Hillary Clinton tells CNN that she did not faint at 9/11 memorial – as it happened

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It is possible she was concious through the whole incident.  We will never know since no one around her is talking.


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2.43am BST

Today in Campaign 2016

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
  • Donald Trump will release “very, very specific” results of a physical examination soon, the Republican presidential candidate said this morning, a day after the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, was revealed to have pneumonia. “This last week I took a physical and I’ll be releasing when the numbers come in,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News. Trump has so far released only a short letter from his personal physician, which the doctor in question subsequently said had been rushed. Clinton last year released a longer doctor’s note, written by the same physician who on Sunday released a statement saying that the nominee had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.
  • Meanwhile, Clinton is resting at home in Chappaqua, New York, after canceling a two-day fundraising trip to California on the advice of her doctor. While Trump said Clinton’s health was “an issue”, he seemed today morning to prefer to attack his rival on different grounds, over her characterization at a fundraiser Friday of half of his supporters as belonging in a “basket of deplorables” – “the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it”.
  • Speaking to Anderson Cooper in a telephone interview tonight, Hillary Clinton told CNN that she did not faint after she left a 9/11 memorial event early on Sunday, and that the American people will soon know more about her health status after her diagnosis with pneumonia. “I’m feeling so much better, and obviously I should have gotten some rest sooner,” Clinton said. “Like a lot of people I thought I could just keep going forward and power through it, and obviously that didn’t work out so well.”
  • Here’s a Donald Trump suggestion from a phone interviewer this morning that we don’t want to let go uncontemplated: Trump has suggested that – because he sees it as inevitable that the debates will be unfair for him– he and Clinton conduct an unmoderated debate:
  • The fact is that they’re gaming the system, and I think, maybe, we should have no moderator. Let Hillary and I sit there and just debate because I think the system is being rigged so it’s gonna be a very unfair debate, and I can see it happening right now because everyone’s saying that he was soft on Trump. Well now the new person’s gonna try to be really hard on Trump just to show, you know, the establishment what he can do. So I think it’s very unfair what they’re doing. So I think we should have a debate with no moderators — just Hillary and I sitting there talking.”

  • We kind of like the idea. What do you think?

2.34am BST

A text from Hillary Clinton:

I just wanted to thank you and everyone on this team for all the well-wishes you’ve sent. And since I’ve been hearing from so many people today, I wanted to tell you personally that I’m feeling fine and getting better. Like anyone who’s ever been home sick from work, I’m just anxious to get back out there. There’s so much at stake in this election, and we only have 57 days left in this campaign — I want to make each one count.

Thank you for being the warmest, toughest, and most dependable team I could hope for — you’ve lifted me up, today and every day.

-H

2.16am BST

The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening weekend men’s basketball tournament games, for the coming year due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.

In a news release Monday, the NCAA said the decision by its board of governors came “because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections”.

“This decision is consistent with the NCAA’s long-standing core values of inclusion, student-athlete well-being and creating a culture of fairness,” said Georgia Tech president GP “Bud” Peterson, the chair of the board of governors.

The law – known as HB2 – requires transgender people to use restrooms at schools and government buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates. It also excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from local and statewide anti-discrimination protections.

HB2 was signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory earlier this year.

1.52am BST

Republican running mate Mike Pence’s decision not to lump KKK grand wizard David Duke in with “deplorables” has already drawn criticism, but at least one person seems pleased with it: David Duke himself.

“It’s good to see an individual like Pence and others start to reject this absolute controlled media,” Duke told Buzzfeed News in an interview this evening. “I received the vast majority of Republican votes for United States senator before and for governor before that in my state. The truth is the Republican party is big tent. I served in the Republican caucus. I was in the Republican caucus in the legislature. I had a perfect Republican voting record. It’s ridiculous that they attack me because of my involvement in that non-violent klan four decades ago.”

In an interview on CNN earlier today, Pence was asked if Duke, an avowed white nationalist, is “deplorable.”

“I’m not in the name-calling business,” Pence responded.

1.28am BST

Fresh violence at Trump rally as supporter allegedly punches protester

A Donald Trump campaign rally was marred by violence yet again today as the Republican nominee attacked Hillary Clinton for calling his supporters deplorable.

Donald Trump.
Donald Trump. Photograph: Brian Blanco/Getty Images

A Trump supporter apparently punched a protester at a rally held at the US Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. The scuffle was the first violent incident at a Trump rally in months. Although throughout the primary season, Trump campaign events had been marked by violence by both Trump supporters and protesters, culminating in near riots in Chicago and San Jose, California, they had been comparatively peaceful in recent months. Prior to being punched, the protester reportedly directed an obscene gesture in Trump’s direction.

The incident happened as Trump attempted to attack Clinton for her statement that half of his supporters belong in “a basket of deplorables”. Although the former secretary of state has since backed down from the comment, she has continued to insist her opponent has “built his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia and given a national platform to hateful views and voices”.

Trump has tried to paint this as an attack by Clinton on blue-collar Americans. “Hillary Clinton spoke with hatred in her heart for these working-class Americans,” he said in Asheville on Monday night, in an effort to reinforce his attacks on his opponent as an insider member of the Beltway elite. The Republican nominee went on to repeat of Clinton: “She talks about people like they are objects, not human beings.”

Updated at 1.34am BST

1.14am BST

Hillary Clinton tells CNN that she did not faint at 9/11 memorial

Speaking to Anderson Cooper in a telephone interview tonight, Hillary Clinton told CNN that she did not faint after she left a 9/11 memorial event early on Sunday, and that the American people will soon know more about her health status after her diagnosis with pneumonia.

“I’m feeling so much better, and obviously I should have gotten some rest sooner,” Clinton said. “Like a lot of people I thought I could just keep going forward and power through it, and obviously that didn’t work out so well.”

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Clinton said that she initially kept the diagnosis secret because she didn’t think it was “that big a deal” and hoped she could “power through” the pneumonia.

“I just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal,” Clinton said. “It’s just the kind of thing that, if it happens to you and you’re a busy, active person, you keep moving forward.”

“Oh my goodness, Anderson,” Clinton said, in response to Cooper questioning whether her campaign’s decision to initially not disclose the diagnosis fed into perceptions that Clinton is secretive.

“I think it’s fair to say we’ve already met the standard of disclosure,” Clinton said, before pledging to release more information. “We’ve already met a high standard of transparency, and we know the least about Donald Trump of any candidate in recent American history.”

“It’s really past time for him to be held to the same standard – not just as me – but everyone else who has held this job.”

As to when she plans to return to the campaign trail, Clinton seemed eager to return to campaigning full time.

“It’ll be in the next couple of days,” Clinton said. “They said I should rest for five days, and I obviously didn’t follow that very wise advice – I just want to get this over and done with and be back on the trail as soon as possible.”

Updated at 1.23am BST

12.54am BST

Chess grandmaster – and Croatian citizen – Garry Kasparov has cast his vote:

12.40am BST

“Who exactly was Hillary talking about when she made these despicable comments?” Eric Trump emailed supporters this evening, referring to Hillary Clinton’s remarks at a fundraiser on Friday night that half of his father’s political supporters are part of a “basket of deplorables” composed of racists, homophobes and xenophobes.

Trump’s answer to his own rhetorical question: The coal miners she vows to put out of business, the veterans dying while waiting for treatment, the police officers concerned about rising crime, the American citizens worried about an uncontrolled border, the workers who haven’t seen a raise in years.”

“And what about the former and active duty military members who strongly support my father over Hillary?” Eric Trump asked in italics “Are they ‘deplorable’?”

11.47pm BST

What’s going on with Hillary Clinton’s health? A quick overview

Questions over Hillary Clinton’s health will likely dominate the presidential campaign this week after it was revealed she has pneumonia.


What’s going on with Hillary Clinton’s health? A quick overview

The Guardian looks at how the world learned of her diagnosis, and Donald Trump’s somewhat muted response to the news despite months of jeering over her “stamina”.

11.27pm BST

Donald Trump’s rally in Asheville, North Carolina, was interrupted by the prolonged removal of protestors this evening that became violent, with protestors flipping Trump the middle finger and supporters of the Republican presidential candidate throwing punches and slapping protestors.

Trump, who has taken to telling audience members not to harm protestors after criticism of a serious of violent exchanges at rallies last fall, instead targeted the protestors, calling them “disgusting.”

11.20pm BST

Donald Trump, on Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” comment:

Never in history has a major-party presidential candidate so viciously demonized the American voter.

11.10pm BST

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has already jumped on Mike Pence’s refusal to call former KKK grand wizard David Duke “deplorable”:

11.03pm BST

Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton ‘running a hate-filled’ campaign

Donald Trump, speaking in Asheville, North Carolina, promised the assembled supporters (and the odd protestor) that “in 56 days we are going to win this state, and we are going to win back the White House! Believe me.”

In contrast to what he characterized as his substantive and positive campaign for the White House, Trump focused on opponent Hillary Clinton’s “very horrible statements” in which she suggested half of Trump’s supporters belonged in “a basket of deplorables” which she described as consisting of “the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic – you name it.”

“My opponent’s campaign of hate. Hillary Clinton has been running a hate-filled and negative campaign with no policy, no solutions and no new ideas.”

Clinton, Trump said, “slanders you as deplorable and irredeemable.”

But Trump?

“I call you hardworking American patriots who want a better future for our country,” Trump said. “You are Americans, and you’re entitled to leadership that honors you, cheats you and totally defends you – and that’s what you’re going to get if you vote for Donald Trump. Every American is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect in our country.”

Trump then welcomed to the stage a group of supporters who he called “not-deplorable people.”

10.55pm BST

Donald Trump campaigns in Asheville, North Carolina

Watch it live here:

10.53pm BST

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, introducing Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Asheville, North Carolina, told the assembled crowd of Trump supporters that Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comments were “bigoted” against Trump voters.

“Hillary Clinton has been running a campaign of hatred and anger and meanness and cruelty,” Giuliani said. “It’s almost like she’s not running – the only person that’s running is Donald Trump!”

“We always knew why we didn’t like her, didn’t we?” Giuliani continued. “Now she’s told us why she doesn’t like us! I’ve always known this about you – I’ve always known you look down on people. I’ve always known that you think you’re smarter than the rest of us.”

“But you know something? I never thought you were gonna say it.”

10.35pm BST

Mike Pence, resisting calling white nationalist David Duke “deplorable”:

I’m not in the name-calling business.

10.30pm BST

This, Hillary Clinton didn’t need.

Former Ohio governor and putative Clinton ally Ted Strickland introduced Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine earlier this afternoon by telling a crowd in Dayton, Ohio, that the Virginia governor “is wonderfully prepared to be the vice president or the president if that ever became necessary”.

Strickland’s comments come on the heels of Hillary Clinton’s “overheating” episode at the 9/11 memorial in lower Manhattan on Sunday, which was later revealed to be a consequence of a pneumonia diagnosis that the campaign declined to disclose. Clinton’s health has been a subject of conspiracy theories for months, with the pneumonia diagnosis and the revelation that staff had initially kept it secret from the public adding fuel to the fire.

Some neighbors of Clintons are having an easier time addressing her illness:

9.53pm BST

Hillary Clinton tweets about her pneumonia

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has tweeted about her pneumonia, describing herself as “home sick from work” and eager to rejoin Tim Kaine on the campaign trail:

9.39pm BST

Conservative #NeverTrump opinion-fomenter Erick Erickson has narrowed his choice down to two:

9.28pm BST

The Guardian’s Dan Roberts, Sabrina Siddiqui and Ben Jacobs have more on the Clinton campaign regretting not telling the truth after initially claiming Hillary Clinton’s incident at the 9/11 memorial was due to “overheating”:

Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has acknowledged mishandling news of her pneumonia, as Donald Trump sought to capitalize on growing questions over his opponent’s trustworthiness at a critical moment in their race for the White House.

“We could have done better yesterday,” wrote Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri on Monday, after some Democrats began questioning whether the campaign had been fully transparent in its weekend accounts of her health.

“In retrospect, we could have handled it better in providing more information. That’s on us. We regret that,” added press secretary Brian Fallon.

Clinton was filmed losing her footing and being assisted into a waiting van after leaving early from a memorial for 9/11 victims in New York on Sunday.

Initially, campaign aides said she had “overheated”, though Clinton later insisted “I’m feeling great, it’s a beautiful day in New York,” after she left her daughter’s apartment, where she was taken to rest.

But once the video footage emerged – which appeared to support eyewitness accounts of a more serious incident – the campaign issued a short statement from a doctor revealing she was being treated for pneumonia.

Clinton had been diagnosed on Friday but the condition went undisclosed despite the campaign chastising reporters who had questioned bouts of coughing at recent public events.

The campaign now says Clinton will release “additional medical information” from her doctor in the next few days “to further put to rest any lingering concerns”, but insists there are “no other underlying conditions, the pneumonia is the extent of it”.

“I expect by the middle or back end of the week she will be back out there on the campaign trail,” Fallon told MSNBC. “If it was up to her she would be travelling to California today but it was her doctor’s advice [to rest at home].”

9.13pm BST

Alabama congressman has ‘serious doubts’ whether Hillary Clinton has pneumonia

Alabama Republican congressman Gary Palmer apparently didn’t get the memo that Donald Trump’s campaign would rather keep quiet about rival Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis, telling a local radio station this morning that while he does not “wish her ill,” he has “serious doubts as to whether or not it’s pneumonia”.

“I’ve got serious doubts as to whether or not it’s pneumonia,” Palmer told WAPI, an AM radio station in Alabama. “But I can’t say … if it were pneumonia, I would’ve thought they would’ve come out and said that very early on. You know, she’s disappeared for a few days and if I’d been her adviser, I would’ve said, ‘You need to get out there and let people know what’s wrong with you, get treatment, get a few days’ rest, get back on your feet.’”

Referring to a coughing fit that became fodder for internet conspiracy theories that she was secretly suffering from an unnamed illness, Palmer told WAPI that he believes she has suffered from some respiratory ailment since the Benghazi hearings.

“I sat in the Benghazi hearing for three hours, and she sat there and coughed her way through that,” Palmer continued. “Uou know, again, you just look at the pattern and it just begs the question, are we being lied to again?”

Although the Clinton campaign has pledged to release more health records to prove that the former secretary of state is in perfect health – minus the pneumonia – Palmer believes that she suffers from another syndrome:

“If lying were a disease, she’d be terminal.”

9.01pm BST

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine made a pit-stop at Washington, DC’s most popular gay nightclub on Saturday for a quick half-hour fundraiser, according to US News & World Report:

The fundraiser, held in the early evening hours at Town Danceboutique, cost to ,000 to attend, ,500 to host, and if memory serves us, two dollars for gelatin shots.

8.44pm BST

Vice president Joe Biden has some advice for Clinton: follow the advice of your doctor.

8.32pm BST

I’ll trade you this pacifier for those glasses.

7.58pm BST

Red state or blue, conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican, rich or rich, long history of racist discrimination or… not, everyone can agree, tennis unites us.

Updated at 8.08pm BST

7.47pm BST

Trump proposes ‘debate with no moderators’

Here’s a Donald Trump suggestion from a phone interviewer this morning that we don’t want to let go uncontemplated: Trump has suggested that – because he sees it as inevitable that the debates will be unfair for him– he and Clinton conduct an unmoderated debate:

The fact is that they’re gaming the system, and I think, maybe, we should have no moderator. Let Hillary and I sit there and just debate because I think the system is being rigged so it’s gonna be a very unfair debate, and I can see it happening right now because everyone’s saying that he was soft on Trump. Well now the new person’s gonna try to be really hard on Trump just to show, you know, the establishment what he can do. So I think it’s very unfair what they’re doing. So I think we should have a debate with no moderators — just Hillary and I sitting there talking.”

We kind of like the idea. What do you think?

The first debate, on 26 September, will be moderated by NBC News’ Lester Holt. The commission on presidential debates announced the moderators at the start of the month. You can read about them here:

7.38pm BST

We’ve noticed that some readers are revisiting our news coverage from 2010 when America’s top commander, General David Petraeus, fainted during a congressional hearing as he was being grilled by senators sceptical about US strategy in Afghanistan.

Here’s the top of Ewen MacAskill’s report at the time:

His collapse came about an hour into the hearing as a Republican senator, John McCain, questioned him about recent setbacks. McCain stopped mid-sentence, his face frozen, as Petraeus slumped forward from his seat on to the witness table.

The hearing was suspended as Petraeus, looking dazed, was led out by army colleagues. He returned 20 minutes later, blaming not McCain’s questions but dehydration.

He told the senators he wanted to continue but the chairman of the Senate armed services committee, Carl Levin, overruled him, and postponed the hearing until tomorrow morning.

7.31pm BST

Twenty years ago, almost to the week, Bob Dole, then the Republican nominee for president, slipped and fell off a stage, recalls the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland in a new opinion piece:

He was 73, and his aides moved fast to put a positive spin on the tumble: if he can fall down and get right back up again, that proves he’s fit enough for the White House!

But that’s not how most people saw it. Earlier that same day Dole had offered congratulations to the Brooklyn Dodgers, a team that had not existed for four decades. (They became the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958.) By nightfall TV comedians were renaming the candidate Bob Old. His campaign never recovered.

Dole falls to the ground from a four foot high stage in Chico, California September 18, 1996.
Dole falls to the ground from a four foot high stage in Chico, California September 18, 1996. Photograph: Rick Wilking/REUTERS

This is the precedent that will currently be terrifying the Hillary Clinton team, as they watch the endlessly replayed clip of her coming close to collapse, knees buckling as she’s helped into a car following Sunday’s 9/11 memorial events in New York. Veteran Clintonites remember that Dole moment well, for it was Bill Clinton who benefited, comfortably winning re-election less than two months later. Now they fear history is repeating itself – with Hillary on the wrong side.

Are they right to be anxious? Could the image of a frail Hillary Clinton, coupled with the belated admission that she is suffering from pneumonia, prove devastating for her candidacy? Suddenly that is the central question of the 2016 contest – and it touches on far more than the nasty turn the candidate endured on Sunday.

The reasons for Democrats to worry are obvious. For months, with next to no evidence, Donald Trump has been ventilating the claim, long nurtured among rightwing conspiracists, that Clinton has a severe and secret illness.

Read the full piece here:

Updated at 7.31pm BST

7.25pm BST

White House: health questions ‘legitimate’

7.18pm BST

Post-speech, Trump hits a diner in suburban Dundalk:

Trump has just concluded a month of so-called minority outreach in which the main set piece was him saying negative things about nonwhite urban communities in front of mostly white audiences, with the refrain “what have you got to lose?”

The Washington Post points out that whomever Trump’s “minority outreach” of the last month was directed at, it did not move his numbers with nonwhite voters:

Trump spent a month trying to undercut the impression that he has a problem with bias against women and minorities. He ostensibly reached out to the black community and flirted briefly with softening his position on immigration. But it didn’t work; his numbers with nonwhite voters got worse from August to September, while his numbers with white voters got a little better.

6.45pm BST

Clinton: ‘not contagious’

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon is still on TV talking about the candidate’s pneumonia. Fallon has skipped from MSNBC to CNN.

He tells CNN that the candidate is not contagious, AP reports:

You know who is contagious?

6.34pm BST

Schumer diagnosed with pneumonia ‘weeks ago’

If the Democrats take control of the senate, New York senator Chuck Schumer is in line to become majority leader.

But wait – Schumer was diagnosed with pneumonia “several weeks ago,” his office has announced. Unfit to serve?

In response to questions from The Associated Press, Schumer spokesman Matt House says in a statement that Schumer was diagnosed with pneumonia and took antibiotics per doctor’s order, and also kept a lighter schedule. House says, “His doctor has pronounced him all cleared up and he’s feeling much better.”

Updated at 6.37pm BST

6.16pm BST

The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs reports they weren’t all clapping:

6.15pm BST

Which line from this Trump speech is most hypocritical so far?

1 Hillary Clinton despises American voters

2 Hillary Clinton has not apologized

3 Hillary Clinton lives a “sequestered life behind gates and guards”

Tell us what you think in the comments!

Updated at 6.20pm BST

6.09pm BST

Trump: Clinton has contempt in her heart for American voter

Trump ends that section of his diatribe. There’s some applause. Is it overwhelming applause? Sounds like even applause. Is the crowd following him in this attack on Clinton?

Trump is still at it. He accuses Clinton of having “contempt” in her heart for the American voter:

You cannot run for president if you have such contempt in your heart for the American voter… Hillary Clinton still hasn’t apologized to those she slandered… if Hillary Clinton will not retract her comments in full, I don’t see how she can credibly campaign any further. Let’s be clear, these were not offhand comments. …

It was perhaps the most explicit attack on the American voter ever spoken by a major party presidential nominee.

Does Trump have contempt in his heart for the American voter? Polls indicate that nonwhite voters and others see it plainly. Has Trump apologized for impugning whole ethnicities and religions? Survey says, no.

“We are doing amazing well with African American and Hispanic workers,” Trump says, wrongly.

6.02pm BST

Trump hammers Clinton over ‘deplorables’ remarks

Trump shifts from praising the national guard to hitting Clinton as hard as he can over the “basket of deplorables” remarks:

I was thus deeply shocked and alarmed to hear my opponent attack, slander, smear, demean these wonderful, amazing people who are supporting our campaign by the millions. Our support … comes from every walk of life… millions of working class families who just want a better future and a good job.

These were the people Hillary Clinton so viciously demonized. These were among the countless Americans that Hillary Clinton called deplorable, irredeemable and un-American…

She called them every name in the book… she called half of our supporters a basket of deplorables… she divides people into baskets as though they were objects, not human beings… she and her wealthy donors all had a good laugh… at the very people who paved the roads… paint the buildings she speaks in, and importantly, all of the other functions…

Hillary Clinton is an insider supported by powerful insiders attacking Americans who have absolutely no political power. Hillary Clinton spoke with hatred and derision for the people that make this country run…

While Hillary Clinton lives a sequestered life behind gates and guards, she mocks and demeans hardworking Americans..

After months of hiding from the press, HIllary Clinton has revealed her true thoughts…as someone who looks down on the proud citizens of this country…

Hillary Clinton believes she is above each and every one of you. Our campaign is about giving voice to the voiceless…

I am running so that the powerful can no longer beat up on the powerless.

5.56pm BST

Trump tells the national guard they’ll have his support if he’s elected:

If I am given the honor to serve as your president, which I think will happen, and we’re going to soon find out… I will pledge to support you, and give you the… resources you deserve.”

Trump says he is “running to be a president for all Americans… All Americans, if you know what I mean.”

5.54pm BST

Here’s Trump now. He’s a few minutes early. “This is a great honor,” he begins. “I’ve met more generals than I’ve ever seen in my life. I like them and they like me. A lot of endorsements, I can tell you.”

5.52pm BST

Donald Trump is due to speak before long at the National Guard Association general conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs is in the room which, he reports, is cold, except for the smooth jazz, an implicitly hot genre.

Here’s a live video stream:

5.40pm BST

Humayun Khan grave at Arlington draws thousands

The grave at Arlington national cemetery of the fallen Muslim army captain whose father’s rousing speech at the Democratic national convention drew insults from Donald Trump has drawn thousands of people who leave letters and make other gestures of support, the New York Times reports:

Since late July, thousands of people — veterans, relatives of fallen soldiers, even those with no connection to the cemetery — have made their way to Captain Khan’s grave, deep inside the cemetery, to bear witness and offer words of support.

“We try to count the messages” left behind, Captain Khan’s father, Khizr, said in an interview on Friday. “We have exhausted number 4,000 and counted on.”

Read the full piece here.

5.27pm BST

Fallon, the Clinton spokesman, corroborates a report that floated in People magazine earlier today, that many Clinton campaign staff, including campaign director Robbie Mook, had been knocked out in recent days by what sounds like a gnarly bug:

People quoted an unnamed Clinton source saying “half a dozen senior staff were felled”:

Updated at 5.34pm BST

5.20pm BST

Clinton to release additional medical information, spokesman says

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon is on TV extending communications director Jennifer Palmieri’s earlier message: “we could have done better” in handling the information flow before, during and after Clinton’s collapse yesterday morning caught on video:

Updated at 5.34pm BST

5.07pm BST

After Fox News this morning allowed Donald Trump to devote minutes of airtime to talking about the grand opening of his new Washington, DC, hotel, Trump keeps up the advertising:

5.02pm BST

Woolsey: Bravo Zulu, Mr Trump

Former Ambassador R. James Woolsey, a CIA director for two years under Bill Clinton, has joined the Trump campaign as a senior adviser, the campaign announced.

Woolsey says in a statement that he supports Trump’s plan to “reinvest in and modernize our military” and reverse “the harmful defense budget cuts” “while acknowledging the need for debt reduction.”

While Hillary Clinton “lacks the ability to lead her senior managers,” “Mr. Trump understands the magnitude of the threats we face and is holding his cards close to the vest,” the statement concludes. “Bravo Zulu, Mr Trump.”

Updated at 5.41pm BST

4.55pm BST

Henry J Gomez, who writes about national politics for cleveland.com, says he has received an unusually large number of hateful communications this election cycle:

Call it bigotry. Call it racism. Call it xenophobia. As a writer – especially one who covers national politics – you chalk it up as coming with the territory, as hurtful and as menacing as it can be. This year, though, it is coming far more frequently. There is no mystery why.

Maybe you don’t believe Donald Trump is a bigot. Or a racist. Or a xenophobe. But the Republican nominee for president certainly has won the support of people who are.

“Sadly, simply being a Gomez is enough to make you a target,” Gomez writes:

I was born, 35 years ago this week, in Youngstown, Ohio. My mother was born in Youngstown. My father was born in Youngstown. You have to go back four generations – to great-grandparents on both sides of my family – to find relatives born in another country.

Click through to read further from Gomez on the hatred that has come his way in the year of Trump.

4.45pm BST

Axelrod takes a swing at the Trump campaign now for lack of transparency (see earlier):

4.17pm BST

Trump to roll out health details on TV show of doctor discredited by peers

Donald Trump will respond to calls to discuss his medical records this week in a television appearance with Dr Oz, a popular physician who has been shown to endorse medical treatments that have not been proven effective by evidence-based science, writes the Guardian’s Amanda Holpuch:

Oz shot to fame after appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show, but has lost luster in the medical community in the seven seasons he has hosted his own television show.

Congress questioned Oz about weight-loss product fraud in 2014 and the head of a network that syndicates Oz’s show once wrote that Oz was “full of shit” in 2013 (Sony Pictures Television chairman, Steve Mosko, said in the same email that Oz was also “smart as hell”).

Dr. Mehmet Oz, whose colleagues accuse him of an “egregious lack of integrity,” testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in June 2014.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, whose colleagues accuse him of an “egregious lack of integrity,” testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in June 2014. Photograph: Lauren Victoria Burke/AP

And last year, a group of prominent physicians wrote to the Columbia University medical school dean asking him to fire Oz, a faculty member. “Dr Oz is guilty of either outrageous conflicts of interest or flawed judgments about what constitutes appropriate medical treatments, or both,” the doctors wrote in a fiery letter.

Trumps’s appearance is scheduled for Thursday.

Oz said he has also invited Clinton to the show but is waiting to hear back from her campaign.

So far, Trump has only released a four-paragraph letter on his health written by his doctor of 35 years, Harold Bornstein. He said Trump “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” in a letter he later admitted was written in five minutes while a limousine sent by the campaign waited outside his office.

4.12pm BST

Obama: Eid Mubarak

Would a Trump administration issue one of these? Here’s a statement by Barack Obama on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, via the White House:

Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims across our country and around the world who are celebrating Eid al-Adha. This special holiday is a time to honor the sacrifice, resolve, and commitment to God demonstrated by Abraham. It marks the end of the pilgrimage of Hajj performed each year by millions of Muslims who journey from all corners of the world to Mecca as a testament to their faith. It is also a celebration of the ways faith can transcend any differences or boundaries and unite us under the banners of fellowship and love.

During this time, Muslims from all walks of life join their neighbors and friends at their local mosques, community centers, and homes to pray, give alms, exchange gifts, and recommit to helping others. Food and money are distributed to those in need as men, women, and children reflect on their fortune and look towards the next year.

As we mark Eid al-Adha this year, we are reminded of the millions of refugees around the globe who are spending this sacred holiday separated from their families, unsure of their future, but still hoping for a brighter tomorrow. And as a Nation, we remain committed to welcoming the stranger with empathy and an open heart—from the refugee who flees war-torn lands to the immigrant who leaves home in search of a better life.

May the spirits of community togetherness, principled service, and compassionate generosity bring good tidings to those celebrating Eid al-Adha. From our family to yours, Eid Mubarak.

4.03pm BST

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway is on Twitter this morning hammering Hillary Clinton for what Conway says is a lack of transparency:

The public knows far more about Clinton, of course, than about Conway’s candidate, who has not released his tax returns, or his medical records; who lies serially about the sizes of his businesses and his debts; whose very manner of doing business can so rely on deception that he stands accused of criminal fraud; who demands that everyone who works with him sign non-disclosure agreements he then attempts to enforce with m lawsuits; and who will not so much as comment on investigative reporting showing that he has misrepresented or flatly lied for years about his charitable giving.

The latest blockbuster report on Trump’s charities scam ran in the Washington Post over the weekend. Here’s a few paragraphs from the core of the piece, by David Fahrenthold, which deserves to be read in full:

The Donald J. Trump Foundation is not like other charities. An investigation of the foundation — including examinations of 17 years of tax filings and interviews with more than 200 individuals or groups listed as donors or beneficiaries — found that it collects and spends money in a very unusual manner.

For one thing, nearly all of its money comes from people other than Trump. In tax records, the last gift from Trump was in 2008. Since then, all of the donations have been other people’s money — an arrangement that experts say is almost unheard of for a family foundation.

Trump then takes that money and generally does with it as he pleases. In many cases, he passes it on to other charities, which often are under the impression that it is Trump’s own money.

Read the full piece here.

Update:

Updated at 4.45pm BST

3.32pm BST

If American voters (or journalists) still expect their candidates to be – in the words of a popular musical – young, scrappy and hungry, they have not been paying attention, writes Richard Wolffe for the Guardian:

The primaries have left us with two nominees who are rather geriatric, stiff and well-fed.

But as Joe Biden (73 years old) likes to say: don’t compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternative.

In this case, the alternative is an overweight 70-year-old man who loves fast food, and whose gastroenterologist declared that he would be the healthiest president ever. […]

But with Hillary Clinton’s off-the-cuff remarks about the bigotry of Trump’s supporters, we have officially reached the point of no return. This deplorable election, featuring a deplorable candidate, is now circling the drain because the only respectable candidate expressed her disdain for racist voters.

Voters hold an unusual amount of respect in any election. We may have lost our respect for politicians, sports stars, religious leaders and just about every profession, but voters remain sacrosanct. So Clinton’s comments have crossed a line: an unforced error that reveals how flawed a campaigner she is.

Read the full piece here:

3.16pm BST

Donald Trump will release “very, very specific” results of a physical examination soon, the Republican presidential candidate said on Monday, a day after the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, was revealed to have pneumonia, writes the Guardian’s Martin Pengelly:

“This last week I took a physical and I’ll be releasing when the numbers come in,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News.

Trump has so far released only a short letter from his personal physician, which the doctor in question subsequently said had been rushed. Clinton last year released a longer doctor’s note, written by the same physician who on Sunday released a statement saying that the nominee had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.

Trump attends Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at BGC Partners, INC on September 12, 2016 in New York City.
Trump attends Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at BGC Partners, INC on September 12, 2016 in New York City. Photograph: Larry Busacca/(Credit too long, see caption)

“I hope she gets well soon,” Trump said. “I really don’t know what’s going on. Like you, I say what I see. [Clinton’s] coughing fit was a week ago” – at a Labor Day rally in Cleveland – “so that was pneumonia also, I think it would have been, so something’s going on. I hope she gets well and gets back on the trail and we’ll be seeing her at the debate.”

Updated at 3.22pm BST

3.10pm BST

Trump ad hits Clinton for ‘depolorables’

A new Trump campaign ad highlights a Hillary Clinton attack on his supporters.

The ad features part of a few lines that Clinton delivered at a Friday fundraiser:

You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic – you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.

The ad uses the word “you” a lot, inviting the viewer to identify with the person Clinton is impugning.

“Speaking to wealthy donors, Hillary Clinton called tens of millions of Americans “deplorable,” the ad says:

People like you, you and you: deplorable. You know what’s deplorable? Hillary Clinton viciously demonizing hard-working people like you.

What do you think, does it work, for its intended audience, which judging by ad buys are potential Trump supporters in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina?

The Trump campaign has lied about former Fox News chief Roger Ailes having a role in the campaign, but the ad, which evokes a siege mentality and seems to distort Clinton’s voice while playing on a sense of victimization and / or wounded justice – the ad feels like Fox.

Meanwhile, speaking of deplorables, elder Trump son Donald Trump Jr celebrated on Instagram at the weekend that he was included in a graphic with the alt-right neo-Nazi mascot Pepe, Sandy Hook and 9/11 conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and others:

Updated at 4.07pm BST

2.58pm BST

Axelrod: Clinton has ‘unhealthy penchant for privacy’

Political strategist turned academic David Axelrod, who really made his career by helping Obama beat Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, describes what he sees as the central problem for Clinton, in the current conversation about her health, and before that: an “unhealthy penchant for privacy that repeatedly creates unnecessary problems”:

If there were an emoticon for “private basement email server,” Axelrod might have used it.

Here’s someone who agrees: Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway:

What do you think of the way the Clinton campaign has handled her illness? Meaning their decision not to announce her diagnosis on Friday and then the silence and two statements Sunday? If she had announced she had pneumonia on Friday and not turned up for the 9/11 memorial event… well what does your crystal ball of counterfactuals say?

Update: Clinton’s communications director says “we could have done better”:

Updated at 3.36pm BST

1.41pm BST

Hello and welcome to our live-wire coverage of the 2016 race for the White House. Donald Trump has expressed hope for a speedy recovery for Hillary Clinton following Clinton’s abrupt and physically shaky departure Sunday from a 9/11 memorial event.

Clinton is resting at home in Chappaqua, New York, after canceling a two-day fundraising trip to California on the advice of her doctor, who said the candidate had been diagnosed Friday with pneumonia.

While Trump said Clinton’s health was “an issue”, he seemed on Monday morning to prefer to attack his rival on different grounds, over her characterization at a fundraiser Friday of half of his supporters as belonging in a “basket of deplorables” – “the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it”.

Speaking to Fox News, Trump repeated his assessment that the comments were “the biggest mistake of the political season”. Critics pointed out that his campaign is built on a chassis of racial hatred that could be considered worse.

On Clinton’s health, Trump said: “I just hope she gets well and gets back on the trail and we’ll be seeing her at the debate” in two weeks. The Republican nominee said he had recently had a physical and would release “very, very specific numbers” when he had them, probably “this week”.

Trump has not released medical records apart from an absurdly hyperbolic note from a doctor who later admitted he simply had scrawled what he thought Trump would like. Clinton has released a two-page letter from a doctor written in 2015 that experts say is lacking.

On Sunday morning, Clinton stumbled while leaving the memorial event:


Unwell Hillary Clinton stumbles while leaving 9/11 event

Clinton was taken to her daughter’s apartment, about three miles away. The campaign said she “felt overheated” at the event. Clinton emerged from the apartment after less than two hours, told journalists she was “feeling great” and was driven to Chappaqua, about 35 miles away, leaving press behind.

Late on Sunday the campaign released a statement by Dr Lisa R Bardack saying Clinton had been diagnosed on Friday with pneumonia:

Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule.

While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now rehydrated and recovering nicely.”

Clinton on Saturday expressed regret over her statement that half of Trump’s supporters belonged in a “basket of deplorables”. The Democratic presidential nominee repeated in a statement that she had been being “grossly generalistic” but expressed regret for “saying ‘half’”, adding: “That was wrong.”

Thanks for reading and please join us in the comments.

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Is Hillary Clinton Good for America?

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Is Hillary Clinton good for America?

Has the media ever asked that question? It seems that the only thing the Media likes to talk about is how much experience Hillary Rodham Clinton has and that she is a woman, yes the media is excited because Hillary is a woman. Our Main Stream Media is superficial and quite frankly ignorant…. Dangerously ignorant…. Ignorant to the point that innocent people are dying needlessly, riots are breaking out all over the world all because our media is filled with incompetent sycophants.  So why is the American main stream media not interested about Hillary’s past, her real past. First as first lady/shadow President then as Senator or as Secretary of State. Why does the media not care about Hillary’s destructive policies and the trail of suffering and mayhem she left behind?  Imagine for a moment, if Hillary Clinton was not secretary of state, the victims of Benghazi would still be alive today. Uranium Mines would not have been sold to terrorists. This is a bold statment to make, yet there is overwhelming evidence, from the Clinton Foundation bank accounts to the thousands of shallow graves all over the middle east. Her trail of destruction as Secretary of State is all documented and can be obtained through the freedom of information act… Or find a hacker who copied her server and buy it. Hillary and BJ’s Clinton’s trail of corruption leads to a large pile of money.. close to 1/2 a billion dollars. Can the media really be that dumb? They are standing on top of the pile of money with Hillary on her Private chartered jet, yet, not one of these brilliant reporters ask the questions, how many laws did you break to amass this kind of fortune as a politician? The media looks the other way and marvels how Hillary and BJ have become the power couple in Washington D.C. or Hillary and Huma…  before the campaign got serious and BJ jumped in. It was a rare sight to see BJ and Hillary Rodham Clinton together. So Why does the media give Hillary a pass for all the wrong she has done? Here are some headlines that may help people understand better..

-Interview on fox news and Richard Grenell
” CBS News President David Rhodes and ABC News President Ben Sherwood, both of them have siblings that not only work at the White House, that not only work for President Obama, but they work at the NSC on foreign policy issues directly related to Benghazi.”

-www.aim.org
Clinton Ties, Continued: ABC Spokeswoman worked in Clinton White House

-LinkedIn
“Heather Riley, spokeswoman for ABC News programs Good Morning America and This Week, worked in the White House press office from 1997 to 2000, according to her LinkedIn profile”

-New York TImes
“Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal”

The answer: the main stream press are best friends with the Clintons.

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This segment is from an Interview on fox news and Richard Grenell
RICHARD GRENELL: I think the media’s becoming the story, let’s face it. CBS News President David Rhodes and ABC News President Ben Sherwood, both of them have siblings that not only work at the White House, that not only work for President Obama, but they work at the NSC on foreign policy issues directly related to Benghazi. Let’s call a spade a spade.

Let’s also show you why CNN did not go very far in covering these hearings because the CNN deputy bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is married to Hillary Clinton’s deputy, Tom Nides. It is time for the media to start asking questions why are they not covering this. It’s a family matter for some of them.

JON SCOTT, HOST: So they don’t want to bring embarrassment upon folks who, who they’re close to?

GRENELL: Who directly are related to this story. Absolutely. They’re covering for them. There’s no question about it.
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Clinton Ties, Continued: ABC Spokeswoman worked in Clinton White House
http://www.aim.org/on-target-blog/clinton-ties-continued-abc-spokeswoman-worked-in-clinton-white-house/
“The ABC News spokesperson who rebuffed the Free Beacon’s request for comment on George Stephanopoulos’ undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation also worked in the Clinton administration.”

“Heather Riley, spokeswoman for ABC News programs Good Morning America and This Week, worked in the White House press office from 1997 to 2000, according to her LinkedIn profile, and is a member of the Facebook group “(Bill) Clinton Administration Alumni.” White House records show that Riley’s duties included serving as a press contact for then-First Lady Hillary Clinton.”
WARNER BROS Taps Former Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers As Communications Chief- April 16,2014
http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/warner-bros-taps-former-clinton-press-secretary-dee-dee-myers-as-communications-chief-sue-fleishman-exiting/

Presidents of ABC and CBS News Have Siblings Working at White House With Ties to Benghazi May 11, 2013
http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/noel-sheppard/2013/05/11/presidents-abc-and-cbs-news-have-siblings-working-white-house-ties

 

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal –

Colin Powell told Clinton he bypassed official servers to email foreign leaders

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This is not very presidental.  Its like she is trying to find different reasons why it was ok for her to break the law.  Will the US Press take notice?

 


Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Colin Powell told Clinton he bypassed official servers to email foreign leaders” was written by David Smith in Washington, for theguardian.com on Thursday 8th September 2016 15.52 UTC

Colin Powell told Hillary Clinton, his successor as secretary of state, that he used a personal computer to email foreign leaders “without going through State Department servers”, a seven-year-old email exchange reveals.

Powell dismissed some of the official security restrictions on him as “nonsense” and questioned why his personal digital assistant (PDA) was any more vulnerable to spies than a TV remote control or “something embedded in my shoe heel”.

The email correspondence was released on Wednesday by Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House oversight committee, intending to show that Clinton’s handling of data was hardly less meticulous than previous secretaries of state. She was the only one to set up a private email server in her home, however, and has admitted this was a mistake.

The emails also offer a rare glimpse of relations between America’s top diplomats across party lines, evolving technology in an era when the BlackBerry was still king and the daily frustrations of a security detail.

Clinton and Powell were on first name terms. At 7.37am on Friday 23 January 2009, two days after she was sworn into office, she wrote flatteringly:

Dear Colin, I hope to catch up soon w you, but I have one pressing question which only you can answer!

What were the restrictions on your use of your blackberry? Did you use it in your personal office? I’ve been told that the DSS [Diplomatic Security Service] personnel knew you had one and used it but no one fesses up to knowing how you used it!

Barack Obama was the first president to own a BlackBerry at a time when celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears made the hand-held device fashionable. He gave it up for a smartphone only this year, although his phone cannot text or play music for security reasons.

Clinton wrote to Powell: “President Obama has struck a blow for berry addicts like us. I just have to figure out how to bring along the State Dept. Any and all advice is welcome. All the best to you and Alma, Hillary.”

Skipping formalities, Powell replied that he did not have a BlackBerry but explained how he circumvented official channels:

What I did do was have a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line (sounds ancient.) So I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without it going through the State Department servers. I even used it to do business with some foreign leaders and some of the senior folks in the Department on their personal email accounts. I did the same thing on the road in hotels.

Powell has previously admitted using a laptop on a private line and sending notes to ambassadors and foreign ministers via personal email, according to a report by the state department’s inspector general.

In the message to Clinton, Powell said the main issue for him was PDAs – once-popular devices that included Palm Pilots – that the DSS would not allow into secure spaces.

When I asked why not they gave me all kinds of nonsense about how they gave out signals and could be read by spies, etc. Same reason they tried to keep mobile phones out of the suite. I had numerous meetings with them.

We even opened one up for them to try to explain to me why it was more dangerous than say, a remote control for one of the many tvs in the suite. Or something embedded in my shoe heel. They never satisfied me and NSA/CIA wouldn’t back off. So, we just went about our business and stopped asking. I had an ancient version of a PDA and used it. In general, the suite was so sealed that it is hard to get signals in or out wirelessly.

Powell went on to offer Clinton a friendly warning first reported last week when the FBI released notes of its now closed investigation into her handling of sensitive information. “However, there is a real danger. If it is public that you have a BlackBerry and it it [sic] government and you are using it, government or not, to do business, it may become an official record and subject to the law … Be very careful. I got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data.”

Giving an insight into the routine frustrations of balancing security with convenience, Powell, who was secretary of state under George W Bush, added: “You will find DS driving you crazy if you let them. They had Maddy [possibly a reference to former secretary Madeleine Albright] tied up in knots. I refused to let them live in my house or build a place on my property. They found an empty garage half a block away.

“On weekends, I drove my beloved cars around town without them following me. I promised I would have a phone and not be gone more than an hour or two at Tysons or the hardware store. They hated it and asked me to sign a letter relieving them of responsibility if I got whacked while doing that. I gladly did.

“Spontaneity was my security. They wanted to have two to three guys follow me around the building all the time. I said if they were doing their job guarding the place, they didn’t need to follow me. I relented and let one guy follow me one full corridor behind just so they knew where I was if I was needed immediately. Their job is to keep you hermetically sealed up. Love, Colin.”

The email saga has continued to haunt Clinton’s presidential campaign even after the FBI concluded in July that she should not face criminal charges. She was quizzed about it closely during a “commander-in-chief” forum with military veterans on NBC News on Wednesday night.

Cummings said the 2009 exchange showed that Republicans were unfairly critical of Clinton and argued that Powell “advised Secretary Clinton with a detailed blueprint on how to skirt security rules and bypass requirements to preserve federal records, although Secretary Clinton has made clear that she did not rely on this advice”.

It “also illustrates the longstanding problem that no secretary of state ever used an official unclassified email account until the current secretary of state”, Cummings said.

The date of the Clinton-Powell email exchange raises questions over Powell’s recent denial of responsibility for providing her advice. “The truth is she was using it for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did,” he told the New York Post. “Her people have been trying to pin it on me.”

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North Korea’s growing nuclear arsenal could force US back to negotiating table

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 North Korea has a nuclear arsenal because BJ Clinton and his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton gave the Terrorist leader of North Korea nuclear technology in 1994.  The conditions of this agreement were that  North Korea promised not to seek nuclear weapons!   Fast forward 20 years later and we find US is trying to slow the build up of Nuclear Arsenals in North Korea.  In the summer of 2016, the Obama administration  gave Iran over $150 billions of dollars in un marked bills to produce nuclear weapons.  Was that responsible of our president to provide terrorist nation with nuclear technology?


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North Korea’s fifth nuclear test confirms growing fears in the international community that the regime’s nuclear aspirations reach much further than once assumed and that Kim Jong-un is building a sizeable arsenal designed to be used if his rule comes under serious threat.

Until two years ago the conventional wisdom on the North’s nuclear programme was that it was largely a political symbol of the country’s potency and a bargaining chip for economic and diplomatic benefits.

Since 2014 however the pace of nuclear and missile testing has accelerated, to the point where some experts now believe the country’s scientists have developed a nuclear warhead small enough to put on a missile.

“It is likely now that North Korea could at this point put a nuclear warhead on a short- or medium-range missile which could reach South Korea, Japan and US military installations in the region,” said Kelsey Davenport, the director for non-proliferation policy at the Arms Control Association. However she thought it would be up to another decade before Pyongyang developed a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US.

Friday’s test comes soon after a series of missile breakthroughs, with the launch of a two-stage, solid-fuelled and submarine-launched missile in August and the test on Monday of three new aluminium-bodied versions of Scud missiles with a 1,000km range.

“All this activity is aimed at expanding the size of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal and expanding its delivery options,” Davenport said. “It is taking steps to quality-improve its missiles, using solid fuel so they can be deployed more quickly, and extending their range. The trajectory points to a growing North Korean nuclear threat and the next US administration will have to prioritise that threat.”


North Korea state television confirms nuclear test

Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the east Asia non-proliferation programme at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, said that while Pyongyang described the last test in January 2016 as experimental, Friday’s apparently larger blast was of an assembled warhead, shaped for delivery by a missile.

“I wouldn’t call this miniaturised. I would call it a compact device, small enough to go on a missile. I think they used both plutonium and highly enriched uranium so that they can stretch their plutonium stockpile and get a 20 to 30 kiloton yield and build more weapons than we thought,” Lewis said.

“I don’t think we have understood their strategy. It is to deter and repel an invasion. So Kim Jong-un is not going to just sit there like Saddam or Gaddafi and watch us coming.

“They are planning to go nuclear to stop us putting forces in the region. They will hit the ports where our troops would be massing, thinking that we would be shocked into stopping.”

The North Korean leader’s fixation on the threat of regime change could backfire, analysts say, by fuelling an arms race in the region and triggering calls for a pre-emptive strike against North Korea before its programme expands yet further.

“The test will exacerbate regional tensions and fuel desires for countervailing force. More South Koreans will want nuclear weapons of their own and more Japanese will want offensive strike capabilities,” said Mark Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Washington office of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

However Davenport argued the downsides to such escalation would still be severe, probably enough for the time being to stop a cascade of proliferation in north-eastern Asia.

“If South Korea or Japan chose to develop nuclear weapons and leave the NPT [non-proliferation treaty] they would be ostracised by the international community. I don’t think it’s a step either country is ready to take,” she said.

Lewis said the recent nuclear and missile tests demonstrated that South Korea’s planned counter-measures, including the deployment of the US-built Thaad missile defence system, were unlikely to assure the country’s protection. The development of submarine-launched missiles and multiple simultaneous missile launches suggested that Pyongyang was on the way to the capacity to overwhelm such a shield.

Davenport, Lewis and Fitzpatrick agreed that North Korea’s military advances gave little option to the incoming US administration in January but to go back to the negotiating table, though the price of keeping Pyongyang in check was now likely to be much higher.

Lewis said: “It’s harder to make someone trade away what they already have, than to persuade them not to do something in the first place.”

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The Energy and Commerce Committee

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If you want to see how the federal government is regulating, taxing and manipulating the price of Energy.  Oil companies do not try to control energy prices, congress does!  Click the link below to view their destructive politics in progress.

https://energycommerce.house.gov/news-center/press-releases/subenergypower-questions-moniz-doe-budget

Most of us are unaware of the desructive nature of these federal agencies.  They exist to regulate, manipulate and tax our energy use.  There is an overwhelming amount of evidene shownig destructive nature of each federal department that is controling our way of life.  The most basic example is gasoline,  Before the Department of Energy was created, fuel cost roughly .25cents a gallon.  After the federal government stepped in to regulate, the price of fuel tripled in a short period.  That means the cost of everything from food, clothing to transportation taxes saw a sharp increase in price.  There is also ample evidence in finance, retirement, healthcare, education and housing, just a few aspects of our lives the federal government is slowly destroying.   Look at the debt clock, and soon everything will start to make sense.  We are going to implode unless we require our representatives sign and follow The Constitution Carta!

Constitution Carta
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that IN TIME, ALL FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS BECOME COUNTER PRODUCTIVE SELF DESTRUCTIVE AUTOCRATIC OPPRESSORS OF LIBERTY. The FREE men and women of the United States of America recognize that we the people are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men and women, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.
It is with these undeniable self-evident truths, we the people recognize the burdens brought upon us by destructive politics our government devised by men seeking uninhibited powers. We the people call upon our representatives to adhere to the following principles, to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. The following self destructive government entities are to be eliminated, disseminated and abolished.
-Department of Energy
-Department of Environmental Protection Agency
-Department of Commerce
-Department of Agriculture
-Department of Education
-Department of Homeland Security
-OBAMACARE
The above mentioned departments will be completely abolished within a period of 12 Calendar Months to ensure jobs and economic freedom in the United States of America and throughout the world.

 

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson had little regard for not stopping radical Islam Americans get hurt

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10 Minute video of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson testifying before Congress on June 30,2016.  Does he take any of this seriously?  Will congress finally realize that Homeland security is just another layer of bureaucracy which hinders the job of law enforcement?  In time, we will know if congress made the right choices to protect Americans first.  Looking at this department from the outside, it seems that this federal bureaucracy has not accomplished anything news worthy. The homeland security secretary is in charge of a layer of bureaucrats.  This extra layer hinders  law enforcement and makes it difficlut to apprehend criminals.  What is the purpose of Department of Homeland Security?

The American Media no longer serves the public or reports the truth, they comingled with and take orders from the government!

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The Government of The United States with the leadership of some powerful individuals in and out of Congress have befriended the media via tarp funds.  No longer concerned about facts relating to global warming, no questions about the government regulations and the destructive affects on jobs, health and businesses.  Media doesn’t care about peoples health care or the 20,000 pages of new regulations forced upon doctors.  Not one meaningful question about taxes, medicare, social security or the tens of thousands of regulations.   With all the evidence to dispute Global warming and the destructive nature of government run universal health care, the press chooses instead to socialize, smooze and manipulate their way to the top.  From Iraq to America, dozens of examples of media manipulation can be found.  from the 911 call by Zimmerman to the assumption of guilt of our military, the press has always pushed their agenda which is the adgenda of the ruling class of lawers and lobbyists in Washington D.C.  Thanks to the Internet, it is not as easy for the media to cover up the lies of the government.  Lies about unemployment, Lies about Obama care, Lies about fight against terror.  These are all examples of media bias in America.  Media promotes propaganda using children to do their dirty work and spread socialist policies.  On top of it all, in 2009, the media covered up criminal behavior by several high-ranking democrats.  Democrats in congress conspired with the press to determine what would be headline news and what will be buried in the back pages.  It is clear by the way they report the jobless news.  As unemployment shot up from 6% to over 10%, our main stream media was on the cover your congress mode, back to back stories that things are not as bad as they seem.. as more businesses shut down.  Media bias helped elect Barack Obama and democrat majority, this is why the media holds back a lot of news about Obama’s destructive politics and the politicians who condone.  Our media, some of who are ex-employees of politicians are as corrupt and useless as the people they cover in congress.  Thanks to the Internet, we can freely comment on media bias and spread truth along with credible information in an instant.  There are many examples of the mainstream media receiving millions of taxpayer dollars. Click here to read one about Obamacare slush fund.

 

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Our tax rate should be 2% flat on goods sold ONLY, no tax on labor or service

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Our complex tax system was designed by lawyers and lobbyists to loot our economy of trillions of dollars along with  millions of jobs and lost opportunities.  Today, our tax code is so complex that not one congressman or senator can fill out their own taxes correctly.  Taxpayers on the other hand are expected to fill it out correctly or suffer the concequences, fines and or maybe even jail.  This is what politicians in Washington D.C. call fair.  The sad thing is, the Washington elite are all greedy and reckless.  To illustrate the reckless behavior, lets read about one man who Chaired the Ways and Means Committee, Charlie Rangel. Representative Rangel is a powerful man in Washington, he was found lying and cheating on his taxes about investments he made.  The Wall Street Journal was one of a few news organizations who took notice and informed American public of Rangle’s activities.  Needless to say, Charlie Rangel did not have to face any scrutiny or criticism from the press or congress.  Is this fair?  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geitner cheated on his taxes, he was selected by powerful politicians to head  the IRS!  Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle cheated on his taxes to the tune of over $100,000, he did not go to jail!  We will never have a fair system as long as we have the evil controlling authority of the IRS threatening us.  Our federal government uses the IRS to punish us and rob us of wealth, seize our property and limit our freedom.  News papers have been reporting for years about the corrupt behavior of IRS officials at the top.   There is but one solution, abolish the IRS.  If we do not change the status quo, we will be crushed by the evil tyrants who us the IRS as weapons in their aresenal to defeat constitutional conservatives.   History has shown over and over that when taxes are cut, growth in the economy ripples through the world like a tidal wave of economic growth.   We will not see any of this economic growth as long as Federal Departments are allowed to exist control our destiny in the hand of one power selected politician.  When politicians use Federal departments to oppress law abiding Americans, its time to elect new leaders.  It is time for Constitutional Magna Carta! Politicians should not live above the law.

Charlie Rangel Politician cheats on taxes
Charlie Rangel Democrat tax cheat was in charge of the Ways and Means committee while he was cheating on taxes

The Wall Street Journal, July 27,2009

 

IRS discriminates targets conservative groups
washington times 2013
the IRS auditor admits that conservatives were targeted

 

IRS abusing conservative groups at the order of democrats
IRS is being used by democrats to oppress conservative groups.

The Wall Street Journal by Kimberley A. Strassel 

 

United States Constitution Carta 2016

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     After years of trying to understand who, what, when, where, why, it came to light that none of those things matter.  There will always be tyrants as there always have been, our founding fathers were well aware of all this.  It is for this reason The US Constitution, the Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights limit the powers of the federal government, to protect our freedom.  The less power in the hands of rulers good or bad, the more freedom we the people get to enjoy.   It is for this reason Destructive Politics belives we must initiate a Constitutional Carta to bring our leaders back in line.   If you believe in the document below, Please print and send it to your representative to sign. 

—————– The United States Constitution Carta 2016 —————-

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that IN TIME, ALL FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS BECOME COUNTER PRODUCTIVE SELF DESTRUCTIVE AUTOCRATIC OPPRESSORS OF LIBERTY.  The FREE men and women of the United States of America recognize that we the people are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men and women, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.

It is with these undeniable self-evident truths, we the people recognize the burdens brought upon us by destructive politics our government devised by men seeking uninhibited powers. We the people call upon our representatives to adhere to the following principles, to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.  The following self destructive government entities are to be eliminated, disseminated and abolished.

-Department of Energy
-Department of Environmental Protection Agency
-Department of Commerce
-Department of Agriculture
-Department of Education
-Department of Homeland Security
-OBAMACARE

The above mentioned departments will be completely abolished within a period of 12 Calendar Months to ensure jobs and economic freedom in the United States of America and throughout the world.

 

 

Representative:___________________________
The State of:_____________________________
Date:___________________________________

 

 

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The United States Constitution Carta 2016 Final

Constitution Carta

 

 

Destructive Politics – the book

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Who’s practicing destructive politics in Washington D.C.?  What are the world wide devastating affects of destructive politics?  Which Federal agencies are most destructive to our way of life?  Destructive Politics Congress Power Corruption LiesDestructive Politics explains where the problems originate and how they can be solved.  Our nation is on the brink of looming disasters.  In the last half century, we have seen government increase in size exponentially.  Over a dozen new federal departments have blossomed with over 200,000 new government employees  hired to hinder and harass the private sector.  These new federal government employees are compensated on the backs of children and hard working tax payers.  In 1974, the United States of America had seen the last budget surpluss for the rest of the 20th century.   Because of the government’s relentless craving for power and money, in 1970s the Federal Government created the EPA and the Department of Energy.   ‘T was the moment when the United States of America stepped into a black hole of uncontrollable spending.  This is when our Federal Government began practicing uncontrollable destructive politics by means of the new Federal Departments to over regulate and cause companies to egress to third world nations for manufacturing.  Destructive Politics explores the damages brought upon us by politicians who’s only goal in Washington D.C. is Power and Money!  There is a saying when investigating corruption, “Always Follow The Money”.   Our current debt is rapidly approaching $20 Trillion .  There is a lot of money to follow in Washington D.C.

 

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