Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Staffers quit new Sanders group after campaign head joined



At least five people have left Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) new political group after Sanders brought in his campaign manager to lead it, Politico reported Tuesday.
Weaver, who ran Sanders's presidential campaign that ended last month, was made president of the group Our Revolution, causing the exodus before the group officially launches.
Digital director Kenneth Pennington and four other team members departed over Weaver’s addition, Politico said.
“A majority of the staff quit as a result of Jeff joining,” one person told the news outlet, adding they had joined the group with a promise from Sanders that Weaver would not be involved.
“Over the last few days, almost the entire staff resigned from the organization because they would not work for Jeff Weaver or help to enact Jeff’s vision for the organization in any way,” one of the former staffers added Monday.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/292309-sanders-group-loses-five-staffers-pre-launch

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Hillary Clinton’s 15,000 New Emails to Get Timetable for Release



WASHINGTON — The dispute over Hillary Clinton’s email practices now threatens to shadow her for the rest of the presidential campaign after the disclosure on Monday that the F.B.I. collected nearly 15,000 new emails in its investigation of her and a federal judge’s order that the State Department accelerate the documents’ release.
As a result, thousands of emails that Mrs. Clinton did not voluntarily turn over to the State Department last year could be released just weeks before the election in November. The order, by Judge James E. Boasberg of Federal District Court, came the same day a conservative watchdog group separately released hundreds of emails from one of Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides, Huma Abedin, which put a new focus on the sometimes awkward ties between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department.
The F.B.I. discovered the roughly 14,900 emails by scouring Mrs. Clinton’s server and the computer archives of government officials with whom she corresponded. In late July, it turned them over to the State Department, which now must set a timetable for their release, according to Judge Boasberg’s order.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/us/politics/hillary-clintons-new-emails-release-state-department.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

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GOP chairmen subpoena tech firms tied to Clinton's email server




Two GOP chairmen on Monday issued subpoenas to several technology vendors as part of an investigation into the security of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs chairman, and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) the House Science Committee chairman, sent out the subpoenas to three companies.
“The information being sought is a crucial step in bringing greater transparency to Secretary Clinton’s ‘extremely careless’ — I would call it dangerously reckless and grossly negligent — email practices,” said Johnson.
http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/292256-gop-chairmen-subpoena-clinton-server-vendors

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Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.
At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.
Donors who were granted time with Clinton included an internationally known economist who asked for her help as the Bangladesh government pressured him to resign from a nonprofit bank he ran; a Wall Street executive who sought Clinton's help with a visa problem and Estee Lauder executives who were listed as meeting with Clinton while her department worked with the firm's corporate charity to counter gender-based violence in South Africa.
The meetings between the Democratic presidential nominee and foundation donors do not appear to violate legal agreements Clinton and former president Bill Clinton signed before she joined the State Department in 2009. But the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton. Her calendars and emails released as recently as this week describe scores of contacts she and her top aides had with foundation donors.
http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/82df550e1ec646098b434f7d5771f625/many-donors-clinton-foundation-met-her-state?via=newsletter&source=CSPMedition

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Monday, August 22, 2016

FBI uncovers 14,900 more documents in Clinton email probe



The FBI’s year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server uncovered 14,900 emails and documents from her time as secretary of state that had not been disclosed by her attorneys, and a federal judge on Monday pressed the State Department to begin releasing emails sooner than mid-October as it planned.
Justice Department lawyers said last week that the State Department would review and turn over Clinton’s work-related emails to a conservative legal group. The records are among “tens of thousands” of documents found by the FBI in its probe and turned over to the State Department, Justice Department attorney Lisa Ann Olson said Monday in court.
The 14,900 Clinton documents are nearly 50 percent more than the roughly 30,000 emails that Clinton’s lawyers deemed work-related and returned to the department in December 2014.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/fbi-uncovered-at-least-14900-more-documents-in-clinton-email-investigation/2016/08/22/36745578-6643-11e6-be4e-23fc4d4d12b4_story.html?postshare=7261471876348830&source=CSPMedition&tid=ss_tw.html&via=newsletter

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Julian Assange on TPP - Democracy Now




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Michele Bachmann: I'm advising Trump on foreign policy

Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump

Tea Party firebrand Michele Bachmann says she is advising Republican presidential nomineeDonald Trump on foreign policy. 
The former Minnesota congresswoman attended a fundraiser in the state for Trump on Saturday, where she revealed to the press that she has his ear on foreign policy. 

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/292126-michele-bachmann-donald-trump-foreign-policy

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