Hillary Slams Trump In First Post-Election-Loss Speech: “Resist, Insist, Persist, Enlist”

Clad in purple, Hillary Clinton took on the Trump administration Tuesday in one of her first public speeches since she devastatingly lost the presidential election.

Under the banner of hashtag-inclusion, AP reports, Clinton criticized Republicans on everything from health care – calling last week’s failure of the GOP health care bill, “a victory for all Americans,” to the shortage of women appointees in top administration positions – declaring herself appalled at a much-circulated photo showing an all-male group of Republican lawmakers last month negotiating women’s coverage in health care legislation.

Cracking jokes about her November defeat and her months out of the limelight since, Clinton spoke to thousands of businesswomen in San Francisco, joking there was no place she’d rather be, “other than the White House.”

I mean, it’s not like I didn’t know all the nasty things they were saying about me. I thought some of them were kind of creative,” she said. “But you just have to keep going.”

Without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, Clinton faulted the Republican presidential administration repeatedly, including calling its representation of women in top jobs “the lowest in a generation.”

She rebuked White House press secretary Sean Spicer, again not by name, for hours earlier Tuesday chiding a black woman journalist during a news conference for shaking her head.

“Too many women have had a lifetime of practice taking this kind of indignity in stride,” Clinton said.

She ended by urging voters to resist Trump policies that she said included suspicion of refugees and voter suppression in some areas.

“These are bad policies that will hurt people and take our country in the wrong direction,” Clinton said, relaying what she had become one of her mantras since the November election.

 

“It’s the kinds of things you think about when you take long walks in the woods,” she said. “Resist, insist, persist, enlist.”

Seems like a little different message from that of the campaign “stronger together” or her concession speech

“I still believe in America, and I always will. And, if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”

Still, no matter what, it appears no matter what the message that The Clintons and The Democrats try to churn out, support remains dismal…

Source: HuffPo

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FBI Arrests State Department Employee For Spying For China

In an example of a FISA-warranted surveillance done right, on Wednesday the FBI announced the arrest of a veteran State Department employee with access to top secret information, who was accused of failing to report numerous contacts with Chinese foreign intelligence agents who provided her with “tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits” in exchange for diplomatic and economic information, federal prosecutors said.

Candace Claiborne, 60, was charged in a Washington federal court with obstruction of justice and making false statements to the FBI. As Reuters reports, Claiborne appeared before a magistrate judge with her lawyer, David Bos, but both declined to speak to reporters. Claiborne will remain confined to house arrest until an April 18 preliminary hearing. According to the Federal complains, Claiborne was given tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and wire transfers by Chinese agents beginning in 2011 in exchange for information about U.S. economic policy in relation to China and other diplomatic matters.

FULL TEXT: State Department employee arrested and charged with concealing extensive contacts with foreign agents. pic.twitter.com/N1XUce1dXN

— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) March 29, 2017

The Justice Department alleges that she wrote in her journal that she could “generate 20k in 1 year” through her work with one of the intelligence agents.

Among the gifts given to Claiborne and an unidentified co-conspirator were such items as beads, a sewing machine, an iPhone, a laptop computer, slippers, cash, tuition payments to a fashion school in China and an all-expenses paid vacation to Thailand.

Claiborne was caught as a result of monitoring under a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA warrant, which is the same warrant that has been allegedly used to surveil members of Trump’s campaign, and potentially the president himself.

Claiborne, “allegedly failed to report her contacts with Chinese foreign intelligence agents who provided her with thousands of dollars of gifts and benefits,” said U.S. Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord.

“When a public servant is suspected of potential misconduct or federal crimes that violate the public trust, we vigorously investigate such claims,” said State Department spokesman Mark Toner.

Statement from @StateDept in reaction to arrest of one of its employee who allegedly spied for #China. pic.twitter.com/cfY3zb5XrZ

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) March 29, 2017

The timing of the charges against Claiborne is peculiar: they come just ahead of an April 6-7 meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time of heightened tensions between the world’s two largest economies over North Korea, the South China Sea, Taiwan and trade.  U.S. officials have accused China of cyber hacking of U.S. government agencies and American companies in recent years. 

Claiborne had worked at the State Department since 1999, during which time she served in a number of overseas post including embassies and consulates in Iraq, Sudan and China. 

The charges against Claiborne carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for obstruction of justice and five years in prison for making false statements to the FBI.

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6 Charts Screaming Buy GOLD – Sell USD! Are US Equities On The Verge Of A Major Sell-Off?

1.) Long-term readers of Palisade Research know this chart well. We are now 297 trading days into a bull market on the TSX Venture Exchange, as depicted by our 1990 to Present – Bull & Bear Markets Chart. During that time, the TSX Venture has had some sell-offs, but history says this is inevitable. In fact, we are currently mired in a several month long pull-back. So what comes next? We took a look at the USD and the US equities market to formulate an idea.

2.) The Bloomberg Commodity Index (BCI) is a diversified price index distributed by Bloomberg Indexes. Since January 2016, gold has outperformed its peers, with a significant divergence taking hold. However, the recent pull-back has allowed the BCI to catch-up. That is until recently, when gold started to charge ahead, yet again.

3.) Gold bugs are paying close attention to the US equity markets, which have been embroiled in a multi-year bull market. If money continues to pour into the S&P, little capital is left to fuel a gold bull market. The following chart looks at company leverage, calculated as debt/EBITDA. This is a common metric to assess a company’s ability to pay off its debt. This ratio has been increasing in tandem with the market caps of the S&P 500 companies. When looking at these two numbers as a ratio, it appears debt loads are reaching capacity, and can no longer fuel growth. It seems there is still some runway, but the downtick suggests a swift fall.

4.) Another key indicator and Warren Buffett’s favourite – The S&P 500 market cap to GDP ratio. This ratio is often used to gauge market sentiment and determine if the overall market is under or overvalued. When the metric is greater than 100%, it is often a sign the market is overvalued. In 2000, the ratio was 153%, and the markets fell sharply due to the dot-com bust. We are currently over 100%, a good deal higher than the average of 0.86.

5.) But maybe one of the most compelling cases to be made for exhaustion in the bull market can be seen when looking at margin. When buying on margin, investors borrow funds from their brokers to buy shares. The debit margin is the total money owed by an investor; the higher this number, the more leveraged he is. Buying on margin has been a good bet to date, however, margins are hitting all-time records, and investors are very vulnerable to any sort of market shock. Selling will be exaggerated as margins unwind, which in turn can extend the length of any sort of market downturn.

6.) No one knows what will mark the top for US equity markets. We feel they are due for a major correction, but that correction could be months or years away. What we can say for certain is that the USD is weakening despite the Fed increasing rates. The weakness can be attributed to Yellen’s dovish tone. Another major factor? Trump’s repeal of Obamacare was a major pledge, and its failure only emphasized the rifts within the GOP, which has the potential to derail other major promises, including tax reform and spending. In times of uncertainty, gold is the go to safe haven for every investor!

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Ivanka Trump Becomes Official US Government Employee

After getting an office (and access to classified information and a government-issued phone) in the White House West Wing, President Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka is becoming an official government employee, joining her husband in serving as an unpaid adviser to her father in the White House.

As The New York Times reports, this move from being an informal advisor to becoming an official federal employee follows criticism from ethics experts, who said it would allow her to avoid some rules and disclosures.

Ms. Trump said in a statement on Wednesday…

I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees.”

 

“Throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role.”

Ms. Trump’s title will be special assistant to the president.

Her husband, Jared Kushner, has the title of senior adviser.

A spokeswoman for the president said to The New York Times in an email…

“We are pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as first daughter and in support of the president.” 

 

“Ivanka’s service as an unpaid employee furthers our commitment to ethics, transparency, and compliance and affords her increased opportunities to lead initiatives driving real policy benefits for the American public that would not have been available to her previously.”

Ms. Trump’s lawyer, Jamie S. Gorelick, said that her decision stemmed from “her commitment to compliance with federal ethics standards and her openness to opposing points of view.”

Does this break the media narrative around Ivanka? Who knows – we are sure Maxine Waters will have something to say about it.

Too late, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews already has… (via Gateway Pundit) Comparing Trump’s children to Saddam Hussein’s sons…

“You know, we kid,” he said, “I kid about everything, but Uday and Qusay working for Saddam Hussein — you couldn’t go to a restaurant and have eye contact with those guys without getting killed.

 

“These people are really powerful,” he explained. “Imagine getting into a fight in the office with Jared or Ivanka. They have enormous power, and they’re always gonna be there.”

 

“This is what I worry about for other people in the White House,” Politico’s Annie Karni responded.

 

“Ivanka Trump has been described as her father’s eyes and ears on the ground. That’s a little scary if you’re just a regular White House staffer.”

As a reminder, The Telegraph described Hussein’s sons thus…“Uday, the psychopathic playboy, and Qusay, the cold, calculating and ruthless heir apparent, summed up the two sides of Saddam’s Iraq. They were living proof of how their father’s brand of tyranny combined wanton brutality with the cunning acumen that won more than three decades of dominance.”

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Judicial Watch Releases New Huma Abedin Emails, Including Hillary Funeral Plans

Conservative wachdog Judicial Watch today released another 1,184 pages of State Department records, including previously unreleased Hillary Clinton email exchanges which according to the legal organization revealed “additional instances of Abedin and Hillary Clinton sending classified information through unsecured email accounts and contributors being given special access to the former secretary of state.”

The records contain 29 previously undisclosed Clinton emails – of a total of which is now at least 288 emails that were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department. This further appears to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department. Two of these emails are now available on the State Department’s website.

In one notable email exchange from February 23, 2010, ambassador and long-time friend to Hillary Clinton sought to map out her – and Bill Clinton’s – funerals in 2010 because “planning is best done when they are still with us.”

Capricia Marshall, who was chief of protocol for the State Department when Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, wrote to Huma Abedin, Doug Band and Cheryl Mills on Feb. 23, 2010, saying “everytime someone significant passes, I am flooded with requests” about the Clintons’ arrangements.

“Planning is necessary and best done when they are still with us,” she wrote to top Clinton aide Abedin.

“As well, Hum – I would make the same suggestion to you – for her it will be a little different … And once affirmed it will be very hard for someone to deny the type of ceremony she wanted — as well I understand that the President can request certain arrangements for her that she/her rep cannot (ie if you want the motorcade to go through DC — stop somewhere),” Marshall wrote.

She told the aides she needed to contact the military to prepare for the funerals — “as Protocol has a lot to do with planning, notification etc.”

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Another email exchange between Abedin and Doug Band revealed tension between Clinton’s top personal aide and the former secretary of state’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills. The rift was revealed when Chelsea Clinton asked Band if he could arrange a White House tour for a female Haitian-American sailor from the USS Comfort. 

“I don’t want to get cross wise with cdm [Cheryl Mills] on anything Haiti related,” Abedin replied. Three minutes later she wrote again. “HAVE YOU MET CHERYL MILLS,” Abedin asked in all caps about Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff when she was secretary of state. “You have no idea.”

Band replied, “Good point.”

“She will kill the tour if she find out i set it up …,” Abedin wrote back. “Wow,” Band replied.

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Among the other emails, is a February 2010 exchange in which Jake Sullivan, then-Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton, sent to Clinton’s and Abedin’s unsecure email accounts information that the State Department has classified as the material includes information “to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy; foreign relations or foreign activities of the US, including confidential sources.” The redacted information concerns “former GTMO [Guantanamo] detainee Binyam Mohamed” and Mohamed’s request for “various classified intelligence documents” that contained U.S. intelligence information related to his detention before he was taken to Guantanamo.

In other emails, Clinton’s “final” schedules with specific details concerning her whereabouts were transmitted by Lona Valmoro to the unsecure emails accounts of Clinton Foundation officials Doug Band, Terry Krivnic Margaret Steenberg and others, and forwarded to Abedin’s unsecure email account.

In April 2010, Sid Blumenthal sent two email memos to Clinton containing information now classified.  Clinton forwarded this material to Abedin’s unsecure email account. The classified information, which Clinton asks Abedin to print off for her, concerns the change of government in the Kyrgyz Republic.

In a statement by Tom Fitton, the Judicial Watch President said that “these emails are yet more evidence of Hillary Clinton’s casual and repeated violations of laws relating to the handling of classified information. The Justice Department should finally begin an independent investigation into the Clinton email matter.” But why, when every day there is a new daily dose of dripping red meat – or rather make that Russian salad – involving Trump’s ties to Putin to keep the media and authorities more than busy with constant speculation that Trump is a Kremlin spy.

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