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With Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union, Hillary discussed, among other things, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan (where she is going today), the Sanders campaign allegations on banking influences, and the “shout out” from male pundits.

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  1. She is very well-informed on the subject of lead poisoning from both a medical and an infrastructure point of view.  She knows what needs to be done, medically, for the children exposed to the toxic water, and she also knows what needs to be done to the water lines. Do any other candidates from either party have the battery of information on this subject that Hillary has?DSCN2808 DSCN2809
  2. She explained, once again, how her financial plan is broader than Bernie Sanders’s plan as she also is going after giant corporations that gouge the public and evade taxes. She said she doesn’t understand why he doesn’t join her in this battle. DSCN2820
  3. As to the shouting, she said we all know that we are still dealing with a double standard and that sexism is not a thing of the past. By the way, anyone who listened to her at her Portsmouth event last night must admit that her normal tone at rallies is conversational not the full-volume blast that Bernie continually puts out.DSCN2822 DSCN2823 DSCN2824

 

Great quote: “Anger’s not a plan and venting’s not a strategy.”

On This Week with George Stephanopoulos, she voiced her appreciation of Bernie’s SNL stint. She also took on the extreme remarks of Marco Rubio on abortion in last night’s GOP debate. There, too,  she took on the spin about the bankruptcy bill – specifically with regard to the effect of the proposals on separated and divorced women and their children. She said she is not going to take the Sanders smears anymore, but largely, she was arguing against comments by Elizabeth Warren there.  As to the Goldman Sachs speeches, she said everyone who has given speeches to private organizations should then release their transcripts and the standard, if this is going to be the new standard, should apply to all.

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She also discussed the Flint situation on Meet the Press.  (That repeats later on MSNBC.)  She was on Face the Nation as well.  That repeats later on CBSN.

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When Chuck Todd asked her what her one big goal will be in the White House  – on what would she spend all of her political capital – Hillary disagreed with the question.  Anyone who has read her policy plans – here and here –  knows that they are varied and integrated.  She does not have a single agenda.  Hillary does not see threads.  She sees the whole cloth and how the threads are woven together as a fabric. It is hard to understand why anyone would vote for a candidate with only a single mission.  Hillary rejected the notion out-of-hand.  Most of his other questions were negligible. That includes questions about paid speeches and emails. The final question to Hillary was about Michael Bloomberg entering the race.  She said he is a friend and that she understood that he would do that only if she did not get the nomination.  By getting the nomination, she told Todd, she will relieve him of that necessity .

In her favor, Todd told Donald Trump that we have every one of Hillary’s tax returns since 1977 when she entered the public domain.  Trump, to borrow a word newly-minted by a recent supporter, had a squirmish  with Todd declaring his hatred for taxes and for what is done with the money.  He said he pays as little as possible and that’s a good thing. He also said his tax returns are “no ordinary tax returns.”  Yeah. We’re sure.  Trump gave high praise to eminent domain, however.  He does like that particular government perq since it benefits his enterprises.  Americans should be very wary of that preference on his part.

Every voter should see the movie You’ve Been Trumped.  In the UK, Compulsory Purchase Orders  (CPOs) are the counterpart of our eminent domain.  You should hear him talk about tearing down people’s houses in Scotland that he doesn’t want to look at.  He rants, “Who cares?  Who cares?”

Bernie Sanders was also on and had a squirmish moment or two himself over reparations for slavery and his lack of Senate endorsements.  Essentially, he threw all his Democratic colleagues in the Senate under the bus by dumping them all into the “establishment” bucket that represents everything that is wrong.

Someone we all know once said “There is nothing wrong with America that can’t be fixed by what is right with America.” There is something right with America.  This beautiful lady is running for president at the right time with the right platform to fix the things that are wrong.

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The State Department was releasing emails, Republicans on the Select Committee were in full attack mode, and the first campaign stop, after an interview with Andrea Mitchell, was San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The topic was health care.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a news conference after a roundtable to discuss the health care crisis, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Clinton, who won Puerto Rico's 2008 Democratic primary election, defended her support for giving Puerto Rico bankruptcy protection during the round-table discussion focused on the island's health-care problems. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

On the 20th  anniversary of her Beijing speech, Hillary launched her Women for Hillary initiative in Portsmouth NH and received Jeanne Shaheen’s endorsement.

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Newton, IA September 6.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to supporters in an overflow area outside a campaign stop at Uncle Nancy's Coffee House, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Audience members listen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Uncle Nancy's Coffee House, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greets supporters in an overflow area outside a campaign stop at Uncle Nancy's Coffee House, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Uncle Nancy's Coffee House, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Labor Day in Cedar Rapids and Hampton

09-07-15-Z-0709-07-15-Z-10Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photo with a supporter during the Annual Hawkeye Labor Council AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to voters following a campaign stop at the Hawkeye Labor Council AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa September 7, 2015. REUTERS/Brian C. Frank

At Brookings, Hillary spoke about the Iran agreement.  Uncorrected transcript >>>>>

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Rallying with Women For Hillary  in Columbus Ohio

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts to a cheering crowd during a 'Women for Hillary' grassroots organizing meeting, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a 'Women for Hillary' grassroots organizing meeting, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Bricklayers endorsed her.

BAC Endorses Hillary Clinton

At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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The Clintons reunited with the  old friends and neighbors at the Foundry United Methodist Church.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) stands between former U.S. President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea as they attend the Foundry United Methodist Church's bicentennial service in Washington September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri GripasU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Foundry United Methodist Church's bicentennial service in Washington September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri GripasU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (2nd L) with former U.S. President Bill Clinton (C) and their daughter Chelsea (L) attend the Foundry United Methodist Church's bicentennial service in Washington September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas09-13-15-Y-09Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greets church attendees at the Foundry United Methodist Church, in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. During President Bill Clinton's presidency, the Clintons worshipped and participated regularly at Foundry. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Rallying with the Women for Hillary grassroots at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and Hillary received another important endorsement.

UA Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during an organizing event at the University of Northern Iowa, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)A supporter holds a hand-made sign for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton during an organizing event at the University of Northern Iowa, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)

Jimmy Fallon and his special guest

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In this image released by NBC, Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, appears with host Jimmy Fallon during a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in New York. (Douglas Gorenstein/NBC via AP)

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At the Union Diner in Laconia NH

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, listens to Rose Pucci during a campaign stop at the Union Diner Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Laconia, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)09-17-15-Z-0309-17-15-Z-05

On The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

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At the University of New Hampshire, Durham with Maggie Hassan

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, accompanied by New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, arrive at the University of New Hampshire, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (R) listens as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton answers a question from the audience at a campaign community forum on college affordability in Durham, New Hampshire September 18, 2015. Governor Hassan announced her endorsement of Clinton at the event. REUTERS/Brian SnyderU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens as New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (R) answers a question from the audience at a campaign community forum on college affordability in Durham, New Hampshire September 18, 2015. Governor Hassan announced her endorsement of Clinton at the event. REUTERS/Brian SnyderU.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the crowd at a campaign community forum on college affordability in Durham, New Hampshire, September 18, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

At the New Hampshire Democratic Convention

 

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian SnyderSupporters cheer while U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian SnyderSupporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton cheer as she arrives at the state's annual Democratic convention Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)09-19-15-Z-0509-19-15-Z-11DSCN1482

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In Baton Rouge speaking about health care
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton takes a photo with a supporter during a campaign stop in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton accompanied by Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., speaks during a campaign stop in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton accompanied by Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., waves to supporters during a campaign stop in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Hillary returned to Little Rock Arkansas
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton reaches for a phone to take a photo with attendees at a grassroots organizing meeting at Philander Smith College Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a grassroots organizing meeting at Philander Smith College Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a grassroots organizing meeting at Philander Smith College Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)
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09-22-15-Y-0409-22-15-Y-08Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a community forum on healthcare, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at Moulton Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Hillary was the inaugural guest on Meet the Press Daily.

 

The true intent of the Select Committee on Benghazi slipped out.

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As if we didn’t know!

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage to speak at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

How could anyone possibly say Hillary Clinton lacks stamina ?

Here are the archives for September 2015 >>>>

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Following up on the Sunday interview, Chuck Todd shared the second part of his conversation with Hillary Clinton on the debut of Meet the Press Daily this evening.

Topics included ISIS and Syria, differences between a Hillary administration and Obama for contrast, and WJC’s role in a Hillary Clinton White House.  To his credit, Todd excluded Benghazi from this portion.

Hillary said we defend our principles, values, and security via coalitions and finding common ground. She still thinks we could have made a difference in Syria by helping the original rebels with whom she met early on.  Defeating ISIS with Assad in place would be very difficult. Many groups on the ground remain anti-Assad but Russian troops are protecting his regime.  Ousting Assad has to be a political process. She pointed out long term relationships between Russia and Syria, among these the Orthodox Church ties,  as evidence that Putin’s moves there are not a sudden rash decision but rather rooted in a history between the nations.

Libya: Qaddafi was a bad actor with American blood (Lockerbie)  on his hands, and the joint effort against him was legitimate.  Libyans had twice voted for moderates and did not receive support to instate moderate government.

On TPP, she wants to see what is in it before taking a stand.  It is unfinished.  She is waiting for the finished product before taking a position.

She is firm on not criticizing Bernie Sanders and is running her own campaign as is he.  She did mention her many endorsements from prominent Democrats without actually stating the obvious, that Sanders is not a Dem.  Once again has said she is not running for anyone’s third term but thinks her husband is a great advisor.

Political polls aside, Meet the Press Daily‘s chances for ratings are  obviously up in the air.  Tonight, Todd milked Hillary’s interview for the whole hour.  How the hour survives will depend on more than the occasional interview with the most sought after candidate.  Hillary is the big get.  He got her for a rolling start.  She seemed happy to be there for him and wished him good luck.

Video is available here >>>>>

 

Clinton: Defeating ISIS, Ousting Assad Both Top Priorities

As world leaders convene in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton told NBC News’ Chuck Todd she would pursue a fight against ISIS while at the same time working to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.

In an interview on MSNBC’s MTP Daily, Clinton said fighting ISIS would be “very difficult” with Assad still in place and she would “prioritize both” because “you can’t really do one without the other.” She added that “ousting Assad has to be a political process.”

“I think that we’re going to have to, as they say, walk and chew gum at the same time. And that will be to, you know, do the best we can with our friends in the region to go after ISIS and try to, you know, push them out of Iraq and then try to, you know, deal with them and the territory they control in Syria,” Clinton said.

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It was all about Pennsylvania.  While Pope Francis was spending his last day in Philadelphia, Chuck Todd took us all to Punxsutawney.  Groundhog Day is a movie you either love or hate.  It gets on my last nerve.  If you missed Hillary on Meet the Press, you really did not miss anything except that she looked great in fuschia and laughed a lot in her musical way because what else can one do?

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At the end of a week wherein she rolled out a plan for reducing out-of-pocket prescription costs and could no longer hold her silence on the Keystone XL issue, it was all about the server and the emails. Again!  There are video clips here, and the transcript is here.

If revisiting these email and server questions are insufficient blasts from the past, Hillary was followed by Carly Fiorina who doubled down on the videos she and the GOP claim are evidence of Planned Parenthood marketing fetal tissue.  Not only is this chorus repeated endlessly every time Fiorina faces a camera miked up, the strategy is reminiscent of the video campaign against ACORN that brought that association down in 2010.  ACORN was cleared of all wrongdoing too late. If you have always wanted to build profitable affiliate sites but could not find a guide that explained the whole process to you, this is the answer you have been looking for — here at Udemy.com.

On CNN meanwhile, Bill Clinton, who is kicking off CGI 2015, had to spend a good portion of his time with Fareed Zakaria on GPS reminding the host that Hillary was subjected to false allegations in the nineties and every time in every instance was cleared of all wrongdoing.  He also mentioned that she probably has more policies and funding plans out there than all of the other candidates rolled into one.  None of this deters the server and email queries.

Later in the day, Pope Francis, during his last mass in the U.S.  delivered a homily that warned against inciting scandal and encouraged honest cooperation. He urged peace in the home, and I do not think he was talking only about nuclear families in our individual homes.  Certainly he knows what John Boehner did the day after his visit to D.C. and why.

I think we were all hoping that this visit and his messages might clear the air and allow some honest and substantive discussion of issues.  Will there ever be peace in this house?

Meet the Press will continue weekdays at 5 p.m. now, so a second part of Hillary’s interview will air tomorrow.  Todd said that will be the foreign policy portion.  Let me guess:  Benghazi.

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Years ago,  Karen Finney would sit with Susan Del Percio on “the girls’ side of the table” on Dylan Ratigan’s MSNBC show and the host would unceremoniously interrupt her on a routine basis.  The habit would precipitate Facebook posts of the video under the rubric “Let Karen speak!”  Karen is elegant and courteous to a fault and would never think of trying to speak over the host.

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When Ratigan decided to end his show, Karen was also appearing on Martin Bashir’s hour occasionally filling in for the host.   It was there that, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, she unveiled the role of ALEC in instituting stand-your-ground laws in a variety of states.  The following day all of MSNBC was talking about ALEC, but it was Karen who broke that story.   The “Let Karen speak” movement eventually evolved into a #GiveKarenashow campaign aimed  @MSNBC and carried out at intervals on Twitter.

Ultimately they did give Karen a show which she called “Disrupt” but at possibly the worst viewing hours of the week, 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  The show came to an end last year and a few months ago Karen ended her relationship with MSNBC.  We have seen her appear as a guest on CNN since then.  But Sunday the game changed.

Karen Finney reentered the building (she is clearly not a “burn-your-bridges” type of person) to appear on the Meet the Press panel.   Also on the panel was MSNBC personality and State Department correspondent Andrea Mitchell who has never hesitated to criticize Hillary Clinton when given a good crisis, or even a bad one, or even none at all.

Karen strode into the batter’s box, and it was clear very early that the male guests, Kevin Madden and Scott Bai were largely window dressing – perhaps for diversity’s sake.  Mitchell pitched.  It was low and away.  Todd donned the umpire’s mask and vest.

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In fact, one of the big high points was Beijing when she went up against everybody and gave the big grinning speech 20 years ago and she was trying to reframe her approach to the campaign on that level. And it got interrupted by this. I think what are the arguments against what she said, she said that everything that she sent to someone at the State Department was captured because the State Department–

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And it turned out that’s not true.

ANDREA MITCHELL:

And one day later, it turns out, according to an inspector general’s report, and I’ve dug very deeply into this, Karen.

CHUCK TODD:

Yes, you did.

ANDREA MITCHELL:

Because you’ll hate pushing back on me, nothing was captured, nothing was automatically captured, or very little was.

KAREN FINNEY:

The SMART system. The SMART system is not the only system that archives emails

ANDREA MITCHELL:

I know, I’m well aware. I’m well aware of that. But they cannot guarantee what was captured and what was not.

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CHUCK TODD:

I will pause, I will pause.

KAREN FINNEY:

Also there’s the assumption that she used email for classified information. That is not the only form of communication in the State Department. You know that Andrea. There are two very different systems.

ANDREA MITCHELL:

The classification system is separate.

It was apparent throughout that Mitchell perceived herself to be on the panel for the select purpose of doing battle with Karen Finney as a Hillary Clinton surrogate.   The way Karen delivered that last comment was the equivalent of a brilliant follow-through.  She raised her voice and spoke over everyone to get that in and Mitchell was unable to stop her.   That ball sailed right over the center field wall.  Home run, Karen!

You can read the complete transcript here >>>>

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