Hillary Must Have Lemon Wedges, Special Pillows When Giving $300K Speeches

If we are to coronate Queen Hillary then we should treat her like royalty.

If you’ve ever wondered what Hillary Clinton needs in order to be the best Hillary Clinton she can be, today is your lucky day. Somehow, the Washington Post, via a very clever FOIA request, got their hands on Hillary Clinton’s rider for a $300,000 speech she delivered at UCLA.

According to the documents, Clinton’s representatives at the Harry Walker Agency “exerted considerable control over her appearance and managed even the smallest details,” requesting, among other things, a platter of crudité and hummus, a scanner (which UCLA had to buy), and a bowl of lemon wedges backstage.

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For Millions of Americans On Thanksgiving There Is Little To Be Thankful For

Corporations that are making records profits refuse to hire people at a living wage. They should at least provide funding for soup kitchens and homeless shelters. They are not even doing that:

Last week a report by the National Center of Family Homelessness (NCFH) revealed that over 2.5 million children, mostly in poverty-wage families are homeless. The reason is the “lingering effects of the Great Recession and low wages” that keep them living in cars, tents, or if they are fortunate, homeless shelters. However, there are currently approximately 578,424 homeless people living in the United States whom have no shelter at all. For those people, not only do they have to battle the elements to survive, and many do not, they face an increasingly good chance of running afoul of the law for being poor and homeless.

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How a false media narrative made Ferguson worse

This is a fair article. The American people were poorly served by a press that is interested in only spectacle of Ferguson. Their first concern should be justice:

It was a split-screen spectacle, the president of the United States appealing for calm while Ferguson was starting to erupt in flames.

As Obama was saying “there is inevitably going to be some negative reaction, and it will make for good TV,” the images of tear gas and looting were competing for attention.

I don’t know that anything the president said at that point could have deterred the protestors and agitators after no indictment was returned, and here’s why: They were reacting to a media narrative that hardened into cement soon after the tragedy. And we now know that narrative was filled with misinformation.

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Democratic Senator, Chuck Schumer: Passing Obamacare in 2010 Was a Mistake

Democrats are beginning the process of distancing themselves from a disastrous Obama Presidency:

Sen. Chuck Schumer upbraided his own party Tuesday for pushing the Affordable Care Act through Congress in 2010.

While Schumer emphasized during a speech at the National Press Club that he supports the law and that its policies “are and will continue to be positive changes,” he argued that the Democrats acted wrongly in using their new mandate after the 2008 election to focus on the issue rather than the economy at the height of a terrible recession.

“After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle-class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus, but unfortunately Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them,” Schumer said. “We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem—health care reform.”

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The Government Wants to Delete Years of CIA and DHS Emails

The coverup continues:

On September 17, the National Archives published a seemingly routine announcement in the Federal Registrar. Couched in language about preserving records of value is a line about the destruction of records and a list of federal agencies. The CIA is one of these agencies, and its emails about waterboarding could be some of those records.

The CIA’s plan comes in response to an Obama administration directive for all federal agencies to propose better systems for managing their email archives by 2016. The disparate plans, in the National Archive’s words, should account for “the destruction, after a specified period, of records lacking administrative, legal, research, or other value.”

Most of the agencies listed in the announcement propose deleting emails older than seven years old. The CIA wants to delete the entirety of every employee’s email history three years after they leave the agency. Only the emails of the top 22 officials would be preserved. The Department of Homeland Security proposed a similar plan.

This is problematic. On one hand, it’s pretty abhorrent to imagine that the CIA would be able to wipe its servers clean, sending out into the ether whatever damning emails about whatever nefarious things its agents did during the Iraq War or whatever. For the Department of Homeland Security specifically, the new policy would enable them to delete every last trace of the controversial EINSTEIN network surveillance system. That sounds pretty shady! Who knows what other secrets these secretive agencies could cover up. But it’s not just that tinfoil hat type of scenario this policy would affect.

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China Communist newspaper shames professors for “being scornful of China”

Since taking power last year, President Xi Jinping’s government has tightened controls over a wide range of society, from artists to churches. And while academics have traditionally been held up as respected voices of authority in Chinese society, many view the public investigation as an order to watch what they say in classrooms, Zhang said.

“I think this is a very bad thing,” he said. “Teachers need some freedom to interpret facts. If not, why have teachers then? Students can just read books. I think this is definitely a warning to us.”

via China Communist newspaper shames professors for “being scornful of China” – CBS News.

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7 Other Lives Cut Short By Police Since Ferguson

A tragic death at police hands, fed-up African American residents, and a militarized police force converged to draw national outrage fixed on Ferguson, Missouri. Coming weeks after New York Police Department officers killed Eric Garner using an illegal chokehold, national attention turned to the cases involving these two men. But as protests roar over the grand jury’s decision not to press any charges, the community isn’t just angered about Brown and Garner, or even all those who came before them.

via How Many Michael Browns? 7 Other Lives Cut Short By Police Since Ferguson | ThinkProgress.

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