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Hillary Has ‘Claim’ to White House, Says Close Confidante

As if there weren’t enough reasons to find Hillary’s political conduct abhorrent, here is a dose of her egregious entitlement.

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As the 2018 midterm elections slip into the background of our political theater, (as soon as Florida finishes up), we have no choice but to look forward to the 2020 presidential contest looming on the horizon.

President Donald Trump has been an unconventional Commander in Chief, to say the least, lending credence to the idea that the 2020 election could be one of the strangest and most stressful of our modern era.  Unprecedented money and mudslinging became a staple of presidential politics two years ago, and there is little reason to think that a calming breeze is blowing anywhere near the Beltway in 2018.

As we peer into our imaginary crystal ball, there are a number of prominent democrats, (and at least one republican), eyeing a shot at the Oval Office.  Kamala Harris and Cory Booker come to mind almost immediately, along with the nagging reality that Hillary Clinton could once again attempt a financial takeover of the DNC to push herself to the top of the primary pile.

Now, a close confidante of the former First Lady is putting Clinton’s possible 2020 run into perspective by telling the world that Clinton has a “claim” to the White House.

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The former secretary of state and first lady will run again for president during the upcoming election cycle, write Mark Penn and Andrew Stein in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.

It’d be the third time and this time, perhaps the authors think, it’d be a charm.

“True to her name, Mrs. Clinton will fight this out until the last dog dies. She won’t let a little thing like two stunning defeats stand in the way of her claim to the White House,” Penn and Stein write.

Clinton unsuccessfully ran against former President Barack Obama as a U.S. Senator from New York, losing to him in the primary. She won the popular vote in 2016 but where it counts, the electoral college, she lost to now-President Donald Trump.

And who can forget last month’s stunningly blunt statement.

In an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher in October, she said “no” when asked if she’d like to run again.

“Well, I’d like to be president,” she conceded.

Clinton’s potential run in 2020 will certainly put her health back into the spotlight, as the obviously ill career politician endured a number of scares during her tumultuous and doomed 2016 campaign.

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Despite Federal Freakout, ‘J6’ Rally Remains Peaceful

The federal response to the event has turned out to be a joke.

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All week, we heard nothing but abject terror from the mainstream media.  They were completely convinced that there was trouble coming down the pike on The Beltway, and they were frothing at the mouth in hoping to blame it on the MAGA Movement.

But, despite their desperate and derivative dialogue, the “Justice for J6” rally went off without a hitch, foiling their naysaying narrative.

Early reports and videos emerging from the pro-Capitol-rioter “Justice for J6” rally indicate that the event has drawn “a few dozen” attendees, and many times that number of press and police.

On Saturday afternoon, videos began trickling out on social media showing the early stages of the event, organized to show support for those imprisoned over the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol, showing very high turnout — by cops and the media.

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This, after weeks of fear mongering and facetious insults from the mainstream media.

In fact, the overzealousness of law enforcement wound up being a bit of an embarrassment.

Despite the turnout, the event drew a large law enforcement and media presence. Capitol Police said Friday they were working with over 27 agencies from around the region to secure the event.

This appears to reiterate the idea that the mainstream media’s vilification of Trump supporters has been largely inappropriate, and just another attempt at manufacturing outrage to bolster their ratings.

All week, we heard nothing but abject terror from the mainstream media.  They were completely convinced that there was trouble coming down the pike on The Beltway, and they were frothing at the mouth in hoping to blame it on the MAGA Movement. But, despite their desperate and derivative dialogue, the “Justice for J6” rally went off without a hitch, foiling their naysaying narrative. Early reports and videos emerging from the pro-Capitol-rioter “Justice for J6” rally indicate that the event has drawn “a few dozen” attendees, and many times that number of press and police. On Saturday afternoon, videos began trickling out on social media showing the early stages of the event, organized to show support for those imprisoned over the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol, showing very high turnout — by cops and the media. This, after weeks of fear mongering and facetious insults from the mainstream media. In fact, the overzealousness of law enforcement wound up being a bit of an embarrassment. Despite the turnout, the event drew a large law enforcement and media presence. Capitol Police said Friday they were working with over 27 agencies from around the region to secure the event. This appears to reiterate the idea that the mainstream media’s vilification of Trump supporters has been largely inappropriate, and just another attempt at manufacturing outrage to bolster their ratings.

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New Book Details How Biden Team Keeps POTUS from Unscripted Events

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The nation has known for a long time that Joe Biden’s public speaking isn’t his most endearing quality, and the pressures of the office of the President, (along with a predictable bit of aging), has certainly escalated this PR situation.

Biden is a gaffe machine, full of mismatched anecdotes and old-timey gibberish that often overshadows the gist of what he’s trying to say.  As such, his team has seemingly worked hard to keep the President out of situations in which he’s allowed to freestyle answers, and Biden himself has often left press conferences after telling reporters that he’d be “in trouble” if he stuck around for any more questions.

Now, a new book seems to indicate just what lengths his team is willing go in order to keep the narrative untainted by mishaps.

Top White House aides set up a “wall” to shield President Biden from unscripted events and long interviews amid fears of the president’s testiness and habit of mangling statements, according to a new book.

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“Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa cited a number of incidents from the gaffe-prone president in the early days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN reporter for which he later apologized.

“That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says.

The policy seemed to be fairly codified.

In turn, a number of Biden aides told the reporters that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to prevent such incidents by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.”

“They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote.

This unwillingness to allow the President to speak directly has wreaked havoc on Biden’s image as a leader, and his waning approval numbers are evidence of this.

The nation has known for a long time that Joe Biden’s public speaking isn’t his most endearing quality, and the pressures of the office of the President, (along with a predictable bit of aging), has certainly escalated this PR situation. Biden is a gaffe machine, full of mismatched anecdotes and old-timey gibberish that often overshadows the gist of what he’s trying to say.  As such, his team has seemingly worked hard to keep the President out of situations in which he’s allowed to freestyle answers, and Biden himself has often left press conferences after telling reporters that he’d be “in trouble” if he stuck around for any more questions. Now, a new book seems to indicate just what lengths his team is willing go in order to keep the narrative untainted by mishaps. Top White House aides set up a “wall” to shield President Biden from unscripted events and long interviews amid fears of the president’s testiness and habit of mangling statements, according to a new book. “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa cited a number of incidents from the gaffe-prone president in the early days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN reporter for which he later apologized. “That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says. The policy seemed to be fairly codified. In turn, a number of Biden aides told the reporters that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to prevent such incidents by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.” “They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote. This unwillingness to allow the President to speak directly has wreaked havoc on…

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