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Like mother like daughter: This month’s Al Gore Eco-Crusading Junior Mega-Hypocrite award goes to…

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 22:00

**Written by Doug Powers

Chelsea Clinton has earned this month’s honor because of her tremendous sacrifices for the cause of lowering fossil fuel emissions by torching a whole lot of jet fuel in the name of “clean energy” promotion:

Chelsea Clinton opted to travel to a “clean energy” roundtable in Asheville, North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon in a private jet to campaign on behalf of her mother Hillary Clinton.

Clinton first attended two events in Greenville, North Carolina, stopping by a campaign office and then going to an event at East Carolina University to discuss college affordability.

After her two events in Greenville, Clinton was scheduled to attend a “clean energy roundtable” in Asheville, which is about a 5-hour drive away. But instead of driving or flying on a commercial plane, Clinton opted to a take a private jet. The NTK Network posted a tracking video that shows Clinton boarding the private jet on Wednesday.

The Clinton campaign pledged last year they would be carbon neutral on the trail and that they would be “offsetting the carbon footprint of the campaign and that includes travel.” The Clinton team has yet to fulfill this promise, however, as the campaign is using private jets to travel to events.

Like mother like daughter!

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FBI Director James Comey continues to make Inspector Clouseau look like Sherlock Holmes

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 08:57

**Written by Doug Powers

“There is a time to laugh and a time not to laugh, and this is not one of them.” – Inspector Clouseau

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At the New York Post, Paul Sperry lays out a long and damning trail about a James Comey-led FBI “investigation” of Hillary Clinton that was either botched or willfully glossed over. Here’s just part of it:

It’s bad enough that FBI Director James Comey agreed to pass out immunity deals like candy to material witnesses and potential targets of his investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illegal private email server.

But now we learn that some of them were immunized despite lying to Comey’s investigators.

In the latest bombshell from Congress’ probe into what’s looking more and more like an FBI whitewash (or coverup) of criminal behavior by the Democratic nominee and her aides, the Denver-based tech who destroyed subpoenaed emails from Clinton’s server allegedly lied to FBI agents after he got an immunity deal.

That’s normally a felony. As a federal prosecutor, Comey tossed Martha Stewart in jail for it and helped convict Scooter Libby for it as well. Yet the key Clinton witness still maintained his protection from criminal prosecution.

With Comey’s blessing, Obama prosecutors cut the deal with the email administrator, Paul Combetta, in 2015 in exchange for his full cooperation and honest testimony. But the House Judiciary Committee revealed Wednesday that he falsely told agents in a Feb. 18 interview that he had no knowledge that emails he bleached from the server were under congressional orders to be preserved as evidence.

In a second interview on May 3, Combetta admitted he in fact did know. But he still refused to reveal what he discussed with Clinton’s former aides and lawyer during a 2014 conference call about deleting the emails.
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Another panel member, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), established that former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills also lied when she told agents she had no idea Clinton maintained a private email server. She once sent the server administrator a message asking “is server ok” after emails she sent Clinton kept bouncing back. Yet Mills continued to get immunity as well.

Comey said he looked “very hard” but couldn’t make an obstruction case “against any of the subjects we looked at.” He claimed not to have the evidence.

Lots more here.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Comey again acted more like a Clinton defense attorney than the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Here are some examples.

Rep. Trey Gowdy cut to the core of the problem, and it’s that Comey keeps saying he couldn’t prove intent, but that those witnesses who knew of Hillary’s intent were given immunity by the DOJ:

When Comey announced the findings of the FBI’s investigation, remember when he said he could find no precedent for recommending the prosecution of Clinton for what she did? Of course Comey couldn’t find a precedent for that, because everything, from Team Hillary’s actions to the FBI’s investigation of her, set a precedent. But don’t take my word for it:

James Comey's Clinton Immunity: Cheryl Mills being allowed as counsel in @HillaryClinton's interview was unprecedented. pic.twitter.com/h9GyAQ0tUy

— PaleoHorse (@PaleoHorse) September 28, 2016

Comey also testified that it was the U.S. Justice Department, headed up by Loretta Lynch, that gave immunity to Hillary’s top aide Cheryl Mills. And that all leads back to this:

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There was no need to do it again. Once was obviously enough.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Obama at UN last week: US too sovereign — Obama after landslide override of his 9/11 bill veto: It’ll make US less sovereign

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 23:09

**Written by Doug Powers

Congress overrode an Obama veto for the first time, with the Senate voting 97-1 and the House voting 348-77 to go over the president’s head and make the 9/11 bill a law. Harry Reid was the one senator who sided with Obama, probably mostly because he’s not running for re-election anyway. But at least it’ll give him something to complain about in his remaining Senate days while he swats at imaginary flies with faces that look just like Charles and Fred Koch.

Here’s what struck me about all this: Just last week, Obama was telling the festival of globalist bureaucrats that the United States has too stop clinging to the notion of national sovereignty:

In his final speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said the United States has to give up some freedom in exchange for security.

“We can only realize the promise of this institution’s founding to replace the ravages of war with cooperation if powerful nations, like my own, accept constraints,” Obama said.
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“Sometimes I am criticized in my own country for professing a belief in international norms and multilateral institutions,” Obama told the assembly of foreign diplomats. “But I am convinced in the long run, giving up some freedom of action, not giving up our ability to protect ourselves or pursue our core interests, but binding ourselves to the international rules over the long-term enhances our security.”

After Congress overrode his veto Wednesday, Obama said it was a vote that will damage American sovereignty:

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Maybe this is a clue why Obama is a sovereign immunity fan:

This principle is commonly expressed by the popular legal maxim rex non potest peccare, meaning “the king can do no wrong.”

Now it makes sense.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Hillary, Interrupted

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 02:25

Hillary, Interrupted
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2016

Whatever happened to “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar”? Whither “Girl Power”? When did Rosie the Riveter’s “We Can Do It!” give way to Hillary the Haranguer’s “We Can’t Handle It”?

It’s 2016, and the Democrats’ feminist heroine running for commander in chief is whinnying about being — wait for it — interrupted.

Quick! Prepare a complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Poor, fragile, defenseless Hillary Clinton is a victim of the international human rights crime of serial conversational obstruction.

Mainstream media outlets (also known as the Coalition of Liberal Narrative-Benders For Hillary) howled about the unconscionable injustice after Monday’s first presidential debate.

Donald Trump Interrupted Hillary Clinton 51 Times at Debate,” moaned US Weekly, which is owned by Clinton supporter and longtime Clinton donor Jann Wenner.

Donald Trump couldn’t stop interrupting Hillary Clinton,” complained The Huffington Post, founded by female Cambridge Union debating champ Arianna Huffington.

Then there were the female writers for left-wing Vox who balked at Trump’s 51 interruptions involving “petulant asides,” “loud, insistent filibusters,” and the “one-word, schoolboy-like ‘Not’.”

Clinton supporters to Clinton: Slaaaay, Queen!

Trump to Clinton: “Not.”

Oh, no. The oppressive “Not!” Queen slayed.

The Vox gals (is “gals” a trigger?) cited research dating back to the moldy-oldy 1970s about the ravaging effect of workplace interruptus on wimmin. Playing Clinton’s narrative amplifiers, they commiserated. “For most women in the workplace, the phenomenon is exhaustingly familiar.”

Still feeling verbally battered Tuesday morning, Clinton’s old crony fixer and bagman, campaign chair John Podesta, told reporters that Trump’s interruptions were “reminiscent of the way a lot of women feel about bullies in their lives.” Female reporters Andrea Mitchell and Jennifer Epstein dutifully tweeted Podesta’s dog whistle to feminists.

Spare me, you shameless sacks of spin.

Un-stage-managed debates usually involve spontaneous and contentious back and forth. Without the jibes and jeers and repartee and sighs and side-eyes, you’re not debating. You’re side-by-side monologuing with a Kabuki moderator keeping time and warming a seat.

Seriously, what kind of role model for girls is a female presidential candidate who claims to be “ready to lead” — yet whose campaign cries sexism whenever she’s confronted with anything less than full and complete obeisance in the public square?

Remember: Clinton similarly suffered from acute interruptophobia during campaign forums with daytime talk show diva Matt Lauer and primary opponent Bernie Sanders.

Ironically, the Clinton campaign publicized a letter this week from the candidate to a 7-year-old schoolgirl encouraging her to always “make your voice heard.” She advised her young fan to not “be afraid to carve out a space of your own.” Sound advice. But you can’t have it both ways, sister. Either you’re a strong woman warrior capable of handling anything — or you’re a grievance-mongering grouser who can’t out-bellow the boys.

I speak from experience. Growing up, I was a small, shy brown girl afraid to assert myself. I was petrified to talk in front of my classmates. I was too humble to claim credit for my own work. I was invisible because I made myself invisible.

Then I grew up and refused to defer to anyone because if I didn’t speak up for myself, nobody would. I didn’t come from a privileged background. I didn’t marry into power. I didn’t ask anyone to give me a platform. I worked for it and made my own. Most importantly, I learned to stop waiting for my turn.

Feminism is supposed to be about holding your own, not about being entitled to everyone else holding their tongues in your sainted presence.

In 21st-century America, there is nothing holding girls and women back from amplifying their message. If male pushback and “petulant asides” bruise your egos, you put some ice on that, to borrow a phrase, hold your ground, and tell the interrupters to hush.

You control your volume button. Don’t remonstrate. Roar.

Secret code name of Clinton cover-up operation revealed: ‘Clinton cover-up operation’

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:38

**Written by Doug Powers

The writers of the original Batman TV show couldn’t have come up with more blatantly obvious and self-incriminating villains than this bunch:

CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook on Sunday to answer why an IT worker who maintained Clinton’s private email server referred to a 60-day email-retention policy as a “Clinton cover-up operation.”

In an interview on “State of the Union,” Tapper asked why an employee of Platte River, which hosted Clinton’s private email server, referred to the policy of deleting emails during the time after Clinton was out of office as a “cover-up operation,” a comment the IT worker told the FBI was a joke.

As Bill would say, “it depends on what your definition of “joke” is.

Mook lived up to his name after being asked about it:

“Jake, I’m so glad you asked that question I’m not going to answer.”

And of course James Comey probably gave everybody on Clinton’s side the benefit of the doubt that it was just a “joke,” as was Comey’s conclusion of the investigation.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Debate postmortem: Candidate who deleted 30,000 emails & smashed Blackberrys accused the other of ‘hiding something’

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:03

**Written by Doug Powers

The debate open thread is reaching the “fill to here” line with comments, so another area for post-debate forensics is in order.

The evening got off to a friendly enough start:

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As for the debate itself, there were three different times I laughed out loud, all courtesy of Hillary Clinton. First up:

She wondered whether Trump isn’t as rich as he says, does not contribute as much to charity as he says, or possibly owes money to Wall Street and foreign banks.

“It must be something really important, even terrible that he’s trying to hide,” said Clinton.

The stillness of the Chappaqua evening air is to this day occasionally interrupted by the eerie echo of hammer-on-Blackberry, so that’s some kind of accusation coming from Queen BleachBit.

Clinton also said that as president she’d call for a special prosecutor and hold people accountable. No, seriously:

And because I hold the same standards as I look at all of these trade deals. But let’s not assume that trade is the only challenge we have in the economy. I think it is a part of it and I’ve said what I’m going to do. I’m going to have a special prosecutor. We’re going to enforce the trade deals we have and we’re going to hold people accountable.

In other words, there’s no way Hillary Clinton is going to tolerate somebody like Hillary Clinton working in her administration!

Hillary jaw-dropper number three: She seemed to think that saying all cops are racist would be painting with too broad a brush, but she found a way around that:

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Clinton made clear her willingness to take the baton from Obama and continue to lead America down the path of racial healing:

When talking about race-relations in the country, and the shootings of black men by police officers, debate moderator Lester Holt asked Mrs. Clinton: “Last week you said that we have to do everything possible to improve policing to go right at implicit bias. Do you believe police are implicitly biased against black people?

Mrs. Clinton replied: “I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone, not just police. I think unfortunately too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other and therefore I think we need all of us to be asked the hard questions ‘why am I feeling this way?’”

At the next debate Clinton will detail her plan to eliminate the unemployment problem by having the government hire and train millions of people to work as Implicit Bias Training Facilitators to head up classes that will be mandatory for everybody who can’t or won’t pony up a donation to the Foundation.

As for Trump, I cringed a little when he agreed with Clinton that people on “terrorist watch lists” should be denied the right to own guns. He should have, A) Exposed the fallacy by pointing out that none of the recent attacks have been perpetrated by anybody on a watch list so it wouldn’t have made any difference; B) Reminded Clinton that recent attacks have been with bombs and knives; C) Pointed out the arbitrary and flawed nature of government “lists” and D) Reminded her that the man who put an end to the St. Cloud attack and saved lives is an NRA-certified firearms instructor who owns a shooting range.

At the next debate, Trump also needs to expand in a more effective fashion when Hillary calls her email games a “mistake” — hey, what high-level government official hasn’t “accidentally” put an email server in his or her basement to skirt the Federal Records Act? And they never even touched on Benghazi or Hillary’s “pay to play” schemes, but that’s partly the fault of a moderator who was unwilling to take the conversation in that direction.

**Written by Doug Powers

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The Coughstra at Hofstra: Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump debate open thread

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 15:13

**Written by Doug Powers

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will finally debate at Hofstra University, and it starts at 9 p.m. ET. Hillary’s team is tasked with the unenviable chore of getting her through the 90 minute debate without a coughing fit or worse, and Team Trump is putting a last-minute application of Flex Seal on his hair. It’s on!

The Clinton campaign has been pushing the narrative that the moderator (NBC News’ Lester Holt) will need to help “fact check” Trump. The media, as CNN demonstrates here, is dutifully following suit:

Suspense has been building for weeks, given the huge political stakes of an increasingly competitive election. And Trump’s wild card antics, which will test Clinton’s fact checking skills, mean no one can predict how the showdown at Hofstra University in New York will unfold.

Yes, because Hillary’s proven herself to be such a beacon of honesty. In any case, an FTD “Good Lapdog Bouquet” is en route to CNN’s office as we speak.

No detail is being left to chance. Even the lecterns are made so they’ll look proportional in comparison to the candidate standing behind them:

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By debate time the space underneath Hillary’s lectern will be stuffed full of Cepacol and a GPS display tracking the whereabouts of Gennifer Flowers.

If Hillary was unable to get a smaller lectern made in time for the debate, her campaign was prepared to borrow Mike Dukakis’s Podium-Buddy™ lift:

Open thread for debate discussion. Have at it!

**Written by Doug Powers

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Obama gives Hillary unintentionally hilarious debate advice (Sunday open thread)

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 10:26

**Written by Doug Powers

Here’s an open thread for Sunday while I recover from too many hot dogs at the Tigers game yesterday, not to mention the 9th inning loss. A few starters… first up: Tomorrow night’s debate.

President Obama gave Hillary Clinton some laughable advice:

President Barack Obama wants Hillary Clinton to “be yourself and explain what motivates you” when she takes the stage Monday night for her first presidential debate.

Pretty funny considering Hillary’s deleted and/or smashed with a hammer anything containing evidence of what motivates her. But maybe telling Hillary to “be yourself” is Obama’s way of encouraging her to be as phony as usual:

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Mike Pence, buzzkill extraordinaire:

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) said Gennifer Flowers, a woman with whom former President Bill Clinton had an extramarital affair, won’t be attending the presidential debate on Monday night.

She “will not be attending the debate tomorrow night,” the GOP vice presidential nominee said on “Fox News Sunday.”
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Pence said Trump’s tweet about bringing Flowers to the debate was “really mocking the fact that Hillary Clinton was trying to distract attention away from this moment in our national life where the American people are going to see a strong contrast between” both candidates.

It might mess with Hillary’s head even more if Trump’s people set up an empty chair labeled “reserved for Juanita Broaddrick” and just left it that way through the entire evening.

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Ted Cruz is backing Donald Trump now. It’s just a little awkward.

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On Friday night, a man who is now in custody opened fire in a shopping mall north of Seattle, killing five people. This scenario sounds familiar, but authorities and the media approached it with an abundance of caution.

Originally police said the man in the still pictures that were released was a “Hispanic male,” and the media quickly reported that “fact.” Imagine my surprise to discover that people of Turkish descent fall under the “Hispanic” umbrella:

The lone suspect in the fatal shooting of five people in a Washington state mall has been charged with five counts of first degree murder, according to Skagit County jail records.

Arcan Cetin, 20, was taken into custody Saturday night after a nearly 24-hour manhunt, authorities said.

State authorities said it’s too early to rule out terrorism or any other motive because their investigation is in its preliminary stages. Before the suspect’s arrest, an official with the FBI had told reporters there was “no evidence at this time” of a link to terrorism.
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Cetin emigrated from Turkey and is a legal permanent resident of the United States, authorities said. It’s unclear when he moved to the US.

The media’s doing their thing:

Cetin took the three legally purchased guns from his father and went to the Macy’s at Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washinton, where his ex-girlfriend once worked, according to KING 5 News.

In other words, the guns were stolen. It wouldn’t be phrased that way for anything else. Imagine this: “The suspect took the legally purchased car from his father.” No, that would be, “The suspect stole his father’s car.” The MSM rules are different when reporting about guns for obvious reasons.

Reuters makes the uptick in attacks sound like there are more toddlers having temper tantrums:

The mall attack followed a series of violent outbursts at shopping centers across the United States, including the stabbing of nine people at a Minnesota center last weekend.

“Series of violent outbursts”? Leave it to the media to make a rise in attacks sound like a Lemony Snicket book title.

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Putting the IRS in charge of health care was such a great idea:

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How many of those people had policies until the “Affordable” Care Act blew them up?

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Team Hillary is bringing in the big guns with just weeks to go until the election:

Kaine continued his fundraising blitz on Wednesday in California with multiple events in the Bay Area, including a luncheon featuring two long-time Republican donors. Thursday, he’s in Houston for an event that features singer Michael Bolton.

This is Bolton’s second fundraiser for Clinton; he appeared at an event during the Democratic primaries.

Clinton will do anything to win the support of Bob Slydell:

Bolton’s perhaps best known for his remake of “When a Man Loves a Woman,” which means Team Hillary’s just begging to be slammed by progressives for promoting heteronormativity.

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Suffice to say, Mike Ditka’s not a fan of Colin Kaepernick. Speaking of that, the NFL is wondering why ratings are down so far this year. Gee, what could it be!?

Have a good Sunday all!

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**Written by Doug Powers

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Obama used a super-secure pseudonym for emails with Homebrew Hillary, so no problem

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 21:08

**Written by Doug Powers

It was Friday night, which meant that the FBI unloaded another batch of documents related to the Hillary Clinton investigation. Nothing to see here, other than Clinton was communicating with Obama via her unsecured server, which in and of itself isn’t exactly breaking news. However, we do now know that the White House was thwarting any potentially hostile actors by having the president use a fake name:

President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday.

The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
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In an April 5, 2016 interview with the FBI, Abedin was shown an email exchange between Clinton and Obama, but the longtime Clinton aide did not recognize the name of the sender.

“Once informed that the sender’s name is believed to be pseudonym used by the president, Abedin exclaimed: ‘How is this not classified?'” the report says. “Abedin then expressed her amazement at the president’s use of a pseudonym and asked if she could have a copy of the email.”

The State Department has refused to make public that and other emails Clinton exchanged with Obama. Lawyers have cited the “presidential communications privilege,” a variation of executive privilege, in order to withhold the messages under the Freedom of Information Act.

This is all impossible, because Obama’s said last year that he had no idea Clinton used a private account and server:

After having emailed Clinton’s private address using a pseudonym, Obama learned about Hillary’s server shenanigans “from news reports,” naturally!

The weekend challenge — should you choose to accept — it is to guess Obama’s email pseudonym. I’m going with either “Choom with a View,” “Selfie Shtick” or “Definitely Not Obama.”

Another interesting item:

Huma Abedin told the FBI she had forwarded some State Department emails to her personal Yahoo account because it made them easier to print. What could possibly go wrong with that?

Yahoo said on Thursday that information for at least 500 million user accounts was stolen from its network in 2014 by what it believed was a state-sponsored actor, a theft that appeared to the biggest cyber breach ever.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Bill & Hillary, struggling to keep pace with socialist ‘public servant’ Bernie Sanders, purchase 3rd home

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 13:39

**Written by Doug Powers

Bill and Hillary Clinton have reportedly purchased a third home, which is right next door to their Chappaqua place. The new home is a large, two story colonial with enough space to comfortably house up to eight mistresses:

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is seeking a job that comes with a house, but she and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, have many options if the White House thing doesn’t work out.

The couple have purchased a home next door to their primary residence in Chappaqua, N.Y., according to real estate records. That makes three homes worth north of $1 million owned by the Clintons, including a stately mansion near the British Embassy in Washington that Clinton used when she was a senator.

The new house was purchased in August for $1,160,000, according to tax and real estate records. The sale was first reported by CBS News. Clinton’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why the couple bought the second house on Old House Lane or what they plan to do with it.

In attempting to get the proletariat to relate to them, the Clintons obviously feel compelled to “keep up with the Joneses Sanderses.”

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