Ahead of Party Meeting, Hillary Clinton Sends Memos to Democrats Detailing Her …

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Beau Biden’s friends and supporters: We’re ready for Joe Biden.

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton compared Republican presidential candidates to “terrorist groups” on Thursday, singling out three potential challengers who could have crossover appeal in a general election. “Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups.As Democratic Party insiders gather for their summer meeting, there is a growing undercurrent of concern whether Hillary Clinton would be the party’s strongest candidate to keep the White House next year.For good or ill, Republican presidential front-runner and reality TV star Donald Trump has made the subject of birthright citizenship a national issue.

Some conservatives have long argued that the Constitution does not preclude the federal government from denying American citizenship to children of illegal immigrants born in the United States. But Trump and other Republican candidates argue that birthright citizenship has led to gross abuses, such as the rise of “birth tourism.” Birthright citizenship — an essentially medieval idea — has no place in a republic built on the consent of the governed. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), both at the Ivy League school and when he hosted his son’s friends at their home just 25 miles from the Philadelphia campus. “We all want to give back to somebody like that,” said Jonathan Blue, a fraternity brother of Beau Biden’s who runs a private equity firm in Louisville.

Blue estimated that 20 alums from Penn have remained part of the political network that would be ready to work for the vice president should he enter the race. The controversy over Clinton’s emails “muddles the thinking of a lot of people,” said Alexandra Rooker of West Sacramento, vice chair of the state party in California. “The email issue is affecting her campaign,” said Nancy Jacobson, a member of the Democratic National Committee from Orlando, Fla. Trump being Trump, the liberal-left — particularly editorialists and cable TV pundits — have dismissed the GOP front-runner’s call to abolish birthright citizenship as extreme, bigoted and, incidentally, “unconstitutional.” Well, maybe not.

John Kasich “banned state funding for some rape-crisis centers because they sometimes refer women to other health facilities that do provide abortions.” “For Hillary Clinton to equate her political opponents to terrorists is a new low for her flailing campaign. The claim hinges on the language of the 14th Amendment, which was passed and ratified after the Civil War to ensure that freed slaves would have the benefits of citizenship. In respect of being subject to the jurisdiction of US law, illegal immigrants clearly differ from foreign diplomats and their families, who are exempt from most US laws.

Beau Biden’s death in May from brain cancer at age 46 has haunted the Biden family and is playing a central role in the vice president’s consideration of a late entry into the 2016 sweepstakes. But think about it this way: If citizenship were simply a matter of birth on U.S. soil, why bother including that jurisdiction clause in the first place?

As Ramsey explains, their circumstances are also different from those of some Native Americans living on tribal lands where US sovereignty was constrained by that of the Indian tribes themselves. A new Quinnipiac University poll Thursday, for example, showed Biden doing better than her against potential GOP opponents Donald Trump, Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. But Biden remains deeply conflicted, telling Democrats in a conference call Wednesday that he is trying to determine whether he has the “emotional fuel” to jump into the race. “If I were to announce to run, I have to be able to commit to all of you that I would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul, and right now, both are pretty well banged up,” he said in the call, which was recorded by CNN. Some longtime confidants of Biden also remain wary of a presidential bid, but there’s more energy among Democrats who are worried about Clinton’s sagging poll numbers amid questions about investigations of her e-mail practices while serving as Obama’s secretary of state. In my view, the best recent statement of the opposite case is that by prominent conservative legal scholar John Eastman (see also related arguments by Mark Pulliam and Howard Foster).

The super PAC expects to reach $2.5 million to $3 million in donations in the coming month as new fundraisers and donors come aboard, said national finance chairman Jon Cooper. If you’re an American citizen — and you’re not an American Indian or a first-generation immigrant — it’s a virtual certainty you are a citizen of this nation, in large part because you were born here.

In his infamous opinion in Dred Scott, Chief Justice Roger Taney concluded that blacks could not be citizens in part precisely because of the sorts of distinctions Eastman relies on. While Taney did not deny that free blacks were subject to what Eastman calls “territorial jurisdiction,” most were not subject to what he calls “political jurisdiction.” If Eastman’s analysis is correct, Congress (or possibly state governments) could have prevented newly freed slaves and their children from becoming citizens simply by declaring that they were not entitled to vote, could not serve on juries, and so on. Even as these supporters promote another Biden campaign, however, some longtime friends continue to express reservations about the ability to defeat Clinton in a primary and also what such a loss could do to the grieving vice president. Somewhere in your family history exists the first relative who was born on American soil, and in the grand scheme of things — ours is a young country — that arrival was probably pretty recent.

While modern precedent interprets the Fourteenth Amendment as forbidding racial discrimination in legislation regulating eligibility for voting, military service, and jury service, this was not the dominant understanding in 1868. Mark Gitenstein, a former ambassador to Romania who served as Biden’s counsel during Supreme Court confirmation battles in the 1980s, wrote a $1,000 check to the Biden super PAC in early May, soon after he learned that Beau Biden’s cancer had returned. My conservative colleague Ben says “every country in the world gets a say who enters,” and he’s absolutely right on that count — but that comment treats America like it’s any other country.

They want to hear more about the email controversy. “I do hear that a fair amount, even among people for her,” said Donald Fowler of South Carolina, national party chairman during part of Bill Clinton’s administration. Our history is different, our ideals our different, and together the two combine to give us different moral obligations to those who are seeking to live and work alongside us.

There might be a stronger living constitutionalist argument against birthright citizenship (though that argument would have to overcome many decades of contrary precedent and practice). They gratefully recall his leadership roles over the years in championing tougher domestic violence laws, stricter tougher gun control and gay and civil rights, and more. Some Biden advisers say, however, that the only way to win is to get into the arena and fight, because the Clintons have spent 25 years in national politics weathering scandals that seemed far worse than questions about an e-mail server. Finally, it’s worth noting that at least one of the considerations often raised as a justification for denying birthright citizenship (and a possible reason for living constitutionalists to oppose it) is seriously misguided: the fear that these children will use their votes to change American public policy for the worse. Restricted to just $1,200 donations, he and Alcorn brought in about $1.2 million in just six months — a large number by Delaware standards and one that made him the unquestioned front-runner.

Clinton turned over 30,490 official emails to the State Department in December, and in March said she simultaneously deleted more than 31,000 personal emails. State Department officials first found classified information in Clinton’s official emails last May, long before the controversy reached its current fever. Two emails on Clinton’s private account have since been classified above “Top Secret.” When Clinton appeared at a Democratic gala with her presidential rivals in Iowa Aug. 14, she joked about the emails. The next day, she offered a vigorous defense during a news conference at the Iowa State Fair, saying she never sent classified material on her email and never received any classified information.

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