These Hillary Clinton Emails Raise Troubling Questions

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Emails released by the State Department on Monday raise troubling questions about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her ability to lead the country and make it great again. Clinton, who will celebrate her 68th birthday next month, has been known to make embarrassing memory-related gaffes, and had trouble remembering the things she said and did as secretary of state, the emails show.

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ANALYSIS: Hillary Clinton Loves TV Shows About Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton loves to watch television shows about Hillary Clinton, a Free Beacon analysis has found. The thousands of Clinton’s non-deleted emails released by the State Department have demonstrated that Hillary and the members of  her inner circle are noble public servants wholly committed to advancing the cause of Hillary Clinton. It is only natural that she …

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Obama’s Secretary of the Navy Walks Back Complaints About Size of Fleet

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You expect senior Obama administration defense appointees to be budget hatchetmen—that just comes with the territory—but Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’s new remarks to Politico on the size of the Navy achieve impressive levels of partisan hackwork coming from a Pentagon official.

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Hillary Clinton Surrounded Herself With Suck-Up Tattletales

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Amongst the emails released by the State Department is the following, which was written by a former spokesman for Hillary Clinton, Philippe Reines:

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Obama Renames a Mountain while Russia Plays for Keeps in the Arctic

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Russia has been busy in the Arctic in 2015. Its activities, according to a fascinating round-up by the New York Times’ Steven Lee Myers, have included a massive military exercise featuring “45,000 troops, as well as dozens of ships and submarines, including those in its strategic nuclear arsenal, from the Northern Fleet,” the permanent deployment of two new brigades of troops to the country’s northern reaches, and increased air patrols. By contrast, the U.S. army is considering reducing the number of troops it keeps in Alaska. Earlier in August, Russia resubmitted a claim to a huge undersea expanse of the Arctic to the U.N. Russia fields 41 icebreakers, compared to two fielded by the United States, and is building 10 search-and-rescue stations with accompanying communications infrastructure along its northern coast. There is a lot of oil and gas under that ice, and Russia is playing for keeps.

President Obama is traveling to the United States’ Arctic frontier this week in Alaska. Here’s what he will be doing:

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FACT CHECK: Donald Trump Calls Anthony Weiner a ‘Sleazebag Perv’

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Over the weekend, Donald Trump made some controversial remarks about former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Weiner is the husband of Huma Abedin, the Hillary Clinton aide who is a key focus of the FBI investigation into the former secretary of state’s obstruction-oriented email practices.

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10 Things That Make Me Okay With Donald Trump’s Plan to Soak the Rich

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A lot of people are upset with Donald Trump because he doesn’t believe that lower taxes are the be-all end-all of human flourishing. What he seems to think instead is that upper middle-class white liberals can probably afford to pay just a wee bit more every April.

I agree that they have too much extra cash on their hands. I am not a libertarian. Some appetites are intrinsically disordered, and it is the proper role of the state to rein them in. For example:

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Kanye West Endorses Joe Biden

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Music-related celebrity Kanye West has officially declared his intention to run for president in 2020. West made the announcement Sunday night during a rambling speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, where he was accepting the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. He is 38 years old. After confessing to smoking “a little something” to take the edge off, West announced that his future candidacy would focus on “We the millennials, bro.”

Regrettably, the media coverage of West’s announcement has neglected to mention the most significant detail.

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Wes Craven, 1939-2015

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Wes Craven died last night, succumbing to brain cancer at the age of 76. I’m hard pressed to think of a more important American* horror filmmaker in his lifetime.

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Owen Wilson, Action Star

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I enjoyed the new movie No Escape quite a bit. (If you want to catch up: My review is here, a Washington Post essay on why the film’s silly politics aren’t a distraction is here, and Tumblr-based mockery of the film’s detractors is here.) I liked it in part because it was a reminder that, for a while, Owen Wilson was one of the more interesting actors in action flicks out there.

Some have suggested that Wilson is playing against type in the new film—that it’s odd to see him in an action-packed feature rather than a comedy where his naturally awkward sensibility is better suited. But this is an odd reading of Wilson’s career, one that forgets many of his early roles. If anything, No Escape is a welcome return to form from an actor who could’ve been one of the more interesting young action stars of the last two decades.

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Grey Hair, Silver Lining: Hillary Clinton Polls Well With Elderly Voters

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The most recent Quinnipiac poll is awful news for Hillary Clinton. Most voters don’t view her in a favorable light, and the first words that come to mind when they think of her are “liar,” “dishonest,” and “untrustworthy,” while “bitch” and “murder” are slightly lower down the list. She’s getting outperformed by Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden in head-to-head match-ups with the leading Republican candidates. Democratic voters seem to be holding out for Joe, because they love him.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Hillary Clinton vs. Barack Obama

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Remember that time Hillary Clinton thought she would win the Democratic nomination and then become president only to be thwarted by a plucky upstart named Barack Obama? That must have been pretty humiliating. It’s easy to forgot how nasty that race was. On #ThrowbackThursday, we invite you to recall the good old days of sick burns, witty barbs, and John Edwards.

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PolitiFact Gets the Question of the U.S. Navy’s Size Very Wrong

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The Weekly Standard‘s Mark Hemingway has written a harsh and richly deserved takedown of PolitiFact’s fact-free foray into opinion journalism on the issue of how many ships the U.S. Navy has, or should have:

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What Donald Trump Can Teach Other Republicans About Attacking Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is dominating the 2016 Republican field, and has shown no sign of slowing down. Some of the other candidates are beginning to take him seriously, and have tried to attack. But if they really want to get under The Donald’s skin, they’re going have to do better than this:

That’s some weak tea, and it’s not going to work. If anything, it’s counterproductive. The other Republican candidates can’t beat The Donald if they continue to abide by the Beltway political conventions that Trump brazenly defies on a daily basis. They have to beat him at his own game.

Here’s how:

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The Smartest Thinkers, the Toughest Answers that Don’t Question Abortion Orthodoxy

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I’ve been a bit hard on VOX DOT COM, highlighting the myriad ways in which the screw up literally every story they publish and suggesting that their business model is based on “stupidity clicks.” But this is really unfair, you know. After all—

Wait.

What’s that?

Seriously?

Hahahaha.

Oh man. Never mind. You guys gotta check this out:

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