Today in Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign (alternative title: Self-Inflicted Wound Tour):
"Bill Clinton Company Shows Complexity of Family Finances": The former president has a shell company. Exposed by the Associated Press, the "pass-through" is a legal arrangement that blows another hole in Hillary Clinton's transparency claims and raises scores of new questions about how her family finances its vast personal/political/charitable empire.
"Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton's State Department": Yet another independent news outlet uncovered a "quid" (money) and a "quo" (arms deal). Yet again, Clinton loyalists will say there is no known link between the give and the get—no "favor for a favor," or quid pro quo—and yet again, they miss the point. For all the good it has done, the Clinton Foundation is built on a foundation of conflicts, some of which violated White House ethics rules. Unless the Clintons return foreign donations, divorce themselves from the charity, and allow an independent review of relevant State Department email, the drip, drip, drip of these stories will become a deluge of mistrust.
"Obama on the Defense Again as Another Defense Secretary Speaks": Pentagon boss Ashton Carter said over the weekend that Iraqi forces who collapsed in their defense of Ramadi lacked the "will to fight" the Islamic State. Because it can't handle the truth, the White House tried to walk back the remark. How does this affect Hillary Clinton? Voters will be reminded throughout the 2016 campaign that she is a two-time loser on Iraq—a supporter of the Bush invasion and a co-owner of the Obama withdrawal.
"Bernie Sanders Takes Aim at Wall Street in Presidential Launch": CNN reports: "The firebrand Vermont senator vowed Tuesday to wrest back America from the hands of billionaires, formally launching a populist grass-roots White House bid that threatens to tug Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton toward the liberal Left." He promises a revolution; Clinton represents the establishment. He blasts Wall Street; Clinton courts Wall Street. He can't be president; Clinton won't be president if a rival lays bare her vulnerabilities while offering a better alternative.
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