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The State Department finds another 150 classified emails on Hillary Clinton’s server

August 31, 2015

 Tonight the State Department will release another 7,000 or so pages of Hillary Clinton emails–roughly double the amount of emails already released–and the agency is already admitting there are 150 classified emails contained within.

  However the agency is stressing the fact that these emails were “upgraded” to classified and were not “marked” classified at the time she either sent or received them. Here is more:

The State Department said Monday afternoon that when it releases the latest tranche of Hillary Clinton’s emails tonight, ‘somewhere around 150’ of them will have been ‘upgraded to classified’ status.

Agency spokesman Mark Toner briefed reporters in advance of the periodic release, which was rescheduled twice during the day and is now expected at 9:00 p.m. EDT. 

Under intense questioning, Toner conceded that the review of about 7,000 pages of emails in the latest batch has uncovered the 150 communications ‘that have been subsequently upgraded classified.’ 

He emphasized that ‘the information we’ve upgraded was not marked classified at the time the emails were sent.’ But Toner seemed to hedge his bets against future decision-making inside the U.S. Intelligence Community.

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Latest Iowa polls show Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders closing in on frunt-runners

August 30, 2015

 There are a couple of new Iowa polls out there and they seem to show that both the Republican and Democratic elections are in a state of flux. First up is the Republican poll which shows that Ben Carson is surging and is now within striking distance of Donald Trump.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has emerged as a leading Republican presidential candidate in Iowa and is closing in on frontrunner Donald Trump in the state that hosts the first 2016 nomination balloting contest. 

The latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows billionaire Trump with the support of 23 percent of likely Republican caucus participants, followed by Carson at 18 percent. When first and second choices are combined, Carson is tied with Trump.

  Although the poll does apparently find Trump in a better position likeability-wise than he was when the last Iowa poll was taken. 

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Judge rules IRS must turn over any White House taxpayer information requests

August 30, 2015

 On Friday a judge, Amy Berman Jackson, ruled that the IRS must turn over all, if any, requests the White House made for confidential taxpayer information. Of course this all dates back to the IRS targeting scandal, if not before. Here is more:

The Internal Revenue Service must turn over any White House requests for taxpayers’ private information, a federal judge ruled Friday.

The IRS cannot cite taxpayer confidentiality laws to avoid turning over the information requested by Cause of Action, Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled. Cause of Action has waged a two-year battle to discover whether Obama administration officials had any hand in the IRS’ targeting of conservative non-profits.

The IRS cannot cite privacy protection “to shield the very misconduct it was enacted to prohibit,” the judge said Friday, according to the Washington Times.

“This court questions whether section 6103 [of the tax code] should or would shield records that indicate confidential taxpayer information was misused, or that government officials made an improper attempt to access that information,” wrote Jackson.

  We do not know if the White House has made any such requests, however the fact that the IRS has been unwilling to cooperate makes one think they are trying to hide something.

Cause of Action sued in 2013 to get a look at whatever requests the White House, or other federal agencies, had made.

The IRS refused, saying even the existence of those requests would be protected by confidentiality laws and couldn’t be released, so there was no reason to make the search.

The judge said Friday, however, that the agency couldn’t use the privacy protection “to shield the very misconduct it was enacted to prohibit.”

  Suddenly the IRS is concerned with confidentiality, only it is not the taxpayers’ confidentiality the agency is worried about but rather the White House’s.

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Open thread for Sunday, August 30th: ‘Ever Fallen in Love?’

August 30, 2015

 open-thread Here is the open thread for Sunday, August 30th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

  Last week we covered 11 stories, did you miss any of them? If so there is an easy way to make sure it does not happen again. I understand that all of you are busy and cannot always find the time to check the blog for updates so why not subscribe to America’s Watchtower and receive email updates whenever I write a new post? That is the easiest way to follow the blog to ensure you never miss another post.

  In addition to subscribing you can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right. But you will get more than that for I often post links to articles I probably will not be writing about so it is a great way to keep up with what is happening.

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  Have you ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn’t have fallen in love with? Here is The Buzzcocks with that very same question.

Jeb Bush’s top fundraisers leave his campaign

August 29, 2015

 Despite the establishment’s best efforts to foist him upon us Jeb Bush has not been able to gain much momentum after some early success. With his campaign now sputtering comes news that some of his top fundraisers are bolting his side.

  Here is more:

Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy, POLITICO has learned.

There are different versions of what transpired. The Florida-based fundraising consultants — Kris Money, Trey McCarley, and Debbie Alexander — have said that they voluntarily quit the campaign and were still working with Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise Super PAC. Others said the three, who worked under the same contract, were let go because they were no longer needed for the current phase of the campaign.

   There are conflicting stories as to why these men have left the campaign, as well as whether they were fired or if they left on their own, however Jeb Bush’s remaining people are trying to put a happy face on for the public.

Donors last week told POLITICO that they still felt good about Bush’s chances and that they weren’t worried about Bush’s recent slip from second to third place in averages of national polls. As the son and brother of former presidents, the former governor of the third-most populous state in the nation has a broad, deep-pocketed and savvy donor base.

  Normally I would agree with this because once the establishment picks its candidate it is a guarantee that the money will flow in while at the same time the other Republican candidates will be strangled out by the establishment–the money, except for individual donations, will dry up and eventually the preferred candidate will win. And of course the voters will believe they chose the candidate when nothing could be further from the truth, it is an illusion.

  But this is not a normal election year and there is a wildcard in this case in the name of Donald Trump. The establishment will not be able to strangle him out of the race by cutting off the money because he has the means to support himself and his candidacy. This could just be the beginning of Jeb Bush’s problems…

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Federal judge blocks EPA’s new water regulation

August 28, 2015

 The EPA was set to enact a new water regulation which many people believe would grant the agency power to regulate puddles and small streams on private property but last night a Federal judge, Ralph Erickson, issued a temporary injunction ordering the EPA to put a halt to the implementation of this rule while an ongoing lawsuit is decided.

  Here is more: 

President Obama’s push to extend the EPA’s regulatory hand to ditches and small streams to enforce clean water rules was blocked Thursday by a federal judge, who said the administration had overstepped its bounds in trying yet another end run around Congress.

Judge Ralph R. Erickson called the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt “inexplicable, arbitrary and devoid of a reasoned process,” and issued an injunction preventing the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from claiming oversight of millions of acres of land that contain small bodies of water.

Judge Erickson, who sits in federal district court in North Dakota, said he’d looked at all the evidence he could, and couldn’t see how the EPAjustified the 4,000-foot standard.

“The rule asserts jurisdiction over waters that are remote and intermittent waters. No evidence actually points to how these intermittent and remote wetlands have any nexus to a navigable-in-fact water,” he wrote.

He said the change in definition was big enough that the administration should have gone through a full public notice and comment period.

  He also ruled that it appeared as if the EPA overstepped its bounds:

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Republican leadership has no plans to talk about illegal immigration at Town Hall meetings

August 27, 2015

 For all of my perceived problems with Donald Trump there is one issue (as a couple of people who regularly comment on America’s Watchtower have reminded me) that he has brought to the forefront of the debate which otherwise would have been forgotten, and that is the issue of illegal immigration.

  For all of the Republicans’ bluster on this issue concerning Barack Obama’s Executive Orders none of the candidates were talking about it and that is because when it comes to illegal immigration and amnesty the Republicans and the Democrats are on the same side.

  The Republicans would rather not talk about this issue for the aforementioned reason and if this story is true they still have no plans to talk about it despite Donald Trump skyrocketing to the top of the polls. Here is more:

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