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12 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | A Catering Company’s Added Dance Entertainment

  1. eliihass says:

    (Reuters) – The Clinton Foundation has confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department, even though she had promised to let the agency review new or significantly increased support from foreign governments.

    Qatari officials pledged the money in 2011 to mark the 65th birthday of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton’s husband, and sought to meet the former U.S. president in person the following year to present him the check, according to an email from a foundation official to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta. The email, among thousands hacked from Podesta’s account, was published last month by WikiLeaks.

    Clinton signed an ethics agreement governing her family’s globe-straddling foundation in order to become secretary of state in 2009. The agreement was designed to increase transparency to avoid appearances that U.S. foreign policy could be swayed by wealthy donors.

    If a new foreign government wished to donate or if an existing foreign-government donor, such as Qatar, wanted to “increase materially” its support of ongoing programs, Clinton promised that the State Department’s ethics official would be notified and given a chance to raise any concerns.

    Clinton Foundation officials last month declined to confirm the Qatar donation. In response to additional questions, a foundation spokesman, Brian Cookstra, this week said that it accepted the $1 million gift from Qatar, but this did not amount to a “material increase” in the Gulf country’s support for the charity. Cookstra declined to say whether Qatari officials received their requested meeting with Bill Clinton.

    The State Department has said it has no record of the foundation submitting the Qatar gift for review, and that it was incumbent on the foundation to notify the department about donations that needed attention. A department spokeswoman did not respond to additional questions about the donation.

    Foundation officials told Reuters last year that they did not always comply with central provisions of the agreement with President Barack Obama’s administration, blaming oversights in some cases.(reut.rs/2fkHPCh)

    At least eight other countries besides Qatar gave new or increased funding to the foundation, in most cases to fund its health project, without the State Department being informed, according to foundation and agency records. They include Algeria, which gave for the first time in 2010, and the United Kingdom, which nearly tripled its support for the foundation’s health project to $11.2 million between 2009 and 2012.

    Foundation officials have said some of those donations, including Algeria, were oversights and should have been flagged, while others, such as the UK increase, did not qualify as material increases.

    The State Department said it has no record of being asked by the foundation to review any increases in support by a foreign government.

    Asked whether Qatar was funding a specific program at the foundation, Cookstra said the country supported the organization’s “overall humanitarian work.”

    In another email released by WikiLeaks, a former Clinton Foundation fundraiser said he raised more than $21 million in connection with Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday in 2011.

    Spokesmen for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and Bill Clinton did not respond to emailed questions about the donation.

    https://www.google.com/amp/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN12Z2SL?client=safari

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    • eliihass says:

      About Algeria…

      “…A civil war raged in Algeria and consumed thousands of Algerian lives until 1999 when it began to subside after the election of Abdelaziz Bouteflika who was relatively successful in initiating national reconciliation and eliminating radical and violent jihadist groups in the country. He was elected three times and is highly respected as an elder statesman. But Algeria continues to suffer from a devastated economy that relies on hydrocarbons and remittances from Algerians living abroad as the major sources of income. Hydrocarbons account for roughly 60 percent of budget revenues, 30 percent of GDP and over 95 percent of export earnings.

      Algeria has a disproportionately young unemployed population and a poor and difficult quality of life. More than 10 percent of those under 24 are unemployed and a little over 23 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Yet the trauma the country experienced during the civil war and Algerian yearning for stability has kept Bouteflika in power. More importantly, he is the military’s choice for president…”

      http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/04/algeria-challenge-poor-choices-201441661717332782.html

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  2. eliihass says:

    “…It’s no secret that despite his support for Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama’s former campaign chief David Axelrod also has been, at times, critical of her.

    In the last few months alone he’s complained on Twitter about her “unhealthy penchant for privacy” and mocked her as a “bobblehead” for her habit of nodding repeatedly when she is being praised.

    But recently released hacked emails from 2014 and 2015 show just how deeply wounded the Clinton campaign has been by Axelrod’s comments.

    Calling him a “headache” who needed to be “neutralized,” Clinton aides even attempted to psychoanalyze Axelrod, suggesting he was finding it “frustrating” that he had not received an appropriate level of public acclaim for helping to elect Obama.

    Released by WikiLeaks, the latest cache of emails hacked from Clinton’s campaign chief John Podesta’s account were taken with Russian help, according to U.S. intelligence services and Clinton’s campaign.

    They show Clinton’s team to be touchy about any criticism of their candidate by Axelrod, who has run the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago since 2013 and is serving as a broadly pro-Clinton commentator on CNN.

    In one email sent in December 2014, Clinton aide Philippe Reines noted sarcastic comments Axelrod had made about Clinton on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and added, “I hate to reward bad behavior, but this seems like one headache we could easily neutralize,” suggesting Clinton call Axelrod personally to ask him to lay off.

    And in early 2015, Clinton aide Huma Abedin — currently at the heart of the federal intrigue over newly discovered emails on her estranged husband Anthony Weiner’s laptop — noted that she had spoken with Axelrod to make the peace and that “I sense that he is disappointed that we have talked to everyone else in Obama world except for him and I assured him that (Hillary Clinton) would be in touch soon.”

    Abedin added in a follow-up email that the Clinton team “shouldn’t be under any illusions that he will start saying only positive things. He’s not looking for a job in 2016, he sees himself in a different role now and feels he needs to say what he thinks.”

    Reines concluded the chain with a catty take on Axelrod’s motivations. “I don’t really know David and don’t really know much about his tenure at the White House — but that won’t stop me from rendering a psychological diagnosis based on next to nothing,” Reines wrote.

    “He is one of the people who created a President. The Holy Grail of his profession. Carville, Stephonoplous (sic), Rove. Household name territory. But he never reached that same level of broad national recognition and never joined their celebrity ranks.”

    After adding that Axelrod’s brief time at the White House was “likely rockier than known” and that Axelrod “doesn’t seem to be high on the President’s Xmas card list,” Reines made a show of sympathy that it’s hard to imagine Axelrod appreciating.

    “It’s gotta be frustrating to have achieved what David did in 2008 but be stuck in a weird limbo where he wants to remain in the game — not just in it but at the top — but can’t find a home,” Reines wrote.

    Axelrod declined to be drawn into a war of words Monday morning, telling Chicago Inc., “Everybody’s got a job to do, and mine has been to comment on what I’m seeing.”

    my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-91808922/

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    • Liza says:

      These people make me sick.

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      • eliihass says:

        We’re not supposed to read or share the wikileaks emails…remember..

        We’ve been instructed to only consume the crap David Brock and co have concocted for us…

        And more importantly, completely ignore the very worrisome content in these authentic but ‘not authenticated’ emails…LOL..

        I suspect the even more damning and juicy stuff is to be found in those 33,000 deleted…something tells me that when those are finally made public, it will shake the current kumbaya alliance de convenance…

        In the interim, the Clinton campaign so-called ‘social media-influencers’ …Joy Ann Reid etc…have been dispatched to pen ‘nothing to see here’ tweets and editorials to distract and confuse the poor dums dums who have been convinced that the republic is in danger and/because…Trump..

        Never mind that much of this corrupt and disturbing stuff pre-dated even the primaries and the Orange one…

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      • The Washington Times wrote an article about the DOJ email giving the Clinton campaign a heads up and I retweeted it. A Hillary supporter immediately criticized me for reading and retweeting the Washington Times. I responded that I didn’t care for the Washington Times but they didn’t write the email, boo.

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      • eliihass says:

        Up is down and down is up these days SG…it’s amazing how much folks are willing to overlook suddenly…
        It’s especially painful to watch folks contradict themselves…or try their darnedest to pretend that seriously corrupt and alarmingly and glaringly problematic stuff that just last year would have drawn their ire … now no longer matters..

        By the time this is all over, the extensive damage done – and the many, many normally disqualifying transgressions overlooked …and the many dubious
        precedents set – just to achieve a particular outcome via manipulation of the process …and the very unethical upending of the process…will not only haunt us for a very long time…But will come back to bite many folks in the butt again and again for the forseeable future…

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      • Liza says:

        Agreed. These emails are going to be around for awhile, this is really just the beginning barring some catastrophic event that shifts attention elsewhere.

        This morning, Nate Silver’s forecast had Democrats at a 53 percent chance to take back the Senate. It has been slowly going down for the past few days in alignment with Hillary’s decline. The Democrats taking back the Senate is really our one hope to avoid total gridlock in Washington until the midterm elections in 2018.

        Such a mess. When are folks going to get fed up enough to demand better? Good Lord, what does it take?

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  4. Ametia says:

    Jay Z & Bey solicited to get you NEGROES out to vote for the HIlster.

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  5. Ametia says:

    I’m susre Bill Maher busted a serious NUT, getting this

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  6. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

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