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Behold The Vast Trump-Clinton Conspiracy Theory

Surely too good to be true, but Foreign Policy tries on a Hillary Clinton – Donald Trump conspiracy theory for size:

Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Florida Republican, made a bold claim on Miami radio. He told host Roberto Rodríguez Tejera that Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate who’s currently laying waste to the field of primary challengers, could be in cahoots with Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton to undermine the GOP race.

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Credit: DonkeyHotey (CC)

 

“I think there’s a small possibility that this gentleman is a phantom candidate,” Curbelo said on July 10. “Mr. Trump has a close friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton. They were at his last wedding. He has contributed to the Clintons’ foundation. He has contributed to Mrs. Clinton’s Senate campaigns. All of this is very suspicious.”

As it turns out, at least some of this is true. According to an article published Tuesday by PolitiFact Florida reporters at the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald, Hillary Clinton did attend Trump’s 2005 nuptials to Melania Knauss, who now uses the last name Trump. 

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Hedging on Wall Street: Clinton’s Finance Reforms Reek of Weak-Kneed Populism

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This article originally appeared on Common Dreams. See more of Jon Queally’s articles here.

As Bernie Sanders continues to draw record crowds and appears to be winning the battle for small-donor contributions, the campaign of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton—even as the former senator and secretary of state attempts to strike a more populist tone—continues to show it knows where the deep pockets are: Wall Street.

And as the Associated Press reports on Wednesday morning, the campaign’s strategic approach is rather easily documented:

Clinton’s economic agenda targets companies that focus on short-term profits and high-speed trading instead of investing in workers. The Democratic presidential candidate’s finance operation is going after their executives for another purpose — donations.

A day after proposing higher capital gains taxes on short-term investors, Clinton raised at least $450,000 Tuesday night at the Chicago home of Raj Fernando, a longtime donor.

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A Frightful Prospect: Hillary vs. Jeb

"Jeb Bush by Gage Skidmore 2" by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Jeb Bush by Gage Skidmore 2” by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Andrew Levine via CounterPunch:

Around the world, elections happen; they are scheduled or called and then they are over and done with – all in short order. America is “exceptional.” Even before 2015’s April showers, 2016’s November election is taking shape.

The good news is that the first six months are usually low key. There is no reason to expect that this year will be different.

There is therefore plenty of time to stock up on anti-emetics. If, as seems likely, Hillary and Jeb become the candidates, the need for them will be acute.

There is time too to pray to a merciful God that we will not have to endure that nightmarish scenario, and that neither of those miscreants will ever see the inside of the Oval Office again.

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How to Set Up a Clinton-Style Home Email Server

“The crazy thing is that the private configuration actually worked,” writes Mike Murphy at the Atlantic:

Responding to mounting questions, Hillary Clinton—the former U.S. secretary of state and a presumptive presidential candidate—said this week that she “opted for convenience” by using a personal email account instead of her official one.

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But let’s be real: There’s absolutely nothing convenient about setting up a private email server, as Clinton says she did in her Chappaqua, New York, home. And security experts say her system may have had vulnerabilities that could have exposed correspondence to hackers and government snooping.

Setting up a server is no simple task. “It’s a pretty big job to maintain a server like that and make sure it’s properly configured,” says Peter Firstbrook, an Internet security researcher at Gartner. Firstbrook says such an endeavor is “highly unusual.” He has not heard of any companies whose executives had set up personal servers for work emails, let alone government officials.

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A New Conspiracy Theory: Hillary Clinton Created the Islamic State

hillary-clinton-hard-choicesIt’s one thing to be critical of our involvement in the middle east, but to completely misquote a book?

via The Washington Post:

For the past few weeks, a number of Arabic-language social media users have been sharing screenshots and excerpts of a Hillary Clinton autobiography called “Password 360.” Many are shocked by one particular passage, in which the former secretary of state appears to concede that the United States, with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood, helped engineer the Islamic State extremist group.

That would be a startling admission — if it were true. Clinton’s new memoir contains no such passage. In fact, it isn’t even called “Password 360″ — it’s called “Hard Choices.” Direct U.S. involvement in the rise of the Islamic State is a conspiracy theory at best.

Unfortunately, it’s a powerful one. The BBC’s Suzanne Kianpour reports that the idea appears to hold sway in Lebanon.

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How Hillary Weaponized the State Department

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PIC: January (CC)

The long-awaited roll-out of Hillary, Inc. is underway. Big interviews with ABC and NPR were timed with the launch of her memoir “Hard Choices“. The full-on media blitz is likely to keep pretenders to the 2016 nomination throne only slightly less viable as challengers than Ned Stark’s disembodied head. But it also means more questions about her time at the State Department. Benghazi is numero uno on every Republican’s top ten list, but the question generating the most GOP buzz is her inability to name a “top accomplishment” from her time as America’s top diplomat.

That’s an easy one to answer. She weaponized it. From Newsvandal.com:

On May 23, 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) trade show in Tampa, Florida to share her vision of “smart power” and to explain the State Department’s crucial role in extending the reach and efficacy of America’s growing “international counterterrorism network.”

First, there is such a thing as a “Special Operations Forces Industry Conference trade show.” Without some keen reporting by David Axe of Wired, that peculiar get-together might’ve flown completely under the radar—much like the shadowy “industry” it both supports and feeds off of like a sleek, camouflaged lamprey attached to a taxpayer-fattened shark.

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