Murphy: Hillary Clinton and McGuinty share a legacy of missing emails — and of utter shamelessness

This bit of Clintonism in the Ontario government should be calling for more reportage, more investigation than the flimsy and passing notice it has been getting.

When we think of politics as murky, devious, slippery, self-enriching and utterly void of shame, we naturally think of the Clintons Inc. The standing they enjoy and the esteem in which they are held, not only in their own country but all over the world, East and West, should leave us shivering in outrageous astonishment.

Twenty years after Bill (Chaser of Skirts is the Homeric epithet) and his wandering eye prowled the White House and settled on a young and dazzled intern, a now 40-year-old Monica Lewinsky has returned to the public arena trying to rehabilitate her reputation. Lewinsky became the punch line of a million jokes, while Bill, who was after all was a president, went on to rapturous fawning from the international set and Croesus-level panhandling on the good-causes circuit. Philanthropy and the Philanderer — could be a novel. Lewinsky was dust in the rear view mirror.

Zip right to the present day and the other half of the Corporation, the inexorable Hillary. As all the world knows, Hillary is now officially back on her predetermined march, an automaton of pure drive and purpose.

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#2 — Bill and Hillary’s Excellent Adventure

#3 — Hillary’s Past and Present Fodder for GOP

#4 — Author: Bill Clinton Just Quit Education Company Because Of ‘Clinton Cash’ Book

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Afternoon Update April 26th, 2015 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | Ont. hydro customers paying price for years of ‘bad decision-making,’ analyst says

TORONTO – Energy analyst Tom Adams says Ontario’s messy hydro situation isn’t going to get better any time soon.

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#2 — CTV | Chief relieved as 388 more evacuate Kashechewan, Ont.

KASHECHEWAN, Ont. — The chief of a remote northern Ontario First Nation says he is relieved that almost everyone in the community threatened by the rapidly rising Albany River has been evacuated.

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#3 — Global | Canada sending advance DART team to assess earthquake-stricken Nepal

TORONTO – The Canadian government is sending an advance team from its Disaster Assistance Response Team to Nepal to help the Asian country cope with the massive earthquake that struck Saturday.

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DM | The city reduced to rubble

DM | Death toll from earthquake could rise to 10,000

#4 — Globe | Alberta NDP eye first victory in Calgary since 1989

Andreas Adams has never voted. He is not entirely sure who serves as Alberta’s premier. He suspects there are four candidates running in his riding, Calgary-Fort, but he can’t name any of them.

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#5 — Postmedia | Union condemns federal agency for lending Volkswagen $526 million to expand operations in U.S. and Mexico

TORONTO — Canada’s largest private sector union is condemning a federal agency for lending roughly $526 million to Volkswagen to expand its operations in the U.S. and Mexico.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | Bali Nine: Indonesia issues execution orders

At least three of 10 people on death row in Indonesia for drug smuggling have been given formal notice of their imminent execution.

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#7 — CNS | $70M School Budget for Town With 3,895 Students

The New Hampshire town of Merrimack recently approved a budget of $70,408,919 for a community that reports to have 3,895 kids enrolled in its public schools.

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#8 — Fox | Russian hackers obtained Obama’s unclassified emails, report says

Russian hackers reportedly obtained some of President Obama’s emails when the White House’s unclassified computer system was hacked last year, indicating that the breach was significantly more intrusive than originally thought.

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#9 — DM | Did exaggerated records make global warming look worse?

An international panel of scientists will today launch a major inquiry to discover whether official world temperature records have exaggerated the extent of global warming.

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#10 — WT | Gay-rights advocates torpedo GoFundMe campaign for Christian-owned bakery

A crowdfunding campaign that had raised more than $109,000 for the Christian-owned bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon was removed Saturday after complaints from gay-rights advocates.

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SNP austerity lies exposed by IFS report (10)

NICOLA STURGEON’S election campaign was in tatters last night after it emerged the SNP would oversee a longer period of austerity than its rivals.

The First Minister has repeatedly vowed to reverse public spending cuts if she wins a share of power.

But a respected think-tank has revealed her plans imply the same cuts, if not deeper, than Labour’s over the next five years.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) also warned of a “considerable disconnect” between SNP rhetoric and policies.

Opponents last night said the analysis “exposes the lie” at the heart of Ms Sturgeon’s bid to become kingmaker.

IFS experts insisted voters are still “in the dark” about the scale and depth of spending cuts being planned by all the main parties.

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See Also:

#1 — Cyprus won’t need full bailout, says Fitch

#2 — Deutsche Bank announces sale of Postbank stake

#3 — Greece not playing a game of chicken on debt

#4 — Unbridled domestic borrowing

#5 — Europe’s Migration Crisis

Afternoon Update:

#6 — David Cameron pledges to introduce EU referendum bill within 100 days

#7 — EU finance ministers dream of a capital market union

#8 — Latest UK election polls show Conservative and Labour parties in close tie

#9 — Gov’t eyes state company reserves

#10 — Europe’s police crack massive horsemeat trafficking ring

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What the future of travel will look like

While time travel may be something that we’ve only seen in sci-fi films, some scientists believe it may be commonplace in as few as 85 years.

From biometric scanning to iPad-controlled hotel rooms, glimpses into the future of travel have already begun popping up in airports and resorts around the world.

Here, MailOnline Travel looks ahead at exactly what holidaymakers can expect from flights and accommodations in the future, and attempts to answer the age old question: when will teleportation become a reality?

By 2030…

In 15 years, digital advancements will have made the discovery, planning and booking of a journey into a seamless and intuitive experience.

‘Travel search and booking will be as easy as buying a book on Amazon,’ explains Skyscanner’s CEO and Co-Founder Gareth Williams.

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Drought Hypocrisy: San Francisco Using Drinking Water To Heat City Hall, Other Buildings

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – The people who want us to use less water are part of a system that could be among the biggest water wasters in San Francisco. That system is in hot water, because of hot water.

“After the water is heated up, the condensated water is then discharged into the sewer system,” said Tyrone Jue of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. “This is drinking water that is being used for the steam loop.”

Water is heated to make steam to heat City Hall and 170 other nearby buildings. Although City Hall reuses most of its portion, a quarter million gallons a day goes wasted. Good drinking water ends up in the sewer. It’s a system that is more than 80 years old.

“This system has been set up in the city for many decades, as far as this steam loop. It doesn’t rely on fossil fuels or natural gas to heat these buildings. So in that sense it’s good,” Jue said.

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Toronto doctor asks Health Canada about pregnancy drug, gets 212 pages of censored information

The pregnant patient sitting in Dr. Nav Persaud’s downtown Toronto clinic had questions about a routine prescription.

He gave a quick, reassuring answer, but after she left, Persaud wondered if he really knew enough about the drug.

A few weeks later, he asked Health Canada for all of the information it had on Diclectin, a popular pill taken for morning sickness endorsed by Sick Kids’ Motherisk and another medical organization.

The information, he thought, could help him make a more informed prescribing decision in the future.

What he got instead was a three-and-a-half-year runaround from the regulator and more than 200 censored pages.

This is not a story about a drug’s safety. This is a story about secrecy.

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Prentice under fire for math quip as Albertans say Notley won the debate

PC Leader Jim Prentice aimed to capture Wildrose voters by warning Albertans against the NDP during Thursday night’s televised leaders debate.

But his “math is difficult” swipe may come back to bite him come election night, say political analysts.

Prentice and Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley’s exchanges were the highlight of the Thursday night Global TV broadcast. A post-debate poll from Mainstreet Technologies showed 44 per cent of Albertans pegged Notley as the night’s winner, but 37 per cent still expect Prentice to form government on May 5.

Prentice aimed to make the Wildrose irrelevant by trying to champion conservative values against the more progressive NDP policies, agreed MacEwan University political scientist Chaldeans Mensah and Frontier Centre political scientist Dr. Bob Murray.

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Blatchford: Senate witness repels Duffy defence suggestions she is biased for prosecution

OTTAWA — If the Senate, as a muse-friend says, is a well-known game of let’s pretend — the appointments are payoffs for political favours done or about to be done; the alleged contribution to the legislative process pretty much a joke; the work itself a scam — then similarly so is much about the criminal courts.

Judges are accorded a deference a few richly deserve but all are quick to claim. The actual court work day is only marginally more taxing than the actual Senate work day. Generally speaking, the walls of both Red Chamber and courtroom metaphorically drip with horse manure.

In fact, suspended senator Mike Duffy must feel very at home in courtroom 33, where his criminal trial ended its third week here Friday with his lawyer, Don Bayne, launching a sneering attack on the integrity of a senior Senate staffer (and indirectly on prosecutors and police), while the sternest rebuke Ontario Court Justice Charles Vaillancourt could offer was a mild, “Let’s not pick away! Well! Really and truly!” before he called for an earlier-than-usual morning break.

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Walsh: Hillary Clinton v. the Oxpeckers – Dead Candidate Walking

Place your bets: What will be Hillary!’s last day as a candidate?

What the hell was she thinking?

That the Hillary! candidacy is doomed is now a foregone conclusion. Madame Defarge has no aptitude for the job, only a taste for it, and a venomous certainty that it is somehow rightfully hers. But when you’ve lost Jon Chait:

The qualities of an effective presidency do not seem to transfer onto a post-presidency. Jimmy Carter was an ineffective president who became an exemplary post-president. Bill Clinton appears to be the reverse. All sorts of unproven worst-case-scenario questions float around the web of connections between Bill’s private work, Hillary Clinton’s public role as secretary of State, the Clintons’ quasi-public charity, and Hillary’s noncompliant email system. But the best-case scenario is bad enough: The Clintons have been disorganized and greedy.

The news today about the Clintons all fleshes out, in one way or another, their lack of interest in policing serious conflict-of-interest problems that arise in their overlapping roles:

There follows a list of the various Clinton disasters we have lovingly been chronicling here for weeks now. Still, it’s instructive that the default mode on the Left is to attribute to “disorganization,” “greed” and “sloppiness” (hello, Sandy Berger!) what is almost certainly outright and overt criminal behavior, undertaken in the belief that no one would ever be held accountable.

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Coyne: Stop panicking, Stephen Harper can’t control the future

I suppose we will have to revisit this issue of the strange powers Stephen Harper has acquired to rule the future. Not only does he control his own government, but in the fevered imaginings of the national press, he controls all future governments as well. (Legal scholars are divided. While it is true that governing from the grave is not expressly authorized under the Constitution, neither is it expressly forbidden.)

The first outbreak of this occult panic was over the Conservatives’ proposed balanced budget law. Never mind that the legislation, which no one has yet seen, does not actually mandate balanced budgets, it was the idea that it might mandate anything that had people up in arms. It was unclear which upset them more: that the prime minister should presume to tell future prime ministers whether they could or could not go into deficit, which made it dictatorial, or that the law could in fact be repealed at any time, which made it worthless.

The notion that it might be neither of these things — that it would remain in effect, like any law, only until it were repealed, and that, like any law, its ability to bind future parliaments consisted in the effort required to repeal it, with all of the political risks that might go with it — did not seem to occur to anyone. It was all just too frightening and disturbing.

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Morning Update April 26th, 2015 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | Hydro rates crippling small business, owner says

TORONTO – Sasha-Rose Dileo can feel the tension.

She’ll come into a room in the Don Mills graphics and print shop she runs with her husband, Tony Candiano, and find a light left on. It’s enough to spark a fight between the couple who have been married for 32 years.

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#2 — CTV | Family selling Calgary man’s belongings to cover fees after Thailand crash

A Calgary man’s family is selling off his vehicles and other belongings in an effort to raise money to bring the traveller home from Thailand.

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#3 — Global | Looking back at 10 years of Chief Bill Blair

TORONTO — Bill Blair ends a 10-year reign Saturday as chief of the Toronto Police Service.

It’s a tough job, and Blair’s had some harsh critics over the years.

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#4 — Globe | Brown’s hustle attracts eclectic donor group in Ontario PC leadership race

Patrick Brown’s unlikely rise to front-runner in the contest to lead the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is being funded by an eclectic group of donors, including well-heeled real estate developers, a local hockey-team owner, onion farmers, a medical marijuana businessman, influential Indo-Canadians and even his tennis partner, a long-time Liberal who worked in Jean Chrétien’s Prime Minister’s Office.

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#5 — Postmedia | Jean Chrétien to meet Putin in Moscow to discuss West’s relations with Russia

Former prime minister Jean Chrétien will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week to discuss that country’s relations with the West, it was announced Friday.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | Strong earthquake rocks Nepal, damages Kathmandu

A powerful earthquake has rocked central Nepal, causing extensive damage to buildings and some injuries, eyewitnesses say.

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#7 — CNS | UN Non-Proliferation Meeting Could Bring New Wrangling Over Israel

(CNSNews.com) – As U.N. member-states meet in New York next week for a five-yearly conference to review the 45 year-old nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a long-stalled Arab-led initiative targeting Israel’s presumed nuclear weapons arsenal looks likely to be a source of acrimony.

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#8 — Fox | House panel threatens to cut defense secretary budget over Bergdahl stonewalling

The head of a powerful House panel is threatening to withhold defense funding over the department’s alleged stonewalling in a probe of the controversial swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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#9 — DM | How safe are the prawns YOU’RE eating?

Are you partial to a prawn mayo sandwich, drawn by the lure of a shrimp cocktail on a menu?

Once only enjoyed by the affluent, prawns are now a healthy, cheap option filling supermarkets, sandwich bars and restaurants across the world.

But have you ever stopped to think about where the ones you’re eating have come from?

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#10 — WT | Oregon panel proposes $135K hit against bakers in gay-wedding cake dispute

An Oregon commission proposed Friday levying a $135,000 hit against Aaron and Melissa Klein for refusing to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony based on their Christian beliefs.

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