Sidney Blumenthal Advising Hillary Clinton on Email Scandal


Hillary Clinton’s “old friend” Sidney Blumenthal, who was banned from serving in the Obama administration but continued to send the secretary of state “unsolicited” intelligence updates about Libya and urged her to promote the private security firm in which he had invested, is advising the Democratic frontrunner on how to deal with the growing scandal regarding her private email server. POLITICO reports:

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Hillary Clinton’s Top Supporters Agree: She’s ‘Likable Enough’

Get excited. (AP)

POLITICO offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Hillary Clinton campaign’s bungled handling of the scandal surrounding her secret use of a private email server as secretary of state. It’s worth reading the whole thing, but the prominent themes include:

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Bipartisan Calls for Release of USMC’s Gender Integration Study Grow Louder

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. / AP

Over the weekend the Marine Corps Times reported that Rep. Seth Moulton (D., Mass.) has written a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter calling for the release of the full, 900-page version of the Marine Corps’ study on integrating women into combat arms units. Moulton is a Marine veteran of Iraq and a liberal member of the House, not to say an outspoken supporter of the Iran deal. Considering his politics and constituency, his request for the public release of the study and willingness to imply some skepticism over the wisdom of opening Marine infantry jobs to women is remarkable. The Marines are believed to be the only service requesting an exception to the order to integrate all ground combat jobs beginning in 2017.

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Obama Said Something Embarrassingly Wrong About Ukraine

Obama bro-hugs ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych in 2010. (AP)

President Obama said something bizarre about foreign policy during his appearance on 60 Minutes over the weekend. Pressed by Stever Kroft on whether Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and Syria (where Russian bombers are targeting U.S.-backed forces) posed a “challenge” to his leadership, the president rejected the premise of the question [emphasis added]:

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America’s Sweetheart Under Fire for Demanding Eggcelence

America's Sweetheart (AP)

I’ve noted in the past that some people are ridiculously hard on Anne Hathaway, America’s Sweetheart, for no good reason at all. There are a lot of jealous haters out there, and all of them should just back off. The latest Two Minute Hathahate is no different. Get this: Anne Hathaway doesn’t like it when her food is prepared like garbage.

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Hillary Clinton Flip-Flops AGAIN, Tells BuzzFeed: ‘I’m Not Even a Human Being’

They walk among us.

Hillary Clinton can’t stop flip-flopping. For example, she allegedly opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, despite helping to negotiate it as secretary of state and praising it as the “gold standard” of trade agreements.

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Coen Brothers Films, Ranked by Problematicness

History's greatest monsters (AP)

On Friday, Jezebel published an item about the Coen Brothers’ latest film, Hail Caesar!, that featured the headline, “The Coen Brothers’ New Movie Hail Caesar! Looks Very Funny, and Very White.” I had a bit of fun with that post, which was written by noted white person Bobby Finger, but it really made me think. Lots of people have ranked Coen Brothers films by quality. Heck, I’ve done it*:

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Meanwhile, the Hillary Clinton Scandal Just Got Even Worse


While everyone has been focusing on House Republicans and their inability to elect a speaker, the Hillary Clinton email scandal has been growing more troubling by the day.

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Week 5 NFL Picks, with Pictures of Trump Models

Trump model Heather Hahn's Instagram,

My football picks hit a snag last week.

After three weeks of success and a nice early Sunday morning Jets win in London, everything went downhill and I ended up 4-5 on the week—not up to the standards of my wealthy backer, Sir Wolfred Arthurson Summerfield-Platt VII.

To make my picks great again, I am enlisting a secret weapon: the women of Donald Trump’s modeling agency. While Platt believes that Trump is too poor to be a good leader, it is undeniable that the real estate mogul’s employees are the most beautiful and classy women in the world.

Eight picks this week, all inspired by Trump:

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ANALYSIS: Republican Disarray Is Great News for Donald Trump

Trump (AP)

Kevin McCarthy’s surprise decision to withdraw from the race for House Speaker has thrown the Republican conference into disarray. The press coverage has been hysterical, warning that the Republican party “is on the verge of ceasing to function” and sinking “deeper into chaos.”

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REVEALED: Obama Was Lying About Being A Baseball Fan

Obama struggles to throw a baseball / AP

President Barack Obama said this week that he is rooting for the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series, putting in doubt whether he has ever cared about baseball at all.

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New Website Attacking Marco Rubio Has Trump’s Fingerprints

A new website attacking “Marco ‘Amnesty’ Rubio” has the Trump campaign’s fingerprints on it. A link to the website——was first Tweeted out by Trump aid Daniel Scavino on Wednesday: Rubio is Jeb without the honesty. Marco “Amnesty” Rubio. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #Trump2016 — Daniel Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) October 7, 2015 Everything about the website, the …

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Why Hillary Clinton’s Position on Trade Is Total Bullsh*t, Explained


Hillary Clinton has finally taken a position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. After helping to negotiate the deal as secretary of state, praising it as the “gold standard” for trade agreements, and describing it in her 2014 memoir Hard Choices  as “the signature economic pillar of our strategy in Asia,” Clinton has decided to oppose the TPP.

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Fame in the YouTube Age

'business' 'insider' 'entertainment'

Amanda Hess* has a good piece on the life and death (mostly the death) of a 13-year-old YouTube “star” whose untimely passing due to an undiagnosed health problem led to his earning more fame than ever. There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on here (Gawker, as ever, remains a particularly scummy enterprise) but the crux of the post is that the “traditional” (read: print/TV and blogs older than six months) media made this kid actually famous after he died:

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The Conventional Wisdom on Putin is Dangerously Wrong

The official Washington line on Vladimir Putin’s military action is as follows: It is a mistake, demonstrating Russian weakness, sure to get the Russian military stuck in a “quagmire,” according to President Obama. Josh Earnest, the president’s press secretary, took that observation one further, comparing Putin’s policies to those of the Bush administration (the sickest of White House …

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