That Time An Atlantic Reporter Wrote Exactly What A Clinton Stooge Told Him To Write

Gawker reporter pawed through some of Hillary’s emails (released via a Gawker Freedom of Information Act request filed in 2012) and discovered some messages between Clinton consigliere  Philippe Reines and Ambinder regarding an important policy speech in 2009.

In these emails, we get a glimpse of the sort of “quid pro quo” between powerful Democrats and their toadies in the media, that goes on probably a lot more frequently than we would like to admit.

In exchange for early access to a policy speech that Hillary gave, Ambinder was asked to describe said speech as “muscular” in his write-up and also mention the heavy-hitters sitting in the front row of the audience.

From: [Philippe Reines]
Sent: Wednesday, July 15 2009 10:06 AM
To: Ambinder, Marc
Subject: Re: Do you have a copy of HRC’s speech to share?

3 [conditions] actually

1) You in your own voice describe them as “muscular”

2) You note that a look at the CFR seating plan shows that all the envoys — from Holbrooke to Mitchell to Ross — will be arrayed in front of her, which in your own clever way you can say certainly not a coincidence and meant to convey something

3) You don’t say you were blackmailed!

One minute later, Ambinder responded:

From: Ambinder, Marc
Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 10:07 AM
To: Philippe Reines
Subject: RE: Do you have a copy of HRC’s speech to share?

got it

Ambinder made good on his word. The opening paragraph of the article he wrote later that day, under the headline “Hillary Clinton’s ‘Smart Power’ Breaks Through,” precisely followed Reines’ instructions:

When you think of President Obama’s foreign policy, think of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. That’s the message behind a muscular speech that Clinton is set to deliver today to the Council on Foreign Relations. The staging gives a clue to its purpose: seated in front of Clinton, subordinate to Clinton, in the first row, will be three potentially rival power centers: envoys Richard Holbrooke and George Mitchell, and National Security Council senior director Dennis Ross.

And that’s how it works, folks.

 

 

 

The Coming Democrat/Republican Crack-up

Another post by Reeko:

Thank goodness for the Millennials. They will elect the next president and in doing so, they will in all likelihood save the United States – from itself. Most of them will not even realize the value of what they will be doing. We are in the digital age of instantaneous communications, transactions, feelings, emotions, and… elections.

The twin disasters of Leftist-Progressives and their enabling GOP elitists, who together have run the current ship of state with almost no significant interference from any constitutionally-minded or conservative force of consequence, are soon to get their comeuppance. The logjams of government that those two forces have intentionally dammed up will soon be – no, strike that – ARE being blown apart much like the Robertson’s of Duck Dynasty are dynamiting the hated beaver dams on their duck hunting properties. The refreshing flow of new energy in new voters and others of normally apolitical views, shows how fast this can happen and more importantly, why.

Rebelling against the status quo is a long and proud tradition in American youth. And since both the Democrats and GOP elites have left the grass-root TEA partiers bruised – but not silenced – while blue dog/conservative Democrats have been out-shouted and are equally despised by their Progressive leaders, the masses are murmuring for a leader who sticks it to the status quo. Although the main focus of the political pundits and/or pollsters would be on the Millennials, there are older voters who remember well what happened to Senator Joe Lieberman, and can’t wait to help. Its payback time.

Although the majority of Millennials will elect Donald Trump President of the United States it won’t even be close in the general election. Of course, there will be a minority of Millennials who will also vote for Bernie Sanders, but the outcome will not matter. The DNC itself will make sure Sanders isn’t their nominee. How they do that will be interesting in itself to watch, but as for the GOP primaries, we must first admit that from these same Millennials there will be quite a bit of help getting Trump to the GOP nomination without any significant challenge. Trump is their guy, no doubt about it, and it matters not one bit if the old-school political pundits think he is this or that or conservative or moderate or, whatever… as they say.

So how does Trump win? That’s easy: crossover voters. He will be aided and abetted by more than a few Democrats and Independents, the so-called “swing voters” in select states. There are at least 26 states that have either Open (19 states: anybody can vote for any party) or Semi-Open (7 states: registered GOP or undeclared voters can vote) primaries or caucuses that are guaranteed to allow crossover voters in their respective GOP primary or caucus. Trump will win those primaries in near landslides.

For all the rancor being shouted in the infosphere about the unraveling of the GOP from the outsiders leading into the 2016 race, take heart that it is not only the old guard GOP who are being undone, but the DNC and its enablers who are imploding as well. Ka-boom.

Reeko Forsazh

Billionaire Battle? Bloomberg Mulls White House Run

“Reeko,”  longtime reader and friend of the ND blog, has graciously offered to write some posts here for the duration of the 2016 campaign.

He’s a fellow conservative who works in a secret capacity for the United States government (hence the pseudonym) and can give an insider’s perspective on some of the issues.

His interests include politics, military, foreign affairs, science, theology, history, anthropology, weapons and martial arts, birds, airplanes, and Texas trivia, among many other things.

“Forsazh” is Russian for “afterburner” – as in jet engines.😉

Unlike me, Reeko supports Donald Trump (!) and in good time will probably get around to explaining why.

To start off, he wanted to talk about former NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s potential entrance into the race. (7-Eleven hardest hit.)

Alternative title, “Send in the Clown”:

Well, that didn’t take long. Bloomberg. Yes, the old Blooming Idiot himself.

So, I guess that question has been answered. (Who will replace Hillary on the Dem ticket?) Crazily, but answered just the same, much like getting a reading from a windsock in a hurricane.

Somebody on the Left must’ve run the electoral numbers and panicked. Cynicism much perhaps? Or does it not look like they are trotting out M. J. Bloomberg to at least try to keep NY from going all Trump Blue in the general election?

Yes, NY will vote solidly for Trump, making that a Red State for the first time since 1984. Of course Bloomberg is most likely to stay officially an “Independent” just like B. Sanders is an “Independent” yet neither of those capitol “I”s are gonna be able to save the DNC from the coming disaster in November:

NY = 29 electoral votes; FL = 29; TX = 38; The solid South = 111 (minus SC, still 102 because that State is goofy) and, the biggest electoral prize of all, yes, even California is in play for Trump. It will be a landslide no matter which way the math works out. The Left is grabbing at NY with everything they have, or else the Dem Party will be demolished.

The Oligarchical Rulers of our country are absolutely besides themselves with fear. “Obama’s legacy” …this is it: The end of the Democrat Party as we know it. With powerful assists from Soros and both Clintons. At long last!

Can I get an amen? At least a few high fives?😀

reeko forsazh

Smoking Gun Email Found: Hillary Instructed Aide to Strip Markings Before Sending Classified Data

send non secure
Last August, when it became known that emails from the intelligence community were somehow making it onto her personal server, more than a few of us wondered, Did Someone in Hillary’s Inner Circle Strip Classified Markings From Her Emails?
That question has been answered thanks to the belated State Department document dump that was executed in the middle of the night.
Among this latest tranche of Hillary’s emails, Fox News picked up on a significant exchange that is –let’s just say — highly problematic.

The latest batch of emails released from Hillary Clinton’s personal account from her tenure as secretary of state includes 66 messages deemed classified at some level, the State Department said early Friday. In one email, Clinton even seemed to coach a top adviser on how to send secure information outside secure channels. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, has repeatedly maintained that she did not send or receive classified material on her personal account. The State Department claims none of the emails now marked classified were labled as such at the time they were sent. However, one email thread from June 2011 appears to include Clinton telling her top adviser Jake Sullivan to send secure information through insecure means. In response to Clinton’s request for a set of since-redacted talking points, Sullivan writes, “They say they’ve had issues sending secure fax. They’re working on it.” Clinton responds “If they can’t, turn into nonpaper [with] no identifying heading and send nonsecure.” Ironically, an email thread from four months earlier shows Clinton saying she was “surprised” that a diplomatic officer named John Godfrey used a personal email account to send a memo on Libya policy after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi.

Hillary, of course, as Secretary of State, had been  explicitly instructed by the State Department on the correct procedures for disseminating secure information.

As Guy Benson notes at Townhall, “State sanctioned at least one top diplomat for disregarding those rules.”
 Mrs. Clinton may have been especially “surprised” at Godfrey’s actions because they came after she’d been issued a dire warning that foreign entities were aggressively targeting State Department officials’ personal, unsecure email accounts. But lest you need reminding, Hillary Clinton exclusively used such accounts to conduct all of her official business — via an improper, unsecure, private server — before and after this urgent red flag was brought to her attention.

(2) “Clinton…has repeatedly maintained that she did not send or receive classified material on her personal account.”  This assertion has been disproven by the more than 1,000 classified emails discovered on her private server, including 66 additions from this batch alone.  Her myriad excuses for this have been debunked piece by piece.

(3) Her final justification — which is legally irrelevant, as Hillary herself has personally attested — is that none of the sensitive material that she wrongfully transmitted through her unsecure server was “marked classified” at the time.  Again, this is meaningless, especially when it comes to highly secret material that she was obligated to recognize and protect as soon as it was produced.  But the email chain referenced above includes an instruction from Hillary Clinton to a State Department aide (who now works on her campaign) to strip classified information — it remains redacted to this day — of its classified markings [“identifying heading”] and “send nonsecure.”

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 Only one such email was found, but note her “matter-of-fact” attitude. This has all the appearance of standard operating procedure for her.
Hillary is so busted.

The only questions now are whether Comey’s recommendation to indict will be heeded by Loretta Lynch, and whether she will continue running even if indicted. There are different opinions on that.

 

 

 

 

Pat Caddell on Hillary: “She’s Dying Right Before Our Eyes Politically’

Political Insiders Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, John LeBoutillier were back on Fox News with Harris Faulkner, Sunday to talk about 2016 Democrat race where things are looking increasingly glum for Hillary Clinton.

A new poll in Iowa has the commie septuagenarian Bernie Sanders beating Ma-Clinton in a head to head. (*giggle*)

In a Clinton/Trump head to head, it’s 46% for Clinton and 43% for Trump.

Democrat pollster Pat Caddell noted that that since the WaPo poll “is a heavily biased Democratic poll usually — if they’re showing three points, then Trump’s ahead, I’ll guarantee that.”

He maintained that Clinton is “desperately wounded” and in fact “dying right before our eyes.”

“Hillary gets worse and worse by the week,” Caddell said. “These resets don’t work – and I’ll tell ya — that memo from the NYTs which said — they had done focus groups and she was going to apologize, she’s going to be more human – and then she goes on Ellen who slobbers all over her, and whatever and dances and what-not. You know what? The phoniness is phony!”

Caddell pointed out that the email scandal isn’t even Hillary’s only problem. There’s also Benghazi – and “most of all the foundation.” He added, “she’s dying right in front of our eyes, politically.”

Caddell said he watched the talk shows, Sunday morning, “which is enough to really give me bad heart-burn, literally,” he said. “These people keep saying, ‘oh, Hillary still can’t lose.’ None of them have learned, anything. They don’t understand the system, right now. They don’t understand that we’re having a literal uprising against the political class. This is a revolution,” Caddell added. “This is not ‘oh, let’s have a little protest…’ It is a change in the political order.”

*Don’t want to repeat myself — but — I was saying she was dead politically back in March. The fact that Hillary would not survive this email scandal should not have been a surprise to anyone who pays close attention to politics, (as I explained here) but there weren’t too many people saying it in March.

I agree with Ann Coulter, however, that we should be rooting for Hillary to pull through the primary, because she is easily their weakest, most compromised candidate.

Unfortunately, she is being taken out.

Caddell put it very well – “she’s dying right in front of our eyes.”

Sources: Formal Criminal Investigation of Clinton Coming Soon

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According to an NPR (*not a typo) report, federal authorities may be getting ready to step up their “inquiry” into Hillary Clinton’s “unique email arrangement” (as Trey Gowdy habitually puts it.)

“I think that the FBI will be moving with all deliberate speed to determine whether there were serious breaches of national security here,” said Ron Hosko, who used to lead the FBI’s criminal investigative division.

He said agents will direct their questions not just at Clinton, but also her close associates at the State Department and beyond.

“I would want to know how did this occur to begin with, who knew, who approved,” Hosko said.

Authorities are asking whether Clinton or her aides mishandled secrets about the Benghazi attacks and other subjects by corresponding about them in emails.

***

Why is Clinton emphasizing the idea that none of those messages were marked? Because what she knew — her intent — matters a lot under the law. If the Justice Department and FBI inquiry turns into a formal criminal investigation.

Two lawyers familiar with the inquiry told NPR that a formal criminal investigation is under consideration and could happen soon — although they caution that Clinton herself may not be the target.

I think the better phrasing of this caveat would be; “Clinton herself may not be the ONLY target.”

Michael Mukasey, who served as attorney general in the George W. Bush administration, recently talked to Newsmax TV about the government’s burden of proof.

“They’d have to show that she was responsible for having the information on that server and essentially knew what was on there,” Mukasey said.

Whether or not the emails were labeled as secret, some other Republicans say Clinton should have known better.

Former NSA Director Michael Hayden told the MSNBC program Morning Joe: “Put legality aside for just a second, it’s stupid and dangerous.”

*Even the uber-lib NPR is getting in on this anti-Clinton pig-pile, I notice. This is a really pitiful state of affairs for the Democrat “frontrunner.”

Update:

Monica Crowley has come to the conclusion I came to over five months ago. The Obama White House has given the gatekeepers the signal to close the gates in Hillary’s face. The only question is why.

 Why Obama is torpedoing Hillary Clinton?:

If Mr. Obama does not want an investigation to go forward, it does not go forward. Witness the scandals involving the Internal Revenue Service, Benghazi, Veterans Administration and Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning. In each case, Mr. Obama claimed he learned about the scandal “from the news.” (That’s interesting coming from a guy who claims he only rarely watches or reads said “news.”)

He then expressed his “outrage” and vowed to “get to the bottom” of each scandal. (Of course, it’s tough to “get to the bottom” of something when you are the bottom of it.)

In those cases, he protesteth too much. His faux outrage was a “tell” that he had no intention of investigating. In Mrs. Clinton’s case, he’s been quiet. Too quiet. That’s a “tell” that he wants this investigation pursued, likely to the point of charging her.

For me the biggest “tell” was the media. The MSM knows how to ignore a story if it’s inconvenient to their chosen narrative. Witness what is going on with the Planned Parenthood videos – and before that – the Gosnell story. Consider how they denied oxygen to the myriad of Obama scandals that have broken over the years, turning major game-changing bombshells into tiny, non threatening flames that die out on their own as soon a more convenient story comes along.

Obama would never have been elected had they have done due diligence to numerous stories about Obama’s past that would have torpedoed his campaign.

Most of these stories are coming from the NYTs and WaPo.  The New York Times, as you know,  is the House Organ of the Obama White House.

Crowley has a theory about the game plan sounds pretty plausible.

Once Mr. Biden joins the race, he will enjoy the full backing of Mr. Obama. With Mrs. Clinton gone, however, Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden will have to make it up to Democratic women and the radical left, which is currently flirting with socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders.

There is only one person who kills both birds with one stone: Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

The Democratic ticket will be Joe Biden-Elizabeth Warren. That’s what Mr. Obama wants. And what Mr. Obama wants, Mr. Obama gets.

This is “Game of Thrones.” And Mr. Obama is winning.

As ‘ve been saying all along – Obama wants Lizzie Warren. He’ll settle for the dim bulb, Biden, who can be controlled for one term – and then he’s hoping two terms of Warren.

MORE:

 JammieWearingFool: “Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers are like a leaky faucet: drip…drip… drip”

Grandma will probably be the last one to know it’s all over for her.

Vice President Biden matches up as well or better than Hillary Clinton against top 2016 Republicans in three key swing states, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday morning and certain to fuel speculation of the former six-term senator entering the White House race.

Former secretary of State Clinton is still the front-runner for Democratic primary voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and real estate mogul Donald Trump leads among the GOP, the survey says, but they have the worst favorability ratings and trustworthiness scores of the featured candidates.

So the “leaders” from the two major parties have the highest unfavorable ratings. Yet we’re to believe they have any hope?