Email bombshells from Hillary’s secret account (5)


Hillary Clinton’s emails have been a subject of partisan finger-pointing and hand-wringing since the revelation in April that she had used a private home-brew server to store her messages during the four years she was secretary of state.

On Tuesday the State Department released the first in a series of document-dumps comprising about 3,000 of the 55,000 pages Clinton turned over to State late last year.

They describe the ordinary and the shocking – everything from ordinary meeting recaps to the involvement in the agency of Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton’s 2008 election hatchet-man who had officially been exiled from the administration.

They also paint the onetime first lady and New York senator as technologically maladroit – she was all thumbs with an office fax machine – and distant enough from her husband Bill that their aides kept each informed about the other’s doings.

She used her email to let aides know she was thirsy. ‘Pls call Sarah and ask her if she can get me some iced tea,’ one message read.


See Also:

#1 — An Inside Look at How Hillary Clinton Plays the Media

#2 — Hillary Clinton scrambles for big donations despite lead

#3 — Here Are the 3,000 Pages of Hillary Clinton’s Emails Just Released by the State Department

#4 — Yahoo! Anchor: Hillary Clinton Not Anticipating Email Fallout is ‘So Amateur Hour’


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Afternoon Update July 1st, 2015 (10)


#1 — CNews | Alberta NDP inherited more than $1B from outgoing PCs: Docs

Alberta’s new NDP government inherited a “positive” surplus of over $1 billion from the former Progressive Conservative administration, according to figures released Tuesday.


#2 — CTV | Man suspected of terrorism says charter rights being threatened

WINNIPEG — The lawyer for a Winnipeg man who faces no criminal charges but is suspected of planning terrorist activities has launched a challenge under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


#3 — Global | NDPer Brent Dancey’s ‘apparent criminal history’ needs explanation: Wildrose

CALGARY – Alberta’s Wildrose party called on the NDP to explain the appointment of Brent Dancey as chief of staff for the minister of status of women and environment on Tuesday.


#4 — Globe | Vimy Foundation head says use of Mother Canada name is ‘disrespectful’

The chairman of the Vimy Foundation wants the organizers behind the proposed war memorial on Cape Breton to stop referring to their massive project as Mother Canada, calling it “disrespectful and unsavoury.”


#5 — Postmedia | Thomas Mulcair just one of many recent federal politicians to have switched political allegiances

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was forced again Tuesday to revisit talks he had with the Conservatives in 2007 about coming on board as an adviser to the government on environmental issues.



#6 — BBC | China security law tightens control of cyber security and religion

China’s legislature has passed a wide-ranging and controversial national security law which tightens government control over many areas.


#7 — CNS | DHS Report: 84% of Illegal Alien Adults Not In Court For Final Case Hearing

( – A recent report from the Department of Justice shows that of the nearly 12,500 illegal alien adults who were apprehended with children at the U.S. border and released between July 18, 2014, and May 26, 2015, whose immigration cases have been completed, at least 84 percent did not appear in court for the final decision.


#8 — Fox | Trump files $500M lawsuit against Univision over Miss USA cancellation

Republican presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision Tuesday in response to the broadcaster’s decision to cut ties with him and the Miss Universe pageant over remarks he made about Mexican immigration.


#9 — DM | U.S. Air Force’s most sophisticated stealth jet is beaten in dogfight by plane from 1970s

It’s the most expensive weapon in history but America’s F-35 stealth jet has been outperformed by a 40-year-old F-16 jet in a dogfight.

A mock air battle was held over the Pacific Ocean between the cutting-edge F-35 – meant to be the most sophisticated jet ever – and an F-16, which was designed in the 1970s.


#10 — WT | Obama threatens to ‘walk away’ from Iran nuclear deal as deadline passes

The Obama administration and its negotiating partners blew through Tuesday’s self-imposed deadline for a major nuclear accord with Iran — prolonging for at least another week some 20 months of exhausting and convoluted closed-door talks that have capped more than a decade of brinkmanship between Tehran and the West.


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Europe’s dream is dying in Greece (10)

The shuttered banks of Greece represent a profound failure for the EU. The current crisis is not just a reflection of the failings of the modern Greek state, it is also about the failure of a European dream of unity, peace and prosperity.

Over the past 30 years Europe has embraced its own version of the “end of history”. It became known as the European Union. The idea was that European nations could consign the tragedies of war, fascism and occupation to the past. By joining the EU, they could jointly embrace a better future based on democracy, the rule of law and the repudiation of nationalism.

As Lord Patten, a former EU commissioner, once boasted, the success of the union ensured that Europeans now spent their time “arguing about fish quotas or budgets, rather than murdering one another”.

When the Greek colonels were overthrown in 1974, Greece became the pioneer of a new model for Europe — in which the restoration of democracy at a national level was secured by a simultaneous application to join the European Economic Community (as it then was).

Greece became the 10th member of the European club in 1981. Its early membership of an EU that now numbers 28 countries is a rebuke to those who now claim it has always been a peripheral member.


See Also:

#1 — Ottawa says Canada-EU free-trade deal not at risk of falling apart

#2 — Despite Lagarde’s initial reluctance, IMF on the hook for Greece

#3 — Bear market grips Chinese stocks as investor panic grows

#4 — The Day The Euro Died

#5 — Good On You, Alexis Tsipras (Part 1)

Afternoon Update:

#6 — Markets, euro steady after Greek default

#7 — IMF: Greece misses debt repayment, country ‘in arrears’

#8 — Athens proposes third program as second lapses

#9 — France to seek deal with Greece before referendum ‘if possible’

#10 — Denmark to reimpose border controls ‘but in line with Schengen’

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Democratic Turnout a ’16 Risk Factor, Poll Finds

Democratic voters are skeptics this summer.

They doubt presidential contenders can deliver favored reforms from Washington, no matter how enticing the policy agendas sound. Those doubts depress enthusiasm about next year’s White House contest and could impact turnout for the eventual Democratic nominee.

Those were among early warnings in a survey released Monday of likely 2016 voters, sponsored by Democracy Corps and Women’s Voices, Women Vote Action Fund.

Americans want change and reforms, but “people don’t think any of this is going to happen,” Stan Greenberg, chairman and CEO of polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, said during a reporter roundtable organized by the Christian Science Monitor.

Their skepticism doesn’t turn on the idea of a Democratic nominee who would follow a two-term Democrat, President Obama. “It’s because the old political system is uniquely corrupted” in their eyes, Greenberg said. “What matters is how deep the critique people have about what’s happening in the country, both politically and economically.”


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Solar accounts for 1% of global electricity, how long will the next 1% take?

Solar energy’s vital role in the global energy mix has been secured after recent figures showed it now accounts for 1% of all global electricity demand. This is the equivalent of 33 large, coal-fired power plants of 1GW. The 1% milestone has been a long time coming, but it finally puts to bed the question of whether solar is a mainstream renewable energy source. With the lure of solar power generation spreading worldwide, how long will it be until it reaches the next landmark of 2%?

Solar Power Europe’s Global Market Outlook for Solar power 2015-2019, which announced the 1% milestone, found that global solar capacity is now 178GW, which is 100 times more than it was 14 years ago.

GTM Research solar analyst Adam James told PV Tech that he expects global installed capacity to double by 2017. Thus, while it took 14 years to reach the 1% figure, solar will take just two years to reach close to 2%. However, James admitted that, in this case, GTM’s forecasts are more optimistic than most competitors.


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Brodbeck: Prisons functioning fine with Harper’s tough-on-crime stance

It’s been five years since critics of the Harper government’s so-called tough-on-crime agenda claimed harsher penalties for criminals would cause federal prisons to explode with thousands of new inmates. They said it would force taxpayers to spend billions to build new prisons across Canada.

But according to recent Correctional Service Canada numbers obtained by the Winnipeg Sun, there are only 765 more federal inmates in prison today than there were in 2010.

Not much of an explosion.


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Kenney orders release of military health unit probe

Defence Minister Jason Kenney has ordered his department to release data it gathered during an internal investigation into the troubled military unit responsible for the care of ill and injured troops.

The Ottawa Citizen revealed Monday that DND had quietly shelved its partially finished investigation into the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) system saying it would not release any details until 2017.

The department began the investigation in August 2013 after a storm of criticism over JPSU’s failures.

It is unclear why the military needed four years to complete and release a report on the unit but according to a spokesperson, the JPSU probe was still only at the preliminary stage.


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Winnipeg newspaper column critical of First Nations leaders gets criticized

WINNIPEG – The publisher of a Winnipeg-based newspaper has apologized for his handling of a recent column that criticized First Nations chiefs for not addressing social issues on reserves.

Bernie Bellan of The Jewish Post and News says the column by Bill Marantz, a former provincial court judge, contained inflammatory language “which should not have been allowed to go in unedited.”

Bellan posted the apology to the website of the weekly newspaper, noting the column had provoked “quite a negative feedback.”

Chief Jim Bear of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation says he was “totally appalled” by Marantz’s remarks.

In the column, Marantz suggested that aboriginal leaders “are too busy feathering their own headdresses” to worry about unemployment, poverty, illness, alcoholism and crime in their communities.

Bear says he wants Marantz to know that as a chief, he works more than full time.

[“Sore spot?”]

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Fernandez: You are the Someone

Two news stories, each from a different side of the Atlantic, talk about the same thing but in different ways. The British Daily Mail has an article headed by a picture showing ISIS gunman Seifeddine Rezgui “with his AK47 – casually passing abandoned inflatables as a group of men keep their distance behind him”. Rezgui isn’t even holding his weapon at the ready. He knew the men only 10 yards behind him wouldn’t sprint the distance to tackle him.

He is walking with the confidence of a wolf among sheep.

One commenter wondered what Someone was doing while this ‘tragedy’ occurred. “How come there was an alarm raised, carrying that machine gun, it was obvious to the onlookers in the picture. Somebody could have prevented another tragedy in the name of this perverse and ancient religion.”

On the American side of the Atlantic, Rukmini Callimachi has a long piece in the New York Times describing how a “lonely” American girl was gradually converted to Islam by an ISIS interlocutor on the Internet. “Alex, a 23-year-old Sunday school teacher and babysitter, was trembling with excitement the day she told her Twitter followers that she had converted to Islam.”

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Steyn: Violent Extremistan vs the dar al Gay

Ultimately you can be either a gay-wedding society or a semi-Islamized society. By choosing both, the west will tear itself apart.

Snapshots of the world:

~From Politico:

On Friday evening, the White House was glowing with pride.

The Obama administration bathed the north side of the executive mansion in rainbow-colored light to celebrate the Supreme Court’s Friday ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which guaranteed a constitutional right to same-sex marriage across America…

According to a White House official, the lighting was done “to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality, here in America and around the world. The pride colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and tonight, these colors celebrate a new chapter in the history of American civil rights.”

While most expected President Obama and other Democratic politicians to celebrate the ruling — he called it “a victory for America” in a valedictory Rose Garden speech — the decision for a White House light show came as a surprise around dinnertime Friday, though the White House had dropped hints all morning.

~Meanwhile on the outskirts of Lyon:

Near Mr. Salhi’s destroyed vehicle they found a decapitated body on the ground with a knife nearby, and on the plant’s gate, the severed head and a cloth with the Muslim declaration of faith written on it: “There is no God but God and Muhammad is his prophet…”

Mr. Molins described the victim as a 54-year-old man who lived in the area and who had employed Mr. Salhi in March.

~But don’t get distracted by any of that Mohammed stuff. There’s no Islam to see here – or in the Boston Marathon bombing. Just ask US Attorney Carmen Ortiz:

[Interesting Read]

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Morning Update July 1st, 2015 (10)


#1 — CNews | Police looking to safeguard Kijiji and Craigslist users

CALGARY — Your crusty, rust-ridden barbecue, or the flat-tired 10-speed gathering cobwebs in the corner?


#2 — CTV | Luka Magnotta joins dating site for prisoners, seeks ‘prince charming’

OTTAWA — Luka Rocco Magnotta, the convicted killer whose grisly crimes made headlines around the world, is looking for a “prince charming” on a matchmaking website for prisoners.


#3 — Global | How Russian spy bugs are helping biologists understand chipmunk chatter

A Quebec biologist was hit with a dilemma: how could she record chipmunk chatter in the wild?


#4 — Globe | Trudeau vows Liberal environment plan will ‘be putting a price on carbon’

The Liberal Party is continuing to unveil policy plans for Canadians to ponder over the summer, launching a green agenda that includes a national carbon-pricing proposal and free access to the country’s national parks during the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.


Sun | Trudeau promises we’ll pay more

#5 — Postmedia | Family had brain-dead patient kept alive 10 days so he could be flown back to his country of origin

A Vancouver-area hospital was asked to keep a brain-dead patient’s heart beating for 10 days until the person could be flown — on life support — to his country of origin — all because the family’s culture did not accept brain death, a B.C. bio-ethicist has revealed.



#6 — BBC | Melbourne police battle ‘smoking ban’ prison riot

Heavily armed police have been sent to a prison on the outskirts of Melbourne following a major riot reportedly linked to a smoking ban.


#7 — CNS | Attorney in Charge of IRS’ Email Production Now in Charge of State Dep’t Emails

( – Catherine Duval, the attorney in charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s email production to Congress, has changed jobs: She now manages the State Department’s email production to Congress, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday, June 25.


Fox | State Dept. set to produce nearly 4,000 pages of Clinton emails Tuesday

#8 — Fox | Indonesian military transport plane crashes in Medan area, killing dozens

MEDAN, Indonesia – An Indonesian air force transport plane carrying military personnel and their families plowed into a residential neighborhood in the country’s third-largest city of Medan shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, killing dozens.


#9 — DM | Explosive helium is leaking from massive earthquake fault under Los Angeles

A huge fault in the Earth’s crust near Los Angeles is leaking helium, researchers have found.

They say the unexpected find sheds new light on the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin.


#10 — WT | D.C. can deny residents concealed gun requests while stay is appealed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday issued a stay pending appeal that will again allow the city to enforce a key provision of its restrictive concealed carry laws — the requirement that gun owners demonstrate a “good reason” to obtain a permit.


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