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The Establishment vs The Base, A Football Analogy

Posted by TreyL on July 23, 2016 at 6:23 PM

In the game of American politics, there are two teams. The Red Republicans and the Blue Democrats. The players on the field are the politicians and candidates for office, the establishment is represented by the coaching staff on each sideline, and the base is represented by the fans in the stadium. Today, we'll visualize a football game to put into perspective the looney left's reaction to Tim Kaine's announcement as Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick, and why the fringe base must always and forever be contained and prevented from having any meaningful say in the nomination process.

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The end of a week full of news

Posted by Warren Porter on July 23, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Oh my what a week! Rather than write an individual essay, I have opted to create this space to discuss several recent events.

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Scores Perish in Nice

Posted by Warren Porter on July 14, 2016 at 11:35 PM

In an apparent act of terrorism, a lorry has been driven into a crowd of people watching Bastille Day fireworks from Le Promenade des Anglais. The local press has reported at least 80 deaths and perhaps 100 injured (40 seriously, 18 critically). While no one has claimed responsibility. The havoc wreaked on the English walkway was an impressive feat for one man, but experts already speculate that DAESH may be responsible and the hunt is on for any possible accomplices.

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Lawful gun owner killed by police

Posted by Warren Porter on July 8, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Police in Minnesota shot a licensed CCW permit-holder. It is not yet clear why, but it appears that the fact that he was armed was a factor. Shockingly, gun rights groups have refused to comment on what is clearly a violation of their interpretation of the second amendment.

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The Balance of Our Lives

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on July 8, 2016 at 8:52 AM

Either we are all free, or none of us truly are. Yet we accept some degrees of legal restriction of our overall rights in order to sleep at night. The question is, what happens when we ask too much of some, and not enough of others?

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Antisemitism or Incompetence?

Posted by Warren Porter on July 6, 2016 at 10:45 PM

On June 15, an image was uploaded to the twitter account named "@fishbonehead1". The image featured an unflattering photo of Hillary Clinton plastered in front of $100 dollar bills as well as a hexagram containing the words, "most corrupt candidate ever"! The hexagram resembled the outline of the Magen David, a common Jewish symbol and the piles of money alluded to the common antisemetic claim that the money of Jewish financiers corrupts our government.

The resemblance to the Magen David was not a coincidence. The @fishbonehead1 twitter account had a long history of publishing anti-Semitic imagery including the doctoring of photographs to elongate the nose of a Jewish journalist and doctoring a photograph of President Obama to resemble Hasidic attire.

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FBI: Clinton not recommended for prosecution

Posted by Warren Porter on July 5, 2016 at 11:23 AM

James Comey delivered remarks today announcing that the FBI would not recommend criminal prosecution against Hillary Clinton. Even though she violated policies and procedures meant to safeguard American secrets, there was no intent or malice behind her poor decision-making. Rather, carelessness seems to be the theme.

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On Transgender Issue, We're Making Fools of Ourselves

Posted by TreyL on June 29, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Recently, 51 families whose children attended a school district in Palatine, Illinois had to sue the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration because they objected to their daughters having to change in the same locker room as a biological male. The school district offered to allow the male student to use a partitioned area of the locker room, but the Obama administration said that wasn't good enough, and that Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination, mandates that a male with all the plumbing to prove it, must be allowed into a women's bathroom upon request. You have got to be kidding me.

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Benghazi Nothingburger

Posted by Warren Porter on June 29, 2016 at 12:33 PM

The House Select Committee on Benghazi released its report. It doesn't say much that we didn't already know.

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This Is What Democracy Looks Like

Posted by TreyL on June 23, 2016 at 2:07 AM

As the old protest chant goes, "This is what democracy looks like." It's 2:10 A.M. here in the Eastern Time Zone, the morning of June 23, 2016. C-Span is broadcasting a webcam video from Congressman Eric Swallwell after Speaker Paul Ryan shut down the main House of Representatives cameras. Why? The Democrats are waging a sit-in over the No Fly No Buy bill. This is what democracy looks like.

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College Affordability Is About More Than Managing Tuition Costs

Posted by DanikaK on June 22, 2016 at 4:06 PM

There is bipartisan recognition that students need to be encouraged to attend and graduate from college. Whether the concern is rooted in fears about America's position in the global economy, or founded in reducing systemic inequality--there's a convincing argument to be made that we need more college graduates to move forward as a society.

But while we all agree that a college education will drastically transform the trajectory of our country, there is still the issue of cost to take into account, and the opportunity to attend college--whether you graduate or not--has a lot to do with how much money your parents already have.

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New CIA Torture Documents Released

Posted by KeelanB on June 16, 2016 at 10:31 AM

New documents have been released by the CIA, detailing torture techniques the agency used against terrorism related detainees after September 11, 2001.

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Power at the End of a Gun

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on June 16, 2016 at 10:09 AM

There was a good guy with a gun. I don't mind the idea of having fully qualified, well-trained, certified people carrying weapons. In fact, the more we put the onus on this being a right that carries obligations, the better. But there is something fundamentally naive about expecting a hero to save the day when the bad guy has the jump on everybody else.

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Orlando Nightclub Attacked

Posted by Warren Porter on June 12, 2016 at 9:18 PM

In the wee hours this morning, a man entered The Pulse, an Orlando nightclub catering to the LGBT community. Armed with an AR-15 rifle and a Glock 17 handgun, Omar Mateen committed the worst atrocity on American soil since September 11, 2001. Approximately 50 people are dead and nearly as many injured.

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Muhammad Ali: Rest in Peace

Posted by Warren Porter on June 7, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Last weekend, America lost one of its greatest heroes, a man not scared of controversy. Muhammad Ali transcended the boxing ring, with activism expressing opposition to the Vietnam War and the segregationist policies that dominated much of the country in the mid-twentieth century.

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Would You Trust Ted the Flamethrower Cruz?

Posted by AllardK on July 21, 2016 at 5:27 PM

A roar of approval and gratitude greeted his entrance. A chorus of boos fought with defiant cheers as he strode off the stage, a few short minutes later, leaving the hall in flames. Ted Cruz torched the GOP Convention in Cleveland using the soaring rhetoric of freedom as this flamethrower.

One can imagine McConnell smugly saying to his friends and aides: now America can see what we have to deal with in the Senate.

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The Corpocracy Mistates The Reason For Our Disenchantment

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 19, 2016 at 12:43 PM

The Dems and Reps have worked hard to tell us why we have the problems we do and what needs to be done to set us one the right track. IMO, both have failed to recognize or address the real reasons causing disenchantment among so many folks.

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Nice: Obama Cannot Avoid the T-Word Anymore

Posted by AllardK on July 16, 2016 at 3:32 PM

According to the NYTimes, some guy drove a truck, really fast, into a crowd. And that's all they would say, if they could get away with it. They'll refuse to call it a terrorist attack - surely ISIL inspired - until a sheepskin parchment detailing a carefully conceived plan and signed by Islamic State officials, is discovered in a cave in Iraq, Afghanistan, or even maybe Syria.

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Will Trump Ask? Will Pence Accept?

Posted by AllardK on July 13, 2016 at 10:37 PM

How tough is the upcoming election going to be? Even tougher than you thought. No, not the presidential election. The race for governor of the state of Indiana. And yes, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the fact that the business community in Indiana turned against the legislation left a mark on Governor Pence. And made his re-election a tougher prospect than it might have been previously.

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Isn't it Obvious?

Posted by Weary_Willie on July 7, 2016 at 9:55 PM

The whole world is seeing one thing.

The Media is saying another..

Isn't it obvious?

If I said the sky was blue, a Democratic would say I was wrong!

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Hillary's Exoneration

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 5, 2016 at 11:58 AM

(no words)

Why the GOP Silence on Monday's Ruling?

Posted by AllardK on June 28, 2016 at 7:31 PM

While anti-abortion groups like the Susan B. Anthony List were loud and clear in expressing why the Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt shows how important this year's elections are, the GOP leadership has been silent so far. Clearly, preserving the Senate seems more important than preserving the right to life for McConnell and colleagues.

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Bernie Sanders Is Sticking To His Guns

Posted by GregB on June 26, 2016 at 9:21 PM

The modern day phenomenon of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders is becoming legendary in the history of politics. With resistance from the political elite of both parties, the world of commerce, and the mainstream media, Sanders continues to stick to his guns and remains a viable candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination and President of the United States.

Debates are raging as to why Sanders won't stay down, his following continues to grow as both primary contenders, billionaire Donald Trump and former First Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton continue to try to dismiss is presence and power, to much avail.

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Has The World Gone 'Marvel Comics' Crazy?

Posted by GregB on June 26, 2016 at 9:20 PM

For over 70 years, Marvel Comics in one incarnation or another, has presented a variety of over-the-top villains and superheroes as well as stories that has now leaped to global domination of the box office. With battles of magnitude where the world's future is in the balance, it's not too far fetched to see how the news of the day mirrors these movies and more.

Marvel Comics is the home of such superheroes as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers, Spider-Man, and more. The most popular of American comic book companies and now a monster of a juggernaut in the motion picture industry, toy market and web based entertainment, it got its start just prior to WWII, Marvel ushered in a series of sci-fi based heroes whose villains were like something from the primordial subconscious of mankind.

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Corpocracy vs Trump'ism

Posted by Roy Ellis on June 25, 2016 at 4:36 PM

Politics has taken an interesting turn over the last six months and all for the better, IMO. We've seen Trump pretty much go it alone in standing up to Corpocracy (Reganites and company and Clinton's and company). And, now we've seen the Brit's stand up to Corpocracy in that part of the UK. Other EU countries are making waves as well.

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The Brexit Effect

Posted by GregB on June 24, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Now that Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union, markets and world power have just gone chaotic.

Officials from around the world are reeling at the vote and there's no telling how the commodities markets will react. Turmoil erupted almost immediately but only time will tell the true Brexit Effect.

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Mudslinging To The Max!

Posted by GregB on June 22, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Now that the numbers point to both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton having gained their respective political party's nominations for President of the United States, the mudslinging has begun and in all the previous campaigns since elections were first held.

In recent memory there hasn't been a vitriolic candidate for the Oval Office like that of Donald Trump. He speaks his mind, no matter how offensive and idiotic he sounds. He's using the ploy of basically mirroring what millions of Americans want to say but are too afraid to. This has caused great ire among the Republican hierarchy and they're abandoning him like rats leaving a sinking ship. Trump doesn't care because he still has the numbers and momentum to give Hillary Clinton a good run for her money and possibly beat her in a landslide. This is due in great part to Clinton's ties with Wall Street and the Democratic hierarchy that's no better than their counterparts in the Republican hierarchy. People now see Clinton as old skool politics that won't get anything done that doesn't benefit big business first.

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Bar Trump?

Posted by Weary_Willie on June 18, 2016 at 7:59 PM

See how Democratics aim altruism straight toward failure.

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Orlando: Obama Has It Backwards

Posted by AllardK on June 14, 2016 at 8:43 PM

Sorry Jesse Byrnes. Obama arguing his version of semantics like a grouchy linguistics professor trying to browbeat an audience is not "scathing". Scathing is the anger at the terrorist attack in Orlando. Islamic terrorism are words that convey the very real war that America and much of the community of Western nations find themselves engaged in with radical terrorist jihadist islamists. Whether they have the clarity and the conviction to both realize it and state it. Or not.

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It Ain't over Until the Fat Lady Says It's Over

Posted by GregB on June 12, 2016 at 9:41 AM

It Ain't Over Until The Fat Lady Says It's Over

Last week was the long awaited California Democratic vote. Both sides of the top contenders, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders felt they would take the state by a good margin. What finally turned out was that Clinton's preliminary vote theoretically gives her the Democratic nomination for president.. On the other hand, debate is still raging regarding votes that were classed as 'provisional' by mostly independents who changed to Democrat in order to vote for Sanders.

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Of Demagogues and a Nation's Laws

Posted by Keeley on July 22, 2016 at 5:14 PM

We know of demagogues from the quills of aristocrats: Thucydides - who would work at the Council on Foreign Relations or be elegantly ensconced in Brussels were he alive today; Aristophanes - London playwright? Or Manhattan theatre sensation who occasionally can be seen in Hollywood? From their perches above the seething masses they fingered out Cleon - a tradesman turned orator - as a leader of the common people. As the term demagogue originally meant. And even then, it was already sliding towards a negative connotation.

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Cleveland: What NeverTrump'ers Want

Posted by Keeley on July 19, 2016 at 5:07 PM

If it was up to Ken Cuccinelli, Viriginia delegate and former AG for the state, the Cleveland GOP Convention would be labelled the Republican Party's Altamont. Fortunately, a few dozen NeverTrump'ers shouting for a roll call vote, while being drowned out by Trump supporters, is not quite the same as drug-crazed Hell's Angels bludgeoning an unruly crowd back in 1970.

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What If Cleveland Pulls It Off?

Posted by Keeley on July 15, 2016 at 5:17 PM

The image of Brodie Copeland, a beautiful 11-year old kid from Texas is hard to shake. And we should let that image of him and his dad Sean rest deeply within our souls, and at least know that they left this life likely together, as father and son. Every one of the 84 (or perhaps more) individuals murdered on France's Bastille Day will mean more than we can imagine for their loved ones, their friends, and their family. Like islamic terrorism's other victims around the world. We can also honor the brave person, apparently a policewoman, who stood in the truck's path to force it to veer and perhaps stop. After which the police were able to neutralize the monster behind the wheel.

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Hillary Fishes for Stale NeverTrump'ers Quotes

Posted by Keeley on July 14, 2016 at 3:39 PM

As Kendal Unruh attempts to get 28 delegates on the rules committee to vote for her proposal to let delegates in Cleveland vote their conscience, Hillary is already using some of the best NeverTrump'ers slogans. How many times have GOP politicians and commentators disparaged Trump as not belonging to, or belonging in, the party of Lincoln? How many times has that refrain echoed around the media? As Trump's steady and fairly quick march towards 1,237 became a certainty, how many times have they lamented that the Republican Party - Lincoln's party - would no longer exist under a Trump presidency?

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Is the FBI Investigating the Clinton Foundation?

Posted by Keeley on July 7, 2016 at 7:36 PM

The President says Hillary Clinton is the best-prepared candidate in many generations for the nation's commander-in-chief job. The FBI Director says Hillary has a little trouble with classification of information, seeing she's a touch "unsophisticated" with complex symbols like a (C) at the start of a paragraph in an email. For example.

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Bill's Full Court Press in Phoenix

Posted by Keeley on July 5, 2016 at 2:46 PM

It was Bill Clinton who put Loretta Lynch on the political map, appointing the ambitious and successful attorney to the position of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in 1999. Just as he was emerging from the clouds of an attempted impeachment, and the Lewisnki scandal.

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Just Pretend Jihadists Are not At War With Us

Posted by Keeley on July 1, 2016 at 2:24 PM

There is a raging battle going on between the Obama White House and Islamic terrorists, make no mistake. And it's taking place in the media. You see, the Obama Administration believes that the editing out of words like "islamic" and "terrorism" from official Benghazi documents, for example, is the way to combat terrorism, Al-Qaeda on the other hand, wants you to be damn certain why they are encouraging lone wolf attacks.

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Sit-Ins and the Assault on the Second Amendment

Posted by Keeley on June 24, 2016 at 4:33 PM

History might repeat itself, but when it does, it is often an imitation of a past that no longer exists. So, yes, John Lewis was there sitting-in at Nashville lunch counters nearly 60 years ago. He really is that old, unlike Elizabeth Warren who had she been old enough, would have never been part of such a demonstration. Times change. People change.

But the Democrat House Sit-in is more of a coup than a revolt. A media coup that will cycle for the next little while - even if the cameras and lights are off at the House of Representatives. We Shall Overcome was sung. And make no mistake: We Shall Overcome the Second Amendment is what that out-of-tune singing really meant.

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Omar Mateen's Pledge of Allegiance

Posted by Keeley on June 20, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Did you recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school? Did Omar Mateen? As an apparently restless young kid in elementary school in St. Lucie County, Florida?

Francis Bellamy was part of a campaign in 1891 to place a flag before every schoolhouse in America and "install into the minds of our American youth, a love for their country and the principles on which it was founded." It competed with Admiral Balch's earlier and folksier pledge and then superseded it from 1923 onward. In 1954, the words "under God" were officially added, but had already been part of local recitations of the pledge from at least the late 40's.

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Senator Manchin Spits at the Constitution

Posted by Keeley on June 17, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Everyone is using Orlando to blame someone else for the terrorist attack. Even Senator McCain, who walked back his comments on Obama yesterday. The only one who has. Some still won't call it a terrorist attack, but rather label it a hate-crime shooting. And those that do so - following Obama's lead to avoid at all costs using words like radical jihadist terrorism - often have been taking it a step further, and laying the blame on anyone who does not actively and loudly support gay marriage, transgender bathrooms, and oppose religious liberty. A tipping of the scales against the religious freedoms of Christians, precisely speaking.

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Diamond Donald, Bigmouth Bernie, and Wipe-It-Clean Hillary: a Family Story

Posted by Keeley on June 9, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Just as the Democratic Party brings its firepower to bear on Bernie Sanders ... No. Here's a better way to describe it: just as the Democratic Commission holds a private meeting with Bernie Bigmouth Sanders to convince their brother that he's way outta line - maybe a further meeting in Vegas with Harry The Hook Reid would help convince him - there is talk of insurrection in the GOP family.

Members of Teddy Tea Bags Cruz's outfit are grumbling it seems. They are not happy at all with Diamond Donald's comments on their Mexican cousins, along with a whole list of disrespecting grievances that have been accumulating over the past year or so. There's threats of delegate persuasion in Cleveland, which is next to a big lake, and maybe even a brewing (maybe that should be steeping: it's Teddy Tea Bags after all) revolt.

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Will Trump Change? not Yet

Posted by Keeley on June 7, 2016 at 2:40 PM

In case there was any doubt over whether it was Trump himself or his close circle of advisors like Lewandowski who pushed him to double down on controversies, Trump cleared that up this Monday. A memo sent to Trump campaign staff and supporters by campaign aide Erica Freeman urged his supporters to avoid the Judge Curiel issue. Curiel is presiding over the Trump University case in San Diego and is the son of Mexican immigrants, and an Indiana native.

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Does Douglas Schoen Want to Be a New Republican? or a Socialist?

Posted by Keeley on June 1, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Douglas Schoen was and probably still is a New Democrat: those centrist Dems who emerged in the late 80's and prospered under Bill Clinton's presidency. Schoen worked for President Clinton during much of the 90's as a consultant. He has helped Democrats run for office from Koch to Hillary's failed 2008 campaign. One Democrat who Schoen has never worked for, however, is Barack Obama, whose nomination and successful run for the presidency Schoen vigorously opposed. Both times.

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They Will Shoot at Rick Santorum

Posted by Keeley on May 26, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Some of the NeverTrump crowd have had noteworthy political careers, Mitt Romney being the main example. But most are from the policy wing of the conservative movement. Intellectuals who may have been advisors, but are mostly commentators. And the fiercest critics among the NeverTrump crowd, the most intransigent of them, point accusing fingers at Trump's character above all. The man is not fit to be president. Or, the man is a liar. Or the man is a liberal and so not-conservative. Or the man has no policy spine, only a lust for power. As if that is a disqualifying characteristic in Washington D.C. or any of the state capitals.

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Speaking of Hillary

Posted by Christine & John on May 25, 2016 at 4:43 PM

The news is out that Obama-appointed State Department inspectors faulted Hillary for his bad email practices. I worked for State for more than thirty years and had the pleasure of working with the Hillary teams when she was first lady and Secretary of State. My experience with the Hillary team come from her visits to my posts. It was nearly impossible to tell her political staff anything. They disrespected the professionals. If you stood up to them on a matter of policy, practicality or principle, they just found somebody else to do it. It sounds like this was exactly what they did with the email scandal. I am sure that principled professionals advised them about the ethical and security problems and I am equally sure that these good people just were no longer invited to meetings and the Clinton folks found those with less information or more flexible ethics to do the job she wanted done.

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