Whiton: Hillary’s glass jaw (5)

Yes, liberal Washington yawns at the existence of a double standard. But will voters do the same, especially with proof that Hillary’s indifference to law and ethics continued through her last job?

Hillary Clinton and her friends in the media have been testing messages for her expected presidential campaign. The case for her will be built on four pillars: that allegations of her corruption are unfair; that she is highly accomplished; that she is above partisanship; and that she is a woman. The first three are dubious and the fourth will matter less than you may think.

Do you remember Webb Hubbell, the McDougals, the missing Rose Law firm billing records, Travelgate, or Hillary’s surprise acumen at high-risk commodities trading? Super PACs and other groups will remind voters of all of these case studies of corruption if Hillary proceeds with a campaign. Democrats are terrified of this likelihood, not because it points to Hillary’s distant past, but because it helps illustrate her more recent corrupt behavior – and that of the elite political class she represents.

Liberals are already honing a preemptive counterattack. They will pin any corruption on Bill Clinton and say it was long ago and therefore boorish to discuss today. A case in point was a dialogue this month between MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and liberal New York Magazine editorialist Frank Rich, formerly of the New York Times. In it, they artfully channeled allegations of the Clintons’ corruption to the sole issue of Bill’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Matthews and Rich readily agreed that this is brought up today only by “puritans,” and Matthews asked, referring to the Clintons, “How many marriages last as long as this one has?” He added: “I think people look at people over a long period of time and they know everything the Republicans are going to throw at [the Clintons] and they’ve already discounted it.”

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See Also:

#1 — The ‘Royal’ Clinton Baby

#2 — TV’s ‘Trapper John’ Whacks the Media

#3 — IRS revokes conservative group’s tax-exempt status over anti-Clinton statements

#4 — Hillary Clinton’s record at State under fire, again


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Afternoon Update April 23rd, 2014 (10)


#1 — CNews | Canadian sailor dies while on leave in Tanzania

A member of HMCS Regina died Monday in hospital in Tanzania while on leave from the ship, heading back to Canada, the Armed Forces said Tuesday.


#2 — CTV | Russia expels Canadian diplomat from Moscow

Russia has expelled a Canadian diplomat from Moscow, government sources confirm to CTV News, after Canada forced out a Russian military attaché earlier this month over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.


#3 — LFP | Restaurant owner chose foreign workers over locals

WEYBURN, Sask. — The owner of a Saskatchewan pizza place who laid off a pair of veteran employees in favour of foreign workers says he welcomes a federal investigation.


#4 — Global | World Pride: parents’ group wants Catholic teachers to withdraw from parade

TORONTO – A parents’ group is calling on Ontario’s Catholic teachers’ union to withdraw from this summer’s World Pride Parade in Toronto.


#5 — WFP | Union warns of reduced meat inspections, more food fraud in Vancouver

VANCOUVER – Canada’s food safety system is being pushed beyond its limits, warns the union representing federal food inspectors, which singles out Vancouver area-consumers as potentially the most at risk.



#6 — BBC | Brazil protesters in Rio clashes over dancer’s death

Violent protests have broken out in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro following the death of a young man allegedly beaten by police.


#7 — CNN | Prime Minster: Australia won’t ‘abandon’ MH370 families

(CNN) — It’s a determined effort, but there have been few headlines so far.


#8 — Fox | Fighter jets could launch US military satellites into space

And you thought space launches couldn’t get any cooler: The next generation of small satellites may blast into orbit from the belly of a fighter jet.


#9 — DM | The City of the Dead

Locals call it ‘The City of the Dead’, a ghostly urban landscape with no residents to fill it.

More than 100 villas stand empty after they were built six years ago for locals in the Chinese city of Beihai, in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.


#10 — WT | Bonuses given to IRS employes who owed back taxes

While some taxpayers are worried about getting steep fines for fudging on their tax returns, a new government watchdog’s report found that the Internal Revenue Service paid $1 million in bonuses to employees who owed back taxes.


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Banks prepare for stress tests to assess financial viability (10)

BRITISH banks are set to go through the ringer next week when European banking regulators launch “stress tests” to assess their financial viability.

Banks coming under the radar include State-backed Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, Barclays and 120 others from all over Europe as the European Banking Authority (EBA) looks to end any lingering doubts about the health of Europe’s banking system.

RBS is expected to scrape through the tests. The results, due to be unveiled in October, expect to confirm RBS as the weakest of all the UK’s major banks.

Those failing the test will be forced to raise capital either by cutting jobs, reducing lending or through a rights issue.

In February RBS chief executive Ross McEwan unveiled a £8.2 billion pre-tax loss for 2013, the bank’s largest since the credit crunch. He also said that the lender, which is 81 per cent owned by the taxpayer, would spend the next few years rebuilding its capital base.


See Also:

#1 — Mortgage reform may put home loans beyond reach

#2 — NATO should act now, not later

#3 — PM Samaras sees Greek bond yields falling more

#4 — Vodafone sued for 1.4 billion euros by former Greek distributor

#5 — Portugal faces key tests in turning page on bailout

Afternoon Update:

#6 — German tax revenue rising as economy gathers steam

#7 — Greece lines up tax cuts

#8 — France’s Le Pen hits out at Farage over Euro snub

#9 — EU clears Suntory $16 bn Jim Beam takeover

#10 — The centre-right gains ground ahead of next month’s European elections

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Insurer Admits Nearly 1,000 Doctors Wrongly Placed On Covered California Provider List (1)

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Two months after KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch first reported about some doctors listed on the Covered California exchange were actually not accepting the plans, insurer Anthem Blue Cross admitted that nearly 1,000 doctors were erroneously listed.

According to a statement by the California Medical Association, the insurer recently notified 965 physicians that they were wrongly placed on the exchange’s list. The notice, which was posted on April 9th, stated that the doctors were “inadvertently” listed for “a certain period of time” during the open enrollment period.

The CMA said Anthem Blue Cross acknowledged the error after receiving a number of complaints from physicians who believed they were listed inaccurately as participating.

Guda Venkatesh, a Covered California enrollee, was one of those affected. He told KPIX 5 in February that he chose an Anthem plan because the website said the plan had a variety of Stanford doctors near him.

“Except when I started going through the doctors, each one and calling them up, none of them actually accepted the Covered California plan,” Venkatesh said.


See Also:

#1 — Dem Congressman on Obamacare: The Worst Is Yet to Come, It’s ‘Going to Hit the Fan’

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Al-Qaeda’s chief bombmaker believed dead

Al-Qaeda’s chief bombmaker is believed to be dead following a U.S.-backed special forces ambush in Yemen over the weekend.

Witnesses say a 4×4 vehicle, believed to be carrying 32-year-old Ibrahim al-Asiri and other militants, engaged in a gun battle with special forces, The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.

While the passengers were able to shoot back, the attack left all members of the car dead, the Times said.

If his death is confirmed, Asiri would be the most senior al-Qaeda member killed since Osama bin Laden in May of 2011.

Asiri is believed to be behind the creation of a range of explosive devices for the extremist group, including liquid explosives implants which contain no mental parts making them virtually undetectable, especially to metal detectors.

This type of bomb was used in the failed “underwear bomb plot” on Christmas day of 2009 when a Nigerian man attempted to detonate a device aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.


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Levant: Obama gives Canada cold shoulder (1)

Barack Obama waited nine months before replacing the last U.S. ambassador to Canada. The post was empty, and Obama just didn’t care.

He doesn’t much like Stephen Harper – compare Obama’s icy body language towards Harper, to Obama’s deep bow when he met the Saudi king, or his high fives with the Hugo Chavez, the late ruler of Venezuela.

Don’t feel singled out. That’s how Obama treats many of America’s traditional allies. He spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. The White House’s bust of Winston Churchill was returned to the United Kingdom when Obama became president.

Get used to it. Obama treats his friends worse than his enemies.


See Also:

#1 — New Keystone XL Delay: ‘A Stunning Act Of Political Cowardice’

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Agar: Ontario Liberals cling to bad public policies

If there is a bad public policy idea, politicians will implement it and tenaciously stick to it. The Liberal government of Ontario is particularly addicted to such a course.

Bad public policy: Announcing big projects and plans with no revenue source.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says she will redirect 7.5¢ of HST collected on gas taxes to transit projects.

Good for her, as transit is arguably the number one issue facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and the province. But the gas tax was supposed to go to this purpose in the first place, as opposed to down the black pothole of general revenues.

Ontario has a deficit of over $11 billion this year, so with a new budget item of about $3 billion annually, either new revenue streams have to be developed or other spending has to be curtailed.

But Wynne won’t say what her plan is – if she has one.


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Vancouver man thought he was stabbing devil

VANCOUVER — A B.C. judge says there’s little hope a man found not criminally responsible for plunging a knife into a stranger’s chest can be reintegrated into society.

In a B.C. Provincial Court decision last week, Justice Gregory Rideout said Mohamed Amer believed his victim, Terrence Skaley, 71, was the devil when he stabbed the man outside a Vancouver coffee shop in 2012.

According to the court, Amer missed Skaley’s heart sac by one millimetre and after being arrested appeared confused that the victim wasn’t dead.

“Why did I not do it right? I stabbed him in the heart,” he told police.

“Yesterday they took me to the hospital ’cause I said I was going to do this. I’m not really sorry. I wanted to kill him.”

The court found Amer had been released twice from St. Paul’s Hospital in the days leading up to the attempted murder. Both times he was admitted because police were worried he had “both suicidal and homicidal ideations.”


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Chantrill: Liberals Digging Their Political Graves

Do liberals understand what they are doing? I don’t think they do. I think that they are blinkered by their one-dimensional view of politics: it reduces to the struggle for social justice. In 2010 after the midterm the Obamis decided they had to punch back twice as hard against the moneyed interests that would be unleashed by Citizens United. In Seattle the activist left is planning another May Day march: “Capitalist police state… rape of civil liberties.” Oh yeah!

Liberals do not think about the real meat of political philosophy, which is not to design a perfect political system with perfect justice, but to deal with the real problem: rulers and their appetite for power. Liberals worry instead about how to flush out the racists, sexists, and homophobes that are lurking in the woods waiting their chance to turn back the clock on glorious progressive achievements. Their concern is that the ruling class of liberals doesn’t have enough power to do good.

Mark Steyn has a brilliant article in The Spectator in Australia in which he does a “reveal” on the liberal war on free speech in all its embarrassing nakedness, from the silly girl at Swarthmore who is bothered by “the whole idea that at a liberal arts college we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion” to the liberal luvvies in London calling for “the first state restraints on the British press in three and a quarter centuries.”


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Editorial: Finally taming bloated bureaucracy

Quick question: are there more or less public servants in the federal government today than there were before the Conservatives came to power?

Seems easy. After all, they are the Conservatives. Always cutting away. Right?

Based on what you hear on the streets, you’d think the public service was a mere shadow of what it was a decade ago.

Back in 2012, public sector workers marched wearing Stephen Harper Hates Me buttons.

Hate? That’s a strong word. So the Conservatives must surely be tossing them out on the streets in droves!


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Morning Update April 23rd, 2014 (10)


#1 — CNews | Ottawa tot fights for life after TV falls on him

OTTAWA — A two-year-old boy is fighting for his life after a TV fell on top of him Sunday.


#2 — CTV | Man who killed Toronto police officer requests move to less secure unit

TORONTO — A man who killed a Toronto police officer with a snow plow is requesting to be moved to a less secure unit at the mental health facility where he is detained.


#3 — Globe | PM to meet new Quebec premier in courtesy call

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will travel to Quebec to meet the province’s new Premier on Thursday, highlighting the impact of Philippe Couillard’s victory on relations with Ottawa, federal and provincial sources said.


#4 — MacLeans | Wells: The Gray Fog rolls out

In 1999 I was in Toronto at the National Post’s old newsroom. I usually attended Question Period in person in those days, but on this day I was watching on television and needed to produce a column quickly. Herb Gray was pinch-hitting for Jean Chrétien, as he often did on a Friday, and I was struck by his skill at turning hard opposition questions into… well, nothing. I decided to write a whole column calling him The Gray Fog. “Chuck Strahl took only a few minutes to vanish without a trace yesterday,” I wrote. “The Gray Fog swallowed him, snappy new haircut and all.” And so on.


CBC | Herb Gray, former MP and deputy prime minister, dies at 82

#5 — WFP | Huge pile of records to land on Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s doorstep

OTTAWA – A pile of new documents is about to land on the doorstep of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.



#6 — BBC | Detroit ‘mob beating’ goes to attempted murder trial

A Detroit judge has said four men accused in a mob beating of a driver who hit a young child will stand trial for attempted murder.


#7 — CNS | Obama Calls for Highest Sustained Taxation in U.S. History

(CNSNews.com) – In the budget proposal he presented to Congress last month, President Barack Obama called for what would be the highest level of sustained taxation ever imposed on the American people, according to the analysis published last week by the Congressional Budget Office.


#8 — Fox | Supreme Court upholds Michigan affirmative action ban

The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s affirmative action ban, ruling that the state has the right to determine whether racial preferences can be considered in college admissions.


#9 — DM | DNA is ‘edited’ to cure liver disease for first time

Genetic liver disease has been cured in living, adult mice for first time using a ‘jaw-dropping’ genome-editing technique that could soon be used on humans.


#10 — WT | Colo. lawmakers get blunt, move to tighten marijuana rules after two deaths

DENVER — The Mile High City was jammed with pot revelers Sunday for the annual 4/20 festival, but the mood was far from celebratory Monday as state legislators moved to tighten rules on marijuana products in the wake of two tragic deaths.


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