Hillary Clinton opposes Keystone XL pipeline

hillaryHillary Clinton said Tuesday she opposes the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, taking sides with progressives who oppose the 1,179-mile project over environmental concerns.
“I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline as what I believe it is — a distraction from important work we have to do on climate change,” Clinton told a community forum in Des Moines, Iowa. 
“And unfortunately from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward with all the other issues,” she said. “Therefore I oppose it.”
The Democratic 2016 front-runner announced her opposition to the project — which is still the subject a years-long State Department review — as Pope Francis landed in the United States, dominating national media attention. 
Clinton had not previously disclosed her position on the campaign trail despite consistent questions about her position on the project, which is widely favored by conservatives but opposed by liberals who believe it will contribute to climate change. In explaining her answer Tuesday, Clinton said she didn’t want to interfere with a review process that started under her watch.
“I was in a unique position as secretary of state at the start of this process, and not wanting to interfere with ongoing decision making that the President and Secretary (of State John) Kerry have to do in order to make whatever final decisions they need,” Clinton said. “So I thought this would be decided by now, and therefore I could tell you whether I agree or disagree, but it hasn’t been decided, and I feel now I’ve got a responsibility to you and voters who ask me about this.”
The issue has become a cause celebre for environmental activists who want the Obama administration to reject the deal, arguing that it deepens the United States’ dependence on oil and contributes to climate change. Others argue that the impact on the environment will be minimal, as the oil will not go unused even if the pipeline is rejected.
Clinton has repeatedly been asked about Keystone on the campaign trail but has never answered directly.
“I am not going to second guess (President Barack Obama) because I was in a position to set this in motion,” Clinton said at a July event in New Hampshire. “I want to wait and see what he and Secretary Kerry decide.”
At the same event, she later added, “If it is undecided when I become president, I will answer your question.”
And throughout much of 2013 and 2014, Clinton criss-crossed the country on the paid speaking circuit and later on her book tour. She was asked about Keystone a number of times, particularly in Canada, where the pipeline would originate. At no point did she take a position, however.
Clinton’s Democratic presidential opponents have opposed the deal. On Tuesday, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, lambasted her for the delay in taking a position. 
“On issue after issue — marriage equality, drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, children fleeing violence in Central America, the Syrian refugee crisis, and now the Keystone Pipeline, Secretary Clinton has followed — not forged — public opinion,” O’Malley said in a statement.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he was “glad” Clinton came out against the pipeline.
“As a senator who has vigorously opposed the Keystone pipeline from the beginning, I am glad that Secretary Clinton finally has made a decision and I welcome her opposition to the pipeline,” Sanders said. “Clearly it would be absurd to encourage the extraction and transportation of some of the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet.”

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Jimmy Fallon’s interview with Hillary Clinton as Donald Trump is better than the whole GOP debate


wowAdmit it! This was better than the gop debate! 
Jimmy Fallon may make a better Donald Trump than Donald Trump. In a skit from last night’s The Tonight Show, Fallon emulated The Donald in order to give Hillary Clinton some not-so-sound campaign advice. Watch the full clip in all its hilarious glory below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HILLARY UNIMPRESSED: GOP debaters ‘really don’t have much else to say’

hillaryHillary Clinton said Thursday that the Republican presidential debate was devoid of substance.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room,” Clinton chalked up the debate to “the usual back-and-forth — political attacks, the kinds of things you say when you’re on a debate stage and you really don’t have much else to say.”
She blasted the GOP candidates in the 2016 presidential race for failing to address student debt, equal pay for women and income inequality.
“I don’t really pay a lot of attention to this kind of rhetoric that heats up the debate stage. They’re all trying to vie for more attention from, obviously, the Republican Party,” Clinton said.
Clinton was a prime target at the debate hosted by CNN at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. GOP 2016 hopefuls, including Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie and front-runner Donald Trump, attacked her record as secretary of state as well as her trustworthiness.
On Thursday, Clinton’s team seized on the candidates’ comments, particularly their virulent opposition to Planned Parenthood, the controversial women’s health organization that provides cancer screenings, health services and abortions.
In a written statement to reporters, Clinton said the Republican debate continued the party’s “race to the bottom on women’s health and women’s rights” because “every single candidate on stage has pledged to defund Planned Parenthood if they become president.”
She added, “Repeating false statements doesn’t make them true, no matter how many times you do it.”
But Clinton took it a step further Thursday, calling on House Speaker John Boehner to not shut down the government over Planned Parenthood.
Some Republicans in Congress have pushed for Congress to tie defunding Planned Parenthood to funding the government, thou some House GOP leaders are actively exploring a plan that would target the organization through a stand-alone measure, not tying it to the budget.
“Speaker Boehner and his colleagues have a job to do, and they should do it,” Clinton said. “Here’s my message to them: don’t attack women’s health care. And don’t shut down the government.”
Thursday’s live interview comes as the Clinton campaign has said it is going to try to showcase the former secretary of state’s more spontaneous and charming side, as her early lead in most polls has slid. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has even taken the lead in some surveys in the key primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
Wednesday night, Clinton appeared on “The Tonight Show,” where she let Jimmy Fallon tug on her hair to prove it was real and participated in a sketch where she was interviewed by “Donald Trump” — as played by Fallon.
And last week, Clinton sat down for a series of interviews in which she apologized for the decision to use a private email server while at the State Department — an effort by her campaign to try to put the lingering, damaging issue behind it.
The former secretary of state is traveling in New Hampshire on Thursday, where she received the endorsement of the state’s governor, Maggie Hassan.

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Republican Colin Powell Deals a Death Blow to Hillary Clinton Email Scandal.

10270822_696153810494003_7914590115677716439_nRepublican Colin Powell Deals a Death Blow to Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. If Hillary Clinton broke the law, as some Republicans are claiming, then Colin Powell also broke the law.
Clinton’s private email system was based
on the system that Powell used.
On ABC’s This Week, former Sec. of State Colin Powell admitted that he used a private email account for public business. Powell’s explanation of why he used a private email account amounted to a death blow for Republicans who are trying to build a scandal out of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Transcript via ABC’s This Week:
STEPHANOPOULOS: But I do want to ask you one final question on this Hillary Clinton e-mail controversy. Which, of course, put you back in the news a bit this week, as well.
You were secretary of State during the early days of e-mails. You were one of the first secretaries, I believe, to set up a personal e-mail account. And you pushed to modernize the State Department’s system.
Based on your experience, what do you make of these revelations this week and what would you recommend that she do now?
POWELL: I — I can’t speak to a — Mrs. Clinton and what she should do now. That would be inappropriate.
What I did when I entered the State Department, I found an antiquated system that had to be modernized and modernized quickly.
So we put in place new systems, bought 44,000 computers and put a new Internet capable computer on every single desk in every embassy, every office in the State Department. And then I connected it with software.
But in order to change the culture, to change the brainware, as I call it, I started using it in order to get everybody to use it, so we could be a 21st century institution and not a 19th century.
But I retained none of those e-mails and we are working with the State Department to see if there’s anything else they want to discuss with me about those e-mails.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So they want…
POWELL: (INAUDIBLE) have a stack of them.
STEPHANOPOULOS: — they’ve asked you to turn them over, but you don’t have them, is that it?
POWELL: I don’t have any — I don’t have any to turn over. I did not keep a cache of them. I did not print them off. I do not have thousands of pages somewhere in my personal files.
And, in fact, a lot of the e-mails that came out of my personal account went into the State Department system. They were addressed to State Department employees and the State.gov domain. But I don’t know if the servers the State Department captured those or not.
And most — they were all unclassified and most of them, I think, are pretty benign, so I’m not terribly concerned even if they were able to recover them.
Powell’s description of his own emails as pretty benign matches up with Rep. Adam Schiff’s description of the Hillary Clinton emails that the Benghazi committee has read. According to Sen. Chuck Schumer, Clinton’s private email system was based on the system that Powell used.
The technology available in most federal agencies is woefully outdated. It isn’t surprising that appointees would use technology that is available in the private sector because it is better. Powell’s emails from his personal account went into the State Department system because they were addressed to employees in State. The same is the case with the Clinton emails. Powell’s discussion of his own experience with his personal email account adds credibility to the claim that there is nothing to see here.
If Hillary Clinton broke the law, as some Republicans are claiming, then Colin Powell also broke the law.
The more that is revealed about the use of private email, the more it looks like Republicans are trying to make something out of nothing. It has been a bad day for the Republican Clinton email scandal, and it is only going to get worse for the Republican Party as they continue to go down what looks like a dead end.
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Hillary Clinton “Was Not Violating Policy” With Personal Email

11890980_769329076509809_4597479652123109028_nDear Republican FYI…Please clean up your own crap.

Another fake, GOP, FOX lying, dirty trick, mud slinging, fraudulant scandal falls apart. Yep and noted when this BS came out.
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State Dept. Spokesman Tells CNN: Hillary Clinton “Was Not Violating Policy” With Personal Email

John Kirby: “At The Time, When She Was Secretary Of State, There Was No Prohibition To Her Use Of A Private Email”

The Republican Hillary Clinton email scandal is falling apart as the State Department confirmed that there was no policy against Clinton using private email.

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On CNN’s New Day, State Department spokesman John Kirby said, “We have said in the past, Chris that there was no policy prohibiting the use of a private email account here at the State Department, and that is still a fact. Now, obviously, we have policies in place now that highly discourage that, and you are supposed to use your government account so that there is a constant, permanent record of it, but at the time she was not violating policy….I can tell you that there was no prohibition for her use of this, and we’ve since changed the policy to discourage that greatly, and in fact, the policy is that you have to use your government account for business.”

Kirby added that he didn’t believe that the policy changed while she was Secretary of State, which means that Hillary Clinton was doing nothing wrong when she used private email.

In a recent interview, also on CNN, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) admitted that the number of emails that Republicans claim were classified information in Hillary Clinton’s email account was not accurate due to retroactive classification.

The great email scandal that Republicans hoped would destroy Hillary Clinton’s candidacy is heading down the same path as “IRS scandal,” the “Benghazi scandal,” and President Obama’s birth certificate.

The email scandal is being revealed as another in a long series of election-year stunts. Republicans are set to waste millions of taxpayer dollars on politically driven investigations into Clinton’s use of email, and their efforts are likely to result in nothing.

A CNN poll released last week revealed that voters don’t care about Hillary Clinton’s emails. Clinton still leads every Republican presidential candidate, and Republicans are now confronted with the reality that if Hillary Clinton did not violate any policies regarding the use of email, there is no scandal to investigate.

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Hillary Clinton’s Emails: What You Need to Know
BY TAYLOR WOFFORD 8/13/15 AT 6:08 PM
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Hillary Clinton listens to a question from the audience during a community forum in Keene, New Hampshire, on August 11. REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER

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How Did This Story Start?

In March 2013, a Romanian hacker named Marcel Lazăr Lehel, aka Guccifer, disclosed the existence of a private email address belonging to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Smoking Gun, Gawker and others reported that Clinton had been receiving emails at the address from Sidney Blumenthal, a close ally, concerning the storming of the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, by Islamic militants in 2012.

A little less than two years later, on March 2, 2015, The New York Times reported that Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state “may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.”

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On March 4, Clinton addressed the story on Twitter:

Also on March 4, Media Matters for America, a progressive watchdog group founded by Clinton ally David Brock, published two stories accusing the Times of “deceptive” reporting. Media Matters reported that the law requiring retention of private emails was not changed until after Clinton left the State Department.

On March 10, Clinton told reporters she set up the private email server because she did not want to carry two devices with her. She also said she had handed over 30,490 work-related emails to the State Department and deleted 31,830 emails she considered personal.

On March 28, Representative Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican who was a member of the House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks, said Clinton’s lawyer had told the committee the former secretary had deleted all emails from her personal server, which meant that those emails deemed “personal” by Clinton herself (and therefore not handed over to the State Department) were presumably gone for good.

In May, a U.S. District Court ordered the State Department to release Clinton’s emails to the public in batches. So far, the department has released three batches of emails, in May, June and July, which are available on its website.

Then, in July, the Times once again dropped a bombshell, in the form of a story headlined “Criminal Inquiry Sought in Clinton’s Use of Email.” In it, the Times reported that two “inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as Secretary of State.”

The story began to unravel almost immediately and was altered extensively by the Times, at first without notice to readers (the original version can be found here). Clinton allies and those not in her camp, including former Times and current Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald, panned the story.

Most recently, McClatchy DC reported that two “top-secret” emails have been uncovered among those on Clinton’s private server. Clinton announced she will hand over to the Department of Justice her private email server and copies of emails deleted from the server.

Why Does Any of This Matter?

There are laws that specify which forms of communication government officials can use as part of their official duties. These laws are designed to improve transparency. The question from the start has been whether Clinton violated any of these laws, in letter or in spirit.

As NPR reported in early April, the Federal Records Act, which became law in 1950, requires federal employees to keep copies of their communications. It was amended in 2014 by President Barack Obama to require federal employees to transfer personal emails to government servers within 20 days. But that change to the law was made after Clinton left the State Department, her attorneys have argued, and therefore did not apply to her when she was secretary.

Plus, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill argues, Clinton didn’t break any rules because “for government business,” she had used her State Department colleagues’ official government addresses. Copies of those emails would therefore be retained by the State Department, Merrill said, which satisfies the requirements of the Federal Records Act as it was written when Clinton was secretary:

“Like Secretaries of State before her, she used her own email account when engaging with any Department officials. For government business, she emailed them on their Department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained,” Merrill said in a statement.

However, some transparency advocates, like the Sunlight Foundation’s John Wonderlich, argue that while Clinton may not have violated the letter of the law, she violated it in spirit. Wonderlich told NPR that “the spirit of the law is—and our expectations for public service—are public servants use their official email accounts.”

Wonderlich also argues that it should not be Clinton’s attorney who determines which emails contain “government business” and which are purely personal, but State Department employees.

Had Clinton used a State Department address for email, her communications would presumably be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. They could then be requested by journalists or other members of the public. However, since Clinton used a private server, which is not subject to the FOIA, journalists won’t be able to request them.

Another important question is whether “classified” material ever passed through Clinton’s private email server. On August 11, the inspector general of the intelligence community reported to Congress that emails were found that contained “classified State Department information when originated” among those Clinton handed over to the State Department. However, Clinton aides have said that the emails were not labeled “classified” or “top secret” when they were on Clinton’s server (even though they should have been so labeled). In July, Clinton told reporters at a campaign event in Iowa, “I am confident I never sent or received anything that was classified at the time it was sent or received.”

If it is discovered that Clinton did in fact have classified material on her personal email server and knew about it, it could mean trouble for her—both in a legal sense and in her campaign for president. Former National Security Agency employee John Schindler writes in The Daily Beast:

People found to have willfully mishandled such highly classified information often face severe punishment. Termination of employment, hefty fines, even imprisonment can result. Yes, people really do go to jail for mishandling classified materials. Matthew Aid, a writer on intelligence matters, served more than a year in prison for mishandling TOP SECRET//SI information from the NSA, for example. The well-connected tend to avoid jail, however. Sandy Berger and John Deutsch—who both served in high-level positions under President Bill Clinton, did not go to prison for mishandling TOP SECRET intelligence (though Berger got probation and was fined $50,000).
Could This Hurt Hillary’s Chances of Becoming President?

Possibly. The story isn’t going away, especially if investigators at the Justice Department find more “classified” or “top secret” emails among Clinton’s private stash. The most recent poll shows most Democrats in New Hampshire (a key primary state) think Clinton will be their party’s nominee, even though they prefer Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Clinton’s Republican opponents have used her email practices against her. Businessman Donald Trump, who currently leads in the GOP polls, said he thinks Clinton “committed a crime” by using a private email server. At a campaign event in Nevada, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush argued that Clinton’s use of a private email server outside the State Department’s firewalls put American state secrets within reach of hackers, comparing the former secretary of state to Edward Snowden, whom Bush called “a traitor to our country.”

Florida Senator Marco Rubio called Clinton’s use of a private email server “irresponsible.” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker called Clinton’s email habits a “potentially criminal offense.” And former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee called it “beyond outrageously illegal.”

Meanwhile, Clinton still leads in most polls.

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