Hillary Clinton hits at Republicans and basks in support at Democratic gathering

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Before nation’s top Democrats, Clinton sends Biden a message.

In ways both subtle and blunt, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign is sending a message to Vice President Joe Biden about his potential presidential campaign: This won’t be easy. When it comes to Hillary Clinton and her place in the presidential primary, the political media needs to start being able to hold two ideas in mind at once. Clinton, the front-runner for the party’s presidential nomination, was allowed to break the time limit on her speech Friday to the DNC’s summer convention in Minneapolis.

Her speech lasted about 24 minutes, despite an announcement beforehand by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz that speeches by presidential candidate at the meeting would be limited to 7 minutes. With the frontrunner set to address the Democratic National Committee summer meeting today, even some chaffing between the campaign and the DNC over shared fundraising has been resolved. In a speech to the party’s most committed activists, Clinton cast herself as its well-established standard-bearer and vowed to both win the presidential race and rebuild the party from the ground up. “I hope you’ll join me, because we are building something that will last long after next November,” Clinton told party officials gathered in a Minneapolis ballroom. “Other candidates may be fighting for a particular ideology, but I’m fighting for you and your families.” The speech comes after her team has rolled out a string of high-profile endorsements in the early-voting state of Iowa and South Carolina, and scheduled an onslaught of fundraisers across the country in the effort to ice a Biden bid before it even gets started. The FBI has stepped in with an investigation to see if Clinton’s system was compromised by foreign hackers, and to see if she knowingly passed classified information—including “top secret” intelligence—through her server.

And behind the scenes, they’re pressuring donors and delegates who are empowered to select the presidential nominee to pledge their loyalty to Clinton. John Kasich of Ohio as having “extreme” views on abortion that are out of touch with people who want to live in the modern world. “We expect that from some of the terrorist groups,” Mrs. Her team sent a slate of top aides, including campaign manager Robby Mook, to the meeting this weekend armed with pledge cards asking party delegates to commit to Clinton.

Donors who have publicly expressed support for a Biden run have later been contacted by the Clinton team, according to fundraisers and Democratic strategists who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the private conversations. The vice president has to be thinking, “I’m better off than any of those people.” There are basically two ways of winning a nomination: You’re either the establishment candidate or the insurgent.

Her response to the email scandal, from joking, to maybe it wasn’t the “best choice” has many Democrats bewildered and donors hedging their bets. To the most vocal progressive activists, Clinton still needs to account for her role in the Bill Clinton White House on issues like mass incarceration, police militarization, and the drug war. She recently picked up the endorsements of two former governors, Jim Hodges and Dick Riley, the latter who served as education secretary during Bill Clinton’s administration.

As first lady, for example, she pushed the “three strikes” provision of the 1994 crime bill and supported greater prison time for offenders. “There is something wrong when a crime bill takes six years to work its way through Congress and the average criminal serves only four,” she said at the time. Fiorina said. “I mean, remember President Obama [has] compared anyone who opposed his Iranian deal, a terrible deal, to the hardliners in Iran chanting, ‘Death to America.’ This is typical. “And what it tells us is that Hillary Clinton has no qualms about continuing to try and wage this supposed ‘war on women’ card as she runs for president,” she continued. “We ought to expect this. Bernie Sanders is drawing big crowds but has a problems with key elements of the base and his the narrowcast populist platform make electability doubtful as well. Clinton dared her rivals to face mothers who caught breast cancer early because of screenings and girls who did not get pregnant because of access to contraceptives that were made available through government funding.

The same is true for her positions in the Senate, where she voted in favor of federal police funding that flowed to SWAT teams and other vectors for militarization. Democrats are continually describing Republicans as extreme when the truth is, it is Democrats who are extreme. “They are extreme as she continues to defend Planned Parenthood. There’s also her economic record: As a senator from New York, she backed a 2001 bill that would become the much loathed (among liberals) 2005 bankruptcy law. And she still hasn’t acknowledged or apologized for the racially tinged rhetoric used by her campaign in the most heated moments of her 2008 race against Barack Obama. Clinton is pressing because she could soon face criminal charges for her handling of emails as secretary of state. “Here’s what’s most offensive about it: They won’t call terrorists terrorists, going all the way back to Benghazi and before that, but they call political opponents terrorists,” Mr.

When she returned to Iowa this week, she was joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor who wrote in an op-ed in the Gazette of Cedar Rapids that he intended to caucus for her, “plain and simple.” “I plan on supporting Secretary Clinton. There’s still that other idea about Clinton to keep in mind, even as we consider her problems and weaknesses: Clinton is winning the Democratic presidential primary, and it’s not even close. Despite the reporting around it—which has treated her as a losing candidate—the latest Quinnipiac poll shows Clinton with a wide lead over her opponents. Word is out that her campaign has heard enough Biden talk and is launching a massive messaging effort at the DNC meeting to counter doubts about her vulnerability.

In Chicago, Clinton is scheduled to attend fundraisers on Sept. 17 hosted by two longtime Obama supporters, attorney Joseph Power and businessman Michael Polsky. While her husband presides over the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York in late September, Clinton will raise money at seven fundraisers planned in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Aggregate polls show a similar picture; in the Huffington Post Pollster average, Clinton holds 48.9 percent of the primary vote, compared with 22.5 percent for Sanders and 12.5 percent for Biden. Asked about the possibility of Biden running, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday, “I just don’t know.

Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, questioned whether Huma Abedin’s status as a Special Government Employee (SGE), which enabled her to hold four positions simultaneously, created conflicts of interest…Grassley’s letter was prompted by emails from Abedin’s official State Department account obtained by Fox News…[in the messages] Abedin discusses diplomatic matters as well as issues related to her work for both the Clinton Foundation and Teneo, a firm co-founded by a longtime aide to former president Bill Clinton.” Hillary says GOP have terrorist-like views on women’s issues – Speaking in Ohio Thursday, Hillary Clinton slammed the GOP on women’s issues in an incendiary comparison. As writer Harry Enten notes for FiveThirtyEight, Clinton was much weaker in the previous primary than she is now. “Back in 2008,” he writes, “she was trailing in early Iowa polls.

She earned only a third of the vote in early New Hampshire polls and was below 40 percent nationally.” Now, by contrast, she’s well ahead in national polls, well ahead in Iowa, and only somewhat behind in New Hampshire. The only reason we’re having this conversation is because Biden would be the replacement candidate for the establishment if they perceive Hillary as too damaged. In the continued openness that Pope Francis seeks to bring to the Chair of Saint Peter, the Vatican announced its blessing to name a square in Rome after German priest Martin Luther, reports RNS. Commentary by Cenk Uygur, the host and founder of online news program The Young Turks and CEO of the TYT Network, which generates more than 90 million views per month across a range of digital platforms.

In 1517 Luther, displeased with the corruption he saw in the Church, particularly the selling of indulgences, wrote up a list of devastating criticisms against the Church. After nailing his 95 theses to the chapel door at the University of Wittenberg where he was studying, Pope Leo X tried to end Luther’s defiance and force him to recant his statements.

In an interview with the NYT in South Carolina Thursday, Donald Trump still seemed unsure about signing a pledge requiring candidates to support the eventual Republican nominee, whoever that may be. Not only is Clinton ahead of her previous endorsement total, according to analysis by FiveThirtyEight, but she’s racked up more endorsements of significance at this stage of the race than any nonincumbent Democratic presidential candidate, ever. Trump said after his speech at the Upstate Chamber of Commerce in Greenville, S.C., “I don’t make commitments and break them.” NYT report also adds, “[Trump said] if he did sign but lost the nomination, he would not run as an independent, a concern among many Republicans.” Trump also dispelled the HuffPo piece that said he assured local party members he would sign the pledge saying “I haven’t told anybody that.” Trump has stated in the past that he wouldn’t run as a third party candidate if he felt he was treated well, but what exactly he means by that is…well, up to him.

At this point in 1999, for instance, Al Gore had two-thirds as many endorsement points (a measure that weights senators and governors more than House representatives) as Clinton does now; at this point in 2003, John Kerry had less than one-tenth Clinton’s current support; at this point in 2007, Obama had less than one-sixth. The event, being organized by Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Policy and the Zionist Organization of America, will be staged on the West Lawn of the Capitol, the groups said in a statement.

Cruz, the keynote speaker, invited Trump to speak, the statement said.” [The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes writes the despite having candidates like Cruz, Rubio, and Jindal, all of who tout proud immigrant stories, the GOP is still plagued with anti-immigrant rhetoric. Barnes writes, “Sadly, it’s a theme far more likely to hurt the party’s chances in the 2016 election than help, notably in winning Hispanic support.”] Donald Trump seems to survive controversies that would incinerate other candidates. Jeb gets Cantor endorsement – Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., endorsed Jeb Bush Thursday, and is set to join the Bush campaign’s Virginia base. I’m #AllInForJeb.” Cantor’s endorsement provides Bush access to Cantor’s extensive political and financial network within the crucial state. [Trump tweaks – “Who wants the endorsement of a guy (@EricCantor) who lost in perhaps the greatest upset in the history of Congress?” Donald Trump tweeted Thursday.] Walker: Time to gets tough on foreign policy – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “In his first foreign policy speech in his presidential bid, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday will link the threats of Iran and the Islamic State and stress the need to adopt an aggressive military stance. ‘As president, I will send the following message: the retreat is over,’ Walker plans to say, according to excerpts of his speech released by his campaign. ‘American leadership is back and, together with our allies, we will not surrender another inch of ground to terrorists or any other power that threatens our safety. ‘America will not be intimidated.

Rubio writes, “If elected U.S. president next fall, I will approach China on the basis of strength and example, not weakness and appeasement…But to achieve a new era of productive relations between our nations, America must stand on the side of the Chinese people rather than their autocratic rulers.” Copy Cat? Could be coincidental with what’s happening in the markets now, but Bloomberg’s Mark Halpern gives a look back that seems to build a pattern of team Rubio mimicking Walker’s moves over the past month. HP board member defends Carly – WSJ: “Tom Perkins, the one-time [Hewlett-Packard] board member and storied venture capitalist who co-founded Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers, rose to Ms.

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries announced that it is bringing back some of its flavors this month after a four-month absence following a listeria outbreak. The company has been announcing the list of the first returning flavors on Instagram including: Cookies ‘n Cream, Homemade Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, and The Great Divide…which is half chocolate…and half vanilla…Some customers are complaining that the company should put one of their other unique flavors back on shelves, such as Pecan Pralines ‘n Cream and Southern Blackberry Cobbler, since those simple flavor folks can get their chocolate and vanilla fix.

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