Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Jon Voight endorses Donald Trump: ‘He’s an answer to our problems’

The Washington Times ^ | March 9, 2016 | Jessica Chasmar 

Award-winning actor Jon Voight has endorsed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump for president.
“He’s an answer to our problems. We need to get behind him,” Mr. Voight, 77, told Breitbart News in an interview Tuesday evening. “The Republicans need to unite behind this man. We need somebody to go in and reconstruct us in a sort of way, get us back to where we were, who we need to be.”
The “Woodlawn” actor hit Mr. Trump’s most vocal critics, particularly former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who recently called Mr. Trump a “fraud” who is playing the American people for “suckers.”
Mr. Voight lamented: “We felt so great about his family, we put [Mr. Romney’s] picture on our refrigerators and so on, and now he turns around and does this, which is so way out of line.”
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Obama cuts first check under climate deal

Washington Examiner ^ | 3/8/16 | John Siciliano 

The Obama administration sent the first $500 million to the United Nations' Green Climate Fund this week, thumbing its nose at Republican opponents who say taxpayers shouldn't be on the hook for the money.
Critics of the U.S. participating in the fund came out against the president's actions Tuesday.
"President Obama continues to prioritize his political interests over the interests of the American people," said Tom Pyle, president of the conservative American Energy Alliance. "The administration intends to funnel hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars into the U.N.'s climate slush fund while pursuing a domestic agenda that will raise energy costs and leave all Americans poorer."
The payment is part of the climate deal President Obama helped pull together in Paris in December. The $500 million is part of a $3 billion commitment to the fund by the U.S. to help poorer countries cope with the effects of climate change.
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Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau to join forces on climate change

The Manchester Guardian ^ | March 8, 2016 | Suzanne Goldenberg 

Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau will commit to work together to fight climate change and protect an Arctic experiencing the mildest winter ever recorded, sources familiar with the initiatives said.
The two leaders were expected to announce a number of common climate measures at a meeting at the White House this week, from a 45% cut in methane emissions from the oil and gas industry to protections for a rapidly warming Arctic.
The state visit on Thursday is seen as an important moment for Trudeau to break with his Conservative predecessor, Stephen Harper, who was accused of muzzling government scientists and backtracking on climate promises.
The visit - four months after Trudeau's election and 11 months before Obama leaves the White House - offered a rare window of opportunity to advance the cause that is important to both leaders, the Canadian prime minister said....
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Millions of ordinary Americans support Donald Trump. Here's why

The Manchester Guardian ^ | March 7, 2016 | Thomas Frank 

When he isn't spewing insults, the Republican frontrunner is hammering home a powerful message about free trade and its victims!

Let us now address the greatest American mystery at the moment: what motivates the supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump?
I call it a "mystery" because the working-class white people who make up the bulk of Trump's fan base show up in amazing numbers for the candidate, filling stadiums and airport hangars, but their views, by and large, do not appear in our prestige newspapers. On their opinion pages, these publications take care to represent demographic categories of nearly every kind, but "blue-collar" is one they persistently overlook. The views of working-class people are so foreign to that universe that when New York Times columnist Nick Kristof wanted to "engage" a Trump supporter last week, he made one up, along with this imaginary person's responses to his questions.
When members of the professional class wish to understand the working-class Other, they traditionally consult experts on the subject. And when these authorities are asked to explain the Trump movement, they always seem to zero in on one main accusation: bigotry. Only racism, they tell us, is capable of powering a movement like Trump's, which is blowing through the inherited structure of the Republican party like a tornado through a cluster of McMansions.....
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Hillary Clinton Vows A Third Obama Term, But Voters Are Sick Of Obama ^ | Mar 9, 2016 | Darrell Delamaide 

Is America really ready for a third Obama term?
This is what’s being peddled by the punditocracy as it touts Hillary Clinton’s clinch on the Democratic nomination and her ability to beat Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
Whatever differences Clinton may have had with Barack Obama over the years, she has fully embraced him and his administration now as she has sought to win the early primaries by racking up big margins among African-American voters.
It is a strategy that is working well in the primaries, but it is a risky one for the general election.
Many Republicans feel a visceral passion against Obama, and even Democrats who are proud of electing the country’s first black president have often been disappointed at his performance in office.
In short, there may well be a majority of American voters against a third Obama term.
Combined with voter dissatisfaction with the political establishment so evident in the support for Trump, this creates a good deal of uncertainty about a general election that pits an establishment Clinton against an insurgent Trump, regardless of what the spurious “matchup” polls may indicate.
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Indictment Certain in Clinton Email Scandal Before November

Anti-Media ^ | March 7, 2016 | Adam Dick 

Expect the indictment of former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or one or more of her high-level aides from the State Department in the next few months.
Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano explained in a Fox Business panel discussion last week that the granting of immunity against self-incrimination to Bryan Pagliano, who helped set up the private email server for Clinton that is central to an ongoing investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), means the Department of Justice intends to secure indictment of a person or people up the "totem pole" from Pagliano in the Hillary Clinton email scandal. Concludes Napolitano, "I think there will surely be indictments prior to November." November, of course, is when the US presidential general election, in which Clinton hopes to compete as the Democratic nominee, will take place.
Based on the fact that immunity was granted to Pagliano, Napolitano derives many details of the current state of the government's investigation into Clinton's emails. In particular, Napolitano asserts that the following is known:
So we know already the FBI is interacting with the Justice Department, the FBI has already made some recommendations to the Justice Department, the Justice Department has accepted those recommendations seriously, has convened a grand jury, and has begun or will soon begin to present evidence to the grand jury, and they need Mr. Pagliano's testimony immunized, which means he no longer has the privilege against self-incrimination because they can't use against him whatever he says. It also means -- this is profound -- they intend to indict someone. It's not Bryan Pagliano; he can only be indicted if he commits perjury if he lies under oath. But, they intend to indict someone in this chain north of him.
Supporting his conclusion that an indictment or indictments are in the works, Napolitano, who is a former New Jersey state judge, provides some background information regarding how immunity grants work in the US court system. First, notes Napolitano, "only a federal judge can grant immunity." Napolitano further explains that a federal judge will only grant such immunity for a witness "the government needs to testify before some proceeding," which Napolitano notes in this instance would be a grand jury proceeding. "The procedure to obtain immunity," Napolitano continues, "is so time consuming and involves such resources, they would not do it just for the heck of it; they would not do it just to satisfy newspaper editorials or political commentators." Instead, he concludes, "they would only do it if they are seriously presenting evidence before a grand jury and they need the live testimony of this witness."
So, who might be indicted? Napolitano mentions a few possibilities: Clinton, Patrick Kennedy, Philippe Reines, Cheryl Mills, and Huma Abedin.
"The typical federal procedure," elaborates Napolitano, "is to start at the bottom -- either indict the person and they spill the beans or get immunity for the person and they spill the beans -- and work your way up."
Napolitano said last month that, even without Pagliano's testimony, the evidence related to the Clinton emails scandal shows that Clinton's "failure to care for national security secrets is now well documented, overwhelming, publicly known, and publicly understood." What is not clear, he noted, is whether President Barack Obama would OK her prosecution.
If recommended prosecution of Clinton is blocked, Napolitano predicts in the new Fox Business panel discussion, Clinton will still be harmed. "If the FBI tells the Justice Department, 'we have enough evidence -- solid, legally obtained evidence -- to indict and convict,' and the Justice Department rejects that," suggests Napolitano, "expect resignations from the FBI and leaks of all the evidence." And that situation, says Napolitano, "will have a catastrophic effect" on Clinton's presidential candidacy.
Watch Napolitano and the Fox Business panel's complete discussion here:
For more of Napolitano's thoughts regarding recent developments in the Hillary Clinton emails scandal, read here Napolitano's latest editorial on the subject.
Napolitano is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

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