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Polls Shows Most Americans Believe There is a “Deep State” that is “Manipulating” Government Wrongfully

March 19, 2018
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A majority of Americans believes a faction of unelected officials is orchestrating policy in Washington, D.C., according to a new poll.

The Monmouth University Polling Institute found that 74 percent believe in a “deep state” when it is described as a collection of unelected officials running policy. Twenty-one percent said they do not believe this kind of group exists.

The poll notes that more than 7 out of 10 Americans polled in each political group, Republican, Democrat and independent, believe in a deep state. Thirty-one percent of Republicans and 33 percent of independents say they believe a deep state “definitely exists,” while 19 percent of Democrats believe this.

Pollsters also found that a majority of those polled, 63 percent, said they were “not familiar” with the term “deep state,” however. Thirteen percent said they were “very familiar,” while 24 percent said they were “somewhat familiar.”

“We usually expect opinions on the operation of government to shift depending on which party is in charge,” Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray said in a statement. “But there’s an ominous feeling by Democrats and Republicans alike that a ‘Deep State’ of unelected operatives are pulling the levers of power.”

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The survey of 803 adults was conduced from March 2 to 5. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.
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More Hillary Clinton email released — More voters are questioning her honesty and trustworthiness

September 1, 2015

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Latest release shows former Clinton White House aide Sidney Blumenthal remained a confidant

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in Iowa on Wednesday. Her use of a private email server while she served as Secretary of State has roiled her bid. Voters increasingly are questioning Mrs. Clinton’s honesty and trustworthiness, polls show.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in Iowa on Wednesday. Her use of a private email server while she served as Secretary of State has roiled her bid. Voters increasingly are questioning Mrs. Clinton’s honesty and trustworthiness, polls show. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

WASHINGTON—Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton show that former Clinton White House aide Sidney Blumenthal remained a political confidant and correspondent throughout her time as secretary of state.

The largest batch of Mrs. Clinton’s emails to date—some 7,000 pages—was released by the State Department Monday night, offering a glimpse into her small circle of advisers and gatekeepers at the State Department.

The department has now deemed about 125 emails in the latest release classified. The classified material appears in redacted form, occasionally in emails discussing internal operations and personnel.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that all the emails weren’t classified when sent but have since been retroactively made classified.

Mrs. Clinton corresponded mostly with a tight-knit circle of State Department aides, along with Mr. Blumenthal who filled her inbox with policy missives, domestic political gossip and information about foreign governments.

After getting an update from Mr. Blumenthal on the British elections in May 2010, Mrs. Clinton sent him a reply that said: “I shared your emails w Bill who thought they were ‘brilliant’!’ Keep ‘em coming when thou can.” The email appears to refer to her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Mr. Blumenthal and Mrs. Clinton exchanged emails about the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision that helped reshape the campaign finance landscape, with Mrs. Clinton calling it “unbelievable.” Mr. Blumenthal suggested a legislative fix, but Mrs. Clinton said it may take a constitutional amendment.

Weeks earlier, Mr. Blumenthal said he had a “eureka idea” for the midterm elections, which ended with the Democratic loss of control of the House. He also sent a lengthy memo about the state of the Republican Party in 2010, saying it was “captive to the swamp fevers of the extreme right.”

The emails offer hints to the now-redacted information. In September 2010, Mrs. Clinton asked former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to go to the Middle East in hopes of advancing the peace process.

At one point, he emailed her to say that he had an update to offer. “Ready to speak when convenient but should do it on secure line.”

Despite that concern, he continued to email her account with information that was later deemed classified as “confidential” and blocked from public release.

Mrs. Clinton and one of her top aides, Jake Sullivan, also sent emails that were redacted as part of the same chain.

Federal Judge Rudolph Contreras has ordered the State Department to produce monthly releases of the approximately 55,000 pages of emails Mrs. Clinton turned over last year, with the last batch expected in January.

Mrs. Clinton’s use of a personal email server at her New York home, which is fueling a congressional probe, befuddled even her agency’s digital gurus. In one email, the State Department help desk emails Mrs. Clinton to ask if her account is active. The agency’s help desk “had no idea it was YOU, just some random address so they emailed,” top aide Huma Abedin explained.

Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private server while at the State Department for both government business and personal correspondence has sparked a controversy that has roiled her presidential campaign. Polls show more voters are questioning her honesty and trustworthiness.

Last week, Mrs. Clinton said it “clearly wasn’t the best choice” to use her own server, but noted that it was lawful.

“My use of personal email was allowed by the State Department. It clearly wasn’t the best choice. I should’ve used two emails: one personal, one for work. And I take responsibility for that decision, and I want to be as transparent as possible,” she said.

The latest set of emails is the fourth release of documents from Mrs. Clinton’s time in office from 2009 until 2013. Previously, the State Department released records pertaining to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, as well as thousands of pages of emails on a range of personal and professional topics.

The release of Mrs. Clinton’s records has been delayed by a controversy about the presence of classified information on her server—with multiple government agencies seemingly at odds about what should be considered classified.

Two inspectors general concluded that Mrs. Clinton’s inbox contained material that was classified when it was sent. The Clinton campaign and the State Department acknowledge that much of the material has been retroactively classified but contend that Mrs. Clinton didn’t send or receive anything with classification markings.

Many of the most sensitive and controversial of her emails are being reviewed as part of a multiagency process. State Department officials have noted that such referrals and consultations with other agencies don’t mean the emails ultimately will be deemed classified.

More than 60 emails containing redacted classified information have been released so far—with additional examples of classification expected in the future.

Separately, another 305 emails have been flagged for further review by the five intelligence agencies clearing Mrs. Clinton’s emails for public release.

The FBI is investigating the presence of classified material on Mrs. Clinton’s private server, but Justice Department officials maintain that she isn’t the target of the probe.

Mrs. Clinton’s campaign has sought to portray the controversy about the presence of classified information in her inbox as a bureaucratic fight between agencies.

“When it comes to classified information, the standards are not at all black and white,” Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said this month.

“In the absence of markings that officially designate something classified, reasonable people each taking their responsibility extremely seriously can nonetheless disagree on the character of the information they’re dealing with,” Mr. Fallon said during a conference call with reporters.

Felicia Schwartz and Gary Fields contributed to this article.

Write to Byron Tau at byron.tau@wsj.com

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More Hillary Clinton Email Found to Contain Classified Information in Violation of Federal Law

September 1, 2015

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The State Department released thousands of pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails Monday night that a department spokesman said contained 125 messages with material now considered classified.

Earlier Monday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that “somewhere around 150” messages had been “subsequently upgraded” to classified. He added that none of the emails was considered classified at the time.

However, the sheer number of emails that have been redacted stands as the latest example of how much sensitive material was contained in Clinton’s email transactions. The FBI is conducting an investigation into whether classified information that passed through Clinton’s so-called “homebrew” server was mishandled. Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

The emails with redacted sections discussed global issues in countries from Haiti to China to Sudan.

One April 2010 e-mail from Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin containing a report from then-ambassador to China Jon Huntsman was redacted entirely, while a message from that September about “calls” Clinton said she was willing to make regarding trilateral talks over Sudan was likewise blacked out.

Other classified emails contain discussions about a potential presidential election in Haiti, meetings between U.S. and Cuban officials regarding aid to Haiti in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in that country, discussions of a conversation between the Russian and American ambassadors to the United Nations, and elections for the presidency of the International Development Bank,

In all, the State Department said that 7,121 pages of emails from the former secretary of state’s personal email server had been made public – the largest such release to date.

“We’re producing more documents this month than we have produced in the previous three releases,” Toner had said earlier Monday.

The department has repeatedly clashed with the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG) over which information in Clinton’s emails was classified at the time it was sent. ICIG Charles McCullough has told members of Congress that hundreds of classified or potentially classified messages existed on the server.

Fox News first reported that two emails that triggered the FBI investigation also included classified material. Among them was an email from Clinton aide Huma Abedin which, Fox News has learned, contained classified intelligence from three agencies.

Huma Abedin

Toner said Monday that the latest release means the department will have produced more than 25 percent of the full set of Clinton emails, exceeding a court-ordered target. This comes after the department last month fell short of the court-ordered goal. In that release, emails showed the government censored passages to protect national security at least 64 times in 37 messages, including instances when the same information was blacked-out multiple times.

Department officials say all the censored information in the latest group of emails is classified at the “confidential” level, not at the higher “top secret” or compartmentalized, the officials said.

At Monday’s briefing, Toner also would not say whether Clinton broke internal department rules for handling correspondence with foreign governments.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/09/01/state-department-about-150-emails-in-new-clinton-batch-have-classified-info/

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Huma Abedin, right, and Hillary  Clinton. Photo by STEVE MARCUS / REUTERS

Hillary Clinton Email Scandal: “It’s almost like a vampire” — Questions about corruption will haunt her campaign

August 22, 2015

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Hillary and Bill Clinton on vacation

Hillary Clinton Email Scandal: California Gov. Jerry Brown told NBC News’ Chuck Todd that Hillary Clinton’s ongoing email scandal is full of “dark energy” that she must address. “It’s almost like a vampire,” Brown said. “She’s gonna have to find a stake and put it through the heart of these emails, in some way.”

By JOEL B. POLLAK

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The full interview is set to run on NBC News’ Meet the Press on Sunday, where Todd may ask the California governor, once again, if he himself intends to run for president for the fourth time. Todd first posed the 2016 question to Brown in his appearance on Meet the Press in March.

On that occasion, Brown said that he would certainly run if he were ten years younger (he is 77 today), and laid out a three-point plan that looked intriguingly like the beginnings of a presidential platform: balancing the budget, dealing with climate change, and investing in science.

Indeed, a perfect political storm is brewing that could see Brown enter the race–and win the nomination. One factor is the emergence of

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) 16%, who is running as a Democrat against Clinton and is drawing capacity stadium crowds despite also being in his 70s.

Another factor is Clinton’s ongoing struggle with questions about her State Department e-mails and her private e-mail server, which have now reached the level of an FBI investigation. Even if Clinton is not charged with a crime, questions about corruption will haunt her campaign.

Finally, there is the Donald Trump factor. If Trump wins the GOP nomination, and Clinton is unavailable, Democrats will need a larger-than-life personality to fill the void. Brown is a political icon who hovers “above the fray,” in his own words. He also has the most experience in office of any candidate–Democrat or Republican–in the field. He mixes utopianism with economic pragmatism, spending billions on high-speed rail but refusing to ban fracking or legalize marijuana. Once derided as “Moonbeam,” he is now seen, in California politics, as the adult in the room.

Brown represents the activist style Democrats say they want–and has done the financial rescue conservatives say the country needs. He could even peel off support from moderate Republicans.

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Hillary In Trouble? Leaders Urge Bloomberg To Run — Majority of voters think Hillary Clinton is a liar

June 3, 2015

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By Michael Goodwin
New York Post

A dirty secret behind Hillary Clinton’s lead in the Democratic presidential race is the lack of a credible challenger. Despite rising voter disgust over sordid revelations about the Clinton Foundation, there is no appealing alternative.

The situation led some disgruntled Democrats to push Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run, an effort that folded yesterday. But now comes word of a bid to entice another big-name challenger, and this one is far more intriguing.

It aims to get former Mayor Michael Bloomberg into the race.

New York Dems friendly to Bloomberg have approached him to gauge his interest. Their argument is that Clinton’s vulnerability with general- election voters, especially independents, could result in a Republican president. They also believed Bloomberg could be interested because, as one of them told me,“Mike can’t stand Hillary.”

One visitor to the former mayor came away cautiously optimistic after a 30-minute meeting, noting that Bloomberg didn’t throw him out of the office or start fiddling with his smartphone.

“That means he wasn’t bored and was listening,” said another man who talked to the three-term mayor. They were also encouraged that Bloomberg said something to the effect that it would be “no problem” for him to drop his unaffiliated registration and become a Democrat again.

It’s far from certain that Bloomberg will run, but I can envision a scenario where he floats a trial balloon to see how people react. I’m saving him the trouble because I hope he gives the idea serious consideration.

Besides, it’s not as though this is virgin territory. As mayor, Bloomy didn’t hide his ambition for the White House, and spent considerable money to test the waters. Before the 2008 election, he sponsored polls and researched state laws on ballot access while saying he would spend $1 billion to run as an independent.

He eventually dropped the idea after concluding that he couldn’t win. He joked that the country wasn’t ready to elect a divorced, Jewish billionaire, but he also knew that a third-party race is extra difficult. A three-way split in the Electoral College would throw the decision to the House of Representatives, which would support the candidate from the party of the House majority.

Switching back to his Democratic roots would solve that problem. As for the cost, whatever Bloomy would spend to self-finance would be relative pocket change — he is worth an estimated $36 billion, making him the nation’s 10th-richest person.

His strengths would be considerable, substantively and politically. His astonishing business success and record as a bold, can-do mayor in America’s largest city could appeal to voters of all persuasions.

He is socially liberal, being pro-choice, an early advocate for gay marriage and a relentless supporter for more gun control. He’s also a security hawk who supported the Iraq invasion, and was religious about keeping New York safe from crime and terrorism. Indeed, crime rates fell to historic lows under him, a record that burdens his hapless successor.

Bloomberg also believes in pay-as-you-go government, once arguing to me that he is a true conservative because he will raise taxes to provide services the public wants. He talks with conviction about big ideas like public health and infrastructure.

His most glaring weaknesses is that he lacks foreign-policy experience at a time when the world is on fire. However, Bloomberg is far from parochial, as both his business and philanthropy span the globe.

He’s a wooden campaigner, but there’s an easy answer for that: The incumbent is charismatic, and look at the mess he made! Blanketing the country with TV ads can cover a lot of sins.
As for Clinton, her slide is accelerating. A damaging new poll goes to the Achilles’ heel of her candidacy: People simply don’t trust her.

A solid majority, 57 percent, says she is not honest and trustworthy, according to the CNN/ORC survey. The finding is up 8 points since March, proof that her use of a private e-mail server and the greedy, shady conduct of she and her husband are taking a serious toll.

The decline is not limited to independents, with only about 7 in 10 Dems now saying they trust her. The poll also finds that a majority in her party wants a more competitive primary.

They’re singing your song, Mayor Mike.

http://nypost.com/2015/06/02/ny-democrats-push-bloomberg-to-run-for-president/

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OBLIVIOUS? Clinton called the late US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens by the wrong name just hours after he perished in a fiery terror attack

By Marisa Schultz

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton took a serious beating in a poll released Tuesday — with a majority of voters describing her as dishonest and untrustworthy.

The CNN/ORC International poll showed Clinton’s numbers have plunged in almost every category over the past two months as scandals swirled over her e-mail accounts, family foundation and fat speaking fees.

Her worst showing in a poll since 2001 included:

  • 57 percent of voters say she is not honest and trustworthy, up from 49 percent in March.
  • Just 47 percent feel she cares about people like them, down from 53 percent last July.
  • And 50 percent now feel she does not inspire confidence, up from 42 percent in March.

Neil Newhouse, a Republican pollster, said the results shows the “significant obstacles” Clinton will have to overcome as she campaigns for the White House in the months ahead. “It’s a yellow flag for the Clinton campaign that this is something they have to deal with,” he told The Post.

“The goodwill and diplomatic credentials Clinton built up as secretary of state have eroded since she announced her presidential run and worsened with the drip, drip of bad news for the candidate. It poses a challenge for her,” added Newhouse, Mitt Romney’s former pollster.

“These concerns that voters have about being trustworthy — that’s something that’s she’s going to have to address. And that’s a difficult attribute to demonstrate. Rehab work is needed.”

But GOP operative and commentator Tara Setmayer wrote on CNN that, “Ultimately, no matter how hard Hillary’s campaign tries to control media access and messaging, it’s difficult to reshape opinion about the likeability factor of someone who’s been in the public eye for 25 years. Given the multitude of platforms by which information can be dispersed to the masses, it becomes a Herculean task.”

The question of whether the former first lady and secretary of state is honest has dogged Hillary for years. But the latest poll follows the publication of Peter ­Schweizer’s “Clinton Cash,” a damning exposé of the Clinton Foundation’s questionable dealings with foreign governments during her stint at State as well as how she and hubby Bill have cashed in on speaking fees at home and abroad.

And the numbers are sinking despite Clinton’s fresh campaign message on championing the middle class.

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“Clinton has had a difficult few months — avoiding the press doesn’t spare you from the effects of bad news and scandal,” said Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the  University of Virginia. Still, he said, the numbers are bound to change between now and November 2016.

Clinton will seek to turn the tide with her first big public campaign rally, on Roosevelt Island on June 13, that is expected to draw a big homecoming crowd.

Since Clinton launched her second bid for the White House in April, she’s favored small campaign stops with handpicked guests in early voting states and has limited questions from the press.

Along the way, she’s outlined liberal campaign platforms — expanding President Obama’s immigration orders if Congress fails to pass reforms, raising the minimum wage and passing equal pay legislation, ending mass incarceration and supporting gay marriage nationwide.

The intimate settings were a billed as chance for Clinton to listen to concerns of everyday Americans, but polling shows she hasn’t come off as emphatic. Less than half of voters say Clinton cares about people like them (47 percent, compared to 53 percent in July) and 50 percent feel Clinton does not inspire confidence, the CNN/ORC poll found.

And while she still leads the field of GOP challengers, the margins are slipping fast and are now tighter than they have been at any point in CNN/ORC’s polling on the 2016 presidential contest.

Clinton is about even with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, but continues to beat Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

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New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

April 1, 2015

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By ERIC TUCKER and SEAN CARLIN

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez was indicted on corruption charges Wednesday, accused of using his office to improperly benefit a Florida eye doctor and political donor.

 

The indictment charged the New Jersey Democrat with 14 counts, including bribery and conspiracy, over his ties to Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy doctor and the politician’s longtime friend.

Melgen also was charged in the case.

The indictment from a grand jury in New Jersey was the latest development in a federal investigation that came into public view when federal authorities raided Melgen’s medical offices two years ago. The investigation focused on whether the senator had improperly advocated on Melgen’s behalf, including by intervening in a Medicare billing dispute.

Menendez has acknowledged that he flew multiple times on Melgen’s private jet to the Dominican Republic and initially failed to properly pay for the trips. Menendez in 2013 agreed to reimburse Melgen $58,500 for the full cost of two flights.

The senator’s office later disclosed another flight, from Florida to New Jersey in 2011, and said Menendez had repaid Melgen $11,250 for it.

Last year, Menendez disclosed that his campaign accounts had paid a law firm $250,000 for legal costs related to investigations by the Justice Department and the Senate Ethics Committee of his ties to Melgen.

Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has acknowledged taking actions that could benefit Melgen, among them contacting U.S. health agencies to ask about billing practices and policies.

But the lawmaker has said he did nothing wrong and that he and Melgen have been friends for decades.

“We celebrated holidays together,” he once told reporters. “We have been there for family weddings and sad times like funerals and have given each other birthday, holiday and wedding presents, just as friends do.”

Photo by: J. Scott Applewhite

Melgen came under renewed scrutiny when government data last year showed he had received more in Medicare reimbursements in 2012 than any other doctor in the country.

Menendez becomes the first sitting U.S. senator to face indictment since then-Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, in 2008. Stevens was found guilty of concealing gifts from donors on financial disclosure statements, but the Justice Department later dropped the case after admitting that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence that would have been favorable to his defense.

Menedez joined the Senate in 2006 after serving more than a decade in the House of Representatives.

A lawyer and former mayor of Union City, New Jersey, Menendez also served in the New Jersey General Assembly and state Senate.

Even while under federal investigation, he has used his leadership position on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to criticize negotiations between President Barack Obama’s administration and Iran on its nuclear program and has been outspoken in opposition to normalizing relations with Cuba.

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Associated Press writer Sean Carlin reported from Newark, New Jersey.

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Nine out of ten Hong Kong activists say will fight on for a year

October 28, 2014

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Nearly nine out of 10 Hong Kong protesters say they are ready to stay on the streets for more than a year to push for full democracy to counter China’s tightening grip on the city, according to an informal Reuters survey on Tuesday.

Protesters and tents occupy the main road to the financial Central district during the one month anniversary of the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement, in Hong Kong October 28, 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

For a month now, key roads leading into three of Hong Kong’s most economically and politically important districts have been barricaded with wood and steel by thousands of protesters who have set up semi-permanent occupation zones amid a sea of tents.

The so-called “umbrella” movement, named after umbrellas used as flimsy shields against police pepper spray, has become one of the biggest political challenges to face China’s Communist Party leadership since it crushed pro-democracy protests in and around Tiananmen Square in 1989.

The overwhelming majority of the student-led protesters who responded to the Reuters survey – carried out at two major protest sites on the one-month anniversary of the start of the demonstrations – remained defiant.

The straw poll found 87 percent said they were willing to keep up the campaign for more than a year, while 93 percent said that even if police forcibly cleared them away, they would regroup to launch fresh street occupations elsewhere.

The most tenacious protests since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 have already persisted beyond most expectations, defying riot police and attacks from hostile mobs, as well as intense government and public pressure.

They were triggered by China’s imposition of a highly restrictive framework for a city-wide vote for its next leader in 2017, which would only allow candidates pre-screened by a 1,200-strong committee stacked with Beijing loyalists.

China’s increasing control in Hong Kong was a major motivating factor for 59 percent of the protesters surveyed.

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The protest movement has also been fueled by the growing clout of Hong Kong’s tycoons, and 38 percent of the 121 respondents to Reuters’ printed survey said “wealth inequality” was a major factor driving their democratic aspirations.

In the run-up to the planned Occupy protests, scores of local tycoons including Wharf Holdings Peter Woo and Henderson Land Chairman Lee Shau-kee warned of the dangers posed by the movement to Hong Kong’s economy.

Since the protests, however, hardly any have spoken out publicly.

Protesters gave an “umbrella salute” on Tuesday to mark the start of the protests on Sept. 28. The umbrellas were held aloft for 87 seconds – corresponding to the number of tear gas canisters that were fired by police a month ago to quell seething crowds of tens of thousands at their peak.

Others held up a large yellow banner with the words: “We want real universal suffrage”.

“I come alone, and I’ve come every day after school. If I don’t come I might later regret it,” said Sung Kit-yan, a 17-year-old high school student sat on a pavement in the gritty Mong Kok district.

“There’s a lot of collusion between the government and the tycoons so I think full democracy will help bring fairer competition. A fairer society.”

The survey also showed 55 percent of respondents said they did not want an independent Hong Kong unshackled from Chinese rule, versus 45 percent who did.

However many said the movement reflected a deep-rooted desire to preserve Hong Kong’s unique identity, including its Cantonese language and culture and freedoms enshrined in its freewheeling, capitalist way of life.

The long-running demonstrations have posed perhaps the gravest crisis for any post-handover Hong Kong government, with the popularity ratings of the city’s embattled leader Leung Chun-ying falling to 38.9 percent, a historic low, according to a separate poll by the University of Hong Kong.

Nearly three-quarters of the protesters – 73 percent of those surveyed – said that they would opt for the best candidate, regardless of party affiliation, should China allow open nominations for the poll in 2017, with only around one in five saying they would definitely vote for a democrat.

(Reporting by James Pomfret, Clare Baldwin, Clare Jim, Donny Kwok and Diana Chan; Editing by Alex Richardson)

Democrats, The Party of Women, Embarrassed By Weiner, Eliot Spitzer and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

August 1, 2013

Democrats launched the “war on women,” but they didn’t first sweep their side  of the battlefield for land mines. Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer and San Diego  Mayor Bob Filner have dominated the headlines for their atrocious disrespect and  sexual harassment of women. Yet the Democratic leadership is hiding in a  foxhole.

By Emily Miller
The Washington Times

Need a break? New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner rubs his eyes during a candidate forum on small business in Manhattan on Monday as his latest sexting scandal refuses to go away

The Weiner mess keeps getting more repulsive. The Democratic New York City  mayor wannabe admits to sending photos of his genitalia and having phone sex  with other women as recently as last year. It seems running for public office  hasn’t quashed his compulsion. In an interview in The New York Daily News this  week, the former congressman refused to answer definitively that he had stopped  cheating on his wife, Huma Abedin, with his sexual emails and texts to young  women. On Tuesday, Mr. Weiner’s communications director, Barbara Morgan, called  a female former campaign intern a slew of profane words, most of which can’t be  printed in a family newspaper. Ms. Morgan was reacting to Olivia Nuzzi writing  in The Daily News about her negative experiences during a monthlong internship,  such as Mr. Weiner repeatedly calling female interns “Monica.” Ms. Morgan told  Talking Points Memo that the college student “sucked” at her job and was a  “slutbag.” That term quickly trended worldwide on Twitter.

Ms. Morgan used a variation of a pejorative word that last year triggered the  Democrats’ grand idea to accuse the Republican Party of waging a “war on women.”  Sandra Fluke was a Georgetown University Law School student who testified on  Capitol Hill that Obamacare should force the Catholic school to pay for  contraception. Georgetown, from which I also graduated as an undergrad, does not  include health insurance coverage for birth control as it conflicts with its  Catholic doctrine.

Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh said that Ms. Fluke was a “slut” and  “wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.” Seizing on the  comments, the Democrats launched an election-year campaign to link Republicans  with the conservative radio host in order to get more female votes. Never mind  that the comments were repudiated by GOP leaders and had nothing to do with  policymaking.

Now, Democrats are faced with one elected official, Mr. Filner, who admitted  to sexually harassing his employees at City Hall, which is illegal. They have  Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor who admitted to using prostitutes  and was caught trafficking one woman across state lines, running for New York  City comptroller. Then there is Mr. Weiner, the pervert who can’t stop cheating  on his wife, no matter what the consequences.

Bob Filner says he'll undergo therapy

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner speaks during a news conference at City Hall at which he announced that will undergo two weeks of intensive therapy. His announcement did little to quiet calls for his resignation.  (Gregory Bull / Associated Press / July 26, 2013)

How has the party leadership reacted? Have they tried to defend women  victimized by these predators? Have they spoken out that men who treat women  like dirt should not be in public office? No. They hid out in their bunkers.

On Monday, a reporter asked White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest  at the the daily briefing, “The president, as the leader of the Democratic  Party, does he have an opinion of whether or not Anthony Weiner should stay or  go as far as the race is concerned there?” Mr. Earnest replied, “Not one that  I’ve heard.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has not made a peep about the sex scandals.  Reporters have repeatedly asked the senior senator from New York, Democrat  Charles E. Schumer, about the Weiner scandal, but he refuses to answer. Also,  Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz  has not called  on either Mr. Weiner or Mr. Spitzer to get out of their races.

The most powerful female in the Democratic Party ignored for months the eight  women who came forward with shocking stories of the sexual predator, Mr. Filner.  Finally, after the mayor said he would not step down but instead go to two weeks  of so-called sex rehab, Ms. Wasserman-Shultz put out a written statement that he  should resign. California’s two female Democratic senators — Dianne Feinstein  and Barbara Boxer — also called on the groping San Diego mayor to go to therapy  and not come back.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is the only exception to the Democrats’  tacit approval of mistreatment of women within their own ranks. Seemingly  keeping to the social mores of her Baltimore Catholic school upbringing, Mrs.  Pelosi is the only national elected official to say that Mr. Weiner should drop  out of the mayor’s race. Referring to both the former New York congressman and  Mr. Filner, the California Democrat said last week, “The conduct of some of  these people that we’re talking about here is reprehensible. It is so  disrespectful of women. And what’s really stunning about it is they don’t even  realize it. You know, they don’t have a clue.”

There is no war against women, but there are men in public office who think  women are nothing but their sexual playthings. Democrats like to think of  themselves as the party that battles for women’s rights, but apparently, their  own officials are in a demilitarized zone. The president and all the leaders of  the party should denounce the behavior of Mr. Spitzer, Mr. Weiner and Mr. Filner  and demand they permanently leave public office.

Emily Miller is a senior editor of opinion for The Washington  Times.

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Eliot Spitzer, who once had to addresses his own marital indiscretions back  in March 2008, shown here with wife Silda Wall (left), joined in the criticism  of Anthony Weiner through his campaign.  Photo by SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS

Republican Weekly Address with Senator Jeff Sessions: The First Democrat Budget In Four Years

March 9, 2013

(WASHINGTON) — “We need to grow the economy — not the government.”

That’s what lawmakers in Washington should be focused on, says Sen. Jeff Sessions, in this week’s Republican address.

Ahead of next week’s unveiling of Senate Democrats’ first budget in four years, Sessions (Ala.), warns that the new plan will include tax gimmicks and new spending that will only grow the government, not the economy.

We have a moral duty We have a moral duty to balance the federal budget and bring the deficit down to zero. This is the great challenge of our time,” says Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee.

“But I fear the Democrat proposal will fail this defining test and will never achieve balance. I fear it will crush American workers and our economy with trillions in new taxes, spending and debt. I fear Chairman [Patty] Murray will follow the President’s lead: raising taxes to enrich the bureaucracy at the expense of the people,” he adds in the address.

Sen. Murray, D-Wash., is the Senate Budget Committee chair, and is expected to roll out proposals for taming the national budget in the coming days.

But Sen. Sessions says that while Senate GOP are prepared to reform Washington’s spending to grow the economy, balance the budget and create jobs, Sen. Dems are “determined to shield [the Washington establishment] from accountability.”

The Alabama senator says, “We are at the breaking point,” and asserts that destructive policies employed by Democrats in Washington cannot continue.

“Instead, we must act to create more jobs and better pay. And we can do it without adding to the debt,” he says, explaining how:

  • Make welfare temporary and the welfare office an employment and job training office.
  • Unlock America’s vast energy resources to create millions of good-paying jobs.
  • Defend American workers from unfair foreign trade practices.
  • Reform the tax code to make America globally competitive, creating more jobs here.
  • Make government leaner, less wasteful so it produces greater results for the money you earned and sent here.
  • Enforce an immigration policy that protects legal U.S. workers from unlawful competition.
  • Eliminate every burdensome federal rule or regulation that isn’t needed and that destroys jobs.
  • And, finally, we must balance the federal budget.

“These steps will empower Americans—not the government,” he says.

ABC News Radio: See Video and hear the talk:

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“Hello. I’m Jeff Sessions from Alabama, Ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. It’s my privilege to speak with you today before the Senate considers a budget plan next week. Congress has an obligation to adopt a budget that does the most good for the most people.

 

“Washington, D.C. provides a troubling illustration of our challenges. No city in America relies more on the federal government than Washington. Federal money pours every single day into every part of the city.

 

“Despite this fountain of federal funds, 1 in 3 children still live in poverty in our nation’s capital. Two in three children live in single parent homes. In nearby Baltimore—another city governed by liberal policies for decades—1 in 3 residents are on food stamps and in 1 in 3 youth live in poverty. Americans are committed to helping our sisters and brothers who are struggling, but we are seeing the damaging human consequences of our broken welfare state.

 

“We spend a trillion dollars each year on federal poverty programs. That’s more than the budget for Social Security or Defense. But poverty seems only to increase. Something is wrong.

 

“Compassion demands that we change.

 

“Amazingly, the federal government says that the more people we have on food stamps, the more it grows the economy. The Department of Agriculture proudly declares: ‘Each $5 in new [food stamp] benefits generates almost twice that amount in economic activity for the community.’ Our government is running food stamp promotions at foreign embassies. One worker was given an award for overcoming ‘mountain pride’ and getting more people to sign up. Where I grew up in Alabama, all honest work, even the hardest, was honored. And pride, self-respect, and a desire to be independent was valued, not a thing to be overcome.

 

“Isn’t it a better goal to help more Americans find good-paying jobs, to have the pride and self-respect that comes from that? Isn’t this a superior form of compassion that has a more solid moral foundation?

 

“Yet every time lawmakers try to reform the bureaucracy to accomplish these goals, they meet with the same response: President Obama attacks the reformers, saying such ideas aren’t compassionate or fair. But what is truly unfair and lacking in compassion is to protect a federal bureaucracy that is failing those that need our help the most.

 

“President Obama speaks of his deep concern for struggling Americans, yet his plans are focused on growing government—not the economy. He has no effective plan to create better jobs, more hiring or rising wages. That’s what’s missing.

 

“Apparently, the federal government is perfect, requires no reform. That would explain why our Senate Democrats have refused to pass a legally-mandated 10-year budget plan in four years.

 

“To compel Senate Democrats do their jobs, Republicans passed the No Budget, No Pay measure. Senate Democrats have then relented and agreed to work on a budget plan.

 

“Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray, and her colleagues, will introduce the long-delayed Democrat plan on Wednesday. Right now, our massive debt is slowing the economy and depressing wages. We have a moral duty to balance the federal budget and bring the deficit down to zero. This is the great challenge of our time. And you may be surprised to learn that we can achieve this goal if we simply hold the annual growth of spending to 3.4 percent each year. But I fear the Democrat proposal will fail this defining test and will never achieve balance. I fear it will crush American workers and our economy with trillions in new taxes, spending and debt. I fear Chairman Murray will follow the President’s lead: raising taxes to enrich the bureaucracy at the expense of the people.

 

“We need to grow the economy—not the government.

 

“People are being hurt every day by the Washington establishment the Democrats are determined to shield from accountability. Government has never been bigger or more out of control. They say there is no problem with waste, fraud, and abuse; they say the problem is you; they say you are not sending them enough money; they say they have wisely spent every penny. So, you must just send them more. And, if you don’t? Well, they won’t stop spending, they’ll just borrow more. These destructive policies cannot continue. We are at the breaking point.

 

“Instead, we must act to create more jobs and better pay. And we can do it without adding to the debt.

 

“Here’s how:

-Make welfare temporary and the welfare office an employment and job training office.

-Unlock America’s vast energy resources to create millions of good-paying jobs.

-Defend American workers from unfair foreign trade practices.

-Reform the tax code to make America globally competitive, creating more jobs here.

-Make government leaner, less wasteful so it produces greater results for the money you earned and sent here.

-Enforce an immigration policy that protects legal U.S. workers from unlawful competition.

-Eliminate every burdensome federal rule or regulation that isn’t needed and that destroys jobs.

-And, finally, we must balance the federal budget.

 

“These steps will empower Americans—not the government. They will promote family—not bureaucracy. And they will help create a future in which the central bonds in our lives are not government rules but the love and loyalty we have for one another.”

Senator Menendez Says Flourishing Prostitution is Failed Policy

February 8, 2013

In light of recent allegations and mounting evidence against New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez regarding sexcapades in the Dominican Republic with prostitutes (some of whom may have been underage at the time) thanks to a rich donor with a private jet, his past rants against prostitution are fun to listen to.

Video:

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/201
3/02/08/flashback-senator-menendez-says-fl
ourishing-prostitution-is-failed-policy-n1508117

Menendez is frantically throwing together a public relations response team to try and smother the latest allegations after draining his bank account to pay back private jet flights to the Dominican Republic that “slipped through the cracks.”

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is moving behind-the-scenes to control the damage caused by a series of unseemly allegations involving his personal life that now loom over his chairmanship of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee and could threaten his standing with Senate Democrats.

Menendez’s aides are quietly laying out a detailed defense to Democratic pundits, operatives and TV talking heads in New Jersey and Washington in which they characterize the scandal as one without merit and peddled by his political opponents.

After initially appearing stunned and paralyzed by the latest developments — Menendez ran away from reporters at a Garden State delegation event on Friday — the New Jersey Democrat is starting to fight back. He’s waging a public and private campaign to clear his name, including giving an interview to a national TV network and some New Jersey reporters.


In one key move, Menendez has begun to rely on trusted aides and former advisers for guidance, including one who is very close to Attorney General Eric Holder. Menendez’s campaign has hired Matt Miller, a former top spokesman for the Justice Department — which is investigating a campaign donor caught up in the scandal — under Holder.

Tip Sheet

Townhall

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/201
3/02/08/flashback-senator-menendez-says-fl
ourishing-prostitution-is-failed-policy-n1508117