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The week in review with Bill Katz, editor of Urgent Agenda

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Guest:  Bill Katz, editor of Urgent Agenda…..We will look at some bad US economy reports……0.7% is a very bad number……..we will discuss Iraq and the confusion over strategy…..the Iran nuclear deal is coming or is it?….”no fly zones” and US-China tension in the Pacific……Russia and Ukraine….another week and more scandals from the Clintons……the GOP side is crowded…Obama’s immigration executive order is shot down again….a lot of interesting cases before the Supreme Court that could impact the Obama legacy……Click to listen:

Some Saturday thoughts about the front pages 05/02 by Silvio Canto Jr

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We will look at the front pages and a few of my American Thinker posts from last week:  

The Clintons and their problems with the Foundation;

the Democrats and alternatives to Hillary Clinton;

the Clintons vs Schweizer book;

the same sex marriage debate before the Supreme Court….should voters or judges define marriage; 

the latest GDP numbers are not encouraging; and,

Bernie Sanders running on a populist agenda.

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Clintons: Prove Schweizer wrong

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(My new American Thinker post)

Like most of you, I have not read the book.  And yes, Mr. Schweizer comes from the right.  Maybe he has an agenda.  Maybe he is on a mission to destroy Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.

So here is my challenge to the Clintons: prove him wrong!  Prove that his story is wrong.

Hold a press conference, answer questions, and let your lawyers tear up the book.

I agree with Mike Lupica:

If this book is nothing more than another smear by a member of the bullhorn right, nothing more than a hatchet job by a former flunky for the George W. Bush administration — and, boy, is that some job reference — then it isn’t Bill Clinton’s job to call out the author, nor a job for members of Hillary Clinton’s staff. If this is all a lie then she is the one who has to go right at Schweizer, whether she helps sell his book for him or not.

This isn’t about the risks of dignifying a smear by addressing it. We’re way past that, because of the coverage “Clinton Cash” is getting from legitimate media. This is about correcting the record about foreign money that has flowed into the Clinton Foundation, starting with the $2.35 million donated to the foundation by some rich Canadian mining entrepreneurs at the same time they were selling a uranium company to a state-owned Russian nuclear energy company.

It was a deal, by the way, on which the federal government, which includes the State Department, had to sign off. On top of that there was no disclosure about this money from Bill Clinton’s foundation, which means the people in charge were negligent or sloppy or both, opening themselves to at least the suggestion from such as Schweizer that this was some backdoor shakedown.

So let’s get started.  The Clintons owe that to the Democrats!

My guess is that the Clintons’ game will continue.

First, they will send Lanny Davis to Fox News to say that there is nothing wrong with anything.

Second, they will send James Carville to MSNBC.  Carville will entertain the hosts, and the two people watching the network, with some Southern slang and more about “right-wing talking points.”

Third, they will try to destroy the author rather than challenge the contents of the book, as Josh Green said.

Fourth, going after the author probably won’t work this time, as Eleanor Clift wrote.

We have seen this movie or before.

The big difference is that we had 4% unemployment when they went after Monica Lewinski in 1998.  Frankly, most of the country was too busy making money to care.  And most people thought it was about inappropriate behavior with a young woman.

It’s different now, especially since Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy is a mess and there are millions of dollars going into the family pockets.

This is not going away, because the Clintons are either blatantly careless or just corrupt.

Nevertheless, I will be happy to hear the Clinton defense, especially if Mrs. Clinton decides to speak about the issue.  Let the debate start!

P.S. You can hear my show (CantoTalk) or follow me on Twitter

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April 28, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Should the Democrats nominate someone who skates ‘close to the line on ethics’?

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(My new American Thinker post)

The ongoing Clinton scandal is just the latest. I agree completely with the Washington Post:

SERVICE AT the highest levels of the United States government demands a certain instinctive sensitivity to right and wrong when it comes to ethics. 

So much can happen belowdecks that a Cabinet member or president must set high standards and expect that subordinates will follow the example. 

This is why the latest disclosures about the Clinton Foundation’s donors raise new concerns about Hillary Clinton’s presidential quest.

Yes, the concern is simple: Can you trust them? I say “them” because both Clintons will be living in the White House if she wins.   

Are the Clintons capable of putting their desire for wealth above the nation?   

The uranium deal raises lots of questions about that, as the editorial explains:

When the Russians sought to expand their holdings to 51 percent of the company, it required approval of the U.S. government, including the State Department, when Ms. Clinton was secretary of state. The transaction was approved in 2010. More donations to the Clinton Foundation — millions of dollars — flowed from people connected to Uranium One. 

The same month the sale went through, the former president gave a talk in Moscow sponsored by an investment bank for $500,000. The investment bank was promoting stock in Uranium One. Though there is no evidence of a quid pro quo, on the merits the deal was bad for U.S. interests: Vladi­mir Putin can now boast of control of more than a fifth of U.S. uranium reserves.

The Clintons have sought to do good works with their foundation, but this is not about the works. It is about the fundraising, both for the charity and for the Clintons’ personal benefit. Besides the Uranium One money, millions more dollars have been contributed by foreign governments and interests with a stake in State Department decisions, or in a future president. 

Bill Clinton, The Post reported, has raked in close to $100 million in speaking fees between 2001 and 2013, a staggering sum that far exceeds the self-marketing of any other president.

It smells bad. It raises a simple question: Are these people honest? Are they interested in promoting themselves or the nation’s interest?

The Clintons, and the Carvilles and Begalas of the world will say that there is nothing in writing connecting the donations to public decisions.

That’s true!  At the same time, there is enough circumstantial evidence here to argue that the Clintons were looking out for themselves and not the country.

It’s up to the Democrats now. They can send their voters, and the nation, a message that they don’t like this anymore than the rest of us do. They can start by demanding that Bill and Hillary Clinton answer questions about this scandal.

Chelsea Clinton is a very nice young woman. However, she shouldn’t be the only Clinton explaining what this is all about.

P.S. You can hear my show (CantoTalk) or follow me on Twitter.

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April 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

The Clinton Foundation and other political stories with Richard Baehr

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GUEST:  Richard Baehr, Chief Political Correspondent of American Thinker, joins me for a discussion of the Clinton Foundation story… damaging are the allegations or the upcoming book will be…..what are the possibilities of a challenge to Secretary Clinton….the mess in the Middle East and how it may impact Mrs Clinton’s 2016 campaign….PLUS a quick look at the 2016 GOP race…….…..

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April 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

The Clintons and their “conflicts of interest”

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Let’s hope that the Clinton defenders catch up with reality.     The Clinton Foundation was a “cash machine” for the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign.  

It was also a conflict of interest, as reported by The New York Times:

“American political campaigns are barred from accepting foreign donations.

But foreigners may give to foundations in the United States. In the days since Mrs. Clinton announced her candidacy for president, the Clinton Foundation has announced changes meant to quell longstanding concerns about potential conflicts of interest in such donations; it has limited donations from foreign governments, with many, like Russia’s, barred from giving to all but its health care initiatives.

That policy stops short of Mrs. Clinton’s agreement with the Obama administration, which prohibited all foreign government donations while she served as the nation’s top diplomat.

Either way, the Uranium One deal highlights the limits of such prohibitions.

The foundation will continue to accept contributions from foreign individuals and businesses whose interests, like Uranium One’s, may overlap with those of foreign governments, some of which may be at odds with the United States.”

The moral of the story is that former presidents should not go around the world soliciting money, specially if they are married to the current Secretary of State who is planning to run for president.

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April 23, 2015 at 9:30 am

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