Hillary Clinton Not Yet In The Clear Over Email Scandal, US Appeals Court Reopens Case

The US Court of Appeals has recently resuscitated two lawsuits against Hillary Clinton over her recent email scandal, which were earlier junked by the lower court. The ruling by Judge Stephen Williams from the appeals court of the District of Columbia said the lower court erred in throwing away the cases that questioned the former secretary of state’s use of a private server for government conversations and transactions. The ruling said the state department and the National Archives should have done more in recovering the emails in question, or finding new ones that might implicate or clear Hillary Clinton. Appeals court revives suits over @HillaryClinton emails https://t.co/YBZL8YqGnD pic.twitter.com/wMYjsrM1Jg — POLITICO (@politico) December 27, 2016 “The Department has not explained why shaking the tree harder – e.g., by following the statutory mandate to seek action by the Attorney General – might not bear more still,” the ruling stated, as posted on Newsweek. “Absent a showing that the requested enforcement action could not shake loose a few more emails, the case is not moot.” It added, “Because the complaints sought recovery of emails from all of the former Secretary’s accounts, the FBI’s recovery of a server that hosted only one account does not moot the suits.” In 2015, the Judicial Watch and Cause of Action filed separate lawsuits against Hillary Clinton, according to NDTV. Both cases were dismissed in January this year by Judge James Boasberg as he ruled them moot. Hillary Clinton reportedly failed to release over 30,000 emails to investigators as part of the probe into her handling official correspondence on two private non-secured accounts, as well as on the Blackberry account that she had when she was still a senator. The Democratic presidential bet also claimed that she has no more emails to turn over as the majority of her messages are private in nature and didn’t involve government transactions. During that time, Judge Boasberg said that the former state secretary already turned over 50,000 emails for investigation, which he said is not the action of a “recalcitrant agency head.” “Rather, they reflect a sustained effort on the part of State and NARA, after the agencies had learned of the potential removal of federal records from the government’s possession, to recover and preserve all of those records,” he said. “Taken together, all of the recovery efforts initiated by both agencies up to the present day cannot in any way be described as a dereliction of duty. In light of this, Plaintiffs cannot establish an ongoing injury actionable under the [Federal Records Act]; as such, their cases are moot.” However, the ruling set by the appeals court may have been influenced, as posted on the Politico. This was surmised after FBI director James Comey allegedly found more emails from Hillary Clinton, after unearthing them from Anthony Weiner’s laptop. Weiner is the estranged husband of Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin. Unsealed search warrant in Hillary Clinton email probe reveals little new https://t.co/3VAyw2u4kK — Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) December 20, 2016 Comey’s revelation seems to imply that there are more emails in Clinton’s possession that have not been submitted to the authorities by her or her team. Judge Williams said that the state department failed to outline the process it took to try to recover the messages. He wrote, “While the case might well… be moot if a referral were pointless (e.g., because no imaginable enforcement action by the Attorney General could lead to recovery of the missing emails), the record here provides no factual support for finding mootness on that basis.” The Department of State and the National Archives did not release a statement as they cite a policy against commenting on cases under litigation. Representatives for Hillary Clinton also did not comment on the latest ruling. Hillary Clinton has also criticized the Obama administration for failing to control the whole brouhaha surrounding the email scandal, which she claimed contributed to her loss to Donald Trump. [Featured Image by Mark Wilson/Getty Images]

Barack Obama Confident He Would Beat Donald Trump In Election, Guess Who Doesn't Agree?

If, in an alternate universe, it was Barack Obama running against Donald Trump, would the first African-American President have defeated the President-elect? This question has been a fun “what if” scenario raised by some pundits, especially after the loss of the Democratic presidential bet Hillary Clinton. And it was fun, with no clear winner. But the President raised the topic himself in an interview with his former adviser, David Axelrod. Obama said that the gains in his administration for the past eight years would have resonated with Americans, and thwarted a Trump victory. ‘I could have beaten Barack Obama’, Donald Trump slaps down president and lays into UN https://t.co/ZD8bXkcmu8 pic.twitter.com/IonQBlJUO1 — Voice of Europe (@V_of_Europe) December 26, 2016 “I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it” “We see it in this younger generation that is smarter, more tolerant, more innovative, more creative, more entrepreneurial, would not even think about, you know, discriminating against somebody for example because of their ual orientation.” Barack Obama said that he could have tapped into the American spirit which “manifests itself in communities all across the country,” and that would have been enough to beat Trump. The President also said that Clinton’s defeat doesn’t necessarily mean a censure of his administration or the party. “The culture actually did shift,” he said. “That the majority does buy into the notion of one America that is tolerant and diverse and open and full of energy and dynamism.” Obama also didn’t hold his punches when he assessed how Trump defeated Clinton. He suggested that the former first lady “played it too safe.” Although he said that Clinton’s relationship with the press leaves much to be desired, citing the seemingly “double standard” with which the media reported on her. “For whatever reason, there’s been a longstanding difficulty in her relationship with the press that meant her flaws were wildly amplified,” he said. But he quickly added that part of the blame could also be because she failed to relay the message about how she can improve on the gains of the current administration. “I think she looked and said, well, given my opponent and the things he’s saying and what he’s doing, we should focus on that,” he explained. 1,030 state legislatures, governor mansions lost by Democrats during Obama. That’s why @HillaryClinton lost, & @POTUS a 3rd term? Laughable! pic.twitter.com/kCLLxqcTaM — BraveHeart (@Braveheart_USA) December 28, 2016 This wasn’t the first time that President Obama blamed Clinton for her surprising loss to Trump. Last month, he said her failure to pay attention to the other places outside of the key cities during the presidential campaign obviously backfired. The President made some parallelisms between Clinton’s campaign and his own when he did not ignore the small communities in order to sell his vision. “You know, I won Iowa not because the demographics dictated that I would win Iowa,” he explained. “It was because I spent 87 days going to every small town and fair and fish fry and VFW hall, and there were some counties where I might have lost, but maybe I lost by 20 points instead of 50 points.” However, Trump had only this to say about Obama claiming that he could have won: “NO WAY.” In a Twitter message, after hearing the President’s statements, the former reality TV show host wrote, “President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but I say NO WAY! – jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc.” President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but I say NO WAY! – jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2016 During the campaign period, Donald Trump described Barack Obama’s administration as a “disaster.” The President-elect also called the POTUS “weak” and “inefficient,” saying that Obama was the worst president in the history of the country. [Featured Image by Chip Somdevilla/Getty Images]

Racist Trump Tapes Could Soon Surface, Comedian Tom Arnold Threatens To Release Footage

Comedian Tom Arnold earlier revealed that he’s in possession of Apprentice outtakes that will put president-elect Donald Trump in an embarrassing predicament. Now, the True Lies actor is promising to release the said tapes that show the billionaire throwing one racist remark after another. Tom Arnold says he’s got recordings of #Trump using racial slurs and calling son a ‘retard’ https://t.co/kNMFcssbLO pic.twitter.com/WV4Pgb7ZqB — Raw Story (@RawStory) December 19, 2016 He first raised the subject in a recent interview with a Seattle radio station. “I have the outtakes to The Apprentice where he says every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever. It was him sitting in that chair saying the N-word, saying the C-word, calling his son a retard, just being so mean to his own children.” Arnold was given the said clips during the campaign period for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, by a source who worked on the reality TV show itself. However, he was not able to release the material right away due to a confidentiality clause and his belief that Donald Trump would lose to Hillary Clinton, according to The Guardian. “[When] the people sent it to me, it was funny,” the comedian added. “Hundreds of people have seen these. It was sort of a Christmas video they put together. He wasn’t going to be president of the United States.” 2. Used in our biz 2 prevent piracy. Had a limited time password. When I received no one thought Trump would be Pres. When it became real https://t.co/scvnHY836l — Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) December 26, 2016 According to the actor/comedian, Donald Trump has always been nice to him before he turned into a “bully” who did everything to win the elections. After mentioning the existence of Apprentice footage, Arnold claimed that he received threats from Donald Trump supporters, particularly members of the Alt-Right movement. The Alt-Right has been described by many as the new white supremacist movement, which rejects the present notions of conservatism. It supports the Alternative Right, or the extreme form of conservatism, which often resonates deeply with white supremacists. We must stop normalizing authoritarian Donald Trump + his ilk by talking about them in polite terms like #altright. https://t.co/vQz3Fu0JMm pic.twitter.com/4p1f1opDYN — Lady Clever (@ladycleverblog) December 18, 2016 Trump has allegedly been associating too closely with Alt-Right advocates, as evident in his recent cabinet appointees. Stephen Bannon, the founder of Breitbart news and CEO of the Trump campaign, was named White House chief strategist by the president-elect. Bannon is known to be a huge advocate of white nationalism and neo-Nazism. Arnold revealed even more reasons why he did not immediately release Apprentice tapes through his official Twitter account, in a series of tweets sent to fellow actor Michael Rapaport. In his posts the day after Christmas, he claims that seven Hollywood big shots are involved. Implicating them could result in the death of their own and other colleagues’ careers, as posted on Jezebel. 13. Will give you the names of the 7 big shots and you can risk your livelihood and confront them too. All will be reviewed soon. Smart https://t.co/scvnHY836l — Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) December 26, 2016 However, the comedian did hint that some “smart Watergate level journalists” are already looking at the tapes and conducting their own investigations. If they do not release the clips after, then Arnold will do it himself ” in due time.” Additionally, while what the Republican president-elect said in the footage is not technically illegal, they remain to be inappropriate and disgusting. He still faces a catch-22 situation even if he chooses to leak the tapes. Is he willing to compromise his livelihood in order to embarrass the incoming president? TY 4 understanding. I’m with all of you & understand your frustration. The tapes made me sad but what he said isn’t illegal. That’s coming. https://t.co/xtxhAIXoWS — Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) December 26, 2016 “I’m not going to out the little guy but I personally confronted seven powerful Hollywood people who have everything,” he wrote. “They hate me now. Terrible career move but I believe if Russia has something they can blackmail our president with it’s worth the risk to me. Plus I’m a 57-year-old father of 1 & 3 yr olds. I want to do all I can so there’s a safe America for them.” Arnold has also divulged through Mediaite, that the president-elect’s team has threatened to file lawsuits against him should he share the content of the footage. To date, Donald Trump is still silent about the alleged Apprentice tapes that show him uttering racist remarks. His team has not released any statements or comments about the issue, as well. [Featured image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images]

Where Is Hillary Clinton Now? Still Hiking After Christmas, Is 'Most Admired' Woman

Lately, everyone has been wondering where Hillary Clinton is, and the reasons are definitely bipartisan. For example, knowing the location of Hillary Clinton is needed by her “Pantsuit Nation” of supporters. Nevertheless, there are also many people searching for her in order to prosecute Hillary Clinton — and it might not be the anti-Hillary groups first expected. As for now, Hillary Clinton is still hiking, but she took time off from her busy cross-country treks to go to church for Christmas Eve at the United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco. Hillary Clinton said she was “excellent” when asked how she was doing, according to LOHUD, and Pastor Parker Proust stated the following about her brief response at church. “They don’t like to be the center of attention at the church. They come here to worship like everyone else. They are friends.” Hillary Clinton also gave her Facebook followers a holiday message before departing for yet another scenic country adventure. Although it is unknown if Hillary Clinton spent the holidays with her family, what is known is that she was spotted around December 28 in New Paltz, New York. According to Daily Freeman, witnesses say that Hillary Clinton caught their eye at the Mohonk Mountain House, and they also snapped a photo to prove it. Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits and hiking coping mechanism made a big impression in 2016 as well as her character as a leader. [Image by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images] They also noted for anyone that wants to know where Hillary Clinton is that she commonly hangs out in Westchester County where she lives in New York. They also claimed Bill and Hillary Clinton are often seen in nearby Ulster and Dutchess counties. Interestingly, many comedians enjoy poking fun at Hillary Clinton about her woodland adventures, and Saturday Night Live recently made a sketch about her hiking after she unexpectedly lost to Donald Trump. Despite the jokes, Hillary Clinton choosing hiking as a stress-relieving activity exemplifies she is interested in going the extra mile to show others how to cope with unexpected loss. Fortunately, there are others that also feel Hillary Clinton is an excellent role model as well as being all around admirable. For example, in late December, a Gallup Poll named Hillary Clinton as the “Most Admired Woman” of 2016. There are also many that feel Hillary Clinton has impeccable style, and Vanity Fair gave a nod to her Pantsuit Nation with their 2016 showcase of Hillary’s signature fashion statement. As the year ends, there is one person close to her that says Hillary Clinton herself did not “know why she ran for office,” but instead considered it her “feminist duty” to run for president of the United States. According to Time, about Hillary Clinton running for office, Vice President Joe Biden said, “I think it was a real burden on her.” Sadly, although she was defeated by Donald Trump despite having almost 3 million more popular votes than him, CBS News reported that Trump is now doing things he once criticized Hillary Clinton for. In particular, Trump mocked Hillary Clinton for over a year and said she was “crooked, corrupt, and weak.” Vice President Joe Biden said that Hillary Clinton ran for office because she felt it was her “feminist duty.” [Image by Alex Wong/Getty Images] Alternatively, the one area that Hillary Clinton benefits from Trump flipping on his pre-election promises is not prosecuting Hillary for her email scandal. About the situation, Trump stated, “She went through a lot. And suffered greatly in many different ways. I’m not looking to hurt them.” On the other hand, there are some groups that are still waiting to see if Hillary Clinton will be prosecuted. For example, The Hill explains that Hillary Clinton has not yet received an official pardon from President Obama on any charges she might face in the future. While it may be expected that Hillary Clinton is questioned about the emails situation, what might not be expected is the ire she is drawing from Judicial Watch and Cause of Action. According to Mother Jones, the original reason for the creation of Judicial Watch and watchdog group Cause of Action was to oust Bill Clinton. Once Bill Clinton was out of office, they focused their attention on Hillary Clinton. The groups filed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and her emails in 2015, but their lawsuit was thrown out of a District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals on December 27 because of the following reason. “[A] lower court judge erred when he threw out the cases as moot after the State Department received tens of thousands of emails from Clinton and more from the FBI following the criminal investigation it conducted.” [Featured Image by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images]

Israel-Palestine: Obama Sends Kerry To Speak About 'Threats And Enemies'

Israel-Palestine-US relations have changed, and U.S. President Barack Obama sent current Secretary of State John Kerry off to deliver an important speech on “threats and enemies” at the Department of State on Wednesday denying it, but it only seems to have further inflamed tensions with a long time ally in the region. After the Obama Administration’s surprising decision to abstain from a United Nation’s security council resolution condemning ally Israel, and Kerry’s speech given Wednesday, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations is making himself very clear on the mess left smoldering. Possibly still suffering symptoms from the recently placed metaphorical knife in his back and “distortions of reality,” Ambassador Danny Danon took to his Twitter account after the “threats and enemies” talking points in the Obama-Kerry speech. The Obama Administration acted against Israel at the UN and any claim to the contrary is a distortion of reality — Ambassador Danon (@dannydanon) December 28, 2016 The Israel-Palestine conflict highlights that the Middle East is in flames, it seems. Kerry had the unenviable task of defending President Obama’s very controversial decision to have his UN Ambassador abstain on the United Nations vote which condemns former ally Israel. The resolution language on land claimed by Palestinians was a problem and that Obama either did or did not anticipate the issue exploding in his face is just unbelievably brazen or unbelievably ignorant. The next point made by Ambassador Danon indicates the differing viewpoint seen by Israel on the Obama-Kerry “anti-Israeli initiatives.” To coordinate anti-Israeli initiatives with the Palestinians & to advance one-sided resolutions is the opposite of supporting Israel — Ambassador Danon (@dannydanon) December 28, 2016 A video, pushing the new narrative by Secretary of State John Kerry, can be seen in this C-SPAN tweet. Secretary @JohnKerry: “#Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both. And it won’t ever really be at peace.” pic.twitter.com/vLmnSWU63n — CSPAN (@cspan) December 28, 2016 From the transcript posted on C-SPAN of the Kerry speech, Kerry brought up one very important point. “You may have heard that some criticize this resolution for calling East Jerusalem occupied territory.” Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and former Attorney General Eric Holder, in Washington. [Image by Andrew Harnik/AP Images] Yes, there was that criticism reported by Inquisitr previously from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Per the UN resolution text it seems reasonable. “The Security Council reaffirmed this afternoon that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders.” The Israel-Palestine issue set ablaze by the Obama Administration may mean the incoming President Donald Trump will have his hands full internationally. It may steal attention on Trump’s domestic plans, of course, but laying this aside, the mess seems to be getting bigger overseas. In his Wednesday speechifying, Kerry denied accusations that there was anything new at the UN regarding that. And further Obama, via Kerry, pulled into the foreign policy tempest two former U.S. Presidents during the speech. “But to be clear, there was absolutely nothing new in last week’s resolution on that [East Jerusalem] issue. It was one of a long line of security council resolutions that included East Jerusalem as part of the territories occupied by Israel in 1967. That includes resolutions passed by the security council under President [Ronald] Reagan and President George H. W. Bush.” Managing to irritate and confuse some folks, Kerry’s remark that Israel cannot be both “Jewish” and “democratic,” was a problem. Secretary @JohnKerry: “#Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both. And it won’t ever really be at peace.” pic.twitter.com/vLmnSWU63n — CSPAN (@cspan) December 28, 2016 The response tweet from Sami Flores asked if that applied to Muslims too. @cspan @JohnKerry How about Muslims? Can they be both? — Sami Flores (@3samiflores) December 28, 2016 Israeli-Palestine issues have simmered on for many decades and the US change in behavior and attitude regarding an ally such as Israel is not something easily ignored. The new Israel-US-Palestine narrative viewpoint per the New York Times, is remarkable. “[Kerry] usually speaks in the careful words of diplomacy, being careful not to publicly name names, or put choices in the harshest terms. He dropped most of those niceties on Wednesday, especially about Mr. Netanyahu’s government,” per the article. The report is also describing Kerry and the crucial moment as being done despite “the incoming administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump…” President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in Jan. 20, 2017. [Image by Carolyn Kaster/AP Images] That article also quotes Kerry from the speech and the Obama Administration’s argument that “… Israel, with a growing Arab population, could not survive as both a Jewish state and a democratic state unless it embraced the two-state approach that a succession of American presidents have advocated.” “The status quo is leading toward one state, or perpetual occupation.” As the Israel-Palestine issue simmers, some may wonder what was running through President Obama’s mind as he considers his last days in office and the advent of a Donald Trump presidency. [Featured Image by Ronen Zvulun, Pool photo via AP/Images]

5 Times President-Elect Donald Trump Broke The Internet In 2016

Donald Trump has always been a controversial figure for most of his existence. Pre-presidential Donald always had stories about him enough to fill up most of the tabloid pages. But when Presidential candidate Donald Trump came along, the gloves definitely came off. It seemed like dirty politics brought the out the worst in Donald. 2016 has been a year of many highs and some lows for Mr. Trump. It has definitely been one long wild ride. Out of the hundreds of times Donald Trump broke the internet this year, here are some of the most memorable, highly entertaining, and controversial times. Grab ’em By The… Donald Trump was about to tape a cameo in the TV series Days of Our Lives. He was with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush and they were talking about the Donald’s failed attempt to seduce women. Donald Trump mentioned how he was automatically attracted to beautiful women and that he just starts kissing them once he sees them. Trump further mentioned. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it, you can do anything. Grab them by the p***y, you can do anything.” The audio and video of the 2005 exchange were released by The Washington Post. It made its way during the election season and had made headlines because of the ist remark. President-Elect Donald Trump has since apologized for it. He Said He’ll Build A Wall Along The Border To half of the nation, it seems ridiculous, but to the mind of The Donald, it makes sense. During his campaign trail, he was very vocal about his dislike for illegal immigrants. He once mentioned that Mexican immigrants are bringing drugs, crime, and even more, they are rapists. However, Donald Trump did assume that some are still good people. This did not stop Trump for thinking that the best solution to keep the Mexican immigrants away is by building a wall along the border. “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I build them very inexpensively.” According to a study by Washington Post, the wall is estimated to cost around $25 billion which is a far cry from what Donald Trump’s estimate of $10 billion to $12 billion US dollars. Citing as well that the current 650 miles of fencing have a total cost of $7 billion dollars paid for the government. Will Donald Trump really build the wall? If Ivanka Was Not His Daughter, He’ll What? Tonight, I was honored to introduce my father @realdonaldtrump and to speak about a policy that’s incredibly close to my heart. A photo posted by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Sep 13, 2016 at 7:23pm PDT Over the years, Donald has some unsettling comments about his daughter Ivanka Trump. Remember the time when she was the host of the 1997 Miss Teen USA? Mr. Trump told the Ms. Universe that his daughter is hot. How about the time he agreed with Howard Stern when he called his daughter a piece of as*. He also said to Rolling Stone. “Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father… ” During the campaign, many of these things were shown to the public. The most memorable being is when he said in the show The View. “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps, I would be dating her.” The internet flipped with these comments and the media had a good week or two talking about these. Ivanka did give an interview with CBS News which addressed this issue. She said that she was bothered by the stories but a lot has been discredited. She further added that her dad is not a groper. He Mentioned That The General Election Could Be Rigged After several polls showed that Hillary Clinton is leading, Donald Trump did not take it lightly. CNN reported what Donald Trump said. “I’m telling you, November 8, we’d better be careful, because that election is going to be rigged, and I hope the Republicans are watching closely or it’s going to be taken away from us.” Donald Trump even mentioned that some of the 1.8 million people who are dead will still manage to vote. He thinks that Hillary Clinton will win because of this plus the 2.5 million people who are registered in two states and votes twice. These things made headlines while half of the nation scratches their head in disbelief. And Yet, He Still Won The US Election AMERICA FIRST! A photo posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Dec 27, 2016 at 12:04pm PST Despite all these shocking and controversial headlines associated with Donald Trump, he still managed to win the Presidential elections. Perhaps, that is the biggest headline of them all. Even more, his win was controversial since he only won in the Electoral College but not in the popular votes. He was down by three million votes and yet typical Donald Trump he tweeted. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” Nonetheless, Donald Trump is now America’s President-elect. For half of the nation, it is a celebration. The other half are probably finding ways on how to migrate to a different country before he gets inaugurated on January 20, 2017. [Featured Image by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images]

Bernie Sanders Tweets Quotes From Pope Francis On Christmas Day

Bernie Sanders’ Twitter account quoted Pope Francis twice during the afternoon on Christmas Day. They were Sanders’ only Christmas Day tweets. Sanders’ first Christmas Day tweet highlighted the fact that Pope Francis stated that millions of people are dying of starvation even though the current levels of food production are sufficient. “Current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation.” – Pope Francis pic.twitter.com/0MtDcRMCsv — Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 25, 2016 The second Christmas Day tweet from Senator Sanders features a quote from Pope Francis in which the Holy See says that money is in charge of the world these days. “Man is not in charge today, money is. Money rules.” – Pope Francis pic.twitter.com/DL9fjQmerR — Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 26, 2016 Bernie Sanders was raised Jewish, but told The Washington Post that he is no longer “actively involved with organized religion.” Sanders’ brother Larry told The Washington Post that he and Bernie grew up learning Hebrew. Larry said that Bernie could read prayer in Hebrew, but not with a great deal of understanding. “It wasn’t a question of, ‘Are we Jewish?’” Larry Sanders said. “It was just as uncontested as saying you’re an American.” Still, Larry Sanders clarified that Bernie is “quite substantially not religious.” Sanders’ wife Jane was raised Catholic, but USA Today reported that Jane Sanders no longer actively participates in organized religion either. According to Jane Sanders, Bernie has his own tradition for kicking off winter. Jane Sanders told Mark Halperin on With All Due Respect that for over three decades, Bernie Sanders and one of his friends have thrown a holiday party for low income families in Vermont. Christmas Day isn’t the first time that Sanders has referenced the head of the Roman Catholic Church. “Bernie Sanders loves to bring up Pope Francis in his campaign speeches,” Fusion writer Jennifer C. Martin wrote during the campaign season. “The two share a lot in common: both are beloved figures fighting for seemingly more progressive values for archaic, distrusted institutions.” Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Eve mass. On Christmas Day, Bernie Sanders twice quoted the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. [Image by Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo] “I think everyone believes in God in their own ways,” Sanders told The Washington Post while campaigning. “To me, it means that all of us are connected, all of life is connected, and that we are all tied together.” “For a Jewish guy who isn’t into organized religion, Sen. Bernie Sanders spends a lot of time talking about the pope,” USA Today‘s Nicole Gaudiano wrote in 2015, before the first nominating contest was held. “The Vermont independent drops Pope Francis’ teachings into conversation and speeches, posts his comments on social media and highlights news stories about him on his website.” “This pope has been extremely articulate in addressing some of the major economic and spiritual crises and environmental crises that our planet is currently facing,” Sanders explained at the time. “I get blown away and deeply impressed by a lot of what he says.” Inquisitr reported earlier this year that Bernie Sanders left the campaign trail just before the New York primary after he was invited by The Vatican to participate in a meeting about economic issues and social justice. Sanders and his family stayed the night in the guesthouse where Pope Francis actually lives and Bernie was able to briefly exchange pleasantries with Pope Francis before returning to the campaign trail. No photographs were taken during the that encounter, which led to social media speculation that the encounter did not actually occur. The New York Times reported that photographs are not permitted at the Vatican City guesthouse. Pope Francis confirmed that he spoke with Sanders briefly. An Il Messaggero report stated at that time that that Pope Francis decided to break from an existing rule, which stated that the Holy See should not meet with any candidate. The Pope made an exception in order to meet with Sen. Sanders, the Italian report stated. Pope Francis did not discuss politics with Sen. Sanders. The Vatican has invited Bernie Sanders to Rome to give a talk (not to meet Pope Francis) https://t.co/6zJq88RCVy pic.twitter.com/VVMTWFaMzm — New York Times World (@nytimesworld) April 15, 2016 Bernie Sanders’ Christmas Day tweets quoting Pope Francis were liked over 30 thousand times collectively as of Wednesday and retweeted over 15 thousand times collectively. [Featured Image by Mark Wilson/Getty Images]

Hillary Clinton Resurfaces With Holiday Message, Thanks Supporters And Reminds Them Of Her Popular Vote Win Over Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton has been unusually quiet since losing the 2016 presidential race to Donald Trump in an electoral college upset. On Monday, Clinton emailed her supporters and took to Facebook t0 thank them for supporting her throughout the grueling campaign. She had an uplifting message for supporters to not give up hope, causing many to believe she may have lost but she hasn’t given up her career in politics. Hillary also made sure to point out in her message that she did beat Donald Trump by nearly 3 million votes but lost because of the electoral college. Clinton has been staying out of the public eye since her disappointing loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Aside from her concession speech, Politico reports that Hillary popped up once in an impromptu photo shoot with one of her supporters who found her on a wooded walking trail. She also made an appearance at the Newseum and was honored by the Children’s Defense Fund just one week after losing the election. .@HillaryClinton touts popular-vote count in thank you message to supporters https://t.co/eO3i6DclPV pic.twitter.com/kvkULNFLlA — POLITICO (@politico) December 27, 2016 Hillary’s latest message sounded upbeat and hopeful, almost like the former first lady has a whole new political resolve going into 2017. Is it possible that Hillary Clinton has a new plan of attack in order to achieve her political aspirations? Or maybe it was just time that she finally say something before the year is over and she ends up staying out of the limelight for so long that she might as well retire. In her email that was also shared on Facebook, Hillary Clinton said: “Before this year ends, I want to thank you again for your support of our campaign,” Clinton wrote to her supporters. “While we didn’t achieve the outcome we sought, I’m proud of the vision and values we fought for and the nearly 66 million people who voted for them.” Even though Hilary Clinton lost in her run for the presidency twice, she still sounded like she was in good spirits in the latest message. Hillary made sure to mention the huge number of votes she received while running in the 2016 presidential election. With 66 million votes, Clinton received nearly 3 million more than Donald Trump, who ended up snagging the victory in a controversial electoral college clincher. “I believe it is our responsibility to keep doing our part to build a better, stronger and fairer future for our country and the world. The holidays are a time to be thankful for our blessings. So let us rejoice in this season and look forward with renewed hope and determination.” Hillary Clinton conceded the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump on November 9. Clinton told her supporters that she made an offer to work with Trump and begged her supporters to give him a chance to prove himself as president. Hillary Clinton thanked her supporters, referencing her popular-vote victory in an end-of-year email https://t.co/CjAiNwvnVL pic.twitter.com/FEI6EDNsyd — ABC News (@ABC) December 27, 2016 That didn’t go over well and many Hillary Clinton supporters took to the streets, protesting the Donald Trump win and begging the electoral college to do something about it. They even tried to convince the electoral college to turn on Trump and elect Clinton anyway. On December 19, the electoral college voted and Trump ended up winning more electoral college votes than he had pledged to begin with. A full week later, Hillary Clinton is speaking out to her supporters and asking them not to give up hope. Hillary made it sound like she is still working in the political arena and has plans to pop up again, though probably not as a presidential candidate. Clinton ended her end of the year message by saying: “I wish you and your family health, happiness, and continued strength for the New Year and the work ahead,” Clinton’s email said. “I look forward to staying in touch in 2017. Onward!” [Featured Image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images]

President Obama Will Make History As One Of The Worst Foreign Policy Presidents Ever, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz Says [Video]

Former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a staunch advocate for the state of Israel, has called out President Obama for what he considers acting like a backstabber and presiding over a terrible foreign policy. Dershowitz, a self-described liberal Democrat who voted for Obama twice and supported Hillary Clinton for president in the 2016 general election, was reacting to the Obama administration’s decision to abstain from — rather than veto — a United Nations Security Council resolution that condemns Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem as illegal. The U.S. abstention allowed the controversial resolution to pass by a vote of 14-0, which occurred on Chanukah eve. A fan of Obama’s domestic initiatives, the prominent attorney blasted Obama on the Fox News Channel yesterday for failing to instruct the U.S. delegation at the U.N. to veto the resolution, Real Clear Politics reported. Check out the clip below. “What [Obama] did was so nasty; he pulled a bait and switch. He said to the American public, this is all about the settlements deep in the West Bank. And yet, he allowed the representative to the U.N. to abstain — which is really [a vote] for– a resolution that says the Jews can’t pray at the Western Wall, Jewish Arab students can’t go to Hebrew University, Jewish and Arab patients can’t go to Hadassah Hospital, Jews can’t live in the Jewish Quarter [of Jerusalem] where they have lived for thousands of years. And he’s going to say, ‘Whoops! I didn’t mean that!’ Well, read the resolution! You’re a lawyer; you went to Harvard Law School.” Trying to sort out the president’s motivation, the high-profile lawyer recalled that Obama sought his endorsement when he ran for reelection in 2012. “I think [Obama] was trying to get even. He called me into the Oval Office before the election, and he said to me, ‘Alan, I want your support, and I have to tell you, I will always have Israel’s back.’ I didn’t realize what he meant: That he would have Israel’s back so he could stab them in the back. He just stabbed them in the back, and this will make peace much more difficult to achieve…he will go down in history as one of the worst foreign policy presidents ever…” He also slammed the member-nations of the Security Council for the many human rights violations in their history. [Featured Image by Steven Senne/AP Images] Many allegations have surfaced about behind-the-scenes tension between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and a U.S. Senate committee is or was looking into the allegation that Obama sent campaign operatives to Israel last year in a failed attempt to elect Netanyahu’s opponent. Netanyhu famously addressed a joint session of Congress on March 3, 2015, in which he warned against what he considered a flawed Iran nuclear deal. About two weeks ago, outgoing U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon chided the organization for its “disproportionate number of resolutions, reports, and committees against Israel,” the Independent of London reported. According to Danny Danon, Israel’s U.N. ambassador, the U.N. has “passed 223 resolutions condemning Israel, while only eight resolutions condemning the Syrian regime as it has massacred its citizens over the past six years.” In a similar interview on CNN, Alan Dershowitz called out Obama for being “angry” and “trying to get even.” “First of all, Obama purposefully tried to tie the hands of his successor, which is utterly undemocratic during a lame-duck period. It will make it much harder for Trump to bring about a negotiated peace, because the Palestinians…will have no incentive to do it. This is not policy; this is pique…this no other way of explaining why the president would allow this kind of overwrought resolution…” Israel has temporarily suspended diplomatic relations with several U.N. Security Council members and plans to move forward with construction of more homes in the East Jerusalem area, according to the New York Times. Israel, a traditional ally of the U.S. and the only functioning democracy in the Middle East, has also maintained that the Obama administration orchestrated the controversial resolution rather than just functioning as a passive bystander, a measure that Netanyahu has described as unacceptable. [Image by John Minchillo/AP Images for American Jewish Historical Society] A strong Israel supporter, President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to make big changes in the U.S. relationship with the U.N. once he takes office next month. “Mr. Trump publicly pressed for a veto of the resolution and has chosen a settlement advocate as his administration’s ambassador to Israel,” the Times noted. [Featured Image by Sergei Chuzavkov/AP Images]

A History Of The Hillary Clinton, Vladmir Putin Feud

It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and Russia’s President Vladmir Putin have a long-standing feud that dates back many years. It is said to have become publicly apparent in 2011, when Vladmir Putin almost lost the chance for a third term as president. His decision to run for president that year caused a lot of upheaval, with hundreds of thousands of protesters taking to the streets to protest against his decision. Vladimir Putin with Santa Claus/Ded Moroz/Grandfather Frost. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! #Putin #VladimirPutin #Путин #ВладимирПутин #ВВП #President #президент #MotherRussia #Russia #Россия #RussianFederation #BestPresident #Strong #Tough #Love #Hot #Handsome #Cute #Hero #Powerful #Good #Sweet #LovePutin #SantaClaus #DedMoroz #GrandfatherFrost #MerryChristmas #Christmas #HappyNewYear A photo posted by Vladimir Putin Page (@vladimirputinpage) on Dec 7, 2016 at 11:46am PST Vladmir Putin’s response to the movement at the time was to lay blame on Hillary Clinton, stating, “She set the tone for certain actors inside the country; she gave the signal. They heard this signal and, with the support of the U.S. State Department, started actively doing their work.” This is as reported by Time. At the time, Hillary Clinton publicly voiced her support for the demonstrations, stating, “The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve the right to have their voices heard and their votes counted. And that means they deserve free, fair, transparent elections and leaders who are accountable to them.” Dmitri Medvedev was the President of Russia and was apparently cozying up to the Obama administration, while Putin was the Prime Minister. Vladmir Putin is said to have taken the alleged interference personally. Fast forward to October this year and Vladmir Putin made a veiled threat against Hillary Clinton following her harsh rhetoric against him and Russia, terming them as counterproductive. He also added that there would be a “confrontation” with the United States if this continued. The following was his exact statement as reported by the New York Post. “Jeopardizing Russian-American relations in order to gain brownie points internally – I consider this to be harmful and counterproductive… It’s not funny anymore. If somebody out there wants confrontation. This is not our choice but this means that there will be problems. Mrs. Clinton has chosen to take up a very aggressive stance against our country, against Russia. Mr. Trump, on the other hand, calls for cooperation – at least when it comes to the international fight against terrorism. Naturally we welcome those who would like to cooperate with us. And we consider it wrong, that we always have to be in conflict with one another, creating existential threats for each other and for the whole world.” This was after Hillary Clinton accused Russia of meddling in the United States presidential elections by hacking Democratic National Committee emails and releasing them via Wikileaks so as to destabilize her campaign. Her statements were also echoed by the director of national intelligence James Clapper and Jeh Johnson, secretary of homeland security, who issued the following statement. “These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow — the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities” Hillary Clinton also recently blamed Russia for the ongoing crisis in Syria, saying, “The whole situation has deteriorated in many ways because of the refusal of the Russians and the Iranians to put the kind of pressure on Assad that is necessary to reach an accommodation that would save lives.” Following the shocking Hillary Clinton loss to Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential elections, President Barrack Obama promised retaliation for the alleged interference of the American elections by Moscow. The following was his statement. “When Hillary was young, her mom taught her the Methodist Creed: Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you ever can. That’s her North Star. That’s what guides her. She believes in that. She believes we can summon what’s best in each of us and make this country better for all of us. That’s what America is about. We are a country like no other not because of the size of our skyscrapers or the power of our armies, but because we are a place founded for the sake of an idea. ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.’ We don’t have to be born into wealth or privilege in this country. We don’t have to practice a certain faith. We don’t have to have a certain last name. We just have to be willing to contribute. We just have to be willing to put our shoulder to the wheel of history, and we can be a part of this community that we call America. That’s what drove patriots to choose revolution over tyranny. That’s what led GIs to liberate a continent. That’s what gave women the courage to reach for the ballot. That’s what gave marchers the courage to cross a bridge in Selma. That’s what allowed workers to organize for collective bargaining and better wages. That’s what made America exceptional. That’s what makes America great. In other words, America depends on you—you, all of you. America has never been about what one person says he’ll do for us. I didn’t say ‘Yes, I can.’ I said, ‘Yes, we can.’ It’s about what can be achieved by us, each of us, together, through that hard, slow, and, yes, sometimes frustrating work of self-government. That means all of us.” —President Obama A photo posted by Hillary Clinton (@hillaryclinton) on Nov 7, 2016 at 2:54pm PST “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections … we need to take action. And we will – at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicised; some of it may not be.” This is as reported by the Guardian. [Featured Image by Sean Gallup/Getty Images]