Claim: Israelis tried to blackmail Bill Clinton with Lewinsky tapes to force spy releasePosted July 21, 2014 at 11:23 pm by Benjamin Weingarten
In October 1998 in a bid to gain the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli team led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to blackmail President Bill Clinton with tapes of Clinton and then-intern Monica Lewinsky. When Clinton brought Israel’s request for Pollard’s release to CIA Director George Tenet, Tenet threatened to resign on the spot should Clinton cave and release Pollard. Clinton ultimately declined the Israeli request, though he would consider it once again before the end of his term.
This bombshell claim comes from Daniel Halper’s new book on the Clintons’ rise back to power, “Clinton, Inc.,” in a section based on the author’s review of the so-called “Monica Files,” to which Halper obtained exclusive access.
The hundreds of pages of documents comprising the “Monica Files” detail numerous sordid allegations about President Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Monica Lewinsky as compiled by Lewinsky’s associates including “investigators, attorneys, and other Lewinsky advisors in the event that she might be involved in legal action against the president.”
Here is how Halper describes the meeting between the Israelis and President Clinton that October, which took place during a set of high-profile negotiations on the Middle East with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at the Wye Plantation near Wye River, Maryland:
At one point, Netanyahu reportedly pulled Clinton aside to press for a pet cause for the Israelis–the release of Jonathan Pollard, an American spy for Israel who was sitting in prison. Netanyahu pressed Clinton to release Pollard, which in itself was not an unusual request. But the Israelis present at Wye River had a new tactic for their negotiations–they’d overheard Clinton and Monica and had it on tape. Not wanting to directly threaten the powerful American president, (more…)
Betrayal: New book claims Bill Clinton advised John McCain during the 2008 presidential electionPosted July 21, 2014 at 8:03 pm by Benjamin Weingarten
Many have written about the bitter division between the Clintons and Obamas stemming back to their battle for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, including most notably of late Ed Klein in his “Blood Feud.”
But could this hatred have run so deep that President Clinton himself would have actually worked to sabotage then-Senator Obama’s 2008 campaign once Obama had locked up the Democratic nomination?
While Daniel Halper, author of the new bombshell book, “Clinton, Inc.,” will not go that far, he does have evidence, including John McCain’s own words, that Bill Clinton actually advised the GOP presidential nominee down the stretch of the 2008 election.
“By the time Bill Clinton hit the hustings for his enemy, Barack Obama, it was pretty apparent that Hillary’s next candidacy for president was already under way. The Clintons would not be blamed as party poopers or sore losers. In the worst-case scenario, she was a doable eight years away from the White House. Or in the best case, four years if somehow Obama managed to lose the general election.
That tantalizing thought preoccupied Bill Clinton for the rest of the campaign. So much so that he did something no self-respecting politico would do in a presidential race—he flirted, quite obviously, with the enemy. In this case, that was the Republicans’ nominee, Hillary’s old friend John McCain.”
How did Clinton support McCain during the general election season?
“During the 2008 campaign I talked to President Clinton on several occasions,” McCain tells me with a slight smile, as if realizing what he is about to let slip (more…)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ridiculously bad presidential song and Pat’s hilarious parodyPosted July 21, 2014 at 4:02 pm by Stu Burguiere
On Monday’s “Pat and Stu Show,” we played a song meant to encourage Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for president. It’s really quite horrible. Pat grabbed the guitar to remake it into a satisfying parody. Listen around the 1:28:55 mark toward the end:
‘The border is secure’: What official gave Harry Reid that assurance?Posted July 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm by Stu Burguiere
On Monday’s edition of “Pat & Stu,” the guys reveal the source for Senator Harry Reid’s claim that the US/Mexico border is “secure.” Listen to the audio below starting at 24:35.
Harry Reid says deporting immigrant kids won’t solve the border crisisPosted July 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday that deporting illegal immigrant children back to their home countries will do nothing to resolve the border crisis, going against the grain of Republicans who say faster deportations will do just that by making it less worthwhile for kids to try to cross into the county.
Reid opened this week’s work in the Senate by criticizing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for seeking to end President Barack Obama’s deferred deportation program as a condition of funding new border control efforts. Cruz and other Republicans have said that deferred action program has tempted thousands of children to cross the border, but Reid said it doesn’t make sense to deport anyone.
Supporting charity through AmazonSmilePosted July 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Alak Mehta
You may have noticed that some links to book titles in our posts direct you to AmazonSmile.
For those unfamiliar with the feature, AmazonSmile provides the same selection, prices, and shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the proceeds of your purchase(s) to a charity of your choice.
One such option is Mercury One, Glenn Beck’s charity. Mercury One’s activities to date have included, among others, disaster relief, support for education, support for Israel and support for veterans and our military. The charity’s mission statement is “to inspire, organize and mobilize individuals to improve the human condition physically, emotionally and spiritually with malice towards none and charity for all.
You can elect to pledge a portion of sale proceeds to a charity of your choice using AmazonSmile by following the below five easy steps:1. Go to AmazonSmile.
2. Bookmark this page.
3. Sign in using your Amazon account or create a new account.4. Designate Mercury One, Inc. as your charity of choice.5. Start shopping to support Mercury One!
*Note: Mercury One is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with Internal Revenue Code Section 170. No goods or services were provided by Mercury One in exchange for your donation. Mercury One, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID #45-3929881. Your donation may be considered tax-deductible. Please consult with a tax attorney or an accountant for specific guidance.
‘Hot girl’ has some incredible stats for you on educationPosted July 21, 2014 at 10:55 am by Stu Burguiere
As if Glenn wasn’t large enough, you can see him on the big screen at your local movie theatre this Tuesday, July 22, for the live event “We Will Not Conform: A Night to Make Common Core History.”
It is recommended that you read “Conform“ before attending the event.
But don’t worry if you haven’t had time to read everything Glenn asks you to read (believe me, I know how you feel).
Luckily, I found an attractive lady to read some of “Conform” to you:
For tickets and locations, visit WeWillNotConform.com.
White House ignoring Congress on key foreign policy decisionsPosted July 21, 2014 at 10:37 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday accused the Obama administration of completely shutting Congress out of major foreign policy decisions, including how to deal with Russia’s aggression on the Ukraine border, and the delayed Iran nuclear talks.
Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said the White House has not reached out to Congress in any meaningful way on Russia, and totally ignored Congress’s advice not to extend the Iran nuclear talks. (more…)
Dems seek criminal penalties against companies that fail to notify workers on use of Hobby Lobby rulingPosted July 21, 2014 at 9:15 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Senate Democrats want to impose criminal penalties, including the possibility of years in prison, against company executives that fail to tell workers that they won’t receive coverage for certain contraceptives as part of their health insurance.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) proposed the Preventive Care Coverage Notification Act, which is the Democrats’ latest reaction to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. That decision said closely held for-profit companies don’t have to provide contraception that violates the religious beliefs of their owners.
A Cashless Society– We’re Closer than You Think . . .Posted July 20, 2014 at 2:50 pm by Sponsored Post
Is cash becoming extinct? A growing number of economists and financial experts are saying a cashless society isn’t far off. A recent survey reveals that 78 percent of Americans carry with them less than $50 at any given time. Another 10 percent say they don’t carry dollar bills or change at all.
However, this end-of-cash era doesn’t faze most Americans. In fact, chief financial analyst of Bankrate.com Greg McBride said that moving to a “truly cashless society… won’t be much of an adjustment” for most people. That’s because an overwhelming majority have made credit/debit cards and electronic transactions (mobile apps) their payment method of choice. Noncash payments are fast, easy, and will inevitably be the dominating way to make payments in the global economy.
When currencies and economies falter, investors tend to focus even more on gold and silver.
What are the benefits of a cashless economy?
Israel is currently in the process of approving a three-phase plan to make cash transactions a thing of the past. An estimated 20 percent of economic activity in the Jewish state is not reported, making it one of the largest black markets in the world and costing the state $11-14 billion in revenue every year. Therefore, in an effort to combat tax evasion, money laundering, and even funding for terrorism, the Israeli government is making it harder for people and businesses to make large cash payments and transactions.
If the legislation is approved, Israeli banks would be required to provide credit/debit cards to all account holders to encourage electronic commerce. Like the United States, many Israelis already prefer electronic payment methods for convenience. There’s no doubt that Israel is leading the way for a cashless economy, but like all innovative ideas, there are real risks and the possibility of unforeseen consequences.
Cyber theft and the end of financial privacy
As electronic payment options have become more sophisticated, cyber thieves have gotten savvier. It’s true that thousands of people have their personal information stolen every day; however, hackers have been attempting data breaches on a massive scale more and more frequently. For example, the data breach at Target stores in February 2014 compromised the credit/debit cards of 40 million shoppers. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said it best, “Cyber attacks on our financial system represent a real threat to our economic and national security.”
Indeed, many of these large-scale attacks are coming from countries outside of the US. Reports of systematic cyber espionage and data theft are growing by the day, and consumers are uncertain that their accounts are completely safe.
Jack Lew recently stated, “Cyber intrusion has far reaching consequences. Hackers accessed A.P.’s twitter account and announced a false alert saying there had been an attack on the White House, which drove down the Dow for three minutes; temporarily erasing roughly $130 billion of value from U.S. stock markets.” Even more troubling, perhaps, is the real threat of our own government having unlimited, unrestricted access to our personal records and account information.
Still, there are those entrepreneurs who are hopeful for the future of a cashless society. Tyler Winklevoss notes, “Micropayments, which have previously been unfeasible on the Internet, can now happen. A reliable, digital currency will enable a lot of great things and I’m excited to see the next decade unfold.” The cashless society case is being made more every day, as the benefits continue to pile up. Research from Tufts University demonstrated that cash costs US consumers, businesses and governments more than $200bn annually in everything from ATM fees and theft to lost tax revenue. It also helps spread disease. In addition to Bitcoin and Square, Richard Branson recently announced an investment in Clinkle, a start-up that promises to revolutionize payments. Whether you believe cash will continue to be king or that it will be usurped by digital payments, there is no doubt – a cashless society is on the horizon.
After blaming Russia, State Department insists it won’t prejudge investigation into downed passenger planePosted July 18, 2014 at 5:03 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The State Department said Friday that the Obama administration was not prejudging the pending investigation into the Malaysian plane that was shot down over Ukraine, despite a blistering statement at the UN in which the U.S. ambassador placed the blame squarely at Russia’s feet.
At a Friday morning UN Security Council meeting, Ambassador Samantha Power singled out Russia as a possible source of technical expertise to pro-Russia separatists who shot down the plane, killing nearly 300 people. She also said the downed plane should be seen in the “context” of Russia’s effort to continue to destabilize Ukraine. (more…)
Issa gives White House second chance to testify, but warns he will enforce subpoenaPosted July 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Friday he would give the White House one more chance to allow a top official to testify.
But Issa warned if the White House doesn’t take this chance, he is ready to enforce a subpoena that the Obama administration has so far ignored.
An idea whose time has come? Mandatory ethics training for House membersPosted July 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Scott Rigell (R-Va.) want to subject all members of Congress to mandatory ethics training, and have proposed legislation that would require it.
Their Ensuring Trust and Honorability in Congressional Standards (ETHICS) Act would follow up on legislation from 2007 that only requires ethics training for members of the Senate, and staffers from both the House and Senate. The two members said it’s time to end the exemption for House members.
Russia pins air disaster on Ukraine’s faulty aviation securityPosted July 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Russian Federation’s ambassador to the United Nations on Friday blamed Ukraine’s government in Kiev for failing to take steps needed to ensure the safety of passenger aircraft, and said that failure was a major factor in the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane.
Vitaly Churkin, the Russian Federation’s ambassador to the UN, said in New York Friday that investigators should be asking why the plane was allowed to travel through airspace that has seen missile strikes in the last several weeks.
Ted Cruz, Steve King, others flood Congress with bills to fix the borderPosted July 18, 2014 at 9:17 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Republicans in the House and Senate introduced several new legislative proposals aimed at fixing the humanitarian crisis at the southern U.S. border — including plans to enforce the border, speed up the process of deporting illegal immigrant children, and remove the incentives that the GOP believes are enticing Central American children to cross into the United States.
Republicans say the Obama administration has created the impression that children can stay in the U.S. once they cross over through its deferred deportation policy against younger immigrants. And in fact, many can stay — government officials have estimated that about half of the children crossing over may have a legitimate asylum claim, and that nearly half never show up for the deportation hearing.
Buck Sexton: President Obama has gone from an ‘odious politician’ to a ‘terrifying human being’Posted July 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm by Chris Peterson
After frantically covering the developments in Ukraine where 295 people, possibly including 20 Americans, were killed, TheBlaze Radio Network host Buck Sexton cut to a live speech by President Obama. Devoting roughly 15 seconds to the tragedy before delving into the administration’s economic achievements to an audience of union laborers, President Obama made it clear that he was more interested in campaigning than discussing the crisis in Ukraine.
Sexton expressed his disgust and anger with the President’s behavior, which was so abhorrent that every major network, including TheBlaze, cut away from his speech. In the words of Sexton, President Obama has gone from an “odious politician” to a “terrifying human being.”
Listen to the segment from TheBlaze Radio Network (clip starts at 1:39:50)
Joseph Simonson contributed to this post
Garth Bunk is not Ed Schultz!Posted July 17, 2014 at 5:55 pm by Stu Burguiere
I know some of you have noticed some similarities between Ed Schultz and a character I created named “Garth Bunk.” Even though both are loud, rather large, lack basic IQ levels and social skills, they are in no way alike. All characters appearing in the video below are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
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McCain: ‘Separatists could only have gotten that capability from Russia’Posted July 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday said if the U.S. can confirm that Russian separatists shot down a Malaysian passenger plan, the U.S. should react by imposing tough new sanctions against Russia.
Speaking to reporters, McCain said Russia is the only possible source of surface-to-air missiles that appeared to take down the plane.
State Department still trying to confirm passenger info on doomed Malaysian flightPosted July 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A State Department spokeswoman said Thursday that officials are still working to learn what it can about reports that a Malaysian passenger aircraft was shot down over Ukraine by pro-Russia separatists, including whether any U.S. citizens were aboard that flight.
“At this point we do not have any confirmed information about casualties, the cause or additional details,” State Spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. (more…)
Boehner not sure Congress can pass a border bill by JulyPosted July 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated Thursday that he’s not entirely convinced Congress will be able to pass a bill to deal with the crisis at the southern U.S. border before Congress goes on summer break at the end of July.
When asked if any legislation could be passed in the next few weeks, Boehner said, “I would certainly hope so, but I don’t have as much optimism as I’d like to have.”
The Marxist literature Ben Carson wants you to readPosted July 17, 2014 at 11:36 am by Alak Mehta
Dr. Ben Carson has a surprising suggestion for Americans: read Marxist literature.
Carson’s recommendation came in context of Wednesday’s episode of Fox News’ The Kelly File. Host Megyn Kelly asked the author, renowned retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner about the pervasive divisiveness in today’s America.
Carson argued that such division stemmed from the intentional manipulation of the public, in which certain actors have pitted groups against one another, resulting in a host of “wars”:
“There are elements in our society whose only desire is to drive a wedge into any little crack that they can find…therefore race wars, income wars, age wars, gender wars, religious wars.”
He then made a connection that Kelly suggested might make certain Americans uncomfortable — citing Marxist ideology as the roadmap behind such identity politics. (more…)
Guess which group one TV star is partnering with as part of her book tourPosted July 17, 2014 at 10:47 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Recently we wrote about one of Katie Pavlich’s favorite groups, and one she considers a real champion of women’s rights: the NRA. Evidently Lena Dunham holds an altogether different women’s group particularly close to her heart.
Dunham, the star of HBO’s “Girls” series, plans on having an educational aspect to her tour, as fans will not only get to hear Dunham “reading from her book and answering audience questions…[with] oodles of special guests,” but also ”learn more about organizations close to Lena’s heart, including a special partnership with Planned Parenthood.”
This is not the first time Dunham (more…)
Harry Reid says it’s going to take ‘a lot of money’ to fix the borderPosted July 17, 2014 at 10:33 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that it’s going to take a whole lot of money to fix the border crisis, in an apparent attempt to convince his Senate colleagues to support a request for billions of dollars from the Obama administration.
“We have an obligation by law to do something about it,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “But it takes a lot of money to take care of this. We can’t do it unless we have added resources.”
See the bizarre direct Twitter messages Ed Schultz sent me at 1:33 a.m. … and then deletedPosted July 17, 2014 at 7:50 am by Dan Andros
It all started with a harmless little tweet poking some fun at Ed Schultz. I don’t have that many followers on Twitter, so he could’ve just ignored it and the tweet would’ve been swallowed up, lost in the vast expanse of the twittersphere.
Instead, this lone tweet from lil’ old moi caught Ed’s attention and apparently consumed his mind for the better part of the next 12 hours, culminating in a series of bizarre direct messages sent at 1:33 a.m. and 1:35 a.m. respectively.
Here’s a quick timeline of how things unfolded Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tuesday, 10:40 a.m. CT: Ed Schultz tweets a tease for his TV show:
10:45 a.m. CT: I reply to his tweet:
The link in my tweet is to a story told by liberal radio host Randi Rhodes, who explained how the Democratic party paid to launch the Ed Schultz show nationally. Her first hand account was further confirmation of what the L.A. Times reported back in 2006:
“The show, in fact, was born three years ago with $800,000 in seed money raised by Senate Democrats looking for someone to push back against the relentless attacks from Limbaugh and other conservative talkers on then-minority leader Tom Daschle.”
Rhodes was disgusted by the offer and turned down the money. Ed? He took it.
That’s how he gained a national audience. But I digress.
Just before I closed Twitter I received a notification alert. To my surprise, in just two minutes Ed had replied to my tweet. He was clearly sifting through my profile, because his comment was in reference to my employer:
A few thoughts ran through my mind when I read his reply.
Why is he responding?
Why did he begin a sentence with an exclamation point and then abandon it?
Why is he mocking gainful employment at a rapidly growing, exciting & dynamic company such as TheBlaze?
I spent about 30 seconds contemplating the mind of Ed before tweeting back:
After that, I moved on with my day. Apparently, Ed did not move on with his.
At some point during the day he went back and deleted his reply to me. Perhaps it was an effort to hide the embarrassment of such an inaccurate point, or to hide the fact that he was so rabidly angry he couldn’t resist interacting with a lowly no-name staffer like me. Whatever his motivation, he clearly expressed some remorse for the tweet because he deleted it
The only reason I was aware that he deleted the reply was because of another notification alert I received later in the day: Ed Schultz followed me:
The fact that he followed me several hours after our initial exchange indicated he was still thinking about it. That’s when I clicked on his profile and noticed the reply to me had disappeared. I let out a little chuckle and went to bed.
Judging by what I found in my email Wednesday morning, Ed’s night went quite differently.
When I arrived at the office that morning, a co-worker joked with me about my exchange with Ed. We both found it amusing that Ed had deleted his reply, so I asked if they knew how to retrieve deleted tweets.
“Do you get email notifications?”
“Yeah, I have a filtered folder but I never check it. Let me take a look and see if it’s there.”
I could not believe what I found in that folder. Two direct messages from Ed himself:
These messages, which I presume are written in English, were also deleted from Twitter. The only reason I even knew they existed was because a copy of the alert was sent to my Gmail account.
Whatever the reason, Ed felt remorse for sending these messages. Perhaps it was the creepy, passive aggressive way he direct messaged them instead of just tweeting them, revealing his day long obsession over one little tweet. Perhaps it was guilt over mocking Glenn’s history with drugs and alcohol – a clearly invalid point because Glenn has been sober for more than 15 years and displays no signs of relapse. You know, signs like angry outbursts, inability to function at work, extremely poor decision making – like emotion tweeting people in the wee hours of the morning and then scrambling to try and cover your tracks.
Perhaps Ed is still upset with me over a blog I wrote back in 2010, where I merely posted the abysmal ratings of his television show. Maybe he’s fuming over a recurring character on TheBlaze, Garth Bunk, who many claim displays Ed-like characteristics.
We’ll probably never know – but I’ll be sure to check twitter at 1:33 a.m. early tomorrow morning just in case I receive any more updates.
Watch me discuss the story on radio today with Glenn Beck:
It appears @wegoted no longer follows me on Twitter. He dumped me today. Was it something I said. ? !
Key House lawmaker rejects VA’s request for billions in fundingPosted July 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) has rejected the idea of giving the Department of Veterans Affairs billions of dollars more to resolve the myriad of problems it’s had delivering healthcare to veterans.
In a Senate hearing Wednesday, Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said the VA needs $17.6 billion more to hire 10,000 more employees to deal with the healthcare problems.
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