounding President Clinton's strike against bin Laden.
Warning: ancient history (1998). Was he really "wagging the dog", or did he have a valid objective after all?
Bush warned of G-8 terrorist threat
Bin Laden's recruitment video shows them
taking shots at a video image of Clinton, and possibly a link with the bombing of the Cole. Also, speculation on moving the summit
Hillary rules out running for president - ever!
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday ruled out ever running for president - a startling declaration that even seemed to leave her own aides stunned. And a domain
Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter thinks trying to impeach Clinton again would be a good idea.
Did Clinton finally cross the line with his last-minue pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich, or are Republicans just bitter about eight years of Clinton presidency?
"Missing you already..."
A great column from the Guardian
on the Clinton legacy: "Today America is choosing between two half-Clintons. They can have a version of his smarts, in Al Gore, or a version of his warmth, in George W Bush. Clinton wants the voters to choose Gore, of course, to protect his legacy. But if America picks Bush, that will be a kind of compliment, too."
From the latest chapter in "Don't Make a Clinton Mad"
comes this 1998 photo released by the White House that shows Rick Lazio firmly shaking hands of Yasser Arafat with a bright smile on his face.
Lazio had earlier criticized Bill Clinton for shaking the hand of Fidel Castro and Hillary for pecking on the cheek of Shuha Arafat
in 1999. Lazio also accused Hillary to be supporting with her silence Shuha Arafat's factual charges of environmental pollutions in the occupied territories by the Israeli authorities
. Unlike Lazio, Hillary at least has claimed Jewish ancestry
. Lazio has no clue what he is up against.
You have the right to protest. You have to right to speak out in public against political candidates. Unless that political candidate is Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Then the Secret Service bags you and throws you out the door.
Clinton Grand Jury Probe
What a convenient day for the Republicans to leak this. When wil they learn? What will it take?
We can try who we like, but don't anyone try to try one of ours.
From the article: "The Clinton administration is offering a "Get Out of Jail Free" card to future Saddam Husseins and Slobodan Milosevics, simply in order to pander to the Pentagon and the Republican right on Capitol Hill. American diplomats are fighting a rearguard action in New York, in tandem with Congress in Washington, to emasculate the International Criminal Court that was established by the United Nations last year in Rome.
"Why does the United States oppose a way to punish the world's greatest villains? In short -- and in no uncertain terms -- congressmen such as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms demand that no such court have jurisdiction over potential American criminals."
Silly me, I thought the law was supposed to apply to everyone or to no-one at all. Am I just being old-fashioned, or is anyone else bothered by the hypocrisy at work here?
This has got to be the funniest thing
I've ever seen from from a President. How in the world
did they get all of those people to do this and what in the hell was it for? There was no trailer on the end. Is it just a ad released to circulate among the populace to repair the lagacy of a disgraced President?