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So, basically, Hillary seems to be saying that the American people are too STUPID, too CONFUSED...

... to understand her brilliance!

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Hillary Clinton ‘sorry’ about email confusion

In an exclusive interview with NBC News/MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Friday, Hillary Clinton said she’s “sorry” there’s been so much controversy over her private email server, but declined to apologize for the decision to use it. Clinton also suggested that GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is unqualified to be president and weighed in on on the surprisingly robust challenge to her candidacy from Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders.

“At the end of the day, I am sorry that this has been confusing to people and has raised a lot of questions, but there are answers to all these questions,” Clinton said of her email server after being pressed by Mitchell on whether she should apologize for the controversy that has dogged her campaign from the outset. “And I take responsibility and it wasn’t the best choice.”

It was just the third nationally televised interview for Clinton, the former secretary of state and Democratic 2016 frontrunner, since announcing her campaign in April. Beset by flagging approval ratings, the Sanders challenge and the possibility that Vice President Joe Biden may enter the race, Clinton’s interview with Mitchell is part of her campaign’s latest effort to offer more access to the candidate.

Yet as her own campaign chairman John Podesta acknowledged in a conference call with reporters Thursday, Clinton’s campaign has faced “headwinds” since March, when her private email server was first revealed. Her poll numbers have fallen as the number of people who consider her untrustworthy has risen.

It seems that the "responsibility" she claims to be taking is only her responsibility to be clearer in her maneuvers, to make it easier for those confused to understand! Her mouth-breathing political base will lap it up like cream, most others will find that "cream" to be curdled...

Poll for General Election Republican voters only, if Trump wins the primary, who should he have...

... for VP?...

Fiorina earns spot on main stage for next GOP debate

The organizers of the next Republican presidential debate have announced changes to debate criteria that mean former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will almost certainly join the rest of the top-tier candidates on the main stage at the Reagan Library on Sept. 16.

"CNN reevaluated its criteria and decided to add a provision that better reflects the state of the race since the first Republican presidential debate in August," the network announced. "Now, any candidate who ranks in the top 10 in polling between August 6 and September 10 will be included."

The CNN move is being greeted as a positive development, and not only for the most obvious reason, which is that a woman will be in the mix, in contrast to the 10-man tableau that a huge national television audience saw at the first debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland.

Fiorina also had fairness on her side, say supporters. The original rules would have made the cut according to an average of polls conducted between July 16 and Sept. 10. That arithmetic minimized the significant rise in Fiorina's numbers since she gave what was widely reviewed as the single best performance of the evening in Cleveland, despite being relegated to the earlier, non-prime-time "undercard" debate of longshot contenders.

No wall for thee, but one for me (and my kids)...

America got a first-hand look at how Mr. Trump’s deportation plan would be administered when Univision’s Jorge Ramos unwittingly volunteered to demonstrate the process at an Iowa press conference. After refusing to wait his turn in line to ask questions of the Republican presidential candidate, Mr. Trump “deported” Mr. Ramos from the press conference, then proceeded to bring him back in after he agreed to wait his turn – making Trump’s comprehensive immigration reform plan look quite feasible.

For those unfamiliar with Jorge Ramos, he is the debonair host of the Hispanic news show Noticiero Univision. He’s an “anchor baby” of sorts in that he is a news anchor and at times a crybaby. Most notably, Mr. Ramos is an advocate for an open border policy between the United States and Mexico – a system where people are allowed to freely macarena back and forth across our borders. In essence, through non-enforcement of our current immigration laws, we have the open border policy that Mr. Ramos has so longed for. And as can be seen through his questioning of Mr. Trump, Mr. Ramos wants to keep it that way

Mr. Ramos’ open border policy has an interesting side effect though — it burdens our public schools with the children of illegal immigrants that pull resources from our kids and disproportionately so in at-risk minority communities. In places like California, as much as 13.2% of K-12 public school students are children of illegal immigrants. This open border policy has likely dragged down our schools academically as well – helping pave the way for the federal government to intervene with hugely unpopular learning standards and standardized tests in a clumsy attempt to boost lagging test scores. Coincidently, an open border has the added benefit of increasing Mr. Ramos’ potential TV audience. What a fantástico business model!

The (not so) funny thing is that Jorge Ramos actually shelters his kids from the effects of the very policy he so adamantly advocates. How you may ask? Well, Mr. Ramos sends his kids to elite private schools, including a Miami preK-12 school with tuition that reaches above $30,000 a year per student. I think it’s fair to say most illegal immigrants aren’t footing that bill.

Clinton, using private server, wrote and sent e-mails now deemed classified

While she was secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote and sent at least six e-mails using her private server that contained what government officials now say is classified information, according to thousands of e-mails released by the State Department.

Although government officials deemed the e-mails classified after Clinton left office, they could complicate her efforts to move beyond the political fallout from the controversy. They suggest that her role in distributing sensitive material via her private e-mail system went beyond receiving notes written by others, and appears to contradict earlier public statements in which she denied sending or receiving e-mails containing classified information.

The classified e-mails, contained in thousands of pages of electronic correspondence that the State Department has released, stood out because of the heavy markings blocking out sentences and, in some cases, entire messages.

The State Department officials who redacted the material cited national security as the reason for blocking it from public view.

So, Hillary originated email which revealed classified information, she did not include any marking identifying the info as being classified, and she used her private, unsecured server. More and more interesting...

Canada officially in recession...

Reeling from low oil prices, Canada fell into a recession in the first half of the year, government data confirmed Tuesday, putting Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the defensive in the run-up to October elections.

According to Statistics Canada, the economy contracted 0.5 percent in the second quarter after retreating 0.8 percent in the previous three months. It is Canada's second recession in seven years and it is the only Group of Seven nation in economic retreat. The figures are the weakest since the 2008 global financial crisis.

The data reflects fears about the health of the global economy as more gloomy evidence emerged of a slowdown in China, a main engine of growth worldwide. Harper, whose Tories are trailing their rivals in opinion polls ahead of the October 19 election, blamed the overseas turmoil for Canada's woes, and emphasized an expansion in the economy in June.

"We are living, once again, in a time of ongoing global economic instability," Harper said. "Obviously there has been challenges, particularly in the energy and some commodity sectors because of falling prices. But the fact of the matter is over 80 percent of the Canadian economy has been growing." Canada, the world's fifth-largest oil producer, has been hit particularly hard by the halving of world oil prices from above $100 last year.

In the second quarter, its mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction sector posted a "notable decrease" for a second consecutive quarter, said the government statistical agency.
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