Mark & Mack Show Prep Content 11/1
:05 Weather bed, with sponsor and pitch to wx. After wx do current conditions
:06 Topic A: 1 dead, several severely burned after Shelby County gas line explosion
Fire departments from across the Birmingham area responded to a gas line explosion in Shelby County that killed one person and severely injured several people Monday afternoon.
Earlier reports indicated that seven had been severely burned and many of them transported to UAB.
However, at 10:45 p.m., pipeline operator Colonial reported that five were injured and one fatality was discovered at the scene of the accident. Pipeline operator Colonial said the contractors “experienced an incident when the trackhoe it was using hit the line”.
It was a sad Halloween night for the loved ones of four people who were badly burned when a gas pipeline exploded in Shelby County Monday afternoon.
With a severe drought caused by weeks without rain, much of central Alabama has been plagued by multiple wildfires, forcing crews to try and keep the blaze from spreading across the landscape.
Coleen Vansant, a spokeswoman with the Alabama Forestry Commission, said crews were attempting to build a 75-foot-long earthen dam to contain burning fuel, which will be allowed to burn itself out.
As drought grips Alabama, wildfires spread across state
As drought grips Alabama, wildfires spread across state
Forestry officials say rain is the answer, but substantial storms aren’t predicted in short-term forecasts.
Two wildfires caused by the explosion burned 31 acres of land, she said.
Homes around the blast scene were evacuated, and Capt. Jeff Hartley of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said it wasn’t clear when people might be able to return home.
“There’s a large plume of smoke; there’s a large fire. We’re not sure exactly how it started or what caused it,” he said.
Eight or nine subcontractors were working on the Colonial gas pipeline when it exploded around 3 p.m., Shelby County sheriff’s Maj. Ken Burchfield confirmed. Colonial has now shut down both pipelines running through the area.
“The fire will not be out any time soon,” Burchfield added.
Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego said the Colonial subcontractors were trying to flush one of the lines. As they began to dig, that is when the explosion happened.
In addition to the injured victims, Samaniego said there’s a possibility that two workers are still missing. The heat from the blaze, he said, is hindering the search for them.
The sheriff said the flames are still reaching about 50 feet in the air.
Gas line fire near Helena, Alabama
The explosion was in the 300 block of Grey Hill Road in the area of River Road and Highway 13. Firefighters from the Bessemer, Birmingham, Indian Ford and McAdory departments are assisting.
There are only two homes nearby – both are roughly a half mile from the explosion site. Those residents have been evacuated but because the area is so rural, Samaniego said he doesn’t expect further evacuations.
Colonial has now shut down both pipelines running through the area. This explosion is about five miles west from a recent Colonial Pipeline gasoline leak.
The Georgia-based company said in a brief statement Monday evening that its top priorities are the health and safety of its work crews at the scene and protecting the public.
“Our deepest condolences go out tonight to the family and friends of the person who was lost today, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured.”
Flights in the area have been restricted, Gregory Robinson of the state emergency management agency announced Monday night. Only relief aircraft are authorized in the airspace.
Comprehensive look at the Alabama pipeline leak that’s causing gas shortages throughout the Southeast.
Mason Chatman said he and a friend — who recently purchased property near the site of the explosion — were worried when they saw a black plume of smoke while driving on Interstate 65.
The two drove to the property, where Chatman’s friend plans to build a house, fearing it might be threatened by the fire.
“He was afraid it was a lot closer than where it actually was,” Chatman said. “Luckily, nothing has happened here.”
Shelby County EMA officials are on the scene along with Shelby County sheriff deputies and pipeline officials. Roadways in the area will remain closed to all but local traffic to allow emergency personnel easy access.
There hasn’t been any word from authorities about what caused the explosion.
“Typically we don’t see external damage to a pipeline from ground-level activity, whether it’s human or weather-related, except for some third party striking the pipeline with a piece of excavation equipment,” Brigham McCown, former administrator of the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration told AL.com last month.
“That’s now the leading cause of pipeline spills and accidents.”
Gov. Robert Bentley said in a brief statement that his office is monitoring the situation and said his office is receiving updates from state and local authorities.
“Pray for workers, rescue personnel,” Bentley said in the statement.
Topic B: Obama Destruction of Christianity continues
The Obama administration announced a rule last week that threatens to strip federal contracts from religious relief organizations and charities that adhere to traditional views of gender and sexuality, continuing a trend of governmental hostility toward religion.
National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice said the rule prohibits organizations that contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the administration of aid.
“The United States also needs to do more to institutionalize efforts to promote LGBT rights,” Ms. Rice said in a speech at American University last week on the state of gay rights around the world.
“As part of that commitment, I’m pleased to note that just yesterday a new rule went into effect that explicitly prohibits discrimination by USAID contractors. This rule means that any organization that contracts with USAID must ensure that all people can benefit from its federally funded programs, regardless of race, religion, disability — or sexual orientation and gender identity,” she said.
“It’s a major step toward ensuring that American assistance is provided in a fair and equitable manner,” she said.
Roger Severino, director of the Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, said the rule will create more problems than it solves.
“Of course everyone that is eligible for aid should receive it, but the new rule is a solution in search of a problem and threatens religious aid organizations that provide vital services in reasonable and culturally sensitive ways,” Mr. Severino said. “For example, disaster relief agencies may now be required to open their women’s shower and sleeping facilities to biological males who self-identify as women or be stripped of all funding for alleged ‘gender identity discrimination.’”
Private contractors and nonprofits, many of them Catholic charities or religious humanitarian organizations, receive $16 billion in funding from USAID every year to fight poverty, start schools and eradicate disease, among other endeavors.
The Human Rights Campaign advocated a rule barring USAID contractors from discrimination against gay and transgender people in its 2015 Blueprint for Positive Change.
The gay rights organization said it will work with USAID to ensure the policy is implemented “as robustly as possible, including by reducing or ending U.S. funding to organizations that have discriminated against LGBTQ people.”
David Stacy, the Human Rights Campaign’s director of government affairs, called on the Obama administration to expand the rule to cover discrimination in employment.
“While this is a step forward, we ultimately hope to see all implementers across all U.S. foreign affairs agencies — including USAID — include nondiscrimination policies that cover not only the services they provide, but also the people they hire,” Mr. Stacy said in a statement. “No organization supported by U.S. taxpayer dollars should turn anyone away because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
In a one-page statement detailing the new policy, the Human Rights Campaign also said the rule should apply to USAID grantees.
“HRC will also continue to advocate for similar protections for LGBTQ people served by other U.S. foreign agencies including the Department of State in order to ensure that American dollars are never used to enable discrimination,” the paper said.
Brian Burch, president of Catholic Vote, said there is an “exceptionally worrisome” trend of governmental hostility toward religion. He also pointed to a report issued by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that said “religious freedom” and “religious liberty” are simply code words for “intolerance” and “Christian supremacy.”
“I think it’s the height of hypocrisy, particularly on the part of the LGBT movement, that said, less than two years ago, that the only thing they wanted was to be able to marry the person they love,” Mr. Burch said. “Well, that’s clearly not all they want.”
The USAID rule is not the only instance of the Obama administration putting the commission’s words into practice.
The president is prepared to veto the annual National Defense Authorization Act if it contains a provision protecting religious organizations from discrimination in the issuance of federal grants and contracts.
Although the Russell Amendment is a restatement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, White House officials said Mr. Obama will veto the must-pass legislation if the final version contains the provision, as the House-passed version does, Roll Call reported.
“Time and again, we see that when the LGBT agenda conflicts with religious liberty, according to President Obama, religious liberty must lose,” Mr. Severino said.
Pointing to a report from Faith Counts that shows religious charities, businesses and congregations contribute $1.2 trillion to the U.S. economy, Mr. Severino said the Obama administration’s assault on religious liberty is misguided.
“Every day, people of faith are contributing to society — sweat, money, education, effort and love — in a way that government simply can’t do,” he said. “They’re indispensable, and they have to be a part of the equation.”
Topic C: TIMES SQUARE COOKIE MONSTER STABBED
In Times Square, New York, a man wearing a Cookie Monster costume was stabbed Saturday night when he intervened in a fight between a man wearing a Tuskegee Airman costume and a man dressed as an American Indian. According to police, the Airman was arguing with the Indian over the insensitivity of his costume. Cookie Monster stepped in to stop the argument, but then the Tuskegee Airman whipped out a knife and stabbed Cookie in the back. Inside the costume, Christopher Ramos, 24, suffered a lacerated spleen, although his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. The Airman and Native American-clad man remain at large.
:22 Topic A: Dems Pile On Comey
For Democrats singing his praises just months ago, FBI Director James Comey is no longer the paragon of impartiality.
The bureau boss is now the target of barbed Democratic attacks for his decision to notify lawmakers Friday that investigators were reviewing newly discovered emails related to the Hillary Clinton server case. And some of the same Democrats who over the summer defended Comey in the face of Republican pressure have emerged as his toughest critics.
Topping that list is Harry Reid, the Senate minority leader who fired off a letter over the weekend to Comey informing him his actions may have violated a federal law known as the Hatch Act, “which bars FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election.”
Reid accused Comey of a “double-standard” in his treatment of sensitive information, saying: “Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law.”
But Republicans argue it is Democrats showing a double-standard. Reid, after the bureau announced no criminal charges in the Clinton case back in July, previously called Comey a “fair, impartial director.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., told Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” that whoever wrote the latest Reid statement had to be “under the influence.”
“Senator Reid is a political hack. Jim Comey is a law enforcement officer,” Gowdy said Sunday.
Reid noted in his letter to Comey that he has indeed supported Comey in the past, including by helping get him confirmed to the post because he believed he was a “principled public servant.”
Reid pointedly concluded, “With the deepest regret, I now see that I was wrong.”
On the House side, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also applied pressure to Comey on Friday to provide more details, suggesting the format of his brief letter to Congress has stoked false claims.
“The public interest would be served by the FBI providing the facts, rather than allowing Republicans to stoke innuendo and falsehoods 11 days away from a presidential election,” she said in a statement.
On July 7, Pelosi called Comey a “great man.”
“We are very privileged in our country to have him be director of the FBI,” she said at the time.
The White House, meanwhile, defended Comey on Monday.
“The president doesn’t believe Director Comey is intentionally trying to influence the outcome of an election,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
The Clinton campaign, though, has challenged Comey to release more details, questioning the handling of Friday’s notification to Congress.
“What’s disturbing about this again is that a three paragraph letter with no information whatsoever about what the FBI is talking about was sent to the individuals named on the letter,” Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook told “Fox News Sunday.” “Director Comey owes it to the American people, releasing this just a matter of days before the election to provide all the information.”
Back in July, Clinton herself told PBS she was “grateful for the professionalism of the FBI and the Department of Justice.”
Interim Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile also has kept the pressure on, tweeting and retweeting a series of articles over the weekend that criticized Comey’s decision to go forward with this information now, days before the presidential election.
Yet on July 7, Brazile defended Comey on Twitter against Republican questions.
“Pathetic. Simply pathetic to watch members of Congress grill Director Comey because he’s not playing their game of gotcha. #Overreach,” she wrote.
Republicans, too, have adopted a much different tone toward Comey in the past three days than they did in the wake of the bureau’s July announcement on the Clinton case.
Donald Trump for weeks had been pointing to the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of the Clinton case to further his claims that the election is “rigged” against him.
But within minutes of the FBI’s announcement that it was reviewing newly discovered emails, Trump backed off his criticism of the bureau.
He told supporters on Friday he has great respect for the FBI and praised the bureau for having the “courage” to “right the horrible mistake that they made.”
Topic B: Democrats used to love Comey
:29 Tease:____________________Pitch to News
:36 Topic A: Clinton wanted “decoy” leak after email scandal
Clinton Chief Wanted ‘Decoy’ Leak After Email Scandal Broke
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign manager wanted to leak an announcement — presumably officially announcing her presidential candidacy — as a “decoy” after the New York Times first reported her email scandal in March 2015.
“I think we should get a credible leak out that we’re announcing on the 20th. As a decoy,” campaign manager Robby Mook told Clinton adviser John Podesta in a March 12, 2015, email 10 days after the New York Times story broke. The email was made public Monday by Wikileaks.
Podesta didn’t respond to the email thread and Clinton’s campaign didn’t officially announce her candidacy until April 12, 2015.
Clinton’s use of private email addresses and a homebrew server located in her New York mansion to conduct official Department of State business and communicate classified information continues to plague her candidacy, with less than one week before the presidential election.
FBI Director James Comey, who in July said he wouldn’t recommend criminal prosecution for Clinton over her emails, told Congress Friday that he was reopening the case because of the discovery of thousands of previously unseen emails. (RELATED: FBI Re-Opens Case Into Hillary Clinton’s Emails)
The new emails related to the Clinton case were found on a computer belonging to disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the New York Democrat who is married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, during the FBI’s investigation of Weiner’s alleged sexting conversations with a 15-year-old-girl.
Topic B: Bud blasts Amy Schumer over Trump
Anheuser-Busch InBev has pulled the plug on its Bud Light ads featuring comedians Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen.
According to Adweek, the beer giant pulled the ads “a little earlier than expected” after its beer sales declined in the third quarter.
The Schumer-Rogen ads launched earlier this year before the Super Bowl and played off of the presidential election featuring a mock Bud Light political party.
One of the advertisements dubbed “Equal Pay” received a lot of negative attention online. In the video, the comedians denounced the gender wage gap by saying Bud Light “costs the same, whether you’re a dude or a lady.” Comments on the video have since been disabled on YouTube.
“Despite continued positive signs in brand health evolution, driven by millennials and Hispanics, [the third quarter] was the softest performance of Bud Light for the year from a volume and share perspective,” Bud Light senior director of marketing communications Lisa Weser told Adweek. “The Bud Light Party campaign helped us improve these brand attributes, but it did not translate to improved volume and share performance. While we are clearly not satisfied with Bud Light’s performance, we are already leveraging what we’ve learned to develop and execute new work.”
Bud Light is now focusing its efforts on its sponsorship of Lady Gaga’s “Dive Bar” tour and its brand partnership with the NFL.
Topic C: VIAGRA: THE MOUTH SPRAY
Scientists have developed a Viagra mouth spray. Tests showed a quick squirt worked faster than tablets that took an hour. A team in Taiwan mixed tiny drops of sildenafil – the chemical Viagra – with food-grade propylene glycol. They found liquid squirted under the tongue of rabbits worked in just 78 seconds. Tissues in the mouth can absorb medicines in a fraction of the time it takes pills to pass through the stomach. The Viagra spray could be on the market within three years.
:46 Tease:____________Start bed, pitch to sports
Topic A: CNN and the DNC…helping Hillary
Another leaked email has emerged showing Democratic National Committee boss and former CNN contributor Donna Brazile sharing a debate question in advance with the Hillary Clinton campaign — despite Brazile’s persistent claims to the contrary.
CNN announced in a statement soon after the email became public Monday that Brazile had tendered her resignation and the network accepted it on Oct. 14, days after the controversy over Brazile tipping off the Clinton campaign initially broke.
According to documents released Monday by WikiLeaks, Brazile sent Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri an email titled, “One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash,” the night before the March 6 CNN primary debate in Flint, Mich.
“Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint,” Brazile wrote.
The following night, Lee-Anne Walters, a mom whose twin boys stopped growing and whose daughter lost her hair during the Flint water contamination crisis, posed a question to both Clinton, the eventual Democratic presidential nominee, and her primary opponent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“After my family, the city of Flint and the children in D.C. were poisoned by lead, will you make a personal promise to me right now that, as president, in your first 100 days in office, you will make it a requirement that all public water systems must remove all lead service lines throughout the entire United States, and notification made to the — the citizens that have said service lines?” Walters asked.
Clinton responded with a lengthy answer that moderator Anderson Cooper had to twice interrupt in an attempt to keep to the agreed-upon time limit. Clinton’s remarks drew applause from the crowd, though she wound up ultimately losing the state’s primary to Sanders two days later.
The apparent email tip-off was included in the latest trove of messages hacked from Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account and posted by WikiLeaks.
Brazile had been under fire over an earlier email chain appearing to show her tipping off the campaign before a town hall event later that same month. That exchange began with Brazile sending Palmieri the text of a question about the death penalty in an email with the subject line: “From time to time I get the questions in advance.”
After Palmieri responded, Brazile wrote back: “I’ll send a few more.”
Roland Martin asked the death penalty question verbatim the next night during a CNN town hall.
Brazile’s role as a CNN contributor was suspended when she took over as interim DNC head in July, but on Oct. 14, in light of the email revelations, CNN said it accepted her full resignation.
Donna Brazile ✔ @donnabrazile
Thank you @CNN. Honored to be a Democratic Strategist and commentator on the network. Godspeed to all my former colleagues.
8:56 AM – 31 Oct 2016
512 512 Retweets 1,212 1,212 likes
“We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor,” the network said Monday in a statement.
Brazile on Monday tweeted a “thank you” to CNN and in a second tweet told the media to refer to an Oct. 11 statement she gave to Politico about the controversy.
“As a longtime political activist with deep ties to our party, I supported all of our candidates for president,” Brazile’s statement said. “I often shared my thoughts with each and every campaign, and any suggestions that indicate otherwise are simply untrue. As it pertains to the CNN Debates, I never had access to questions and would never have shared them with the candidates if I did.”
Brazile, in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly on Oct. 19, again denied aiding Clinton during the primaries.
“Well, Kelly, since I play straight up and I play straight up with you, I did not receive any questions from CNN,” she said.
When Kelly pressed, Brazile said she was being persecuted and questioned the credibility of the hacked files.
“As a Christian woman, I understand persecution, but I will not sit here and be persecuted,” Brazile said. “Your information is totally false.”
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called out the DNC head over the emails at a rally Monday in Grand Rapids, Mich.
“[Brazile] should be fired from the DNC,” he said. “What would happen if I did that? The electric chair, I think.”
Topic B: Canadian Wal-Mart trashes food and water
There’s a staggering amount of food wasted every year by families, restaurants and grocers around the world.
In the U.S., Feeding America estimates that 70 billions pounds of food is wasted annually—up to 40 percent of all food that’s grown and transported throughout the country.
Walmart, one of the world’s biggest grocery suppliers (it’s number one in the U.S.), acknowledged a need to combat the problem and started selling ugly fruits and vegetables—produce with surface defects that is still edible— at select stores in July.
But the company reportedly has a long way to go to achieve a more sustainable anti-food waste operation.
CBC recently conducted investigations at two Walmart locations in Toronto, Canada and over the course of 12 visits found that employees tossed heaps of produce, baked items, frozen foods, unexpired meat and dairy and even unopened water bottles. According to the report, most of the food was still in its packaging, meaning the food couldn’t be composted and other components couldn’t be recycled. Several current and former Walmart employees confirmed the practice to CBC.
When asked about the trashed food, Walmart spokesman Alex Roberton told CBC that the company needed to do something to fix the problem.
“For sure, there are mistakes being made and one thing we need to do is tighten up the execution of our in-store processes for the food that is going into the bins,” said Roberton.
“We need to be more certain that that is food that needs to be thrown out.”
Roberton said that the company hopes to eliminate all food waste that’s winding up in landfills but right now, some food items are donated to local shelters or food banks –but would not specify how much. The company is also planning a “customer value program” to reduce prices on certain fresh items that are approaching their best-before dates.
Regarding the tossed food, however, Walmart first told CBC that the food was likely unsafe for consumption for a variety of reasons. If a refrigerated item is left out for even a short period of time, it has to be tossed for safety reasons. Still, Roberton acknowledged that doesn’t solve the haphazard disposal of perishables and packaging materials.
“If we’re putting food that’s good to eat in the wrong bin, then that’s a mistake we need to correct,” says Roberton. “And that’s one of the areas that we need to focus on improving.
Walmart has 407 locations across Canada and is one of the nation’s top five biggest grocery stores.
Show Prep HOUR TWO
:05 Weather bed, with sponsor and pitch to wx. After wx do current conditions
:06 Topic A: Huma is now “Just an aide”
Now Huma is just ‘one of my staffers’ after close aide gets left behind on Ohio campaign trip while Hillary keeps up her war on the FBI after its stunning decision on her emails
Hillary Clinton flew to swing state Ohio Monday after an intensive Florida push over the weekend
She once again blasted the FBI for announcing it is reopening its investigation of her emails just days before the elections
‘There is no case here’
She said investigators should look at her ‘staffer’s’ emails ‘by all means’
Abedin stayed behind in New York as Clinton flew to campaign
Democrats are furious at FBI Director James Comey and accuse him of meddling in the election
On Saturday and Sunday, Clinton hammered the FBI for reopening its inquiry into her email scandal, singling out FBI Director James Comey for taking action so close to a presidential election
On Monday, she was introduced by Bruce Blair, a former ICBM launch control officer
‘Donald Trump would have the power to single handedly launch a nuclear strike on his own at any time he chose with a single phone call’
Calls on Trump to ‘immediately disclose all of his ties’ and connections to the Kremlin
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blasted the FBI again Monday – and this time brought up the bureau’s probe into emails maintained by longtime aide Huma Abedin – dismissing the idea she did anything wrong while minimizing the close role of her staffer.
‘Now they apparently want to look at emails of one of my staffers – and by all means they should look at them,’ Clinton said, bring up the FBI attack at the start of a rally before a room packed with students at Kent State University.
‘And I am sure they will reach the same conclusion they did when they looked at my emails for the last year. There is no case here. And they said it wasn’t even a close call,’ Clinton said.
The staffer Clinton failed to name was Abedin, who has been at her side since Clinton was first lady. Clinton considers her like a surrogate daughter as well as longtime confidant.
Abedin has been known for years to be Clinton’s gatekeeper, and has been revealed in State Department emails as someone constantly consulted on matters relating to Bill Clinton, top donors, close friends, celebrities, who gets face time with the first lady, and paid speeches that pose potential conflicts.
Clinton said the FBI should look at her aide’s emails ‘by all means’ – but didn’t mention it was Huma Abedin who had fallen under the bureau’s scrutiny
‘I’m sure a lot of you may be asking what this new email story is about and why it he world the FBI would decide to jump into an election with no evidence of any wrongdoing with just days to go,’ Clinton asked early in her remarks, before adding, ‘That’s a good question.’
Clinton hammered the FBI over the weekend, after news broke Friday about the investigation. Since then, senior Democrats have taken up the cause. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid released a blistering letter where he wrote that FBI Director James Comey violating Hatch Act provisions on government employees interfering in an election.
As she unloaded on the agency this time, Clinton also offered up words of contrition. ‘For those of you who are concerned about using personal email, I understand,’ she said. ‘And as I’ve said, I’m not making excuses. And I’ve said it was a mistake and I regret’ it, Clinton said.
Then she turned to attack Donald Trump for having a ‘hair-trigger temper’ that could imperil the entire world.
Then Clinton went after Donald Trump for having a ‘hair-trigger temper.’
She referenced quotes from Trump where he would’t rule out use of nuclear weapons and spoke about bombing adversaries. ‘To talk so casually, so cavalierly about mass annihilation is truly appalling,’ Clinton told the Ohio crowd.
‘When the president gives the order, that’s it. There’s no veto for congress. No veto by the Joint Chiefs [of staff]. The officers in the silos have no choice but to fire. And that can take as little as four minutes,’ Clinton said.
Clinton was introduced by Bruce Blair, a former Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Launch Control Officer, who is featured in a Clinton campaign ad raising doubts about having Trump’s finger on the nuclear button.
‘Donald Trump would have the power to single handedly launch a nuclear strike on his own at any time he chose with a single phone call,’ said Blair, who said he spent years working in an underground silo during his 20s.
At that time, Blair said, he was ready to fire up to 50 nuclear missiles from the underground bunker.
Blair was met with sounds of confusion when he first introduced himself to a room packed with studens, on a campus still associated with the incident when National Guardsmen fired upon protesting students in 1970.
‘If I were back in the launch chair I would have no faith in his judgment, none and I would live in constant fear of his making a bad call,’ said Blair.
Clinton channels Lyndon B. Johnson in a new ad released Monday that warns that her Republican opponent is too unstable to have his finger on the button.
Clinton released a remake today of Johnson’s 1964 ad, ‘Daisy,’ that uses the same actress, Monique Corzilius Luis, to remind voters of the perils of nuclear war.
‘The fear of nuclear war that we had as children, I never thought that our children would ever have to deal with that again, and to see that coming forward in this election is really scary,’ Luis says, speaking directly to camera.
Topic B: Obama Trusts Comey
White House: Obama doesn’t believe Comey is trying to influence the election
The White House said on Monday that President Barack Obama does not believe that FBI Director James Comey is trying to influence the election with his decision to review new evidence in the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
“The president’s assessment of his integrity and his character has not changed,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters during the daily briefing. “The president does not believe that Director Comey is intentionally trying to influence the outcome of an election. The president does not believe that he is secretly strategizing to benefit one candidate or one political party.”
Comey has come under fierce criticism — including from Clinton’s campaign — for telling lawmakers of his decision to revive the FBI’s inquiry just 11 days before the election. Donald Trump has seized on the news to try to drive home the idea that Clinton can’t be trusted and would enter the White House under a cloud of criminal suspicion.
And while Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid suggested over the weekend that Comey might have “broken the law” with his latest move, the White House was more sympathetic.
“He is in a tough spot,” Earnest said.
But in what became a frequent refrain during the briefing, Earnest said his lack of independent information precluded any more reaction from the White House.
“Nobody at the White House has insight into the decision that Director Comey made,” Earnest said.
Earnest’s repeatedly contended he would neither “defend or criticize” Comey’s letter or his very public statement about the case in July when he recommended that charges should not be brought against Clinton, but proceeded to scold Clinton and her aides for carelessness with classified materials.
Topic C: STUDENT REAR-ENDS COP CAR WHILE TAKING TOPLESS SELFIE
A 19-year-old Texas A&M University student slammed into the rear of a stopped police car while taking a topless selfie. The student, Miranda Rader, also had an open bottle of wine in a cup holder next to her, the Bryan Police Department said. The accident on Wednesday caused the airbag to deploy. Police said that when the officer whose car had been hit approached Rader, she was trying to put on her blouse. “I asked her why she was not dressed while driving and she stated she was taking a Snapchat photo to send to her boyfriend while she was at a red light,” the arresting officer wrote in his report.
:22 Topic A: How Voting Machines are hacked
Black Box Voting, founded in 2003, performs nonpartisan investigative reporting on elections in an attempt to stop vote rigging.
You may be wondering what the term “black box” means. A “black box” system is non-transparent; its functions are hidden from the public. Elections, of course, should not be black box systems.
Here is a link to a free copy of the book, Black Box Voting HERE.
Author Bev Harris became known for groundbreaking work on electronic voting machines, which can remove transparency of the vote count.
With voting machines, all political power can be converted to the hands of a few anonymous subcontractors:
Topic B: WOMAN DOESN’T WIN $43 MILLION FROM “MALFUNCTIONING” SLOT MACHINE
Katrina Bookman hit the jackpot on a slot machine at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, New York, in late August. The machine told her she’d won $42.9 million. After celebrating amid other casino customers, she was escorted off the casino floor and told the machine had malfunctioned, and that she didn’t win anything. Katrina says the only thing the casino offered was a steak dinner. She’s hired a lawyer who thinks at the very least Katrina should win the maximum allowed on the Sphinx machine, which the casino says is $6,500. “The machine takes your money when you lose. It ought to pay it when you win,” said her lawyer. The state gaming commission says that, for all machines, “malfunctions void all pays and plays.”
:29 Tease:____________________Pitch to News
:36 Topic A: Chubby Older Fathers are more attractive to women and live longer
Chubby older fathers are more attractive to women and live longer, scientists say
Pudgy older fathers live longer, are more attractive to the opposite sex and are better at passing on their genes than their leaner counterparts, scientists have claimed.
Becoming fatter after fatherhood due to decreasing testosterone levels may not fit the “macho” ideal, but it actually prolongs lives and strengthens immune systems, according to Richard Bribiescas, professor of anthropology and deputy provost at Yale University.
There is evidence that these men are less likely to suffer from heart attacks and prostate cancer, while a study in 2008 found that men with high metabolisms were around 50 per cent more likely to die in a given year than those whose bodies burned up less energy at rest.
“Macho makes you sick,” said Prof Bribiescas. “The Hollywood image of the swaggering, dashing man dispatching bad guys and carrying the day conjures up a perception of indestructibility.
“While men are on average larger and physically stronger than women, men have a considerable weakness.
“We have a harder time fighting off infections and illness compared with women, and… men simply do not take care of themselves.
“This has a significant negative impact on the pace at which men age.”
Prof Bribiescas also argues that becoming more podgy makes dads more likely to invest their time in their children rather than looking for other women, while the increased levels of fat could make them more attractive to women.
Among those to father children later in life are Robert De Niro, who had a child at 68, and Rod Stewart, who was 66 when his eighth child was born.
“[One] effect of lower testosterone levels is loss of muscle mass and increases in fat mass,” Prof Bribiescas writes in his book How Men Age: What Evolution Reveals About Male Health and Mortality.
“This change in body composition not only causes men to shop for more comfortable trousers but also facilitates increased survivorship and, hypothetically, a hormonal milieu that would more effectively promote and support paternal investment.”
The research follows the “dad bod” trend, in which middle-aged men were praised for their doughy physiques.
However, a Cambridge University study last year found that women searching for a father for their children should choose long-distance runners, who traditionally have very low levels of fat, because they are more likely to have stronger sex drives and higher sperm counts.
Topic B: Bentley Impeachment update
State Auditor Jim Zeigler wants Attorney General Luther Strange to weigh in on whether Gov. Robert Bentley can meet privately with a legislative committee that is investigating impeachment charges against the governor.
Zeigler, a frequent critic of the governor, requested an attorney general’s opinion on whether the closed-door meeting Bentley wants would violate the state’s Open Meetings Act.
Last week, Bentley wrote members of the House Judiciary Committee and invited them to a meeting in his office on Nov. 10.
In the letter, Bentley wrote that he would brief committee members on his almost six years as governor and would try to answer all their questions.
Bentley also set ground rules for the meeting. His said his lawyers would not be there and he would not invite Judiciary Committee special counsel Jack Sharman, who was hired to investigate the impeachment allegations.
Bentley asked that no recording devices be brought into the meeting.
“It is my intention to have an open and frank discussion with you and your colleagues,” Bentley said in the letter.
Bentley’s request for the private meeting came after the Judiciary Committee sent a formal demand to Bentley for the governor to give testimony under oath to Sharman. Several Bentley staffers also received demands for testimony under oath with Sharman.
Ross Garber, an attorney hired to represent the governor’s office in the impeachment case, said the demands for sworn testimony in Sharman’s office were unconstitutional.
The Open Meetings Act requires public bodies, like the Judiciary Committee, to notify the public of their meetings and to allow the public to attend.
The law allows certain exceptions. In his letter to committee members, Bentley said the meeting he wants would fit under one of those exceptions — a meeting with state or federal officials “for the purpose of reporting or obtaining information or seeking support for issues of importance” to the committee.
Zeigler said Bentley is trying to use a “loophole” that doesn’t fit.
“The purpose of the Bentley meeting is to receive testimony in a legal proceeding, an impeachment investigation,” Zeigler wrote in his request to Strange. “That testimony and impeachment investigation are materially different than just receiving a report from an official.”
Twenty-three House members signed an impeachment resolution in April accusing Bentley of willful neglect of duty and corruption in office.
The Judiciary Committee is trying to determine whether the allegations have merit.
The impeachment resolution came after former Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier, whom Bentley fired, accused the governor of having an affair with his political adviser and of interfering with a law enforcement matter.
Bentley admitted to inappropriate behavior with former advisor Rebekah Mason, but they denied having an affair.
Bentley maintains he has broken no laws and done nothing that would justify removal from office.
Bentley said he fired Collier because an internal ALEA investigation found possible misspending of state dollars.
An investigation by a special grand jury cleared Collier.
The Judiciary Committee has issued subpoenas to Bentley and the governor’s office seeking vast amounts of documents.
Bentley’s lawyers have given Sharman’s office thousands of pages of documents in what they say is an effort to be cooperative. But they say the Judiciary Committee does not have subpoena power.
Sharman has said the governor’s office has not been cooperative.
Garber, the attorney for the governor’s office, said the governor is not receiving due process, partly because the allegations are so vague that he can’t defend himself.
The Alabama House has not considered impeachment of a public official since 1915.
That has resulted in uncertainty and disagreement about the process, such as whether the committee has subpoena power.
Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has declined comment about Bentley’s request for a private meeting.
Zeigler’s criticism of Bentley is not new. Zeigler has filed an ethics complaint and lawsuits against the governor and has tried, unsuccessfully, to question the governor under oath.
Topic C: JAMES CAMERON LOOKING TO 3-D “WITH NO GLASSES”
Director James Cameron is still working on sequels to “Avatar” – the most successful movie ever made, he keeps reminding us. While accepting an honorary membership in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers on Friday night he told the crowd, “I’m still very bullish on 3D, but we need brighter projection, and ultimately I think it can happen – with no glasses. We’ll get there.”
:46 Tease:____________Start bed, pitch to sports
Topic A: Peter Thiel: Trump New Republican Party
Thiel: Trump Unleashing ‘New Republican Party’
What Trump represents isn’t going away, Thiel said
Tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel, who’s one of the lone Donald Trump supporters in Silicon Valley, expanded his support for the GOP candidate by stating Trump represents a populist movement that’s bigger than his candidacy.
“No matter what happens in this election, what Trump represents isn’t crazy and it’s not going away,” he said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday. “He points toward a new Republican Party beyond the dogmas of Reaganism.”
“He points even beyond the remaking of one party to a new American politics that overcomes denial, rejects bubble thinking and reckons with reality.”
Thiel also pointed out that Trump wasn’t the perfect candidate, but he’s a good start.
“I don’t agree with everything Donald Trump has said and done — and I don’t think the millions of other people voting for him do, either,” he stated. “It’s not a lack of judgment that leads Americans to vote for Trump; we’re voting for Trump because we judge the leadership of our country to have failed.”
“…Just as much as it’s about making America great, Trump’s agenda is about making America a normal country.”
For starters, a normal country isn’t drowning in debt, Thiel added.
“A normal country doesn’t have a half-trillion-dollar trade deficit,” he continued. “A normal country doesn’t fight five simultaneous undeclared wars.”
“In a normal country, the government actually does its job.”
Show Prep HOUR Three
:05 Weather bed, with sponsor and pitch to wx. After wx do current conditions
:06 Topic A: Senator Jeff Sessions: Critical Alert, 817,740 illegals
In a bid to put the issue of illegal immigration back into the presidential debate, outspoken critic Sen. Jeff Sessions on Monday issued a “Critical Alert” warning of a potentially historic surge of over the border.
“We are simply overwhelmed,” his statement said. In it he estimated the Fiscal Year 2016 illegal crossings at 817,740.
“There is a crisis at our southwest border — one that in many ways exceeds the crisis we saw just two years ago, one that further undermines the integrity of our immigration system, but one that the most of the media has elected to ignore,” said Sessions, an advisor to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Sessions listed the new numbers and details of the surge of undocumented illegal immigrants arriving at U.S. Border Patrol stations or simply crossing over. Among them:
Stay abreast of the latest developments from nation’s capital and beyond with curated News Alerts from the Washington Examiner news desk and delivered to your inbox.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is currently detaining more than 40,000 aliens, with internal predictions indicating that the number could reach 47,000 in the coming months.
In fiscal 2016, the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended 408,870 illegal aliens at the southern border; a number 23 percent higher than in fiscal 2015.
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, was quoted as saying just half of illegals are caught crossing the border.
Calculating illegal entries based on that formula, 408,870 illegal aliens evaded detection in fiscal 2016, for a total of approximately 817,740 illegal entries into the United States last year.
Sessions said the border crisis demands a new president and approach to reforming immigration starting with a closed border.
“The integrity of our immigration system and our national sovereignty require a real change in enforcement. The future of our nation depends on strong, secure borders, and a president willing to enforce our laws. Without a commitment to deport aliens who violate our immigration laws, we lose our ability to protect our communities from criminal aliens, terrorism, and cartel-related crime and violence,” he said.
Topic B: : Finally! Judge rebukes Obama over few Syrian Christians
Judge rebukes administration over few admissions for Syrian Christian refugees
Michigan town votes to ban Syrian refugees
A federal judge has rebuked the Obama administration over the lack of Syrian Christians being admitted from the war-zone, calling it a “perplexing discrepancy” that only 56 of 11,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. in fiscal 2016 were Christian.
The rebuke came in a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals opinion on a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by The Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center – a liberal human rights group that advocates for immigrants and asylum-seekers — seeking information on certain terror groups.
As first reported by attorney and former FEC member Hans von Spakovsky for The Daily Signal, while the court found in favor of the government, Judge Daniel Manion addressed the refugee issue and took aim at the Obama administration over how few Christians had been admitted to the U.S.
“It is well‐documented that refugees to the United States are not representative of that war‐torn area of the world. Perhaps 10 percent of the population of Syria is Christian, and yet less than one‐half of one percent of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States this year are Christian,” he wrote.
According to government figures, of the almost 11,000 Syrian refugees admitted to the United States in fiscal 2016, only 56 were Christian.
‘GROSS INJUSTICE’: OF 10,000 SYRIAN REFUGEES TO THE US, 56 ARE CHRISTIAN
“To date, there has not been a good explanation for this perplexing discrepancy,” Manion noted.
The numbers are disproportionate to the Christian population in Syria, estimated last year by the U.S. government to make up roughly 10 percent of the population. Since the outbreak of civil war in 2011, it is estimated that between 500,000 and 1 million Christians have fled the country, while many have been targeted and slaughtered by the Islamic State.
Manion qualified his remarks by saying that his point “is not to suggest that any refugee group is more or less welcome: quite the contrary” but warned the Obama administration against failing to provide states with enough data on the people coming in.
In the case, the NIJC was requesting the identities of Tier III terrorist organizations, which are not publicly available. The administration argued that Tier III terrorist organizations “tend to be groups about which the U.S. government does not have good intelligence, making it essential that [DHS] be able to obtain information about them during screening interviews that are as focused and complete as possible.”
Manion noted that potential ties to a Tier III organization like a Christian militia may be why the government is not letting in as many Christians, but that it was impossible to tell since the information is not publicly available.
“It is at least possible that incidental affiliation with some Christian militia could lead an immigration officer to deny entry to Syrians on this basis. That would be a dubious consequence,” he wrote.
A State Department spokesperson told FoxNews.com in September that religion was only one of many factors used in determining a refugee’s eligibility to enter the United States.
:22 Topic A: 5 Reasons the FBI Clinton deal is funny
Hillary Clinton has been dropping like a stone in the polls. Weeks ago, she was up well over seven points in the RealClearPolitics poll average; she’s now down to a 2.8 percent lead in a four-way race. In the state polls, Trump has been gaining steadily, to the point where Axiom Strategies has Trump down just one point in Colorado and two in Pennsylvania, and up four in Florida, four in Nevada, two in North Carolina, five in Ohio. If that’s right, this election is now on a knife’s edge.
And all of it is hilarious.
Every accusation Democrats made about Trump during this election cycle is now blowing up in their faces. And Democrats are running around like Joe Biden drunk with a shotgun, endangering themselves and others.
Here are five reasons this news cycle is the greatest in human history.
1. Hillary Tells The FBI To Come Clean. Hillary has now said that the FBI should reveal what it knows about Anthony Weiner’s emails – they have to come clean in order to demonstrate to the American public that there’s either something there or there isn’t. It turns out that there is someone else who knows whether there is something there or not: Hillary Clinton. Her pathological need to hide information led to this entire bizarre scenario: she set up the private server, she hid its existence, she deleted thousands of emails…and now she wants the FBI to come clean. This is the equivalent of the Menendez brothers killing their parents and then falling on the mercy of the court because they’re orphans.
2. Anthony Weiner. Yes, Anthony Weiner. Hillary’s spent her entire political career worrying about rogue weiner, only to be laid low by a rogue Weiner. Bill Clinton officiated Weiner’s wedding to Hillary aide Huma Abedin, who has been paid by every Clinton-associated group in history (Teneo, the Clinton Foundation, the State Department). Now, Weiner’s unfortunate tendency to send pictures of his junk to random females, allegedly including underage females, has come back to bite Hillary Clinton – after Huma already decided to publicly dump him. Oh, the hilarity. And if you don’t think it’s funny, just watch Joe Biden’s reaction to Weiner’s involvement.
3. Democrats Hate James Comey! The New York Daily News accused FBI director James Comey of being a “bomber.” New York Times columnist Charles Blow essentially stated that Comey had rigged the election on behalf of Donald Trump. After months of complaining that Trump undermined democracy by calling into question the decency of American institutions like the FBI – and saying that Republican attacks on Comey specifically undercut the country’s best interests – the Democrats want to take Comey out and pound on him like Joe Pesci at the end of Casino.
4. Democratic Spokespeople On Comey Are The Worst People In The World. So, who are Democrats trotting out to castigate Comey? They’ve decided to unleash former attorney general Eric Holder, the most corrupt AG in American history, a fellow under contempt from Congress, who facilitated gunrunning in Operation Fast and Furious and then lied about it, who oversaw the transition of the DOJ into a racial grievance squad, who used the DOJ to target journalists like James Rosen, who labeled Fort Hood “workplace violence.” He’s their go-to guy criticizing Comey on ethics. And then there’s Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), a sociopathic liar who once said that Mitt Romney had paid no taxes – without evidence – and then said it worked just fine so long as Romney lost. Now Reid’s accusing Comey of violating the Hatch Act, and stating that Comey is covering up Trump’s relationship with Russia. With no evidence. And the media, naturally, are taking it seriously. Because of course they are.
5. Obama’s Now Campaigning For Someone Under THREE FBI Investigations. Hillary’s private server remains under investigation. Anthony Weiner’s device – his other device — is now under investigation. And the Clinton Foundation is under investigation. And Barack Obama’s going around telling Americans that Hillary is the most qualified presidential candidate ever.
Yes, for prison.
This is sheer hilarity. Should Comey have dropped this bombshell? He had no choice after killing the private server investigation for political reasons back in July. If he’d waited two weeks to drop this information, people would rightly have accused the FBI of politicization.
Now Hillary’s got troubles.
And it sure is sweet.
Topic B: NSA can recover Hillary Emails
The 33,000 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton famously deleted — yes, those emails — aren’t lost at all.
They’re right under our noses. Or, better put, up in the “cloud” — and the National Security Agency has been sitting on them the entire time, according to a new story from the International Business Times.
Kim Dotcom, the internet entrepreneur known for bypassing NASA and Pentagon security as a teenager, and a longtime critic of their biased enforcement standards, said, “I know where Hillary Clinton’s emails are and how to get them legally.”
How powerful is the NSA?
This secretive agency employs thousands of people and has literally weaponized our national information technology infrastructure. Most of the most powerful espionage tools are created by the National Security Agency’s elite group of hackers.
If there is anyone on the planet who best understands the NSA’s clandestine capabilities, it’s Kim Dotcom. The international encryption expert and open-source advocate wanted people to know that there was a clear path to recovering Clinton’s emails that she has claimed were deleted because of their “personal” nature.
Clinton began using the now-famous private server at her home in 2009. Using XKeyscore, the surveillance program revealed by Edward Snowden, NSA analysts could drill deeper into data as far back as 2012, when Clinton served as secretary of state, the Business Times reported.
Congress spent millions of dollars investigating Hillary Clinton’s missing emails and illegal use of a private server, and the liberal media, rather than reporting on the results of those investigations, has instead tried to use the conflict between Democrats and Republicans as a sideshow to distract from the issues that really matter to Americans.
The NSA’s sacred obligation is to uphold and defend the Constitution from all enemies. It appears that Congress doesn’t realize that their biggest enemy is just down the street.
Please share this story on Facebook and Twitter to help spread the truth and counteract the mainstream media’s liberal bias.
:29 Tease:____________________Pitch to News
:36 Topic A: Podesta BFF to investigate Huma
John Podesta’s Best Friend At The DOJ Will Be In Charge Of The DOJ’s Probe Into Huma Abedin Emails
Now that the FBI has obtained the needed warrant to start poring over the 650,000 or so emails uncovered in Anthony Weiner’s notebook, among which thousands of emails sent from Huma Abedin using Hillary Clinton’s personal server, moments ago the US Justice Department announced it is also joining the probe, and as AP reported moments ago, vowed to dedicate all needed resources to quickly review the over half a million emails in the Clinton case.
In the letter to Congress, the DOJ writes that it “will continue to work closely with the FBI and together, dedicate all necessary resources and take appropriate steps as expeditiously as possible,” assistant attorney General Peter J. Kadzik writes in letters to House and Senate lawmakers.
So far so good, even if one wonders just how active the DOJ will be in a case that has shown an unprecedented schism between the politically influenced Department of Justice and the FBI.
And yet, something felt odd about this.
Oh yes. Recall our post from last week, “Clinton Campaign Chair Had Dinner With Top DOJ Official One Day After Hillary’s Benghazi Hearing” in which we reported that John Podesta had dinner with one of the highest ranked DOJ officials the very day after Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi testimony?
It was Peter Kadzik.
In other words, the best friend of John Podesta, Clinton’s Campaign char, at the DOJ will be in charge of a probe that could potentially sink Hillary Clinton.
For those who missed it
The day after Hillary Clinton testified in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi last October, John Podesta, Hillary’s campaign chairman met for dinner with a small group of well-connected friends, including Peter Kadzik, who is currently a top official at the US Justice Department serving as Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs.
The post-Benghazi dinner was attended by Podesta, Kadzik, superlobbyist Vincent Roberti and other well-placed Beltway fixtures. The first mention of personal contact between Podesta and Kadzik in the Wikileaks dump is in an Oct. 23, 2015 email sent out by Vincent Roberti, a lobbyist who is close to Podesta and his superlobbyist brother, Tony Podesta. In it, Roberti refers to a dinner reservation at Posto, a Washington D.C. restaurant. The dinner was set for 7:30 that evening, just one day after Clinton gave 11 hours of testimony to the Benghazi Committee.
Podesta and Kadzik met several months later for dinner at Podesta’s home, another email shows. Another email sent on May 5, 2015, Kadzik’s son asked Podesta for a job on the Clinton campaign.
As the Daily Caller noted, the dinner arrangement “is just the latest example of an apparent conflict of interest between the Clinton campaign and the federal agency charged with investigating the former secretary of state’s email practices.” As one former U.S. Attorney tells told the DC, the exchanges are another example of the Clinton campaign’s “cozy relationship” with the Obama Justice Department.
The hacked emails confirm that Podesta and Kadzik were in frequent contact. In one email from January, Kadzik and Podesta, who were classmates at Georgetown Law School in the 1970s, discussed plans to celebrate Podesta’s birthday. And in another sent last May, Kadzik’s son emailed Podesta asking for a job on the Clinton campaign.
“The political appointees in the Obama administration, especially in the Department of Justice, appear to be very partisan in nature and I don’t think had clean hands when it comes to the investigation of the private email server,” says Matthew Whitaker, the executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a government watchdog group.
“It’s the kind of thing the American people are frustrated about is that the politically powerful have insider access and have these kind of relationships that ultimately appear to always break to the benefit of Hillary Clinton,” he added, comparing the Podesta-Kadzik meetings to the revelation that Attorney General Loretta Lynch met in private with Bill Clinton at the airport in Phoenix days before the FBI and DOJ investigating Hillary Clinton.
Kadzik’s role at the DOJ, where he started in 2013, is particularly notable Kadzik, as helped spearhead the effort to nominate Lynch, who was heavily criticized for her secret meeting with the former president.
It gets better because, as we further revealed, if there is one person in the DOJ who is John Podesta’s, and thus the Clinton Foundation’s inside man, it is Peter Kadjik.
Kadzik represented Podesta during the Monica Lewinsky investigation. And in the waning days of the Bill Clinton administration, Kadzik lobbied Podesta on behalf of Marc Rich, the fugitive who Bill Clinton controversially pardoned on his last day in office. That history is cited by Podesta in another email hacked from his Gmail account. In a Sept. 2008 email, which the Washington Free Beacon flagged last week, Podesta emailed an Obama campaign official to recommend Kadzik for a supportive role in the campaign. Podesta, who would later head up the Obama White House transition effort, wrote that Kadzik was a “fantastic lawyer” who “kept me out of jail.”
Podesta was caught in a sticky situation in both the Lewinsky affair and the Rich pardon scandal. As deputy chief of staff to Clinton in 1996, Podesta asked then-United Nations ambassador Bill Richardson to hire the 23-year-old Lewinsky. In April 1996, the White House transferred Lewinsky from her job as a White House intern to the Pentagon in order to keep her and Bill Clinton separate. But the Clinton team also wanted to keep Lewinsky happy so that she would not spill the beans about her sexual relationship with Clinton.
Richardson later recounted in his autobiography that he offered Lewinsky the position but that she declined it.
Podesta made false statements to a grand jury impaneled by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr for the investigation. But he defended the falsehoods, saying later that he was merely relaying false information from Clinton that he did not know was inaccurate at the time. “He did lie to me,” Podesta said about Clinton in a National Public Radio interview in 1998. Clinton was acquitted by the Senate in Feb. 1999 of perjury and obstruction of justice charges related to the Lewinsky probe. Kadzik, then a lawyer with the firm Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky, represented Podesta through the fiasco.
Podesta had been promoted to Clinton’s chief of staff when he and Kadzik became embroiled in another scandal.
Kadzik was then representing Marc Rich, a billionaire financier who was wanted by the U.S. government for evading a $48 million tax bill. The fugitive, who was also implicated in illegal trading activity with nations that sponsored terrorism, had been living in Switzerland for 17 years when he sought the pardon. To help Rich, Kadzik lobbied Podesta heavily in the weeks before Clinton left office on Jan. 20, 2001. A House Oversight Committee report released in May 2002 stated that “Kadzik was recruited into Marc Rich’s lobbying campaign because he was a long-time friend of White House Chief of Staff John Podesta.”
The report noted that Kadzik contacted Podesta at least seven times regarding Rich’s pardon. On top of the all-hands-on-deck lobbying effort, Rich’s ex-wife, Denise Rich, had doled out more than $1 million to the Clintons and other Democrats prior to the pardon. She gave $100,000 to Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate campaign and another $450,000 to the Clinton presidential library.
Kadzik’s current role
In his current role as head of the Office of Legislative Affairs, Kadzik handles inquiries from Congress on a variety of issues. In that role he was not in the direct chain of command on the Clinton investigation. The Justice Department and FBI have insisted that career investigators oversaw the investigation, which concluded in July with no charges filed against Clinton.
But Kadzik worked on other Clinton email issues in his dealings with Congress. Last November, he denied a request from Republican lawmakers to appoint a special counsel to lead the investigation.
In a Feb. 1, 2016 letter in response to Kadzik, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis noted that Kadzik had explained “that special counsel may be appointed at the discretion of the Attorney General when an investigation or prosecution by the Department of Justice would create a potential conflict of interest.”
DeSantis, a Republican, suggested that Lynch’s appointment by Bill Clinton in 1999 as U.S. Attorney in New York may be considered a conflict of interest. He also asserted that Obama’s political appointees — a list which includes Kadzik — “are being asked to impartially execute their respective duties as Department of Justice officials that may involve an investigation into the activities of the forerunner for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.”
It is unknown if Kadzik responded to DeSantis’ questions.
Kadzik’s first involvement in the Clinton email brouhaha came in a Sept. 24, 2015 response letter to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley in which he declined to confirm or deny whether the DOJ was investigating Clinton. Last month, Politico reported that Kadzik angered Republican lawmakers when, in a classified briefing, he declined to say whether Clinton aides who received DOJ immunity were required to cooperate with congressional probes.
Kadzik also testified at a House Oversight Committee hearing last month on the issue of classifications and redactions in the FBI’s files of the Clinton email investigation.
Finally, it is also worth noting that Kadzik’s wife, Amy Weiss, currently at Weiss Public Affairs worked on the 1992 Clinton/Gore Campaign as a Press Secretary, and Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee, and a White House Deputy Assistant to the President/Deputy Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton.
And now it seems that Kadzik will be in charge of the DOJ’s “probe” into Huma Abedin’s emails. Which is why we are a little skeptical the DOJ will find “anything” of note.
Topic B: HILLARY PLANNING FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON ELECTION NIGHT
Hillary Clinton is planning an Election Night fireworks display over the Hudson River. The New York Post reports that law-enforcement officials have been told to prepare for a barge-launched pyrotechnic display across from Manhattan’s Javits Center, where Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine will join their supporters following the November 8 vote count, sources said. The display will last for two minutes, starting sometime after 9:30 p.m., sources said.
:46 Tease:____________Start bed, pitch to sports
Topic A: NFL OWNERS WANT TO INCREASE NUMBER OF FOOTBALL GAMES TO 18
The NFL owners are expected to make a renewed push for 18 regular-season games. Right now, there are 16 regular season games. Word from the NFL Players Association is that the players don’t want more football. In addition, pro football is suffering a major TV ratings slide, which suggests fans don’t want more football, either. There are four years to go under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the Players Association, so any possible expansion of the schedule is a few years away.
Topic B: WOMEN LIKE MEN WHO CAN TELL STORIES WELL
A new study has found that men who can spin a good yarn are more attractive to the opposite sex. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and SUNY Buffalo conducted a series of tests with hundreds of female and male undergraduates. One study, in which students read out descriptions of men and women, found that the biographies of men which included the description “good storyteller” were more attractive to women as long-term dating partners. The results showed that men who told “great stories” were more desirable than just “decent storytellers” or men whose biographies didn’t mention their tale telling prowess. Women’s storytelling ability, on the other hand, had no impact on how attractive men found them.