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Tim Kaine Says Congressional Republicans Strategically Leak Investigation Details To The Press — He’s Right

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Tim Kaine Says Congressional Republicans Strategically Leak Investigation Details To The Press — He’s Right

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Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) speaks at K'NEX in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Appearing on NBC’s “Today” Wednesday, Tim Kaine argued that any documents released by the FBI to Congress related to the Clinton email investigation should also be released to the public.

“Anything that the FBI gives to Congress, they should give to the public,” Kaine said. “Because what we’ve seen is this lengthy, multimillion dollar congressional investigation that has been highly partisan where they’ve wanted to leak out this or that to try to make their case against Hillary Clinton. Let the public see what the FBI decides to let Congress see.”

It’s an odd thing to say, given that material like this — notes from an FBI investigation — is usually classified. But Kaine, and most in the political press, know that congressional Republicans have systematically and selectively leaked information from their multiple congressional investigations of Hillary Clinton to the press with the intent of guiding narratives; the ongoing (and usually fruitless) investigations resemble political bludgeons more than instruments of accountability.

Kaine’s proposal, so some Democrats posit, would present the public an alternate (and more complete) narrative of the investigations to combat Republican leaks to the press.

In 2012, a congressional committee began looking into the then-secretary of state’s actions surrounding the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. By late 2014, after finding no evidence of criminal culpability on Clinton’s part, committee members instead turned to Clinton’s use of a private email server while in office. The New York Times broke the news in March of 2015.

“The committee became relevant again,” Major Bradley F. Podliska, once part of the committee’s staff, told the New York Times a few months later, in October of 2015. “There was a renewed vigor in the investigation.”

Jamal Ware, an aide to Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy and communications director for the committee, told Real Clear Politics at the time, “If we wanted to make political hay, we’d be making partial releases and we’d be leaking stuff, and that is not how Chairman Gowdy works.”

So much for that. The committee began to swerve away from lessons learned in Libya and towards Clinton’s email system — political red meat — releasing emails and leaks to the press when they were politically advantageous.

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?” said Congressman Kevin McCarthy on Fox News, letting his tongue slip about politicizing a congressional investigation. “But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.”

Around the same time, committee chair Trey Gowdy released an email supposedly proving that Clinton had sent emails with classified information in them: Gowdy had blacked out a name in the email because it was a “classified source,” he said, and releasing it would endanger national security.

Except the name, that of former intelligence source Moussa Koussa, had been declassified years earlier. Gowdy had lied about Koussa’s status to make it appear as though Clinton was emailing about classified information.

In 2013, congressional Republicans released an email from White House advisor Ben Rhodes, selectively edited to make it appear as though Rhodes was overly concerned with the political consequences of announcing that the attack in Benghazi had been planned ahead of time by a terrorist group.

Or consider Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff who asked to testify in public for fear that, were she to testify in secret, Republican congressmen would selectively leak details of her testimony to the media. They denied her request and later confirmed her fears, leaked information to Fox News, Politico, and others meant to make it appear as though Mills had compromised the integrity of the investigation.

As recently as this July, Republican committee members released selected excerpts of their final Benghazi report to news outlets hours before they published the entire report, seemingly selecting bits of information specifically tailored for each publications’ audience.

Kaine’s support of publicly releasing all documents provided to Congress is a response to the selective “drip” of politically damaging information from congressional Republicans to the media. That drip isn’t likely to end any time soon, though.

Photo: Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) speaks at K’NEX in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, July 29, 2016.  REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

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  1. JustUs August 18, 2016

    lowlifed lying Republicans. they never stop until they can take all, all of us down the worm hole with them. Yo! Trey!! You’re a piss poor conspiritor, along with the rest of your Republican misfits. You don’t deserve one iota of privilage to lie your way into public unservice you dog Sh*t eating pile of dead armadillo doodoo.

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  2. AgLander August 18, 2016

    Speaking of Tim Kaine’s pronouncements, he once showed integrity and a country first attitude by calling for Bill Clinton to resign due to the Lewinsky affair and perjury. He said Clinton did not live up to the standards of dignity that the office demanded. Times have changed, obviously, and he has sold his soul to the twin devils in Bill and Hillary Clinton.
    http://nypost.com/2016/08/17/tim-kaine-once-said-bill-clinton-should-have-resigned-over-lewinsky-affair/

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker August 18, 2016

      Too bad he forgot to demand the resignation of GWB, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice. After all, they DID act in gross negligence ignoring 6 memos of the imminent 9/11 attack didn’t they? Maybe we should sue the hell out of them. I must remind the 11 families in my town who were in Tower 1 and 2 to sue their asses.

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    2. Independent1 August 18, 2016

      And why has Bill Clinton gotten into the conversation again?? When Bill IS NOT running for president?? What is your obsession with Bill – do you have a thing for him??

      And posting links to right-wing nutcase rags like the NYPost for some kind of confirmation to your obsession is a worthless effort!!!

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker August 18, 2016

        The NY Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch and his 2 sons. As is the Wall St. Journal and now PBS.

        Murdoch like Assange is an Australian. Murdoch got his butt in hot water in England when he had phones tapped illegally.

        That entire BS about MonicaGate was nothing more than GOP insurance to get Bush into the White House when in reality it was the GOP’s 1st back room president with Cheney making all the decisions.

        How’s that for skankola?

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  3. Buford2k11 August 18, 2016

    Yep…ALL Republicans Suck…

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    1. Box August 18, 2016

      You lose your arguments when you say ALL.

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      1. Buford2k11 August 18, 2016

        I am not out to win an argument…I am telling the world, what I truly think of this modern republican party…ALL OF THEM…yes, I have republican neighbors, and they are trumpanzee’s…I live in a red county, and these folks are bigots, and racists…the dregs of America…they all suck…

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      2. jmprint August 18, 2016

        No, he doesn’t, you are included.

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  4. Mama Bear August 18, 2016

    Kaine’s idea sounds…sound to me. She has nothing to hide so let the press have it and shut down the speculation.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker August 18, 2016

      She already handed over all of the emails the FBI demanded. Comey knows that and has said as much. What the GOP wants now isn’t those emails regarding Benghazi…they want ALL of her emails, bar none.

      Why in the hell don’t we demand to see the emails on private servers used by Cheney regarding the 2002 no bid contract with Halliburton?

      Or Rice’s emails on HER private server? Or for that matter Powell’s on HIS private server?

      I am so fed up with jackass men of the GOP. When Trump loses this election, the GOP goes down in flames and that will mean the biggest big mouths of the Tea Party go down with him.

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      1. Mama Bear August 18, 2016

        I share your sentiments, Eleanore. As I refer to them “the men of the GOP and their womenfolk” are so desperate to hang on to their aging minds, bodies and power they will do whatever they think will work. I realize that she has turned everything over to the FBI, what I meant was that the FBI should release it all to the press, every word and every line and put a stop to the GOP’s idiocy.

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker August 18, 2016

          You will be happy to know that it is that Geezer Grassley who is demanding the emails be published. Grassley, from Iowa? The state that is so broke right now it is having to live off Federal Tax subsidies to keep their schools and emergency services from failing.

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          1. Jon August 18, 2016

            Senator Charles ‘Chuck” Grassley of Iowa is a great example of some of the worst human beings ever elected to public office. The man is a disgusting moron who can compete with his idol, Donnie, in ability to lie without compunction. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he and Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, have played politics in violation of The Constitution by failing to grant a hearing for any nominee by President Obama to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Scalia’s death. The voters in Iowa have proven their gullibility by constantly electing/re-electing this snake. Sad.

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      2. Box August 18, 2016

        Really? Cheney didnt have a private server at home, away from the eyes of his bosses, and he didnt have any Goosiphers either. And why does Congress want all the emails? To see what she did hide from the government. She said 30,000 emails were personal, between her and Bill and Chelsea. But Bill said he only sent TWO emails on that server and they were to order Christmas goods from a Reservation. So yeah, lets see those emails.

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        1. jmprint August 18, 2016

          Bush and Cheney destroyed emails, and that’s is against the law.

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        2. jmprint August 18, 2016

          Now how about we see ALL the emails of ALL congress members, – ” to see what they did hide from the government.”

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        3. johninPCFL August 18, 2016

          Powell and Rice maintained their emails on AOL and Google, then destroyed all of theirs when they left office, in contravention of the law.
          What were they hiding? Did Bush make a deal with the Saudis to leave binLaden alone in exchange for weapons sales? Reagan traded weapons sales for the Iranian hostages, why not Bush?
          Seems odd that Bush couldn’t catch binLaden for over half a decade, but incompetent Obama did.

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          1. PatrickHenry August 23, 2016

            Yes, Obama defeated the JV team, he eradicated radical Islam, ooops, can’t say that, & he has ISIS, or as he says, ISIL, under control, ha, ha, haaaaa.

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  5. Eleanore Whitaker August 18, 2016

    Anyone who thinks for one second the minute every one of the 33,000 emails are opened to the public eye is going to satisfy the Republicans is a fool.

    These scandal mongering nuts are looking for gnat dung in a haystack and they know it.

    What they really want is to get their big nosy beaks into her personal emails. Everyone of us has a right to privacy. When did asshats of the GOP decide Hillary has no right to privacy in her personal emails?

    What next? Analzye her utility bills? The brand of pantyhose she buys? These men are crazy midwestern and southern jackasses who are patently into framing Hillary to get rid of her. You try to frame anyone and see how fast you end up in jail.

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    1. 11thStPopulist August 18, 2016

      I actually trust Hillary far more than the conniving Republicans who have done a good job in casting aspersions. She should just open up every boring thing in her public life. To not do so plays into their little game of trying to make her seem untrustworthy.

      Benghazi was both a planned terroristic attack and an opportunistic attack because of the riot over the video about Muhammed. Why don’t people see that?

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker August 18, 2016

        I am sure she would but how would YOU feel having to open up emails between yourself and your daughter? See? Not to much fun when reality strikes. That’s a violation of our First Amendment Rights to privacy of our mail and correspondence. People go to jail just for opening up someone else’s mail without permission. Now we are going to allow the GOP yet another demand to violate Hillary’s 1st Amendment right? Where does it end?

        Little boys never get enough. They just keep up their spiteful, childish demands until Mommy or Daddy has to reel them in. It is long past time to reel in these jerks of the GOP before they go hog wild and start demanding the rest of us open our private mail.

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        1. Independent1 August 18, 2016

          Yes, virtually everything the GOP has done over the past 7 years has proven their childishness and low intelligence – which confirms studies that show Low IQ contributes to racist and conservative ideologies.

          What true adults would deliberately waste millions of dollars (over 500 million) voting endlessly on legislation they knew was dead in the water? What adults, would try to run a government with “Its my way or the highway” like the GOP has done the past 7 years?? It’s people with minds the equivalent of 2-3 year olds who act this way.

          The vast majority of people who gravitate to supporting the GOP are people who’s brains have been in arrested development and have not progressed into where they can cope with progressive ideologies that require being able to accept ideas that are just not like their own.

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          1. 11thStPopulist August 18, 2016

            Yes, that appears to be their base these days. Once upon a time, before the Dixiecrats defected after the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s, Republicans used to favor small government, low taxes, and other areas framed as fiscal responsibility. Now? Bigotry.

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      2. bobnstuff August 18, 2016

        People see what they are told is there. Hannity and his group tells them what to see and they see it. The Republicans in congress today for the most part are as bad as we have ever had. The justice department needs to start going after those who leak information, the Republicans would demand it if it was the Democrats doing it.

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    2. Box August 18, 2016

      “When did asshats of the GOP decide Hillary has no right to privacy in her personal emails?”
      When the Democrats decided that the citizenry didnt have a right to privacy in their personal emails. NSA, reading your personal emails right now, was ramped up by whom? Who built the giant Utah facility? Obama. So WTH are you talking about? Christ what a moonbat.

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      1. jmprint August 18, 2016

        Yes, but aren’t you the lucky one that has been kept safe from terrorist because of Obama.

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      2. Independent1 August 18, 2016

        Nsa’s reading people’s emails?? What are the people who work there – SUPER SPEED READERS??

        Come on dummy!! You do realize that more than 295 billion emails get sent in the U.S, each day about 2 trillion emails a week (I get over 400 a day myself)!! So how in the world would anyone have the time to be reading anyone individuals emails?? It’s only low IQ dummies in America that could possibly believe such a thing!!

        The only time any individuals emails may get read is if they’re certain terrorist related words in their emails which are probably being scanned by programs to look for certain words or certain people who are under suspicion are chatting with someone because of some tip or related crime.

        Wake up and come back to reality and stop living in your la la land!!!

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      3. Independent1 August 18, 2016

        And being illogical isn’t even the worst of it. Americans, maybe even you, are going to rue the day when another 9/11 happens; and it’s discovered that the attack wasn’t prevented because due to idiots who are putting fake privacy over their lives; NSA was prevented from maintaining the meta data that it needed to connect the dots when the FBI or CIA got a hot tip about an impending terrorist attack.

        It’s possible that 9/11 may have been prevented if Bush and Cheney hadn’t refused to let the CIA and FBI even try to prevent the attack; when those organizations asked about them being allowed to do that 7 times in 4 months.

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      4. Eleanore Whitaker August 19, 2016

        You lose the argument like you always do because there isn’t a single American who isn’t fed up with YOUR BS lies about Hillary.

        The Democrats don’t fight voting rights. In the past 4 months jerkoff, the SC has had to set southern and midwestern Republican states back to the U.S. Constitution for trying to eliminate certain voters, mostly minorities in one form or another.

        Your BS isn’t working anymore. You really need to stop chewing your cud to the point of dessication.

        As for reading personal emails, Hillary according to Comey’s testimony, handed over 33,000 emails. All of which Comey stated quite clearly were “scrutinized” by several FBI groups charged with that duty.

        So anymore BS from you? Or do you wake up with a load in your pants that stinks so bad it causes brain damage? Another man with Geezer Disease.

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  6. 11thStPopulist August 18, 2016

    Yes, publish everything. Clinton’s Wall Street speeches, too. I have heard a taped version of one where she talked about investing in start-ups to empower women in third world countries. Very innocuous. No smoking gun.

    Also, Trump should release his taxes so all can see if the many suspicions about his bankruptcy issues are founded, how he makes his money and if he gives to charities or not, if he off-shores his profits in the Caymon Islands, etc. There is a lot about someone’s character that is revealed in their taxes. So what is he hiding?

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker August 18, 2016

      That’s why the GOP idiots and right wing are pulling another email scandal. They know if Trump’s tax records are released they and he are dead in the water.

      He is hiding a ton of lawsuits that ended in bankruptcy your taxes paid for.

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      1. Mama Bear August 18, 2016

        as well as direct ties to Russian mobsters owned by the Kremlin.

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker August 18, 2016

          This is what I don’t get. The Federal Elections Bureau was instantly on Hillary Clinton (or maybe it wasn’t the FEC but the GOP) when there was the remotest hint of bundlers.

          But they don’t go after Trump’s chief campaign advisor who is in cahoots with the Russians and accepted Russian campaign donations?

          Another thing that makes no sense. Trump’s campaign advisors say he hasn’t spent a dime on political ads. All while he is bashing hell out of the media he needs for those ads?

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          1. Independent1 August 18, 2016

            And the fact that the media gives away so much free coverage to Trump, makes it clear that the American media is primarily run by Conservatives, and in no way ‘The Liberal Media’ like right-wing nuts always try to claim.

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          2. 11thStPopulist August 18, 2016

            Well, the media is run by Capitalists. They are both left and right, but the entire media is out to make a buck. They are all cashing in on this election cycle and all the many controversies.

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          3. Independent1 August 18, 2016

            Yes, but if many of those Capitalists had been true liberals, I doubt Trump’s campaign would have ever gotten off the ground because a large segment of our media would have refused to have broadcast his racist hate rhetoric.

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          4. 11thStPopulist August 18, 2016

            Just just the opposite. The left is displaying Trump in all his racist ignorant glory to run against him and his “fellow travelers.”

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          5. Eleanore Whitaker August 18, 2016

            It isn’t just the Left. It is the Centrists, Progressives and even some of the former Republican states.

            The joke is that so many of us know Trump here in the Metro area for his youthful brazenness and refusal to pay for what he wants.

            Now, running for president, the rest of the country is exposed to the real Trump as he has always been.

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          6. jmprint August 18, 2016

            The circle of life, now Trump is exposing the GOP for who they really are, and I’m loving every bit of it.

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          7. PatrickHenry August 22, 2016

            Exposing the GOP Establishment, as well the entire corrupt Democrat-Socialist Party, not the GOP & voters, why they like Trump so much.

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          8. jmprint August 23, 2016

            They are voting for Trump, two reason, very ignorant or they think Trump is getting rid of the brown race.

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          9. PatrickHenry August 23, 2016

            Again the race card? Nope, just getting rid of the ILLEGAL people, regardless of race or etnicity, as well as possible terrorists.

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          10. jmprint August 23, 2016

            No Patrick, you are not fooling anyone, why do the white nationalist, and supremacist embrace Trump? Bannon is the most racist person I have read about, the Heritage Foundation puts out false information about hispanics having lower IQ’s and their immigration policies are to rid of as many as possible so that America’s IQ can supposedly stay higher. And dumb low IQ white people think that the world will be so much better without hispanics, not just illegals. They went as far as adopting a scenario where they would have porta potty set up and when a hispanic went in they would lock them up and put the porta potty on a truck and ship them back to Mexico, all based on the skin color, not whether they are illegal. ANd the DUMB white trash all agreed with the scenario. Do you honestly think the American Hispanics need to show proof they are Americans. That my friend is being a racist, and that’s what you support. ANd there’s that word POSSIBLE. Could it be possible that you are a Russian agent?

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          11. PatrickHenry August 23, 2016

            Watch Hannity tonight for the FACTS on how ILLEGAL “Immigration” is hurting & burdening American Citizens AND LEGAL Immigrants. Since there ARE many Millions of ILLEGAL people, including Hispanics, we need to know who is & who is not here legally, who violated OUR Laws & who didn’t. The majority of Legal Hispanics or any Legal Immigrant, want our Laws enforced. You keep trying to make this a racial issue, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. No, it couldn’t be possible that I am a Russian agent, your anger is making you nuts, besides, my ancestors arrived LEGALLY from Ellis Island, had sponsors, employment verification, no health or criminal problems, can most of these ILLEGALS claim that?

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          12. jmprint August 23, 2016

            I don’t waste my time on idiots like Hannity, seen and heard enough of him, yuck! There are many illegals, from Russia, China, India, Iraq, Canada and many more, it’s about the brown skin, that is what is out there, that is what is spoken, that is what Trump has done, and why has he done it, because of people like Hannity, OReily, Fox members, Bannon, Manafort, the republicans alt group, and all the white nationalist, the more the magets get fed the more they grow. I didn’t go looking for racism, racism came to me, all over the media, and Trump started it. All you have to do is research and you read lies, lies, fear mongering, conspiracies and more of white supreme. It’s getting old, we need to move on, Trump needs to go!

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          13. PatrickHenry August 27, 2016

            Always about race with you leftists, your ass-umptions about brown skin. Seems like an inferiority complex, or just your OWN hatred of Whites. Always complaining about Whites. There is where all the division in this Country come from, the non-Whites non-acceptance of Whites in general. More jealously & blame for your own failures.

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          14. Independent1 August 18, 2016

            That could be the case now that his racist hate rhetoric has been shown to display all the bad things about the GOP, but I’m talking about his original spewings of hate rhetoric; when he first announced his candidacy and most people would have not believed so many Americans would have bought into it. I doubt many truly liberal outlets would have given that clearly racist hate filled message much coverage to the point where Trump started getting the attention he ended up getting.

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          15. PatrickHenry August 18, 2016

            The leftist media has been having ratings problems for a long time, but when they have Trump on, their only loyalty is to a huge ratings ibcrease, & the Millions of dollars that come with it.

            Proves the Left hasn’t any true principles, they just change with the wind….

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          16. Eleanore Whitaker August 18, 2016

            Actually not true. Once you see that in the US there are only 6 major billionaire media moguls and all of them are ultra conservatives.

            When you are a freelance writer, you see that media is more a monopoly than it legally has a right to be.

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          17. 11thStPopulist August 18, 2016

            Do you have a link that names them? I can think of Ted Turner (CNN), and Rupert Murdoch (Fox), but who else? It used to be the Hearst empire back in the day. Who owns that conglomerate now?

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          18. Eleanore Whitaker August 18, 2016

            That’s what I don’t get. He is bashing hell out of the media and they still give him freebies? Who does that?

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          19. Mama Bear August 18, 2016

            who does it is a money hungry media owner. I’ve worked in the media for 40 years – the later years as a publisher and the downward pressure for revenue was the overriding issue the last 10 years. I have had many knock down drag out fights with upper management about the editorial integrity of our product and our obligation to our readers but unless I find a way to navigate the narrow space I always lose to the revenue.

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          20. latebloomingrandma August 18, 2016

            Follow the money. People watch Trump like the train wreck that he miss. Translation–advertising dollars.

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          21. Independent1 August 18, 2016

            I think the Conservative media has gotten themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. They’ve been covering Trump because he became the darling of a lot of the GOP base and his outlandish rhetoric drew attention and therefore viewers/listeners/readers; and then he became their presidential nominee. So now that he’s gotten to where he’s bashing their coverage of his campaign, they can’t really start not covering his idiotic campaign events even though he spews hate against even them, because the GOP base will then be up in arms against the media and they’ll get mad and those folks will start bad mouthing the media. It’s a catch-22 for the media.

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          22. InformedVoter August 19, 2016

            Once more you demonstrate ignorance of the workings of the media. The media publishes “stuff” about Trump thinking it will hurt him or take him down. They have not realized that they can’t destroy what they didn’t create. The media publishes junk and Trump responds and his number go up. Thus, your claim about the media being run by conservatives has once more been proven to be false.

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          23. Independent1 August 19, 2016

            I’m only wrong to a right-wing moron who is totally demented and is living with arrested brain development such that he’s the actual mental equivalent of a 3-year old!!!

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          24. InformedVoter August 21, 2016

            OK, please show me stories that praise Trump that have been in liberal news sources. You can’t! The media attacked GW for 8 years. The media has boosted up Obama for 8 years.
            The media has ignored Hillary – who should be in prison while they attack Trump on anything. The media has done this in hopes it will destroy Trump. The problem is that the media can’t destroy something they didn’t invent. The more the media attacks Trump, the more the swing voters begin to realize that Trump is the correct choice for president. Most Trump supporters feel threatened to show support as the left regularly attacks peaceful Trump supporters. This was demonstrated during the primaries. More people voted for Trump than any Republican in primary history.
            Proof about the attacks:
            http://www.wnd.com/2016/08/anti-trump-protesters-storm-motorcade-assault-supporters/
            The media claimed no one would actually vote for Trump and all that did was cause a large turnout. I say “liberal media, keep it up!”
            Liberal news sources like the Detroit Free Press, about as liberal as they come, have pummeled Trump for over a year and they can’t figure out why Trump’s approval numbers go up every time they slam him.

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          25. PatrickHenry August 22, 2016

            When Independent1 loses an argument to facts that make his BS look pathetic, he always goes into his default mode, which is juvenile name-calling, quite hilarious.

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          26. InformedVoter August 23, 2016

            He loves to copy/paste volumes of words hoping that somewhere in his pile there will be something to prove his point. And as you pointed out, when he’s revealed as a know nothing, he resorts to calling names and throwing a temper tantrum.

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          27. Mama Bear August 18, 2016

            I do believe that the feds are investigating the Russian campaign donations as well as the hacks to the DNC, we won’t know anything until that investigation yields results. About the media, remember that ANY publicity is good publicity and Trump is getting it in spades. He said from the very beginning he was not going to need any ad buys, he would get coverage for free. In my local paper I have noted that his face in on the front page almost daily. In marketing “name recognition” is the goal and he is getting it. His ignorant followers don’t care if he appears to be an idiot, they are in that same category.

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          28. Eleanore Whitaker August 18, 2016

            Ironic isn’t it? The GOP President Nixon was forced to resign for the same thing the GOP is doing today…Then, his burglars broke into the DNC headquarters at the WaterGate Hotel in DC. Now the same little punks are burglarizing DNC computers.

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          29. 11thStPopulist August 18, 2016

            Could be the Russians with the assistance of Wikileak’s Julian Assange. Donald asked them to do it, wink wink.

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          30. Eleanore Whitaker August 18, 2016

            I’ve always found it a tad too odd that the only target of Assange is the US government. He seems to act in concert with our enemies in a covert way by hacking into our most sensitive classified documents and then putting Americans at great risk of another 9/11 attack.

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          31. 11thStPopulist August 18, 2016

            Maybe that is why he is taking sanctuary at the Bolivian Embassy, or is it Equador?

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          32. Independent1 August 18, 2016

            It’s Ecuador. See this from the UK Telegraph:

            Julian Assange has talked in detail abut his daily life in the Ecuadorian Embassy with the staff members he says are “like family.”

            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/10376799/Julian-Assange-my-life-in-the-embassy.html

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        2. 11thStPopulist August 18, 2016

          Perhaps. At the very least his newest ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort is implicated there.

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      2. jmprint August 18, 2016

        Those GOP fishes are already swimming on there backs.

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  7. Eleanore Whitaker August 18, 2016

    If we allow the right wing bullies in this country to force Hillary to hand over her private emails on her private server, ours will be next. These nuts have to be stopped. They are costing us tax dollars.

    Their befrigged states eat up most of the national revenues and then they have the gall to pull these stunts while they play their Big “D” games: Delay, Defund, Deny, Degrade? How much more should they be allowed to get away with?

    Is this all your government is about? GOP bullies paying ALL of their attention to getting rid of Hillary and not doing what they are paid to do?

    Name one thing the GOP has actually done that has benefitted you. Can’t name one can you? Almost 8 years and their record of scumbucket slime ball smearing is THE only thing they wasted our tax dollars on.

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    1. jmprint August 18, 2016

      Well now Eleanore I do remember watching C-Span while the republicans were hard at work, I was able to hear the recital of Green Eggs & Ham, and I hadn’t heard it in over thirty years, so yeah they did something. And then there were all those bill passed to stop abortion, and all those lawsuit against ACA, then there were all those bills against voter rights. And then all those investigations, they were able to spend a lot of the money we didn’t have.

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    2. itsfun August 18, 2016

      When you become a “public servant” of her magnitude, private documents are not private, but public property.

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      1. jmprint August 18, 2016

        So let’s see your emails, aren’t you a public SERVANT.

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        1. itsfun August 18, 2016

          nope just a tax paying citizen wanting to know the truth of classified emails, the health of a Presidential candidate, the tax returns of another Presidential candidate.

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      2. Jan123456 August 18, 2016

        Nope. A public servant does not give up his/her rights to privacy. See, that’s why things like tax returns have to be released voluntarily.

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        1. itsfun August 18, 2016

          You’re right, I just feel when a person gets that high in the governmental chain, then almost all of what they do is public property. I am talking about anything that has to do with our government. That is the reason I hate the owning of and using a private server. That allows the owner to avoid FOIA requests, because they can claim any email is private and personal. No matter what is on the server it gives the appearance of possible corruption and that will always follow the server owner.

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          1. Jan123456 August 18, 2016

            I agree…if it is government business it should be in public domain…classified information being the exception.

            And I do also agree with you that her conducting public business on a private server was entirely inappropriate for the reasons you stated.

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      3. drdroad August 18, 2016

        And apparently that only applies to Democrats.

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        1. itsfun August 18, 2016

          That applies to every elected official in this country.

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          1. Independent1 August 18, 2016

            Then why was the Bush Administration allowed to loose over 100 million emails and no investigation was ever suggested by a Republican led House of Reps Congressional committee???

            And 80 million of those emails are still missing – and Republicans have been in control of the House since 2011 and people have still been clamoring to see those missing emails but no Republican has ever suggested bringing an investigation about even Powell who deliberately deleted all his emails when he left the State Department. Why not if it applies to both parties???

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          2. Independent1 August 18, 2016

            And if it applies to a “public servant’ why was everyone who worked for Romney when he was governor of mass allowed to buy the hard drive of their computer (including Romney) in order to hide all the information they had on their computer about their nefarious dealings over those 4 years?? And they even went to the extent of erasing the Mass government’s email server of all their emails!!

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          3. johninPCFL August 18, 2016

            Just not Powell and Rice, who deleted all of their emails in contravention of the law. When were they prosecuted?

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          4. itsfun August 18, 2016

            every elected official

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          5. PatrickHenry August 23, 2016

            Newsflash, Powell called out Hillary, no comparison. Duhhh.

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  8. itsfun August 18, 2016

    Very confusing issue. In one instance the FBI says the emails contained classified documents that were handled extremely carelessly, but did not recommend prosecution. Now the FBI says the emails are so highly classified that even the members of the House and Senate aren’t cleared to read them. Now Tom Kaine says every citizen and person in the whole world is cleared to read them. Which is it? Maybe because Tom Kaine knows that the emails cannot be released because of National Security concerns by the FBI, he can call for their release without any fear of the American people actually finding out what Hillary had in her unsecured private server.
    Personally I believe the speeches to bankers and Wall street should be released, and Donald Trump should be releasing his tax returns. He says he will as soon as the IRS is done with the audit. How long does a audit take for one individual? Maybe the IRS has gotten pressure from Obama to not complete the audit until after the election. Maybe the audit will prove Trump pays his fair share. Either way the audit should be concluded ASAP. Put more auditors on the his case to speed up the process. After watching Hillary trying to climb stairs and go down stairs, and how she needs a posture pillow to sit up straight, her medical records should be released. I have to wonder how many drugs she is taking and if they are addictive.

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    1. jmprint August 18, 2016

      “He says he will as soon as the IRS is done with the audit.” By then Hillary will be in her second term.. and maybe one day your light bulb will turn on.

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      1. itsfun August 18, 2016

        Why would the IRS not be done with the audit in a timely manner? I doubt if Hillary’s health would allow her to finish even one term. I watched my mother die some every with Parkinson’s disease. I am seeing some of the same things with her. Her inability to navigate stairs, the gait she walks with. involuntary facial expressions. I hope I am wrong, because I don’t ever want anyone to go through that murdering disease. Why would the FBI say the emails are too highly classified for even member of the House and Senate to read? Its easy to say release them, when you know they can’t be released.

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        1. jmprint August 18, 2016

          Audits have nothing to do with not being able to release your tax forms for view. Didn’t you hear Trump say the government has been auditing him for over a decade. You are falling AND pushing another false propaganda on Hilliary. The stuff that is being passed around on conservatives sights are doctored documents, her doctor has already said. Why do you guy keep lying, you are a joke.

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          1. itsfun August 18, 2016

            Why do you keeping ignoring my question and talk about different things? Yes Trump has been audited for over 10 years or so. I don’t believe he has been charged with tax evasion in those ten years. I still wonder how emails that the FBI says are to sensitive for House members and Senate members can be completely released to the public. Kaine can say anything he wants about releasing them, when he KNOWS they can’t be released.

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          2. jmprint August 18, 2016

            Because it is not normal for the FBI to release ANY papers after a case has been CLOSED, but since Comey is a republican and is trying to help his fellow congressmen, he has allowed for them to view and leak as they please portions of the files, can you tell me WHY?

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          3. itsfun August 18, 2016

            Because you just made up everything you just said. How does not allowing congressman see a document help the Republicans? He has not allowed them for view. What do you think the Congress is complaining about? They certainly aren’t complaining about be able to read the emails. He has said they are too sensitive for Congress to see. Kaine is only saying let them be public because he knows the FBI cannot take the chance to compromise national security as Hillary has.

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          4. jmprint August 18, 2016

            OK I made the leak part up. But they can view, just not snap shot, nor copy any portion. The reason some are classified is because at the time of corresponding the documents were not classified as such, but were classified at a later time, they can’t be leaked.

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          5. chino49p August 19, 2016

            Both you and itsfun need to understand what was given to the congress was not the e-mails themselves per se, but the notes on the FBI investigation into the e-mails. It is a known fact that the repub cons have a habit of leaking selective parts of any of their phony investigations that can be taken out of context to create a false narrative. All Kaine is saying don’t give the repub cons a chance to do their selective leaking, just release it all so people can get the true story not the deceptive one the repub cons want to create by their selective leaking.

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    2. Billie August 18, 2016

      Highly unlikely that there is an audit.

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      1. itsfun August 18, 2016

        My understanding is he gets audited every year and so far so good. I still want to know why the emails should be or not released and why.

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    3. drdroad August 18, 2016

      Why does the audit have ANYTHING to do with him releasing his returns?? I think it’s just an excuse. There are clearly things in there he doesn’t want us to see. First nominee in like 50 years to not release his returns.

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      1. itsfun August 18, 2016

        I don’t know what is or isn’t in his returns. I can’t remember his ever being accused of tax evasion though. I still want to know how emails that are too sensitive for the House and Senate members to see should be released for the general public and the whole world. Its very easy for Kaine to say release them to the public when he KNOWS that can’t happen. If those emails are too sensitive for Congress to see, how can anyone ever defend her having them on a private unsecured server.

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    4. Independent1 August 18, 2016

      “Very confusing issue. In one instance the FBI says the emails contained
      classified documents that were handled extremely carelessly, but did not
      recommend prosecution.”

      The FBI only said all that nonsense because Comey is a Republican and was determined to make Hillary look as bad as he could by grossly exaggerating the situation. FACT IS, that if anyone is guilty of mishandling confidential information IT IS THE 300 or so people who sent Hillary emails which may have been of a confidential nature WHEN THEY KNEW the email address they were sending these emails too WAS NOT A GOVERNMENT ADDRESS!!

      And the 2nd FACT IS, that ONLY 3 of all the emails that Hillary received WERE EVEN REMOTELY MARKED AS BEING CONFIDENTIAL and all those 3 had on them were a small ‘c’ WHICH MEANT ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!

      So lowlife Comey did everything he could to make things look bad for Hillary – EVEN THOUGH, Comey knew that 22 people in the Bush Administration had used A PRIVATE SERVER FOR MORE THAN 85% OF THE WORK THEY DID DURING THE 8 YEARS BUSH WAS IN OFFICE!! And that included Rice and Powell. Years worth of work that required discussing confidential information which was marked at whatever level of confidentiality was needed and received and sent on the RNC’s PRIVATE SERVER!!

      Comey also knew, THAT NO PREVIOUS SECRETARY OF STATE HAD EVER USED A GOVERNMENT SERVER FOR HIS OR HER EMAILS WHILE SECRETARY OF STATE…AND THAT POWELL HAD ACTUALLY DELIBERATELY DELETED THE THOUSANDS OF EMAILS THAT HAD BEEN IN HIS EMAIL ACCOUNT!!

      And Comey also knew that at one time there had been 103 Million emails missing from those 22 worthless Republicans who were in the Bush Administration and that over the past 10 years since many of those were supposed to be recoverd, only 22 million have ever been recovered so there are still over 80 million emails from the Bush Administration THAT ARE STILL MISSING!!

      If you just stop and think for a minute lowlife Comey CLEARLY TRIED TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE HILLARY WAS SOME KIND OF AN ODDBALL FOR NOT USING A GOVERNMENT SERVER WHEN THE STATE DEPARTMENT DID NOT REQUIRE THE SOS TO USE ONE – AND NO OTHER SOS HAD EVER USED A GOVERNMENT SERVER WHILE SERVING AS SOS!!

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  9. The lucky one August 18, 2016

    Never mind the GOP leaks. Clinton’s own press releases are all one needs. Her selection of pro TPP & fracking Ken Salazar proves that she is totally a corporate shill. I was leaning toward voting for Clinton as the lesser of two evils but her choices for her “gang” make it obvious to me that both choices are so evil that it is impossible to determine the lesser of the two. I’ll be voting for either stein or Johnson.

    I know the HRC bots will claim that means I am supporting Trump but just so i don’t have to waste time responding to that nonsense I’ll tell you now. Wake up and start paying attention to what she does rather than what she says,.

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    1. itsfun August 18, 2016

      Ditto, I am in the same boat as you are. How this country voted for these 2 in the primaries is a mystery. If these 2 are the best this country can do, then we are in deep trouble. Since I have been old enough to vote, I have never missed voting for a Presidential candidate. This may be the year I leave that box unchecked. This will come as a shock to you and I will surely be called a liar again, but I voted for Jimmy Carter the first time and Bill Clinton in his second term. I always thought Carter surrounded himself with clowns and Bill Clinton was smart and could see both sides of a issue and wasn’t afraid to compromise when needed.

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      1. Independent1 August 18, 2016

        “Ditto, I am in the same boat as you are.” You’re both clearly in the boat of total stupidity!!!

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  10. PatrickHenry August 18, 2016

    Kaine needs to be reminded that Congress is the Legislative body of OUR representatives, not the FBI. No one is above the Law. Kaine is certainly sounding flakey, he talks of Whites becoming a minority & supports massive Amnesty. Enough said! WOW…

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    1. jmprint August 18, 2016

      Hello Tea Pot.

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      1. PatrickHenry August 18, 2016

        Tip me over & pour the Truth out.

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        1. jmprint August 18, 2016

          Can’t there’s a hole in your pot.

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          1. PatrickHenry August 18, 2016

            You’re right, the hole on top that let’s facts out, not like the hole in your buttox that blows hot air.

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          2. jmprint August 18, 2016

            on top of your head, I don’t get it what is your reason for supporting Trump?

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          3. PatrickHenry August 22, 2016

            Trump is for making America safe & prosperous again, creating a strong Middle-Class for ALL, not just special interest politicians. Get it?

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          4. jmprint August 22, 2016

            Yeah right! Your convinced and we know better, simple as that.

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          5. PatrickHenry August 23, 2016

            Thanks for again showing everyone your Liberal, elitist attitude.

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          6. jmprint August 23, 2016

            And what do you show us, that no matter if the country is at risk of becoming the most divided country and possibly open the door to Russian legislation you would support that. Trump hiring Bannon says a whole lot about who Trump is, and if you the followers like that, then yes you have shown us who YOU are. Thank you as well.

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          7. PatrickHenry August 23, 2016

            Obama has been the Great Divider, as we all have seen conditions deteriorate rapidly the last 7 1/2 years.

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