BREAKING NEWS: FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY TOLD CONGRESS, ON SUNDAY MORNING, THAT THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES IN CONCLUSIONS REACHED IN JULY REGARDING HILLARY CLINTON’S EMAIL AND SERVER. IN A LETTER, COMEY SAID, “BASED ON OUR REVIEW, WE HAVE NOT CHANGED OUR CONCLUSIONS THAT WE EXPRESSED IN JULY,” ACCORDING TO CNN.
The first Presidential debate of the 2016 election season takes place tonight and promises to be the most watched of its kind in history. Polls show both candidates neck and neck (some are showing Trump with a lead). This morning, Nate Silver, the sports analyst who also analyzes the elections, says that Trump would win by 54% if the election were held today!
Is Hillary scared? It sure looks like she is! Her campaign is continuing to pressure the debate committee to have moderator Lester Holt “fact check” everything Trump says tonight, you know, a la Candy Crowley!
You will be able to watch the debate even if you don’t have cable. It will be shown on all broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX), as well as all news channels (FOX, CNN, and MSNBC). It is scheduled to begin at 9 pm Eastern (6 pm Pacific).
BREAKING NEWS: CNN is reporting that former President Clinton has been successful “brokering a deal” for the release of two American journalists held prisoner in North Korea. Kim Jong-il has agreed to give the two women “a special pardon,” according to CNN.
After 5 months of silence, former President George W. Bush finally spoke at an appearance yesterday in Michigan and is scheduled today to speak in Canada in a joint appearance with former President Clinton.
Unlike his administration’s partner, former Vice-President Dick Cheney, Bush did not verbally attack the current Obama administration or its policies. However, Bush made a point of defending his own decision-making and also offered solutions, if Obama is listening, to current problems including world poverty.
“We should care about poverty” globally “for our own self-interest,” Bush told the audience, according to the Detroit Free Press. Bush explained his reasoning that our self-interest is served because fanatics “can only recruit when they find hopeless people.”
Thurday’s appearance was “semi-public” and the “media was allowed to attend but not record” the event, according to the Dallas Morning News.
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Bob Woodward, yesterday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said that the controversy resulting from Obama’s release of the Justice Department’s memos regarding enhanced interrogation would not be going away soon. The debate over the serious issues of whether these memos recommended torture or not and what, if anything, we should do “has legs,” Woodward said.
Woodward joined Bob Schieffer as part of a panel discussion in the last half of the program following up on double interviews about the memos with Senators John McCain and Patrick Leahy.
Although McCain and Leahy are on opposite sides of the aisle, they both agree that abuses, like those which occurred in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq during the Bush Administration, can never again happen, but, that’s where their agreement ends.
No surprises that Republican McCain and Democrat Leahy would disagree on what should be done about what was revealed in these memos, but what is surprising is that McCain is actually more in agreement with Obama on this issue than Leahy!
McCain is all for moving forward…more a forgive and forget attitude with it being enough that our current President has ordered an end to such actions. This is essentially the same position supported by Obama.
Leahy, on the other hand, is still pushing for his Truth Commission which isn’t getting a lot of play from either party. Yesterday, Leahy explained that this commission of his would combine the efforts of several Senate committees including his own Judiciary which he chairs.
Unfortunately, neither of these Senators get it. They are both wrong in how they’re handling this situation. And, both of them, if they do eventually get their acts together, either collectively with each other or by themselves, have the power to make lasting change which will return honor to our country!
First of all, we can’t just go on, taking it as enough that this Administration has ordered a stop to these actions, as McCain says, and that no future Administration would attempt such actions because of what’s happened. Really?
Who can say what the future will bring? And who can be sure of the character of any future administration, of either party?
Taking it on word, or faith alone, is not enough because we have already seen what can happen when leaders are filled with fear and ignorance on how to handle an enemy.
Leahy’s commission would be a mistake too!
To what ends would this commission go? Would it turn into a witch hunt? Would it wind up potentially prosecuting just a few who are low on the totem pole while letting the big guys go? Or would it go after Bush himself, and Cheney?
And what good would that do if they did go after those at the top including Bush?
What if they just decided to go after the legal eagles – the attorneys and law advisors who wrote these memos? Do you really believe, if they did, that any President in the future would ever be able to get advice again? Not likely, if they’d have to fear that the next Administration, or thereafter, would come after them for their opinions!
I’m sure the Press would have a field day with a spectacle of former Bush officials, and even Bush or Cheney themselves, being called to the Hill and questioned under oath, but, a process like this would probably take years and would also be expensive. No matter how it was conducted, it would turn into a media circus and become a distraction from important issues and a huge embarrassment for our country! Besides, Obama would probably wind up pardoning top people anyway even if they did go after Bush or Cheney; like Ford pardoned Nixon.
I was a young adult during Watergate; this Truth Commission has the potential to be worse than Watergate and, right now, we cannot afford the distraction with all the challenges this nation faces! Besides, I think a lot of us are sick and tired of this back and forth between parties and, if Leahy gets his way, it will look to many Americans as some sort of “get back” or getting even on the Republicans.
I remember the Clinton impeachment, which I thought was a waste of time and distraction. Who knows how differently things might have gone had Congress had the wisdom to avoid such a sordid affair?
The fact is that both sides are now playing to supporters to fulfill their own agendas, and neither side is effectively dealing with the real issue at hand: that is, making absolutely sure that nothing like this ever happens again.
These two honorable Senators – McCain and Leahy – have the ability in their hands to solve this, and yet, they don’t seem to realize it!
Both Senators, jointly or exclusively, should WRITE LEGISLATION and introduce it to the Congress to make sure that no President shall ever again consider or ask for advice on how to apply what some consider torture to captured prisoners of war.
Define it, Senators, spell it out in legislation! Define in clear and certain terms what is considered torture. Spell out, Senators, for future Administrations, what is considered "torture" so that there is no uncertainty what can and cannot be done!
Only through legislation can this country truly move forward and not risk this ever happening again!
NOTE: If you want to read the released memos for yourself, here’s the link: http://documents.nytimes.com/justice-department-memos-on-interrogation-techniques#p=1.
The waiting is over!
According to the NY Times, Obama will name Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State on Monday after he and the Clintons reached an agreement to release information vital to her confirmation vetting.
His decision to name Clinton to one the most powerful cabinet posts is being met, for the most part, with praise…and that includes from Republicans too! Earlier, Obama announced that he will be retaining Defense Secretary Gates for at least his first year in office, making his decision the first time a President has retained the Pentagon head from the previous Administration of a different party, according the NY Times.
Although a few on the far left are not happy with Obama’s centrist selections – all appointments so far are either from the Clinton or Bush administrations – his appointments are generally being viewed as his keeping his campaign promise of ending partisan divisiveness and to consider members of both parties selecting the best for the job.
Indeed, so far so good. Senator John Warner, Republican from Virginia, said Obama’s selection process “further strengthens the growing respect for the president-elect’s courage and ability to exercise sound judgment in selecting the best and the brightest to implement our nation’s security policies,” according to the NY Times.
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