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Gary Bauer / Aug. 12, 2016

Hillary’s Latest Scandal

Newly released emails obtained by Judicial Watch are spelling out Hillary Clinton’s pay-to-play scheme between the Clinton Foundation and her work at the State Department. Here’s just one example: UBS, a major European bank, donated $600,000 to the Clinton Foundation and paid Bill Clinton $1.5 million for speeches. In return, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton intervened on the bank’s behalf in a dispute with the IRS. There is much, much more. Keep in mind, friends, that the Obama Justice Department tried to send Virginia’s former Republican governor to jail for a lot less.

Newly released emails obtained by Judicial Watch are spelling out Hillary Clinton’s pay-to-play scheme between the Clinton Foundation and her work at the State Department.

Here’s just one example: UBS, a major European bank, donated $600,000 to the Clinton Foundation and paid Bill Clinton $1.5 million for speeches. In return, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton intervened on the bank’s behalf in a dispute with the IRS. There is much, much more.

Keep in mind, friends, that the Obama Justice Department tried to send Virginia’s former Republican governor to jail for a lot less.

Yet, buried in a CNN report is this nugget: “The FBI went to Justice Department earlier this year asking for it to open a case into the foundation, but the public integrity unit declined. The Justice Department had looked into whether it should open a case on the foundation a year prior and found it didn’t have sufficient evidence to do so.”

Perhaps they should reevaluate the evidence in light of these damning new revelations. Don’t hold your breath.

Even as big a liberal as CNN’s Chris Cuomo knows this is wrong. He said so himself: “These 44 emails … show coordination between staffers of one [the foundation] and staffers of the other [the State Department]. It’s wrong. She said in 2009 she wouldn’t do it anymore, and it continued after that.”

As reporter Ron Fournier put it: “… this rogue server … was all about was the foundation — the blurring of the lines between their political and professional lives. That’s what was in the emails … look for the pay-to-play. This kind of favor-giving… This should be blowing everything out of the water…”

Every Republican member of Congress today should be issuing press releases denouncing Hillary’s corruption and demanding investigations. Relevant House and Senate committees should hold hearings.

FBI Director Comey should be called back up to Capitol Hill to explain why his agency asked for an investigation and Attorney General Lynch should be forced to explain why she refused. Talk about rigged!

Crooked Hillary should be headed for the big house, not the White House!

Democrat Celebrates Scalia’s Death

Earlier this week, Donald Trump made a vague comment about the Second Amendment and the left-wing media immediately rushed to the most extreme assumptions. But the media largely ignored the disgusting comments of Ted Strickland, the Democrat Senate candidate in the battleground state of Ohio. Strickland was recorded actually celebrating the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

While addressing an audience of labor bosses, Strickland said, “I mean the death of Scalia saved” Big Labor. The labor bosses applauded! When Strickland said, “I don’t wish anyone ill,” they erupted in laughter.

Strickland’s comments are reprehensible, but he is right about one thing: This election will decide the future balance of the Supreme Court and with it the future of so many critical issues in America.

America can’t afford to let Hillary Clinton nominate Antonin Scalia’s replacement. Nor can we afford to let the left retake the Senate!

Sadly, Strickland’s disgusting comments are not just the random ravings of one left-wing candidate. Large portions of the American political left have for decades celebrated the death of or violence towards conservatives, Republicans, pro-lifers and those who believe marriage is between a man and a woman.

From Occupy Wall Street to the Black Lives Matter movement, they continue to embrace physical intimidation and fascist-like tactics. Most of the media ignores it or makes excuses for it. (A leading conservative columnist is warning that the left’s over-the-top rhetoric is extremely dangerous and could result in Trump being killed.)

Every Republican congressman should have been forcefully making that point in the wake of the biased media’s attempt to smear their presidential nominee. Whatever happens in this race, here is the sorry truth: Republicans have almost no fight in them. And yet they wonder why they keep losing.

It’s All Been Planned

If Republicans don’t have the guts to fight back, maybe they would be interested to know that the left has plotted this line of attack.

Among the recently leaked DNC emails is a PowerPoint presentation that included a list of talking points. One of them was to “make Trump truly beyond the pale” by linking him to violence at every opportunity. (Clearly, Democrats don’t want this race to be about issues.)

As Trump’s campaign began, left-wing goons were sent to disrupt Trump rallies. When fights predictably broke out, the media and some Republicans blamed Trump for creating an atmosphere of violence. When the Trump campaign clamped down on who could get in, left-wing mobs started attacking attendees outside of the events. That was round one, my friends.

Now they are distorting his own remarks, suggesting he is promoting violence. But the pattern continues. The left is using any opportunity it can to portray Trump as a “dangerous extremist.”

By the way, the left-wing media are using this false narrative as an excuse to drop any remaining pretense of objectivity in the campaign. As Howard Kurtz notes, they are making excuses for their blatant pro-Clinton advocacy.

Let me remind you of the obvious. All of this is being done with one purpose: To demoralize you, the conservative voter.

Obama, Clinton & ISIS

[Wednesday], Donald Trump said that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are the founders of ISIS. Big Media are working hard to turn this into the “controversy du jour.”

His point is this: There has been a strong feeling in Washington for years that the reason we had CIA officials in Benghazi was because they were overseeing the running of weapons from Libya into Syria to arm the rebels. Guess who the rebels are? Many ended up being ISIS.

More to the point, was the administration’s decision, under Obama and Hillary’s direction, to prematurely withdraw from Iraq. As a result, when ISIS forces overran Iraqi cities, they captured large quantities of U.S. weapons. The Kurds and others have complained for years that they are fighting with antiquated weapons because Obama and Clinton won’t help them, while ISIS is armed with the best American weapons, captured when we left.

That is what Trump meant when he said Hillary and Obama are the founders of ISIS — that they created the conditions that allowed ISIS to spread.

Our Gutted Military

Speaking of ISIS, a House task force of representatives from the Armed Services, Intelligence and the Defense Appropriations subcommittees has concluded that intelligence reports related to ISIS were deliberately manipulated to offer a rosier picture of the administration’s campaign against the so-called “JV team.”

According to Fox News, the reports “consistently described U.S. actions in a more positive light than other assessments from the [intelligence community] and were typically more optimistic than actual events warranted.”

In other news, the Pentagon admitted yesterday that the Air Force is 700 pilots short. So, under Obama, the most powerful military in the world has been decimated to the point that it does not have enough pilots to fight the JV team made up of sixth century barbarians.

I recall reading over the last year that the Obama administration was doing everything possible to recruit homosexuals and transgender individuals into the American military. Perhaps they should worry less about using our military for radical social agendas and actually recruit pilots.

To our #NeverTrump friends, do you honestly believe that Hillary will end these disastrous policies in the U.S. military? If you do, it seems to me that you must be taking advantage of Washington, D.C.‘s new marijuana policy.

Obama Meets His Goal

Here’s one goal the president appears likely to meet: 10,000 Syrian refugees will enter the United States this fiscal year. The Associated Press reported last week that more than 2,300 refugees were admitted last month, and the current total of Syrian refuges stands at just under 8,000. The Obama White House has August and September to make up the difference.

With that in mind, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) noted [Wednesday] that 20 “fully vetted” refugees have been implicated in terrorism in recent years.

Senator Sessions has previously warned that since the September 11, 2001, attacks, 580 individuals have been convicted on terrorism related charges in the United States, and the vast majority of them — 380 — have been foreign born.

Meanwhile, German intelligence is publicly warning today about ISIS “hit squads and sleeper cells” inside that country. “We have substantial reports that among the refugees there are hit squads. There are hundreds of these reports, some from refugees themselves,” one official said.

But, hey, Obama met his refugee goal!

Feel safer?

Incomes Falling

Several weeks ago, President Obama was crowing about the economy under his watch. He said, “I’ve spent every single day of my presidency focused on what I can do to grow the middle class and increase jobs, and boost wages… Here’s the good news: Wages are actually growing at a rate of about 3 percent so far this year.”

Let me translate that for you: “If you like your pay raise, you can keep your pay raise. Period.”

Like the president’s Obamacare promise of being able to keep your doctor, his hype about growing paychecks isn’t panning out either.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report Tuesday that flatly contradicted the president’s picture of economic progress. Buried in the report was this depressing news: Instead of wages growing in the first quarter of 2016, “Real hourly compensation decreased 0.4 percent after revision, rather than the previously-published increase of 4.2 percent.”

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