Donald Trump calls Hillary Clinton ‘shrill’

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Breaking Keystone Silence, Clinton Says She Opposes Pipeline.

Clinton said Tuesday that the project has been a distraction and she doesn’t believe it’s in the best interests of what needs to do be done to combat climate change.

Now that Hillary Clinton has come out against the Keystone XL pipeline, pressure is mounting on the White House to kill the project or risk undermining President Obama’s delicate, high-profile efforts to forge a global response to climate change.WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed a series of steps on Wednesday to lessen the burden of out-of-pocket medical bills for Americans covered by President Barack Obama’s health care law. Saskatchewan Economy Minister Bill Boyd says he’s not surprised by Clinton’s stance, but also that opposing Keystone won’t stop Canadian oil exports to the U.S.

In a Monday interview with Fox News — which might have been his last — Trump said that questions about President Obama’s citizenship “began” with Hillary Clinton, “when she was running against him.” On Wednesday, at a rally in South Carolina, Trump emphasized that Clinton was “the original birther” and “the one who started that whole thing.” This was not Trump’s first dabble with birther revisionism. The longstanding criticism of Clinton’s reluctance to say where she stands on allowing the pipeline project to go forward was buried in the headlines by arrival of Pope Francis for his first visit to the United States. The Democratic presidential candidate said she would require plans to provide three sick visits a year without counting toward a patient’s annual deductible, a provision that would apply to both private health plans and those covered through the so-called Obamacare law.

Boyd also says Clinton appears more interested in appeasing certain environmental groups and the celebrity critics of fossil fuels than putting forth what he calls sound energy policy. At CPAC this winter, he insisted to Fox News host Sean Hannity that he was not the first birth certificate sleuth — only the most successful. “Hillary Clinton wanted his birth certificate,” Trump said. “Hillary is a birther.

It would also tip the earth toward catastrophic global warming, activists say, and for that reason they’ve fought the project for more than a half-decade, growing increasingly frustrated with the tortured decision-making of former Secretary Clinton and President Obama. She said many Americans are forced to pay a significant cost out-of-pocket if they get sick because average deductibles have more than doubled during the past decade. She wanted it, but she was unable to get it.” And more and more conservatives have settled on the Trump line — that the questions about Obama’s citizenship were so slimy that they obviously came from the Clinton camp. “The whole birther thing was started by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 against Barack Obama,” Sen. The proposal is currently wrapped in bureaucratic red tape but it is technically alive.) Hillary’s awkward dodge had infuriated environmentalists who have turned Keystone into a climate litmus test.

And it sets her up well for a few days of fundraising later this week in the San Francisco Bay area, where she was likely to face questions about her dithering among donors who are generally supportive of environmental causes. And her plan aims to protect Americans from unexpected medical bills and help states prevent insurance companies from imposing excessive rate increases. “When Americans get sick, high costs shouldn’t prevent them from getting better,” Clinton said in a statement. “With deductibles rising so much faster than incomes, we must act to reduce the out-of-pocket costs families face. He turned what could have been a pro-forma permitting decision into a grand fight for the future of the planet, driven by his concept of “global warming’s terrifying math.” It comes down to three figures: 2 degrees Celsius, 565 gigatons, and 2,795 gigatons. Back in 2010, while she was still at the State Department, Hillary suggested that she was leaning towards signing off on the permit TransCanada needed to build the pipeline. “We’re either going to be dependent on dirty oil from the Gulf or dirty oil from Canada,” she said then.

Therefore I oppose it.” Environmentalists have warned that the extraction and transport of oil risks setting back the fight against man-made climate change. The second is the amount of carbon humans can pour into the atmosphere by mid-century and still have some reasonable hope of staying below two degrees. Between that and the lengthy silence that followed, Hillary’s belated opposition comes with the distinct whiff of political opportunism—all the more so because it came on a day when Pope Francis touched down in Washington, D.C, where he’s expected to make life quite uncomfortable for those politicians who haven’t made combating global warming a priority.

On the presidential campaign trail, the debate over the pipeline has turned into a high-stakes fight for support and campaign cash as Clinton battles real and potential challenges. As in previous posts, I draw on data from the firm Crimson Hexagon, who tracks the volume of coverage and gauges its tone across thousands of outlets. Clinton’s decision will earn her rare cheers from the climate crowd—many of whom have been less than impressed with her overall energy positions to date—while also moving her one leftward step closer to progressive challenger Bernie Sanders.

Below is a graph looking at the share of coverage received by Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden, who is not a declared presidential candidate — as a fraction of the coverage received by all the Democratic candidates (including Martin O’Malley and Jim Webb). It comes on the eve of Pope Francis’ historic address to Congress, which is expected to focus on climate change, and less than 100 days before world leaders gather in Paris in December to discuss limiting the emissions that cause global warming. It also exposes a very strong weakness for him — his roots to basic American values and culture are at best limited.” But Penn wrote that as a warning, not a strategy. In December 2007, a Clinton campaign worker named Judy Rose sent an e-mail asking whether Obama was a secret Muslim who intended to destroy America from the inside.

News coverage will always focus on front-running candidates more than underdogs. (Ask Jim Gilmore.) This appears to reflect, as Jonathan Ladd discusses here, what political scientist John Zaller calls the “rule of anticipated importance.” Clinton has anticipated importance because, by perhaps the key metric (endorsements), she is the dominant candidate in the race. Three months later, when the Drudge Report claimed that a photo of Obama wearing a turban was sent from “stressed Clinton staffers,” the Clinton campaign denounced it but didn’t find a scalp. According to John Heilemann and Mark Halperin in “Game Change,” the most ludicrous “othering” theory that Clinton allies engaged in was that a tape existed, somewhere, of Michelle Obama denouncing “whitey” — and that Clinton herself believed it when consigliere Sid Blumenthal talked about it. Specifically, anyone reading the fringe Web in the summer of 2008 could find the now-defunct blog called TexasDarlin, the now-defunct blog PUMAParty, and the now-conservative blog HillBuzz posting updates on the hunt for a birth certificate.

Indeed, if anything, you could make the case for the opposite: that Sanders is getting more coverage than he “should” based on his chances of winning, perhaps because the media’s framing the Democratic race as competitive makes it more interesting to readers. (You might also ask: Should media coverage even be indexed to the candidate’s changes of winning? It was a thin reed, and they knew it. “It looks like Obama was born in Hawaii, based on a recently discovered birth announcement found in a Hawaiian newspaper,” one HillBuzz blogger wrote in July 2008. “It also looks like the reason Obama refuses to produce his actual birth certificate is that it very likely records dual Kenyan and U.S. citizenship at Obama’s birth.” Without getting too thick into the weeds — and generously assuming that we are not there yet — the next phase of “birtherism” was focused on the “dual citizenship” issue. In the graph below, I subtract the number of stories categorized as positive from the number categorized as negative for both Sanders and Clinton. (The remaining stories were categorized as “neutral.”) Thus, larger numbers equal more negative coverage.

This graph shows that, contradicting the complaints of Sanders supporters to the New York Times, the coverage of Clinton has actually been more negative than coverage of Sanders on almost every day from May 15 to Sept. 14. Clinton responded with a loud “no” and called the idea “so ludicrous.” But if birtherism proves anything, it’s that an idea that feeds a stereotype — in this case, that of Clinton as impossibly ruthless — is hard to get rid of.

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