EpiPen Uproar Highlights Company’s Family Ties to Congress


The CEO of a former Fortune 500 company, who is also the daughter of a U.S. senator, is under fire for jacking up the rates of a life-saving anti-allergy treatment.

Source: EpiPen Uproar Highlights Company’s Family Ties to Congress

MPAA Lobbyist / SOPA Sponsor to Draft Democratic Party Platform – TorrentFreak


The Democratic Party has appointed a committee tasked with drafting the party’s platform. The 15-member panel includes MPAA lobbyist Howard L Berman, an attorney and former U.S. Representative who not only co-sponsored SOPA and tried to enshrine P2P network sabotage in law, but has also been funded by Hollywood throughout his career.

Source: MPAA Lobbyist / SOPA Sponsor to Draft Democratic Party Platform – TorrentFreak

Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal


Newly disclosed emails show Clinton State Department officials working alongside fossil fuel companies aggressively pushing for fracking even in countries where local objections were growing.

Source: Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal

Hillary Clinton Attacks Israel Boycott Movement in AIPAC Speech


Clinton called the BDS movement “alarming” and accused activists of “bullying” Jewish students on college campuses.

Source: Hillary Clinton Attacks Israel Boycott Movement in AIPAC Speech

I’m feeling the Bern, in part because I just don’t believe Secretary Clinton. – WIL WHEATON dot NET


Our choice in a democratic primary is stark and simple: Bernie Sanders, who has fought for progressive values his entire career, or Hillary Clinton, who says she supports progressive values when it’s politically expedient.

Source: I’m feeling the Bern, in part because I just don’t believe Secretary Clinton. – WIL WHEATON dot NET

Clinton Senior Adviser Authored Paper Arguing for Paid Leave Proposal She Now Opposes


Hillary Clinton’s top domestic policy adviser pushed the line that Clinton is “the only candidate” who wants to “raise your incomes — not middle class taxes.” A few years back, she had a different position.

Source: Clinton Senior Adviser Authored Paper Arguing for Paid Leave Proposal She Now Opposes

Sanders Would Dominate Money Race With Small Donor Matching Funds


Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign would now have raised almost $100 million more than Hillary Clinton’s if the U.S. electoral system provided public matching funds for small donors.

Source: Sanders Would Dominate Money Race With Small Donor Matching Funds

George Washington University Allows Flags to Fly From Dorm Rooms — Unless They’re Palestinian


Civil rights organizations say this is the latest in a long string of incidents targeting pro-Palestinian speech on college campuses across the U.S.

Source: George Washington University Allows Flags to Fly From Dorm Rooms — Unless They’re Palestinian

Donald Trump Says He Can Buy Politicians, None of His Rivals Disagree


Trump was illustrating the key problem with the current campaign finance system: It has essentially legalized bribery.

Source: Donald Trump Says He Can Buy Politicians, None of His Rivals Disagree

There Is No Way That Hillary Clinton Didn’t Know She Was Supposed To Use A Government Email Account

As you may have heard, the latest political “scandal” involving a major Presidential contender comes via the NY Times reporting that when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, she refused to have a government email address, and conducted all her work via a personal email account.

Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.

This is dumb on many, many levels and there appears to be no excuse for it happening. First off, using a personal email as Secretary of State seems like a massive privacy and security risk. While one hopes that there was at least some attempt to better secure her personal account by government security experts, it’s still almost certainly less secure. Given how much sensitive information the Secretary of State has to deal with, it seems inexcusable that she was allowed to conduct official business via her personal account. That to me seems like an even bigger deal than the part that everyone else is focused on: the failure to preserve her emails as required by law.

Of course, the failure to preserve the emails is a big deal as well. But here’s the really stunning thing: there is simply no way that Clinton and others in the administration didn’t know that she was supposed to be using a government email address and preserving those emails. That’s because both the previous administration and others in her own administration got in trouble for using personal email addresses. As Vox notes, towards the end of the Bush administration there was a similar scandal involving a variety of high level administration members using personal email to conduct government business and to avoid transparency requirements.