How Hillary Clinton grew the empire
Morning Line: Hyping for Hil
Why, to Hillary Clinton, breaking
international law is no big deal
SLEEP WELL TONIGHT, YOUR NATIONAL
SECURITY IS THE HANDS OF GUY WHO HELPED CAUSE THE HOUSING CRISIS
DESPITE HILLCLINS PROMISE,
BLACKWATER GETS HUGE STATE DEPARTMENT CONTRACTS
HILLCLIN WANTS TO SEND U.S. TROOPS
WHERE ENSIGN, SANFORD & HILLARY
CLINTON WERE ON THE SAME PAGE
BUY ONE CLINTON, GET THE SECOND
TOP CLINTON ADVISOR SAID OBAMA
LACKED 'AMERICAN ROOTS
NEW DETAILS ON HILLARY CLINTON'S STRANGE
CLINTON SPENT $109K TO GET EACH
HOW CLINTON CONNIVED WITH GINGRICH AGAINST
HIS OWN PARTY
CLINTON SUPPORTER LOSES IT AT RULES COMMITTEE
CLINTON BITES HAND THAT HELPED HUSBAND AVOID BEING
AMERICA BLOG - The Huffington Post has
uncovered a tape of Hillary telling some fundraisers at a private
meeting that she hates the netroots and Democratic activists,
especially MoveOn. Ironically, it was also the Huffington Post
that revealed Obama's private meeting with fundraisers that led
to the entire "bitter" debacle.
(Funny, Hillary spoke to MoveOn just last
year, and praised their work (listen to the audio, it's good).
She "personally welcomes" MoveOn's work and says "I
am grateful for your work." And let's not forget why and
how MoveOn started. They wanted [to stop] Congress from impeaching
Bill Clinton over Monica Lewinksy. This is yet another example
of the Clinton's throwing a key ally, a key defender, under the
bus when it's expedient.)
Here is what Hillary had to say:
"Moveon.org endorsed [Obama] -- which
is like a gusher of money that never seems to slow down,"
Clinton said to a meeting of donors. "We have been less
successful in caucuses because it brings out the activist base
of the Democratic Party. MoveOn didn't even want us to go into
Afghanistan. I mean, that's what we're dealing with. And you
know they turn out in great numbers. And they are very driven
by their view of our positions, and It's primarily national security
and foreign policy that drives them. I don't agree with them.
They know I don't agree with them. So they flood into these caucuses
and dominate them and really intimidate people who actually show
up to support me.". . .
MoveOn's Executive Director Eli Pariser
just gave the following statement to the Huffington Post:
"Senator Clinton has her facts wrong
again. MoveOn never opposed the war in Afghanistan, and we set
the record straight years ago when Karl Rove made the same claim.
CLINTON JOINS VAST RIGHTWING CONSPIRACY
SEVENTH GRADERS JOIN CLINTON
IN DUCKING SNIPER FIRE ON THE RUNWAY
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED WHEN HILLARY CLINTON
WENT TO BOSNIA
CHECK: CLINTON ON FOREIGN POLICY
STEPHEN ZUNES, FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS
- Senator Hillary Clinton has opposed restrictions on U.S. arms
transfers and police training to governments that engage in gross
and systematic human rights abuses. Indeed, she has supported
unconditional U.S. arms transfers and police training to such
repressive and autocratic governments as Egypt, Morocco, Saudi
Arabia, Oman, Pakistan, Equatorial Guinea, Azerbaijan, Cameroon,
Kazakhstan, and Chad, just to name a few. She has also refused
to join many of her Democratic colleagues in signing a letter
endorsing a treaty that would limit arms transfers to countries
that engage in a consistent pattern of gross and systematic human
Not only is she willing to support military
assistance to repressive regimes, she has little concern about
controlling weapons that primarily target innocent civilians.
Senator Clinton has refused to support the international treaty
to ban land mines, which are responsible for killing and maiming
thousands of civilians worldwide, a disproportionate percentage
of whom have been children.. . .
Senator Clinton also has a record of dismissing
reports by human rights monitors that highlight large-scale attacks
against civilians by allied governments. For example, in the
face of widespread criticism by reputable human rights organizations
over Israel's systematic assaults against civilian targets in
its April 2002 offensive in the West Bank, Senator Clinton co-sponsored
a resolution defending the Israeli actions that claimed that
they were "necessary steps to provide security to its people
by dismantling the terrorist infrastructure in the Palestinian
areas." She opposed UN efforts to investigate alleged war
crimes by Israeli occupation forces and criticized President
Bush for calling on Israel to pull back from its violent re-conquest
of Palestinian cities in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
Similarly, when Amnesty International,
Human Rights Watch and other reputable human rights groups issued
detailed reports regarding Israeli war crimes during that country's
assault on Lebanon in the summer of 2006, Senator Clinton insisted
they were wrong and that Israel's attacks were legal. . . .
Senator Clinton has voted to send tens
of billions of dollars unconditionally to Baghdad to prop up
that regime, apparently unconcerned about the well-documented
reports of death squads being run from the Interior Ministry
that have killed many thousands of unarmed Sunni men. . .
In Senator Clinton's world view, if a country
is considered an important
Senator Clinton has also been one the Senate's
most outspoken critics of the United Nations, even appearing
outside the UN headquarters in New York twice during the past
four years at right-wing gatherings to denounce the world body.
She has falsely accused the UN of not taking a stand against
terrorism, even though terrorism has become - largely at the
insistence of the United States - a major UN focus in recent
WHY CLINTON DOESN'T MENTION HER EXPERIENCE ON THE
NIXON IMPEACHMENT COMMITTEE
RON ROSENBAUM, HISTORY NEWS NETWORK - I
covered the impeachment hearings to the bitter end when Nixon
resigned in August 1974. . . I have no memory of seeing young
Hillary Rodham in the hearing room, but I remember thinking at
the time of the Impeachment Committee staff as heroic seekers
But Hillary's boss on the staff, Jerome
Zeifman, asserts now that one reason she's downplayed her Impeachment
Committee service is that she has something to hide.
He accuses her of "unethical"
conduct, says that "Hillary . . . lied to me" and that
she was a pawn in a Kennedy-orchestrated conspiracy to manipulate
the impeachment hearings. And he claims he has a witness to corroborate
this characterization: "After President Nixon's resignation,"
Zeifman writes, "a young lawyer, who shared an office with
Hillary, confided in me that he was dismayed by her erroneous
legal opinions and efforts to deny Nixon representation by counsel
- as well as an unwillingness to investigate Nixon. In my diary
of August 12, 1974 I noted the following:
'John Labovitz apologized to me for the
fact that months ago he and Hillary had lied to me' [to conceal
rules changes and dilatory tactics]. Labovitz said, "That
came from Yale." I said, "You mean Burke Marshall [Sen.
Ted Kennedy's chief political strategist, with whom Hillary regularly
consulted in violation of House rules]. Labovitz said, "Yes."
His apology was significant to me, not because it was a revelation
but because of his contrition.' "
The "dilatory tactics" Zeifman
alleges were part of what he portrays as a Kennedy clan strategy
to stretch out the impeachment hearings (which ended in August
'74, when the so-called "smoking gun" tape - which
revealed Nixon attempting to use the CIA to cover up a White
House connection to the break-incaused Nixon to lose even
hard-core GOP loyalist support and resign). Zeifman claims the
Kennedy strategy was to keep Richard Nixon in office so a liberal
(perhaps a Kennedy) could run in 1976 against a damaged president
Nixon rather than the relatively unblemished GOP Vice President
Zeifman claims that to implement this strategy,
Hillary attempted to revise the procedural rules for the Impeachment
Committee, potentially opening up divisive delays. Zeifman also
asserts that a "second objective of the strategy of delay
was to avoid a Senate impeachment trial, in which as a defense
Nixon might assert that Kennedy had authorized far worse abuses
of power than Nixon's effort to 'cover up' the Watergate burglary
(which Nixon had not authorized or known about in advance). In
short, the crimes of Kennedy included the use of the Mafia to
attempt to assassinate Castro, as well as the successful assassinations
of Diem in Vietnam and Lumumba in the Congo."...
CLINTON CAMPAIGN LIES ABOUT PAST POSITION ON NAFTA
DAVID SIROTA - In response to Barack Obama's
attack on NAFTA, the Hillary Clinton campaign has gone into meltdown
mode. Here's Dow Jones' Marketwatch:
"Clinton's campaign fired back at
Obama, charging the Illinois senator with misrepresenting Clinton's
position on trade...'Recently falsely claimed that Hillary said
that NAFTA was a 'boon' to the economy. Now, Obama is resting
his argument on a single paraphrase from an article written twelve
years ago,' Clinton's campaign said in an emailed statement."
The Huffington Post has followed along
with a laugh-out-loud piece in which the chief architects of
NAFTA (many who are now wealthy corporate lawyers and lobbyists)
are now saying, no, no, Hillary Clinton was really opposed to
it. These are the same people, of course, who are looking for
jobs in the Hillary Clinton White House. . .
Hillary Clinton has made statements unequivocally
trumpeting NAFTA as the greatest thing since sliced bread. The
Buffalo News reports that back in 1998, Clinton attended the
World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and thanked praised
corporations for mounting "a very effective business effort
in the U.S. on behalf of NAFTA."
On November 1, 1996, United Press International
reported that on a trip to Brownsville, Texas, Clinton "touted
the president's support for the North American Free Trade Agreement,
saying it would reap widespread benefits in the region."
In her memoir, Clinton wrote, "Senator
Dole was genuinely interested in health care reform but wanted
to run for President in 1996. He couldn't hand incumbent Bill
Clinton any more legislative victories, particularly after Bill's
successes on the budget, the Brady bill and NAFTA."
Yes, we are all expected to just forget
that, so that Hillary Clinton's campaign can manufacture supposed
"outrage" that anyone would say she supported NAFTA
- all at a time her chief strategist, Mark Penn, simultaneously
heads a firm that is right now pushing to expand NAFTA into South
CLINTON THINKS 30% INTEREST RATES ARE
HILLARY CLINTON has taken the bold step
of proposing a cap on credit care interest rates. The cap: 30%.
Beginning in the 1980s - as part of the
Reagan counter-revolution - interest rate controls began disappearing
in this country. Rates that generally were below ten percent
would rise as much as three times.
The media did not report this story, the
politicians did not deal with it, and the banks got away with
murder. This is not your average political or economic change;
it altered views of fair interest rates going back to the earliest
times. Essentially usury became legal.
A logical approach would be to return to
pre-Reagan interest rate rules. The banks would be furious, but
the rest of America would be better off. But while the exact
maximum interest rate is debatable; what is not debatable is
that today's rates are indefensible.
CANDIDATE REALITY CHECK: CLINTON'S 35
YEARS OF CHANGE
MATT STEARNS, MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS - To
hear Hillary Clinton talk, she's spent her entire career putting
her Yale Law School degree to work for the common good. She routinely
tells voters that she's "been working to bring positive
change to people's lives for 35 years." She told a voter
in New Hampshire: "I've spent so much of my life in the
nonprofit sector." Speaking in South Carolina, Bill Clinton
said his wife "could have taken a job with a firm ... Instead
she went to work with Marian Wright Edelman at the Children's
Defense Fund." The overall portrait is of a lifelong, selfless
do-gooder. The whole story is more complicated - and less flattering.
Clinton worked at the Children's Defense Fund for less than a
year, and that's the only full-time job in the nonprofit sector
she's ever had. She also worked briefly as a law professor.
REALITY CHECK: ENVIRONMENT
[From the Daily Green]
JOHN MCCAIN - Global Warming: Has supported
cutting carbon dioxide emissions 30% below present levels by
2050 with a cap-and-trade regulation. Alternative Energy: Supports
a variety of energy technologies, including nuclear energy, but
has not spelled out a specific plan for research, development
and deployment of new energy technologies. Also Notable: McCain
co-authored the first Senate legislation designed to regulate
greenhouse gas emissions, in 2003.
BARACK OBAMA - Global Warming: Cut carbon
dioxide emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 with a cap-and-trade
regulation. Alternative Energy: Spend $150 billion over 10 years
on renewable, alternative and clean energy research and development.
Also Notable: Obama would create an independent, private clean
technologies deployment venture capital fund to partner with
existing investment funds and national laboratories to invest
in new energy technologies.
HILLARY CLINTON Global Warming: Cut carbon
dioxide emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 with a cap-and-trade
regulation. Alternative Energy: Start a $50 Billion Strategic
Energy Fund to pay for research, development and deployment of
renewable, alternative and clean energy technologies Also Notable:
Clinton would develop a "Connie Mae" program to help
low- and middle-income families make investments in home energy
WAL-MART BOARD MEMBER CLINTON
AS FIRM FOUGHT OFF UNIONS
"She's more conservative
than he is"
ANN COULTER SAYS SHE'LL SUPPORT CLINTON
HR CLINTON TOLD UNTRUTH
ABOUT 1998 BOMBING
NORMAN SOLOMON, INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC ACCURACY
- If facts matter, then it should matter that Hillary Clinton
chose to rely on such a basic falsehood during the debate when
she flatly stated: 'We bombed them for days in 1998 because Saddam
Hussein threw out inspectors.' In fact, just prior to the Clinton
administration's several days of bombing Iraq in December 1998,
the U.N.'s UNSCOM weapons inspectors left Iraq when UNSCOM head
Richard Butler withdrew them -- because the Clinton administration
made it clear that the U.S. government was about to start bombing."
That false statement by Hillary Clinton
during the debate Thursday evening came as she was trying to
verbally navigate what were her most difficult moments of the
night: about her vote for the October 2002 congressional resolution
that authorized an invasion of Iraq. At that point in the debate,
she was arguing that she had made what she called a 'reasoned
judgment' which assumed that Saddam Hussein had a record of blocking
inspectors so they couldn't find his weapons of mass destruction.
In the process, her extreme distortion of history -- asserting
that the four-year absence of U.N. inspectors from Iraq was because
Saddam 'threw out inspectors' in December 1998 -- goes to the
core of her candor about the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq
and her rationale for voting to authorize it.
Any journalists interested in fact-checking
Senator Clinton's claim that 'We bombed them for days in 1998
because Saddam Hussein threw out inspectors' would be well-advised
to stick to relying on the original reportage of what occurred
in December 1998. Since then, a self-referential myth has developed
in retrospective news coverage of those events, with journalists
and politicians alike frequently recycling the false assertion
that the four-year absence of U.N. inspectors from Iraq began
when Saddam kicked them out of the country." More Information
HR CLINTON: LEAVE NO CHILDREN'S
DEFENSE FUND REFERENCE BEHIND
SADDAM INITIALLY DIDN'T THINK
U.S. WOULD INVADE
EDWARDS' APPROACH TO SINGLE-PAYER:
LET THE CITIZENS CHOOSE IT
LOOK WHO ALSO CHILLED WITH REZKO
INTERESTING EXCERPT FROM SALLY
BEDELL SMIITH'S BOOK ON HR CLINTON
SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT DRUGS?
Since the Clinton campaign has twice
chosen to raise Barack Obama's past drug use as an issue, it
is only fair to check out the drug ties of the Clinton family.
CLINTON GETS BIGGEST ANTI VOTE
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION'S RECORD
OF WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THE POPULARITY OF THE NAME HILLARY
WHO MADE HILLARY CLINTON QUEEN?
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
A VICTIM OF SEXISM AND A FRONT-RUNNING LIAR
SAM SMITH - America's major media
apparently hasn't noticed that when you are the leading candidate
for president of the United States, there's really only one more
glass ceiling to break and even a majority of Democrats, let
alone the merely religious, probably wouldn't care for Hillary
Clinton to assume the job up there.
This hasn't, however, prevented
the media from falling in a big way for HRC's poor little girl
up against all the bad boys scam. Part of this is because the
media is busy paving the way for Hillary Clinton just as it did
for her husband - two of the more brazen departures from objective
journalism - and partly it's because the media is a sucker for
any distraction that frees it from attention to issues that actually
might actually make a difference.
This is not the first time that
HR Clinton has used the gender bamboozle. During the 1992 campaign,
Hillary Clinton defended her role in the Madison Guarantee S&L
scandal by saying, "I suppose I could have stayed home and
baked cookies and had teas. But what I decided to do was pursue
my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public
Forgotten, however, is what inspired
this homily: accusations that Ms. Clinton had represented Whitewater
business partner Jim McDougal's S&L before her husband's
government. Here's what the New York Times reported on March
17, 1992: "Hillary Clinton said today that she did not earn
'a penny' from state business conducted by her Little Rock law
firm and that she never intervened with state regulators on behalf
of a failed Arkansas savings and loan association. . . "
Records would show that she did,
in fact, represent Madison before the state securities department.
After the revelation, she says, "For goodness sakes, you
can't be a lawyer if you don't represent banks."
As a 1996 Chicago Tribune editorial
pointed out: "The legal issues will sort themselves out
in time. But one thing has become all too clear. Bill and Hillary
Clinton and their aides have made a concerted effort to deceive
official investigators and the American public with half truths
and outright lies . . . It's not clear what the Clintons want
to conceal, but it's clear that they have made extraordinary
efforts to do so."
Important to remember in all this
- as with her cookie baking con - is what was really going on
during the debate in question. Hillary Clinton, the front runner,
was being criticized for her position - or grossly conflicting
positions - on critical issues. To expect deferential treatment
in such a situation because one is a woman is, one might fairly
say, pretty sexist. But for Hillary Clinton, gender is the last
refuge of a scoundrel.
Said Eleanor Smeal, longtime Clinton
shill (including excusing Bill Clinton's serial abuse of women),
"It was just so visceral - that panel was all male. It didn't
matter almost what was being said."
It didn't matter what was being
said; what was wrong in Smeal's mind was that they were treating
Hillary Clinton the way any bunch of also-rans would treat the
front runner. . . even though she was a woman and entitled to
Clinton's campaign strategist Patti
Solis Doyle continued the ploy in a fundraising letter: "On
that stage in Philadelphia, we saw six against one. Candidates
who had pledged the politics of hope practiced the politics of
pile-on instead. Her opponents tried a whole host of attacks
on Hillary. She is one strong woman."
And Geraldine Ferraro concocted
this fraudulent figment: "John Edwards, specifically, as
well as the press, would never attack Barack Obama for two hours
they way they attacked her. It's O.K. in this country to be sexist.
"It's certainly not O.K. to be racist. I think if Barack
Obama had been attacked for two hours - well, I don't think Barack
Obama would have been attacked for two hours." She added,
"It's discrimination against her as a candidate because
she is a woman."
But then, as we have noted before,
adapting a line from Dr Johnson, the Clintons are not only corrupt,
they are the cause of corruption in others.
For those few hardy souls who would
like relief from Hillary Clinton's personal affirmative action
program in order to return to trivial matters such as Iran and
Iraq, we refer you to a story in the NY Sun that as much as any
we've seen this campaign reveals who HRC really is - not a victim
of sexism, but a front running major league liar:
"Senator Clinton is describing
her opposition to the war in Iraq as an extension of Eugene McCarthy's
position in the 1960s movement against the war in Vietnam. .
. She drew a parallel between her candidacy and that of Senator
McCarthy of Minnesota."
When you're dealing with that big
a fabricator with as much media and money backing, there's only
one thing to do: keep piling on.
HIILLARY CLINTON VS. HILLARY CLINTON
CLINTON: HAWK IN DOVE'S CLOTHING
DAVID SWANSON, AFTER DOWNING STREET - This
past Sunday, crime thriller author John Grisham hosted a fundraiser
for Hillary Clinton in my town. I talked with a lot of the people
attending. Some said they supported Clinton because they wanted
to keep troops in Iraq. But most were there because they opposed
Bush and Cheney's policies on Iraq. Who was confused, and who
was not? Or could they both be right?. . .
Earlier that day, Clinton had appeared
on every single Sunday morning television talk show. She had
announced that she would vote against any more money for the
occupation of Iraq. Surely the peace movement should chalk up
a victory, and anybody backing Clinton because they like the
war is going to have to "change course," right?
But let's look a little more closely. Clinton
said she will vote against funding unless she sees Bush change
direction in Iraq. That's vague enough to allow her to vote for
funding again if it's needed. In fact, there is substantial evidence
that Clinton plans to vote Nay on war funding only if she's sure
the bill will pass. She has never yet talked about ending the
occupation in 2007 or 2008. She only talks about ending it in
2009 as president, as if only presidents can end wars, as if
Congress has no role. Even so, she is always very careful to
talk only of "starting" to end it in 2009. She says
she'll "bring the troops home," but very carefully
avoids ever saying "all the troops."
Ted Koppel reported on NPR several weeks
back that Senator Clinton's military advisor said she plans to
still occupy Iraq at the end of her second term, should she be
elected. She has never disputed this. As far as I know no member
of our intrepid journalistic community has ever asked her about
it. . .
Rahm Emanuel has told the Washington Post
that the Democrats are best off keeping the war around until
November 2008. Numerous congressional staffers have told me that
the Democrats are best off keeping the war and Bush and Cheney
around until November 2008. Several have told me that the major
influence on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi discouraging her from
taking up impeachment is Senator Clinton. Others have told me
that the reason the National Organization for Women flipped from
backing impeachment to opposing it was the influence of Clinton
and Pelosi on NOW president Kim Gandy. I've not seen NOW joining
in any anti-war events this year, as in previous years, either.
Even Code Pink has taken a step back from protesting Clinton,
arguing that she now opposes the war - although a local Code
Pink chapter led Sunday's protest.
Let's look at the record. Clinton voted
for the invasion of Iraq and then voted many times to fund the
occupation. She raised money last week by charging war industry
lobbyists $1,000 each to dine with her and the congress members
and congressional committee chairmen who handle their issues.
Even MSNBC's Chris Matthews referred to this as "pimping."
When Clinton attempted to speak to progressives about Iraq at
the 2007 Take Back America conference, she blamed the Iraqis
for our occupation of their country and was completely shocked
when people booed her, yet she still this week referred to the
occupation as a civil war, and to the civil war as the reason
to leave. She has been unable to identify a single item she would
cut from the Pentagon's budget. And her position on Iran indicates
that the reason she's never apologized for her votes on Iraq
is that she hasn't learned anything yet. Clinton refuses to take
any option "off the table" with regard to Iran, including
launching another illegal aggressive war, and including using
nuclear weapons. That would seem to me to be setting the bar
outrageously low and having her still fail to clear it.
And, yes, Clinton has raised money at a
fundraiser hosted by leading war promoter and Fox News owner
Rupert Murdoch - perhaps the single individual who has done the
most damage to our public communications other than Clinton's
husband Bill who gave us the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Murdoch clearly sees Clinton as the Democrat most friendly to
big media's dreams of further consolidation, as the Democrat
most friendly to war, and as a ratings boon because of the hatred
the right has for her.
THE EVOLUTION OF HILLARY CLINTON
HRC, UNIVISION DEBATE - Question: Senator
Clinton, the negative tone of the immigration debate has left
the country polarized and has created certain racist and discriminatory
attitudes toward Hispanics.
Clinton: Well, I think this is a very serious
problem. And, as I said earlier, there are many in the political,
and, frankly, in the broadcast world today, who take a particular
aim at our Latino population and I think it's very destructive.
INTERVIEW, 2004, WABC NEW YORK - I am,
you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants. Clearly, we have
to make some tough decisions as a country, and one of them ought
to be coming up with a much better entry-and-exit system so that
if we're going to let people in for the work that otherwise would
not be done, let's have a system that keeps track of them. .
. People have to stop employing illegal immigrants. I mean, come
up to Westchester, go to Suffolk and Nassau counties, stand on
the street corners in Brooklyn or the Bronx. You're going to
see loads of people waiting to get picked up to go do yard work
and construction work and domestic work."
HILLARY CLINTON ACTIVE IN RIGHTWING
KATHRYN JOYCE AND JEFF SHARLET, MOTHER JONES - Through all of her years in Washington, Clinton
has been an active participant in conservative Bible study and
prayer circles that are part of a secretive Capitol Hill group
known as the Fellowship. Her collaborations with right-wingers
such as Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and former Senator Rick
Santorum (R-Pa.) grow in part from that connection. . .
When Clinton first came to Washington in
1993, one of her first steps was to join a Bible study group.
For the next eight years, she regularly met with a Christian
"cell" whose members included Susan Baker, wife of
Bush consigliere James Baker; Joanne Kemp, wife of conservative
icon Jack Kemp; Eileen Bakke, wife of Dennis Bakke, a leader
in the anti-union Christian management movement; and Grace Nelson,
the wife of Senator Bill Nelson, a conservative Florida Democrat.
Clinton's prayer group was part of the
Fellowship (or "the Family"), a network of sex-segregated
cells of political, business, and military leaders dedicated
to "spiritual war" on behalf of Christ, many of them
recruited at the Fellowship's only public event, the annual National
Prayer Breakfast. (Aside from the breakfast, the group has "made
a fetish of being invisible," former Republican Senator
William Armstrong has said.) The Fellowship believes that the
elite win power by the will of God, who uses them for his purposes.
Its mission is to help the powerful understand their role in
God's plan. . .
The Fellowship's ideas are essentially
a blend of Calvinism and Norman Vincent Peale, the 1960s preacher
of positive thinking. It's a cheery faith in the "elect"
chosen by a single voter - God . . .
When Time put together a list of the nation's
25 most powerful evangelicals in 2005, the heading for Coe's
entry was "The Stealth Persuader." . . .
Coe's friends include former Attorney General
John Ashcroft, Reaganite Edwin Meese III, and ultraconservative
Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.). Under Coe's guidance, Meese has hosted
weekly prayer breakfasts for politicians, businesspeople, and
diplomats, and Pitts rose from obscurity to head the House Values
Action Team, an off-the-record network of religious right groups
and members of Congress created by Tom DeLay. The corresponding
Senate Values Action Team is guided by another Coe protege, Brownback,
who also claims to have recruited King Abdullah of Jordan into
a regular study of Jesus' teachings. . .
The Fellowship's God-led men have also
included General Suharto of Indonesia; Honduran general and death
squad organizer Gustavo Alvarez Martinez; a Deutsche Bank official
disgraced by financial ties to Hitler; and dictator Siad Barre
of Somalia, plus a list of other generals and dictators. Clinton,
says Schenck, has become a regular visitor to Coe's Arlington,
Virginia, headquarters, a former convent where Coe provides members
of Congress with sex-segregated housing and spiritual guidance.
JOSHUA GREEN, THE ATLANTIC, 2006 - Clinton's
proficiency in this innermost sanctum has unnerved some of the
capital's most exalted religious conservatives. "You're
not talking about some tree-hugging, Jesus-is-my-Buddha sort
of stuff," says David Kuo, a former Bush official in the
Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, who worked with
Clinton to promote joint legislation and who, like Brownback,
has apologized to her for past misdeeds. "These are powerful
evangelicals she's meeting with."
JON STEWART'S TAKE ON THE CLINTON
BUT BILL CLINTON IS BETTER AT
CRYING ON CUE
AT LEFT, CLINTON AT RON
BROWN FUNERAL JUST SPOTTING MEDIA
AT RIGHT, SECONDS LATER, HE STARTS CRYING
CLINTON: NOTHING WRONG WITH LOBBYIST
THE HILL - Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) said during the 90-minute Presidential
Leadership Forum on Saturday at the YearlyKos Convention that
she would not stop accepting K Street money and defended lobbyists'
participation in the political process.
Former vice presidential nominee and Sen.
John Edwards (D-N.C.) scored the biggest hit of the day when
he challenged his competitors to stop accepting contributions
from lobbyists. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) does not accept donations
from lobbyists, which Edwards acknowledged.
The most heated exchanges - and really
the only time during the debate that the candidates addressed
and challenged each other - came when each candidate was asked
whether they would accept Edwards' challenge.
"In 35 years of public service, nobody
seriously thinks I could be influenced by a lobbyist," Clinton
said, defending her decision to continue to accept contributions.
"Lobbyists represent real interests,
nurses, social workers
somehow the idea that a contribution
is going to influence my record," is not rooted in reality,
Clinton added. . .
Clinton's campaign defended her statement
by noting that lobbyists help Obama and Edwards raise money,
and that lobbyists from Illinois give to Obama.
CLINTON II GETS CURIOUS BIG BUCKS FROM MAIL
CARRIER AND FAMILY
HIDING HILLARY CLINTON'S THESIS
BILL DEDMAN, MSNBC, MAR 2007 - It was early
1993, in the first days of the Clinton administration, when Hillary
Clinton's friend and former thesis adviser at Wellesley College
took the phone call that would land him in the middle of a political
intrigue. "I got a call from someone at the White House
--- I don't remember who --- shortly after the inauguration,
saying the Clintons had decided not to release her thesis,"
professor Alan H. Schechter told MSNBC.com.
After the call from the White House, Wellesley's
president, Nannerl Overholser Keohane, consulted with lawyers
and closed access to any thesis written by a U.S. president or
first lady, a rule affecting only Hillary D. Rodham's thesis.
. When MSNBC.com called Keohane last week at Princeton to ask
about the thesis, she replied, "I have no memory of this,"
and hung up the phone. To give her time to gather her thoughts,
MSNBC.com e-mailed questions to her, and she replied, "I
do not recall this situation, and cannot help you with this issue.
You will need to rely on the people at Wellesley who are more
current on this issue than I am.". . .
HILLARY CLINTON OUTSPENT EDWARDS ON
IAN BISHOP NY POST, JUL 24 2006 - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign army has
increased its ranks to 50 staffers and more than 20 consultants,
specialists in everything from fund-raising to speech-writing
to hairstyling and makeup. Clinton, the likely 2008 Democratic
White House front-runner, ponied up nearly $3,000 in campaign
cash for her blond tresses to get some presidential pampering
from acclaimed D.C. stylist Isabelle Goetz. Recently released
federal fund-raising records show Clinton shelled out $1,500
in April for Goetz to carefully craft her coiffure and another
$1,000 for a camera-ready clip in May. She passed off both styling
sessions as "media production" expenses.