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The Controversy Surrounding HRC's Speeches, Private Email Server and more

In an interview with CFIF, Sarah Westwood, Watchdog Reporter for the Washington Examiner, discusses the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's paid speeches to private groups, what is different about the use of personal e-mail accounts by former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice as compared to Hillary Clinton, and the finger-pointing and mudslinging on the GOP side of the campaign trail.

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February 12, 2016 • 10:31 am

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61 Is Destruction of Records Congenital to Liberals?

Is concealment and destruction of official government records somehow congenital to the contemporary political left, or at least anyone associated with Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton?  One might reasonably infer so, given the festering scandals surrounding IRS persecution of conservative organizations and Hillary Clinton's emails during her…

62 Bernie Sanders: Socialist, Nationalist, Romantic

Bernie Sanders is attracting crowds. The avowed socialist U.S. Senator from Vermont may be running a long-shot campaign to upset Hillary Clinton’s acclamation as the Democratic Party’s nominee for president next year, but what he lacks in polish and money he more than makes up for in enthusiastic grassroots support. Last year, he was pulling…

63 Obama Cronyism + Your Personal Data = Trouble

It's the most far-reaching scandal in Washington that no one wants to talk about: Tens of millions of federal employees had their personal information hacked as a result of Obama administration incompetence and political favoritism. Ethnic community organizer-turned-Office of Personnel Management head Katherine Archuleta recklessly eschewed basic…

64 The Fact-Free Left: Part II

There is no way to know what is going on in someone else's mind. But sometimes their behavior tells you more than their words. The political left's great claim to authenticity and honor is that what they advocate is for the benefit of the less fortunate. But how could we test that? T.S. Eliot once said, "Half the harm that is done in this world…

65 The Fact-Free Left

The outrage over another multiple murder of American military personnel on American soil by another Islamic extremist has been exacerbated by the fact that these military people had been ordered to be unarmed -- and therefore sitting ducks. Millions of American civilians have also been forbidden to have guns, and are also sitting ducks -- for criminals…

66 George Will's Worst Column Ever

George Will remains the dean of contemporary conservative thought, an intellectual beacon who elevates public discourse in applying changeless principles to changing times.  On a more personal note, Mr. Will may be the foremost political influence on my own life.  It was therefore profoundly disappointing to digest his column this week entitled…

67 Is the Civil War Over?

In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, the killer's hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and the race hate behind it. Some saw in the decision to remove the Confederate flag from in front of the state house a symbolic repudiation of the…

68 Bernie Sanders Is the Future of the Democratic Party

"The rise of Bernie Sanders is proving awkward for the Democratic Party," contends Politico in a recent piece about the surprisingly popular socialist presidential candidate. Well, maybe it's not that surprising. And it's probably not that awkward. Politico could have just as easily declared: The rise of Bernie Sanders is a completely predictable…

69 Obama Claims "Good Month" That He Did Nothing to Bring About

According to conventional wisdom and conformist punditry, the past month has been a good one for Barack Obama.  Of course, even assuming that to be true for purposes of argument, it's only good relative to the low expectations created by six years of his presidency.  Even Jimmy Carter, the most notoriously inept president of our lifetimes…

70 The Problem with the Hillary Campaign? Hillary

If it weren’t for the fact that she represents nearly everything that’s wrong with American politics, you’d almost be tempted to feel bad for Hillary Clinton. Here she is, 67 years of age, whatever vigor she once had long since departed, running a presidential campaign with no clear sense of purpose to win over a progressive electorate…

71 A Legacy of Clichés

Discussions of racial problems almost invariably bring out the cliché of "a legacy of slavery." But anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about -- whether fatherless children, crime or whatever -- is in fact a legacy of slavery or of some of the many…

72 Vigilance Is Patriotic

My fellow Americans: If you see something, say something -- even if it means CAIR will threaten to sue you. Multiple federal agencies and the Department of Defense are on high alert for a possible Islamic terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Independence Day weekend. They've increased security at military bases and sent bulletins to law enforcement…

73 Whitewashing the Democratic Party's History

Here's what the former president of the United States had to say when he eulogized his mentor, an Arkansas senator: "We come to celebrate and give thanks for the remarkable life of J. William Fulbright, a life that changed our country and our world forever and for the better. ... In the work he did, the words he spoke and the life he lived, Bill…

74 CFIF Independence Day Quiz

Take CFIF's 13 Question Independence Day Quiz to test your knowledge of American history and civics. (Answer key may be found at the bottom)   1. Americans celebrate the Fourth of July for which one of the following reasons? a. It marks mid-summer vacation b. It is the day America declared her independence c. It marks…

75 Hands Off Hamilton

They're coming for our money. OK, that's nothing new, but this time, the Obama administration is coming for our $10 bills -- the notes graced by the image of Alexander Hamilton. True to the identity politics of the Democratic Party, the Obama Treasury Department has announced that some worthy female will replace Hamilton on the currency. The sheer…

76 News of the Future: The Trump Presidential Library [Satire]

July 8, 2027 ATLANTIC CITY — In front of a crowd of thousands, former President Donald Trump unveiled his presidential library, casino and all-you-can-eat buffet this afternoon in the New Jersey city that he once attempted to make the nation’s capital. The event marked the first time in American history that six presidents had shared…

77 Every Breath She Takes

Fifteen years ago this week, my beautiful daughter Veronica entered the world. She didn't make a sound. As I stretched out my arms to hold her in the delivery room, furrow-browed doctors and nurses instead whisked her away. I shouted after them in panic: "Is she all right? Is she going to be OK?!" Slightly underweight and jaundiced, she…

78 Micro-totalitarianism

The political left has come up with a new buzzword: "micro-aggression." Professors at the University of California at Berkeley have been officially warned against saying such things as "America is the land of opportunity." Why? Because this is considered to be an act of "micro-aggression" against minorities and women.…

79 Clinton Deploys 'They Hate You' Strategy

Hillary Clinton had one of the worst campaign rollouts in living memory. Her low-key (to the point of inaudibility) announcement video came in the midst of a months-long period of deeply damaging stories about her mania for secrecy (the private email server), which she indulged even at the expense of the law and national security, and her cavalier…

80 CFIF Flag Day Quiz

Take CFIF's 13-Question Quiz to test your knowledge of our Nation'€™s Flag. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. On which one of the following days do Americans observe Flag Day each year? a. June 14 b. July 4 c. September 14 d. December 7 2. When did Congress officially designate Flag Day a national day of observance? a. 1777…

81 Who Can Play a Mixed-Race Role?

Let's set aside whether Cameron Crowe's new movie, "Aloha," is a good or bad movie. Whatever the flick's merits or demerits, it has inadvertently helped expose the arbitrary, capricious and ridiculous demands of militant identity politics. After getting hammered by ethnic mau-mauers, director Crowe issued an apology this week for casting…

82 Reform Criminal Justice System, But Tread Carefully

Criminal justice reform is an exceedingly rare contemporary issue on which the political left and right can agree.  In addition to instances of prosecutorial misconduct, the sheer proliferation of criminal laws has created a thicket unfathomable even to attorneys specializing in criminal law, let alone the average reasonable American.  Events…

83 Republicans Are Dominating the States. Will the White House Follow?

Is there a more under-appreciated aspect of America’s constitutional design than the 10th Amendment? By reserving for the states all powers not explicitly delegated to Washington, it created a powerful brake on big government: competition. With states free to set wildly varying policies, citizens get a choice: When your government gets a little…

84 Paying the Price

Baltimore is now paying the price for irresponsible words and actions, not only by young thugs in the streets, but also by its mayor and the state prosecutor, both of whom threw the police to the wolves, in order to curry favor with local voters. Now murders in Baltimore in May have been more than double what they were in May last year, and higher…

85 Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge?

How many times have you heard President Obama and his minions pat themselves on the back for their noble "investments" in "roads and bridges"? Without government infrastructure spending, we're incessantly reminded, we wouldn't be able to conduct our daily business. "Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century,…

86 Political, Not Operational, Concerns Engineering Amtrak's Fate

After the recent Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia, some politicians and pundits used the terrible tragedy to perpetuate the misleading claim that the federal government's passenger rail operation suffers from a lack of taxpayer assistance. This rush to judgment was unsurprising, given that misfortune is sometimes synonymous with opportunity in the…

87 Spoliation of Evidence Standard and Hillary's "No Smoking Gun" Alibi

"There's no smoking gun!"  That's an alibi on which Clinton apologists desperately rely amid the deepening scandal over questionable payments to her family's "charitable" foundation, as well as the conspicuously unavailable emails from her inglorious tenure as Secretary of State.  Of course, they employed that same alibi…

88 Bernie Sanders' Foul Socialist Odor

Socialist genius Bernie Sanders has figured out what's really ailing America. Our store shelves have too many different brands of deodorant and sneakers. Just look at all those horrible, fully stocked aisles at Target and Walgreens and Wal-Mart and Payless and DSW and Dick's Sporting Goods. It's a national nightmare! If only consumers had fewer choices…

89 Can Republican Men Criticize Hillary?

Carly Fiorina is articulate, thoughtful and accomplished. For those who keep track of such things, she was the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business, and she ran a credible, if unsuccessful, campaign for a U.S. senate seat from California. In the early going of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, she is receiving enthusiastic responses…

90 A New Format for GOP Presidential Debates

The Republican presidential debate calendar is now available, and it’s already generating groans. Apparently, there are plans to cap the number of debaters at 12*, which probably gives just about anybody registering support in public opinion polls a chance to make their case on national television. But with all those people on the same stage…

 
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"Guerrilla videographer James O'Keefe and his Project Veritas team have for years documented just how easy it is to commit voter fraud in states ranging from Minnesota to North Carolina. In 2012, his undercover exposes at the polls convinced the New Hampshire legislature to pass a bill mandating that voters show a government-issued ID -- even college ID cards are acceptable. If voters have no form…[more]
 
 
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