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Hillary Puts Off Request To Release Transcripts Of Her Goldman Sachs Speeches: ‘I’ll Look Into It’

What is there to look into? Now she’s making me wonder what’s in them. And if she finds sitting in D.C. talking about getting Bin Laden stressful, how is she possibly going to deal with actual stressful Presidential decisions?

Via NY Post:

Clinton tried to clean up a stumble from Wednesday, when she said she took $675,000 in fees from Goldman Sachs because that’s what they offered.

“I did go on the speaking circuit. I spoke to heart doctors. I spoke to the American Camping Association. I spoke to auto dealers,” the former secretary of state said.

But she hedged on whether she would release transcripts.

“I will look into it. I don’t know the status, but I will certainly look into it,” she said.

Democrats At Debate Clash Over Money, Money, Money…

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Via NY Times:

In a caustic debate on Thursday night, Hillary Clinton accused Senator Bernie Sanders of leveling “attacks by insinuation and innuendo” against her integrity and her credentials as a progressive by portraying her as beholden to wealthy interests and corporations.

Mrs. Clinton, lobbing her harshest assault yet in their race for the Democratic presidential nomination, said months of criticism by Mr. Sanders over her taking speaking fees from Wall Street banks amounted to a suggestion that she was corrupt — or, as she put it, a “very artful smear.” It was the sort of cutting remark she usually reserves for Republicans, and it drew boos from many in the audience at the University of New Hampshire.

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill Requiring Women to Register for Draft…

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Via WSJ:

Two Republican lawmakers introduced a bill on Thursday that would require women to register for the draft in a step meant to advance a national debate about the Pentagon’s decision in December to open all military combat positions to women.

Women have been excluded from the Selective Service System, a decision that was upheld by a 1981 Supreme Court ruling that said as long as women weren’t allowed in combat units, they shouldn’t be subjected to it.

However, Defense Secretary Ash Carter in December said the Pentagon would open all combat positions to women, without exceptions. Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Ryan Zinke of Montana said in introducing their bill that Mr. Carter’s decision mandates a national debate about the role of women in the military.

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Drone Crashes Into Empire State Building…

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Via NBC:

A small drone crashed into the 40th floor of the Empire State Building Thursday night and then fell to a 35th floor landing, authorities said.

Police said a New Jersey man was flying the drone in an attempt to take pictures and apparently lost control of the aircraft.

Investigators said Sean Nivin Riddle was arrested at the scene and is expected to face criminal charges. He was being questioned by officers at the Midtown South police precinct.

Right after the crash, Riddle apparently wrote on his own Twitter feed: “filming w/ drone, now its stuck on the empire state building….w/security.”

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Last Night’s Democratic Debate Was The Lowest Rated One To Date…

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Nobody wants to watch Communists argue over who’s the rightful heir to Marx.

Via CNN:

MSNBC’s feisty debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton received high marks from political observers, but not high ratings from ordinary viewers.

It was the lowest-rated debate of the 2016 election cycle by far, according to preliminary Nielsen data. The debate had a 3.3 household rating in Nielsen’s metered markets.

The prior low was a 6.0 household rating for ABC’s Democratic debate on the Saturday night before Christmas.

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Russians Depict Obama As Murderous Devil Who Should Be Put On Trial At The Hague…

How about Putin and Assad first?

Chicago Stock Exchange Being Sold To Chinese-Owned Group…

What could go wrong?

Via Bloomberg:

The Chicago Stock Exchange said a Chinese investor group agreed to acquire it, giving the buyer entry into the intensely competitive U.S. equity market.

Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the company, according to a statement Friday, which didn’t give financial terms. The exchange said the deal is expected to close in the second half of the year, though that will require regulatory approval.

“We’re a good fit. Our strategy is something they like and is consistent with theirs,” Chicago Stock Exchange Chief Executive Officer John Kerin said in a phone interview. “We provide technology and we’re a standalone, full-service exchange that they can grow in a manner that suits their needs.”

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Are You One Of Those People Who Thought Syria Couldn’t Get Worse? Heh, You’re In For A Shock…

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From bad to worse.

Via CNN:

Aleppo’s fall to rebels — back in 2012 a much more moderate bunch than the often al-Nusra-infected alliances we see now — was a symbolic moment: the commercial heart of Syria turning on the country’s own government.

Now, as thousands flee to the Turkish border from Russian airstrikes pounding the city and government forces moving in, the battle for Aleppo is again gaining significance.

The towns of Nubul and Zahraa were reached by government forces late Wednesday and their seizure could mark a turning point in the war in northern Syria. Not because they are significant in themselves, but because to reach the towns, the regime had to cross through towns that mark the main supply route into the rebel-held area of Aleppo.

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Romney, Gingrich Call For Fiorina To Join Main Stage For Debate Saturday…

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What would be the point of her being on stage by herself?

Via Newsmax:

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich both took to Twitter on Thursday to demand that ABC News include presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina in Saturday’s Republican debate in New Hampshire.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 candidate for the White House, posted this tweet:

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Fact Checking The Fifth Democratic Debate…

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Rich people, banks, pharmaceutical companies, angry grandpa, blah blah blah…

Via USA Today:

We found several false and misleading claims in the debate between former secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

• Sanders claimed Clinton called Barack Obama “naive” in 2007 because he “thought it was a good idea to talk to our enemies.” That lacks context. Clinton objected not to meeting with enemies, but to Obama’s statement that he would do so without preconditions.

• Sanders claimed that NAFTA and other trade deals have cost “millions” of U.S. jobs, but independent economists have said the impact on the economy was small.

• Clinton revised history in discussing her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She supported the trade deal as secretary of state.

• Sanders mixed and matched two different sets of data to claim that “millions of Americans … are working longer hours for low wages.”

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Citibank Says World Economy Going Down The Toilet…

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I bet Hillary will claim she saw this coming too.

Via CNBC:

The global economy seems trapped in a “death spiral” that could lead to further weakness in oil prices, recession and a serious equity bear market, Citi strategists have warned.

Some analysts — including those at Citi — have turned bearish on the world economy this year, following an equity rout in January and weaker economic data out of China and the U.S.

“The world appears to be trapped in a circular reference death spiral,” Citi strategists led by Jonathan Stubbs said in a report on Thursday.

“Stronger U.S. dollar, weaker oil/commodity prices, weaker world trade/petrodollar liquidity, weaker EM (and global growth)… and repeat. Ad infinitum, this would lead to Oilmageddon, a ‘significant and synchronized’ global recession and a proper modern-day equity bear market.”

Exploding Jihadi: ISIS Fighter Riding In Back Of Pickup Truck Hit By An Airstrike….

Safe to say his day was ruined.

FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

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Update: Cough syrup in the late 1800’s had a rather interesting array of ingredients.

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Obama’s Proposed To Raise Gas Taxes 136%, Despite Previously Saying Hurts Poor People The Most

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Update to this story. Not to mention how it hurts the rest of us…

Via Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama has just proposed a $10 tax on every barrel of oil produced in the U.S., but it was just five years ago the president warned making fuel more expensive harms poor people the most.

Obama told Georgetown University students in a 2011 speech that “rising prices at the pump affect everybody -– workers, farmers, truck drivers, restaurant owners, students who are lucky enough to have a car.”

Five years down the road, Obama is proposing a 30 percent tax on each U.S. barrel of oil — since oil is hovering around $30 per barrel. What’s interesting is that in 2011, Obama himself said a $10 rise in oil prices translated to a 25 cent rise in gasoline prices.

“And every time the price of a barrel of oil on the world market rises by $10, a gallon of gas goes up by about 25 cents,” Obama said in 2011.

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Is Bill Clinton In The FBI Crosshairs Too?

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Yes, please…

Via Washington Times:

In the unfolding political and legal drama surrounding Hillary Clinton and her private server, one name has been conspicuously missing.

Bill Clinton.

There has been scant mention of the former president’s possible role and potential exposure in the server/classified material controversy, which now represents an existential threat to Mrs. Clinton’s presidential ambitions. But perhaps his role may be more central that we’ve been led to believe.

Rather than simply focusing on Mrs. Clinton’s actions as secretary of state, the FBI investigation may be proceeding along two tracks: his and hers. So far, two areas of focus have been mentioned.

One is the possible abuse of highly sensitive information by Mrs. Clinton through her use of a private, unsecured server. The other involves possible violations of public corruption law: whether she and Mr. Clinton used her position as secretary of state to further the interests of the Clinton Foundation. When these two apparently separate tracks are looked at conjointly, two major questions arise concerning Mr. Clinton.

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Hillary Invokes ‘Everybody Did It’ Defense, ‘100% Confident’ Nothing Will Come Of FBI Investigation

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Someone ought to tell the Yale Law School graduate that’s not a legal defense…

Via Fox News:

Critics are blasting Hillary Clinton for claiming at Thursday night’s Democratic debate nothing will come of the FBI probe into her email practices and seizing on reports that other former officials received classified information on personal accounts — saying she’s glossing over glaring differences between her case and theirs.

“The attempt to paint her predecessors in the State Department as equal offenders in mishandling classified material is an insult to what we now know to be the truth,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a statement Thursday, calling the argument an “everybody did it” defense.

Clinton pointed at the debate to emerging reports that former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the immediate staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also received classified security information on their personal email accounts.

But the dozen emails reportedly connected to those cases represent a fraction of the more than 1,600 now-classified emails found on Clinton’s server. Further, no other secretary of state set up a private, “homebrew” server as she did.

“We’re talking apples and oranges here,” the National Journal’s Ron Fournier told Fox News.

“Official investigations have confirmed that Secretary Clinton’s unsecure server stored more than 1,000 emails containing classified information, including some classified at the very highest levels,” Issa said in his statement, put out earlier Thursday. “Her guarantee to the nation that the number was zero now seems more like desperation than news cycle spin.”

Clinton addressed the email scandal toward the end of the MSNBC-hosted debate in New Hampshire. She said she’s certain the matter will not derail her campaign.

“I have absolutely no concerns about it whatsoever,” Clinton said saying she’s “100 percent confident” the FBI probe will fizzle.

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Hillary And Bernie Catfight: Hillary Accuses Bernie Of ‘Smear’ About Her Being ‘Bought’

Gee, I wonder why anyone would think that?

Via NY Post:

In by far their most personal exchange of the campaign, Hillary Clinton lashed out during Thursday night’s Democratic debate at what she called Bernie Sanders’ “innuendo” and “insinuation” that her Wall Street speaking fees and donations mean she’s bought.

“I think it’s time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out,” Clinton said.

Some in the audience at the University of New Hampshire in Durham booed at the attack. Sanders seemed taken aback, saying, “Ooohh, c’mon.”

The Vermont senator, ahead by 20 points in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, said Wall Street, oil companies and pharmaceutical companies are motivated by their campaign contributions to keep the economy rigged.

“There is a reason why these people are putting huge amounts of money into our political system. And in my view, it is undermining American democracy,” he said in their last debate before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

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Moderator Rachel Maddow marveled at the tension.

“Senator Sanders, Secretary Clinton, obviously we’ve touched a nerve,” the MSNBC host said.

Intent to tear into Sanders’ lead, Clinton argued that she was a realistic progressive who could get results while Sanders’ plans to provide Medicare for all and tuition-free college were “not achievable.”

Sanders Campaign Ad Claimed Newspaper Endorsement That He Didn’t Actually Have

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This really rattled Sanders when it came up in the debate last night. He also apparently had campaign staffers posing as union members to try to influence other union members to vote for him.

Via Buzzfeed:

During Thursday’s debate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said that a campaign ad of his did not falsely claim newspaper endorsement he did not receive.

But, actually, that ad — posted to his YouTube page — did claim that he had received the endorsement.

In one instance, Sanders’s ad — since corrected — claimed he was endorsed by the Valley News newspapers. But as noted by Politifact, that newspaper’s editor said they did not endorse Sanders.

“As I understand it we did not suggest that we had the endorsement of the newspaper,” Sanders said at the debate. “Newspapers who make endorsements also say positive things about other candidates and to the best of knowledge that is what we did. So we never said, that somebody a newspaper endorsed us that did not. What we did say is, blah, blah, blah, blah was said by the newspaper.”

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Quinnipiac National Poll: Trump Leading, Cruz And Rubio In Battle For Second

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Popcorn…

Via Politico:

The Democratic race has dramatically tightened, according to a new Quinnipiac University national poll out Friday that shows Hillary Clinton with a razor-thin lead over Bernie Sanders.

Clinton leads Sanders 44 percent to 42 percent, well within the margin of error of the poll, which was conducted after the Iowa caucuses.

Monday’s contest in Iowa ended in a virtual tie, though the election was officially called for the former secretary of state.

The picture of a neck-and-neck race is a huge change from Quinnipiac’s last national poll conducted Dec. 16-20 that showed Clinton with a massive lead over Sanders, 61 percent to 30 percent. It’s not clear yet whether other post-Iowa polls will also show Sanders surging ahead and catching up to Clinton.

On the GOP side, one in three Republicans are for Donald Trump, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are catching up.

The survey finds Trump with 31 percent nationally, Cruz with 22 percent and Rubio with 19 percent. No other candidate polls in the double digits: Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has 6 percent, the rest are at or below 3 percent and 9 percent of those polled are still undecided.

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Hillary Used To Support Registering Women For The Draft, Now She Will Defer To The Military Commanders…

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Only use Hillary has for the military is to load and carry her luggage, after all, she dodged sniper fire in Bosnia.

Via NY Post:

Hillary Clinton, the ultimate girl-power activist, once backed registering women for the draft — but now she won’t take a position on the issue.

At a town hall forum Wednesday night in New Hampshire, Clinton punted on a question from CNN host Anderson Cooper on whether she supports a recommendation this week from leaders of the Army and Marine Corps that women should register like men.

“I have to think about whether I think it’s necessary to go as far as our military officers are recommending,” Clinton responded.

“You know, from my perspective, the all-volunteer military has worked, and we should not do anything that undermines it because it has provided a solid core of people who are willing to serve our country. The idea of having everybody register concerns me a little bit, unless we have a better idea of where that’s going to come out.”

But Clinton was asked the exact same question in a July 23, 2007, Democratic debate by the exact same moderator — Anderson Cooper — and gave a different answer.

“Senator Clinton, do you think women should register for Selective Service?” Cooper asked at a South Carolina debate.

Clinton didn’t hesitate: “I do. I don’t support a draft. I think our all-volunteer military has performed superbly. But we’ve had women die in Iraq. We’ve had combat deaths of women in Iraq and Afghanistan. And I do think that women should register. I doubt very much that we’ll ever have to go back to a draft. But I think it is fair to call upon every young American.”

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