Hillary on Speaking Fees: It Takes A Foundation?

In 1996, Hillary Clinton penned, It Take A Village. Currently under fire for her six figure speaking fees, it seems It takes a foundation is Hillary’s current mantra. Unfortunately, Hillary’s defense doesn’t do anything to relieve the frustration of students upset over skyrocketing tuition. To somewhat quote her, what difference does it make what foundation it goes to if it’s still coming out of someone other than Hillary’s pocket?

Hillary Clinton on Friday defended her six-figure speaking fees, saying she’s donated all the money earned from colleges over the past year to her family’s foundation. “All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work. So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation,” she told ABC News on Friday.

The former secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential contender reportedly charges about $200,000 for speaking engagements.




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Pat Roberts Stumbles in Answering About His Kansas Residency

In an interview that aired on Kansas City’s KCMO 710 AM/103.7 FM last week, Sen. Pat Roberts fielded questions about his reelection with host Greg Knapp, which included queries about a debate with the three other candidates vying for the Republican nomination for his Senate seat, his long-tenure in the U.S. Senate, the debate about his residency and what sets him from challenging front-runner Milton Wolf.

On the topic of his residency, which has been subject of controversy, Roberts insisted he was a resident of Kansas and downplayed the importance of actually being in Kansas in order to properly represent Kansas.

However, Roberts did stumble during his explanation when asked where he spends his time when the Senate is not session, which apparently has not been his declared residency of Dodge City, a home that has been rented out. Roberts answer could be interpreted he only Kansas when he is facing a political opponent in an election.

“Well, I think that everybody should understand when you’re in Dodge City, you stay in Dodge City – it’s a very difficult task to get around all over the state,” Roberts said. “Now you could move to Topeka, you could move to Kansas City, you could move where Milt is, which is two blocks from Missouri. We had declared Dodge our residency. My kids went to school there. Every time I get an opponent — I mean, every time I get a chance, I’m home. I don’t measure my record with regard to a senator how many times I sleep wherever it is. We meet all the requirements.”

In a statement on Friday, Wolf blasted Roberts’ response in the interview.

“Pat Roberts has been in Washington for 47 years, and for him now to admit that he comes ‘home’ to Dodge City only when he gets an opponent is a slap in the face to Kansans,” Wolf said.

(h/t Politico)

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Obama’s ‘Mission Creep’ in Iraq Becoming ‘Mission Run’

Three weeks ago, President Obama promised that the United States “will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat” in Iraq. But Foreign Policy magazine (FP) just reported that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey acknowledged that the United States is not only considering airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), but for the first time is talking about taking “direct action.” This is Pentagon “speak” for sending in American Special Forces or Special Operations units for combat missions. President Obama’s “mission creep” in Iraq appears to be quickly morphing into a “mission run.”

With the growing belief that the Iraqi army cannot retake the territory ISIS seized without help, at a July 3rd Pentagon briefing, General Martin Dempsey said, “Assessing and advising and enabling are very different words than attacking, defeating, and disrupting.” He also said, concerning the current U.S. role in Iraq, “We may get to that point if our national interests drive us there, if [ISIS] becomes such a threat to the homeland that the President of the United States with our advice decides that we have to take direct action.” 

His comments came after ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a new Caliphate called the “Islamic State” across Syria and Iraq and himself Caliph on June 29th. “We have had all the requirements of the Islamic state like fundraising, almsgiving, penalties, and prayers and still have only one thing which is the Caliphate,” said the Caliph’s spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani. “The legality of all emirates, groups, states, and organizations, becomes null by the expansion of the Caliph’s authority and arrival of its troops to their areas.”

The statement had a big impact on U.S. friends in the region, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia quickly deployed 30,000 of its troops to the Iraqi border to prevent the Islamic State from deciding to take Saudi oil fields. Jordan knows that its “special relationship” with both the United States and Israel means their friends would be forced to intensely intervene if the nation is attacked by the Islamic State.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel admitted at the Pentagon briefing that that U.S. has approximately 800 troops in Iraq, including 100 that predate the unfolding crisis there and about 700 who have been sent to help protect U.S. personnel and assist the Iraq army on the deteriorating security conditions.

The Washington Post  has also reported that the Central Intelligence Agency has maintained a large clandestine presence in Iraq “as part of a plan by the Obama administration to rely on a combination of spies and Special Operations forces to protect U.S. interests in what was thought to be a former war zone.

General Dempsey said that the United States has a much better intelligence picture than it did two weeks ago, but the intermingling of Sunnis who oppose the current Shiite-dominated government of Nouri al-Maliki and the Islamic State extremists pose a difficult challenge if the U.S. decided to rely solely on airstrikes to assist Iraqi forces. 

The FP reported that six U.S. “assessment teams are now on the ground to develop a clearer picture of the state of the Iraqi security forces and the strength of the ISIS extremists.” Dempsey said the initial reports from those teams are not encouraging. Iraqi security forces seem to be “stiffening” and appear capable of defending Baghdad, but Dempsey does not believe they can retake the northwest and the cities of Fallujah, Ramadi, and Mosul that the Islamic State militants have overrun. 

“Will the Iraqis at some point be able to go back on the offensive to recapture the part of Iraq that they’ve lost? … Probably not by themselves,” Dempsey asserted. 

Dempsey described the threat posed by Islamic State today as a regional one, but he said it could become “transregional” or global over time. He said this does not mean the U.S. would contribute direct military support to help. But for the first time, Dempsey said the Pentagon would not rule out the option of ground troops.

Dempsey added that before the United States determines what offensive role, if any, it would play in Iraq, the Obama administration wants the Iraqi government to be a reliable U.S. partner in rehabilitating relationships by forming a unity government between Iraq’s embittered Sunni and Kurdish minorities. 

President Barack Obama declared the equivalent of “Mission Accomplished” on October 21, 2011, when he announced that he was pulling out the last 40,000 U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year. “After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” Obama told reporters. But it now appears that President Obama’s creeping new mission in Iraq is about to go into a full run.

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Woman Loses Limbs after Butt Injections

April Brown, a former cosmetologist, lost both her arms and legs after she let an acquaintance who was offering cheap butt injections fill up her rear end. Brown recalled, “I was in pain, my butt was hard, and I was itching.”

According to a Newsfix video, when the doctors removed the do-it-yourself butt injections, they found they were made from bathroom caulk sealant. Brown underwent 27 surgeries, then finally realized how serious the problem was. She remembered thinking, “Oh, my God. I’m going to lose my hands.”

Doctors say Brown is not an isolated case; more people than ever are eschewing visiting doctors so they can avoid paying the fees. Instead, they rely on Internet providers who offer cosmetic fillers such as Botox at a price far less than what doctors would charge. But the ultimate cost may turn out to be much higher.

One California doctor who has removed online cosmetic fillers from patients has found glass or fiberglass in their bodies. He said, “This was … material that the body’s not prepared to accept.”

The Daily Mail reported in December 2012 that 41-year-old Mary Catchpole, who was about to get married, received dermal fillers in both of her cheeks, but the injections resulted in serious nerve damage, blurred vision, insomnia, and depression. The report added that “a survey by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) revealed that in the past year around seven in ten surgeons had seen patients complaining of complications from dermal fillers, and over the past three years the number of problems with some fillers has tripled.”

Dr. Erin Gilbert, a professor of dermatology at the State University of New York, said, “All dermal fillers can induce serious and potentially long-lasting adverse effects.”




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California Assemblyman: Obama Admin ‘Completing the Work’ of Smugglers

HOUSTON, Texas–As a never-ending flow of illegal immigrants continue to enter South Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been transporting many of the foreigners to states around the country including California. California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly told Breitbart Texas that by releasing illegal immigrants onto U.S. soil, law enforcement is “completing the work” of human traffickers.

After illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, the foreigners enjoy a slew of taxpayer subsidized benefits including food, housing, education, vocational training, recreation, and even legal counsel. Subsequent to spending a relatively short amount of time in the custody of federal agents, most of the illegal immigrants are then released. They promise authorities they will show up in court at a later date for an immigration hearing.

By releasing illegal immigrants, “U.S. law enforcement agencies are completing the work of traffickers and smugglers,” Donnelly asserted. “We have become enablers, and are complicit in the trafficking.”

Donnelly said that many of the minors entering the U.S. illegally are “being brought in with a phone number belonging to someone they claim is a cousin or another family member.” Agents, however, are apparently “not allowed” to verify that the contact is in the country illegally, or whether or not they are even a family member of the migrant. 

The assemblyman believes that many of the supposed “family members” are actually cartel members. He asked, “How do authorities intend to protect these children?”

Earlier this week Donnelly penned a letter addressed to California Child Protective Services, California Border Patrol, Riverside Child Protective Services and the Executive Director of the United State Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In it, he asserted that the migrants must be returned to their parents in South America for their own protection. 

“These children are being sent to our country by the drug cartels with only a phone number of a contact in our state,” he wrote. “The Border Patrol have been instructed they are not to check the backgrounds or immigration status of the contacts state side. In other words, our government has completed the drug cartels communication ring at taxpayer expense and no government agency is doing their duty to prevent this from happening.”

On June 4th Breitbart Texas’ Managing Director Brand Darby broke the news that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would be relocating illegal immigrants from Texas to California. Within moments of that story being published, the official Twitter account of the San Diego CBP tweeted at Darby, insisting the report was “erroneous” and asking for it to be removed from the internet.

Days later the San Diego CBP deleted the tweet from their official account. Subsequent reports, outlining plans to fly immigrants to Southern California, proved CBP had indeed planned the relocation all along. 

So far, many residents in Donnelly’s state have made it clear they do not support the relocation of illegal immigrants to California. On Tuesday 140 illegal immigrants were transported via plane to San Diego and then bussed to a federal housing facility in Murrieta. A large crowd of angry U.S. citizens protested the migrants’ arrival, which prompted agents to turn the bus around. 

Patrice Lynes, the organizer of the Murrieta protests, told Michelle Moons of Breitbart News that she and others want the U.S. to repatriate illegal immigrants to their home countries.

Donnelly concluded, “President Obama is the human trafficker-in-chief. I’ve called for his impeachment. It is the duty of the federal government is to secure our border.”

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