Racist cop, innocent black man? Guess you still believe the 'hands up' lies too.
A CBS News investigation has found that at least one foreign company with close ties to its government has been giving generously to the foundation run by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.
Since its founding, the Clinton Foundation has invested millions each year for work in fighting AIDS and empowering women, but its recent uptick in donations from foreign governments has been raising questions about the potential influence on Hillary Clinton, as she gets ready to run for president.
The foundation has raised at least $42 million from foreign governments - and according to an analysis by CBS News - at least $170 million from foreign entities and individuals.
One donor - Rilin Enterprises- pledged $2 million in 2013 to the Clinton Foundation's endowment. The company is a privately-held Chinese construction and trade conglomerate and run by billionaire Wang Wenliang, who is also a delegate to the Chinese parliament. Public records show the firm has spent $1.4 million since 2012, lobbying Congress and the State Department. The firm owns a strategic port along the border with North Korea and was also one of the contractors that built the Chinese embassy in Washington.
Breaking down the Hillary Clinton email scandal
That contract is a direct tie to the Chinese government, according to Jim Mann, who has written several books on China's relationship with the U.S.
I tried Ultimate Stock Alerts and bought into some of the tips. Problem was they had already been run up and when tip came out they were looking for idiots like me to dump on. Nothing more than a pump & dump scam! I lost everything, my home, car, my dog, and someone even took my wife! I now mow lawns to get by.
The number of Americans participating in the labor force has been on a decline for the past few years. Nearly 33 percent of the Americans above age 16 are not part of the workforce, the highest number since 1978. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report issued recently has found 92,898,000 Americans above age 16 not a part of the labor force of the country as on February 2015.
When President Obama took over the office in January 2009, nearly 80,529,000 Americans were not a part of the labor force. The number has increase by nearly 12 million over the last few years. The unemployment number has come down after the 2008 recession but an increase in the number of non-working Americans could mean that the unemployment data isn’t showing the real picture.
Since March 1978, the percentage of Americans not participating in the work force has increase to its highest level in 2015. Last month, the U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs and unemployment rate declined to multi-year low of 5.5 percent. The aging baby-boomers have led to an increase in the number of Americans not participating in the workforce.
WHAT is getting unreported by the Administration is that 180,000 dropped OUT of the work force. Most agree a truer figure is much closer to 11% unemployed.
Minnesota too cold for me!! I have a gun dealer friend of mine who lives here across the street six months a year from Minn. He's not in love with the liberal tax heavy state at all.
I have the fast car, but sticking with my hot wife of 56 years!! We moved to Marco 16 years ago! Wish I had been born here instead of Illinois! Also wish I had acted on your 'TASR' tip you gave. Still beating myself up over that one, but didn't know that 'child Michael Brown' was going off the reservation either.
Jester I am not! Too much risk for me in single refiners with all the eggs in one basket. Matter fact I won't put any money in refiners with less than five on line. At this point I like the mid-steams like NGLS, DPM, OKS, COP (5%) etc, to name a few. All paying 7% or more every quarter without fail. Book values look much better too. I DO think Company's like GS are in an acquire & dump on CVRR, NTI, CLMT.
Then again as I have pointed out before, this market is over bloated. Any meaningful sell off is a huge risk no matter how good the stock is. Market so scared Fed might raise rates a .25 of a point as just look at reason for sell off on Friday. I think that's the least traders should be looking at today. So I should be able to stay out of trouble just day trading for nickels and dimes with little or no risk over buy & hold.
President Obama earned a double-barreled rebuke Monday from The Washington Post's fact-checker, for repeating a faulty claim that the Keystone XL pipeline "bypasses" the U.S. -- and for saying it would only carry "Canadian oil."
The president made the claims in an interview last week with WDAY of Fargo, N.D. Obama continued to downplay the impact of the Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline, just days after vetoing a bipartisan-backed bill that would approve the construction project. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has teed up a vote to override that veto later this week.
In the local interview, Obama said:
"I've already said I'm happy to look at how we can increase pipeline production for U.S. oil, but Keystone is for Canadian oil to send that down to the Gulf. It bypasses the United States and is estimated to create a little over 250, maybe 300 permanent jobs. We should be focusing more broadly on American infrastructure for American jobs and American producers, and that's something that we very much support."
The president has been called out before for claiming the oil would bypass the U.S.
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler explained Monday that while the crude oil would travel to the Gulf Coast, it would then be refined into products like gasoline -- and much of it certainly would be used in the U.S.
"Current trends suggest that only about half of that refined product would be exported, and it could easily be lower," Kessler said.
He cited a February report by energy industry consultant IHS Energy, which predicted most of the refined products would likely be "consumed in the United States."
Further, even the State Department issued a report downplaying the notion that a large amount of that crude would be exported, since foreign refiners would have to shoulder additional transportation charges.
Kessler said with his recent comments, Obama "appears to be purposely ignoring the findings of the lead Cabinet agency on the issue."
The top U.S. intelligence official on Thursday gave a drastically different assessment than Secretary of State John Kerry of the terror threat -- declaring 2014 the deadliest year for global terrorism ever recorded, after Kerry claimed that threat was diminishing.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, testifying on Capitol Hill, catalogued the growing terror-fueled violence in stark terms.
"When the final accounting is done, 2014 will have been the most lethal year for global terrorism in the 45 years such data has been compiled," Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
He offered statistics that would appear to challenge other administration officials' claims that the country and world are safer today.
A day earlier, Kerry testified at a separate hearing that, "Despite ISIL, despite the visible killings that you see and how horrific they are, we are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally; less deaths, less violent deaths today, than through the last century."
That prompted a quick response from lawmakers and from inside the intelligence community.
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn , former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told Fox News that Kerry is "out of touch with reality, he clearly is not listening to the entire U.S. intelligence community."
Clapper on Thursday said that in 2013, about 11,500 worldwide attacks killed about 22,000 people. But in the first nine months alone of 2014, he said, preliminary data from a University of Maryland research unit show nearly 13,000 attacks killed 31,000 people.
Iran's foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks with the United States has been ordered by the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader to stop shouting and yelling at Secretary of State John Kerry during negotiating sessions.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told his country's state controlled media in a recent interview that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has instructed him to stop yelling at Kerry and other top U.S. officials during the talks.
Reports about Zarif's temper first emerged in the Iranian press last November, when the United States and Iran agreed to extend talks through June of this year.
Zarif is said to "frequently shout at Western diplomats" with such force that bodyguards have been forced to enter the negotiation room.
During one incident described by Iranian officials to the press, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, a chief western negotiator, admitted that Zarif had been shouting, and she had gotten used to it.
Abbas Araqchi, an Iranian diplomat who is also a member of the negotiating team, is reported to have said in an interview that during past negotiations in Geneva, Zarif "shouted" at Kerry and spoke to him in a manner "unprecedented" in the history of U.S. diplomacy.
Zarif appeared to cop to this behavior during a recent interview with the state-controlled Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), according to an independent translation of the report provided to the Washington Free Beacon.
Anything Obama administration agrees to, just means Iran can put finishing touches on there Nuke programs (they claim not to have). In the end, the jokes on us.
I think if Obama had another four years in office, he might try ours! Just goes to show what happens when a fox gets into a hen house.
Vice President Joe Biden told an audience on Tuesday that he has great relationships with Somalis living in America since many of them have driven him around in taxi cabs.
The latest “Bidenism” — the name given to the Democrat’s many gaffes and candid remarks — came during the opening day of a three-day White House summit on extremism and terrorism.
Obviously everyone in this administration is delusional!
The U.S. State Department said Tuesday it was not in the interests of Ukraine or the world to get into a proxy war with Russia over eastern Ukraine, a comment suggesting Washington is hesitant to arm Ukrainian forces.
“Our belief here in the administration, and I would be surprised if others disagree, is that getting into a proxy war with Russia is not anything that's in the interest of Ukraine or in the interest of the international community,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki told Reuters. “And certainly, as we weigh options, we weigh that as one of the factors.”
The U.S. had voiced concerns earlier Tuesday, saying it is "gravely concerned" over the deteriorating situation in and around Debaltseve, where pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine's military are both refusing to pull back their weapons from the strategic eastern Ukrainian town.
What a world wide joke this administration is! Can't even arm Ukraine with defensive weapons. Soon all of Ukraine will be gobbled up by Putin.
What the West really needs to take on the Islamic State is ... a jobs program.
That's what a top State Department spokeswoman suggested when asked in a TV interview Monday night about what the U.S.-led coalition is doing to stop the slaughter of civilians by Islamic State militants across the region.
"We're killing a lot of them, and we're going to keep killing more of them. ... But we cannot win this war by killing them," department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on MSNBC's "Hardball." "We need ... to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it's lack of opportunity for jobs, whether --"
At that point, Harf was interrupted by host Chris Matthews, who pointed out, "There's always going to be poor people. There's always going to be poor Muslims."
Harf continued to argue that the U.S. should work with other countries to "help improve their governance" and "help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people."
She acknowledged there's "no easy solution" and said the U.S. would still take out ISIS leaders. But Harf said: "If we can help countries work at the root causes of this -- what makes these 17-year-old kids pick up an AK-47 instead of trying to start a business?"
The comments come as the Obama administration takes heat from lawmakers for its approach to the Islamic State, whose self-proclaimed fighters in Libya recently executed 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt.
The White House on Tuesday is kicking off a three-day summit on "countering violent extremism." It begins with Vice President Biden moderating a discussion on countering extremism with representatives from cities.
This, though, follows a pattern of conferences and summits called by the administration to address urgent challenges. The administration is facing criticism for this approach -- and for describing the summit in general terms -- at a time when Islamic State militants are spreading, recruiting and executing prisoners,.
Cairo rolled out the red carpet for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in Egypt Monday seeking to expand the Kremlin’s influence in the Middle East by cultivating a critical Arab nation that’s gotten the cold shoulder from the Obama administration.
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, the former military leader who ousted the White House’s favored incumbent Mohammed Morsi, has recently called on Muslim moderates to reclaim the faith from radical Islamists. But his call for an end to extremism has not helped cultivate a relationship with Washington, and that may have created a void Russian President Vladimir Putin is willing to fill. Fox
While Europe & Obama dithers, Putin goes on a victory lap in Egypt.
Barack Obama has thrown his support behind German diplomatic efforts to contain Russia in Ukraine, hinting that military alternatives under consideration by the White House remain largely symbolic and fraught with danger.
In a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel aimed at emphasising western unity, the president largely ignored pressure from some in Washington to send arms to Ukraine, preferring instead to keep future options for ratcheting US support vague.
“Russian aggression has only reinforced the unity of the United States and Germany and our allies and partners around the world,” Mr Obama said. “We continue to encourage a diplomatic resolution to this issue, and as diplomatic efforts continue this week, we are in absolute agreement that the 21st century cannot stand idle and simply allow the borders of Europe to be redrawn at the barrel of the gun.”
Immediately after the meeting, the Republican chair of the House armed services committee announced the launch of a Bill in Congress to arm Ukraine that would probably be vetoed by the White House. NBC
Putin obviously has little fear of milk toast so called World Leaders. Really pathetic how weak the World leaders are in the face of obvious aggression.
I think he's referencing the last quarter distribution. No matter, NTI held up very solid with trading today. I still think the sky is falling though...LOL
The recent surge in oil prices is just a "head-fake," and oil as cheap as $20 a barrel may soon be on the way, Citigroup said in a report on Monday as it lowered its forecast for crude.
Despite global declines in spending that have driven up oil prices in recent weeks, oil production in the U.S. is still rising, wrote Edward Morse, Citigroup's global head of commodity research. Brazil and Russia are pumping oil at record levels, and Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran have been fighting to maintain their market share by cutting prices to Asia. The market is oversupplied, and storage tanks are topping out. Bloomberg
While I agree, this rally in oil I think is a head fake and it will again test lows. I highly doubt Citi's call of $20 oil, much less a bottom in the 1st quarter. I am surprised that OPEC seems to not be talking down oil, and taking a more mellow position. Perhaps they are content to watch our rig count for time being. Looking at driller's, you would think stock buyers expect $100 by mid year. Easy to get trapped here.