Full Speech: Obama at Dallas Police Memorial

A Knowledgeable Person On HRC’s Emails

Jay Hatheway, professor of history, chair of the Department of History at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, and ex-military Special Forces top secret control officer in Europe, wrote a “Guest Column for the Wisconsin State Journal. In it, he lays waste to the Republicans’ beating of the Hillary-emails dead horse. Here is the bulk of it:

The partisan attacks against Hillary Clinton and her alleged misuse of classified documents is fundamentally flawed.

For the most part, journalists and politicians have avoided any discussion about the actual process of classification: Documents do not simply appear as classified on a server; someone must be the classifier. In the case at hand, Secretary Clinton was an original classification authority.

She was given this authority by Executive Order 13526, signed into law Dec. 29, 2009, by President Barack Obama. It allowed the secretary a free hand to classify or declassify at will as long as classification guidelines were followed. All Cabinet members have this authority.

What is missing in the current discussion is precisely an acknowledgement of this authority. While one may disagree with what is or is not classified, many of Clinton’s critics assume documents are self-classified. Who exactly do the critics believe assigned a classification level in the first place?

Absent a discussion about this process, it is obvious that the attacks on Clinton have no real merit. That the FBI could judge certain email chains classified is obfuscation. How can anyone second guess an original classification authority or designate except to argue that there is a disagreement over what ought to be classified?

But that is the point: the classification level was not the FBI’s to determine. It was exclusively the business of the secretary of state in virtually all of her electronic communications.

In a similar vein, how can members of the House claim to know what the proper classification level was or wasn’t. They couldn’t know unless they were inside of Clinton’s head. Should the secretary determine that her communications were in fact not to be classified, then they are not, all objections aside.

The intent of designating a person as an original classification authority is to give that person the specific ability to classify as she or he sees fit. The issue then boils down to whether or not something should be classified or not classified in the first place, and the guidelines give original authorities wide latitude depending on the subject matter in question.

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In short, this endless saga seems to be a misdirection, and since most Americans do not know about the classification process, they can be manipulated when they hear “top secret.”

The entire affair is political theater at its worst, and the real losers are the American people.

Insight from someone who actually knows a thing or two; how refreshing.

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*A YUGE Hat Tip to Democurmudgeon

Trump, the “Racial Healer”

Hillary’s Interview With Vox’s Ezra Klein

Yes, its over 40 minutes long. But its goooood.

Full Speech: Hillary at AME Church Conference

Typo on the video – should be “AME” Church Conference.

Republican Party Unfavorable Numbers On The Rise

Between the usual Republican overreach on bogus investigations and having Donald Trump as their party leader, America is still just not that into the Republican Party.
60.5% Unfavorable, 30.9% Favorable. Wow.

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Democratic Members Report on the Benghazi Witchhunt

Want the truth about what happened in Benghazi? This is the report by Democratic members of the “Select Committee on Benghazi”.

Download the pdf file from the DNC.

Full Speech: Hillary in Atlantic City Discusses Trump’s Business Failures

Donald Trump Loves Dictators

FBI Director Shuts Down Clinton Email Scandal – House GOP Reboots

In this video, FBI Director Comey shuts down right wing conspiracies one by one.

Will it matter to the radical right? Of course not. According to GOP Chairman Gowdy, they plan to start the whole thing over again. And GOP Rep Chaffetz said this before and after Director Comey’s press conference:

We must take back the House to stop their endless investigations. Donate to Gowdy’s Democratic challenger, Chris Fedalei. And you can also donate to Jason Chaffetz’s Democratic challenger, Stephen P Tryon.

Republicans Overreached And It BackFired … Again

Joe Walsh: King of the Racists

Joe Walsh, infamous deadbeat dad and former, one term Congressman, was one of the first right wing racists to lash out at the President for the targeted killing of cops in Dallas last night. How dare our black President speak about the never-ending deaths of black men at the hands of bad cops (as opposed to good cops). Joe started the evening posting this lovely tweet:

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He clearly realized this was a direct threat to the President of the United States, a federal crime in this country, and quickly removed the tweet. But not before the image was saved by dozens on social media. After the expected backlash flooded his Twitter mentions, Joe followed it with this pathetic tweet:

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That was followed by an even more pathetic “can’t we all just get along” call to all races:

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When he was universally mocked, he returned to being “racist Joe”:

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So, you’re probably wondering what this racist prick had to say about the death of Alton Sterling (with my emphasis).

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Real sensitive. And Philando Castile?

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As a reminder, this is the same racist Joe who tweeted this little gem when he was taken off the air at his radio job:

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I’d love to believe that Republicans are, somewhere deep down in their soul, not racist. But I would be wrong. Joe Walsh is a typical member of the new Republican Party. TRUMP’S Republican Party.