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Leid Stories—Is It Time to Abolish the Electoral College?—12.21.16

On the heels of a stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election by Donald J. Trump, Hillary Clinton finds herself gearing up again for a major legal battle she can ill-afford to lose. Many Republicans in Congress are pushing to revive an investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server and her handling of classified information while she was secretary of state. Clinton also is at the center of an expansive probe of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation focusing on whether it was a slush fund operating as a global charity.

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Branko Marcetic – The Long, Cruel Career of Rudy Giuliani

Over the course of a four-decade-long career, Rudy Giuliani has gone by many monikers (“Rudy,” “America’s Mayor”) and picked up and dropped even more personas: the hard-charging public prosecutor cracking down on mob bosses, corrupt politicians, and white-collar criminals; the crime-busting mayor for whom no misdeed was too petty to discipline; the Churchillian leader who shored up a nation’s courage …

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Eric London – A cabinet of generals: Trump appoints John Kelly to lead Department of Homeland Security

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced yesterday it will nominate retired Marine General John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Kelly is the third ex-general slated for a top cabinet position. His nomination follows those of James Mattis for Secretary of Defense and Michael Flynn for National Security Adviser. The unprecedented prominence of the military in the …

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Paul R. Pillar – Why Gen. Mattis Is No Gen. Marshall

Useful perspective on issues surrounding the nomination of the retired Marine Corps general James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense, including the issue of civilian control of the military, can come from reflecting on the career of the one other general ever to be U.S. Defense Secretary. Whether the appointment of Mattis turns out to be good or bad will …

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TIMOTHY CAMA – Scarborough: Trump considering Exxon CEO for secretary of State

President-elect Donald Trump is considering ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson to be secretary of State, according to MSNBC host Joe Scarborough. Scarborough tweeted that while Trump thought his meeting with potential nominee Mitt Romney was “great,” he’s also started considering Tillerson.  The Trump transition team did not respond to a request for comment. An Exxon spokesman also declined to comment on …

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Alex Emmons – Could David Petraeus, Rumored Candidate for Secretary of State, Get a Security Clearance?

AFTER MONTHS OF CRITICIZING Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information while serving as secretary of state, Donald Trump is reportedly considering David Petraeus for the same job, even though the four-star general and former CIA director pled guilty to passing classified information to his former lover and biographer. The Guardian reported on Thursday that Petraeus is in the running for secretary …

** FILE ** Senate Armed Services Committee member, and Democratic Presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., right, talks with Lt. Gen. David Petraeus on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Jan.. 23, 2007 file photo. Petraeus delivers his assessment of the Iraq war April 8, the next commander in chief will weigh in as well. Republican Sen. John McCain will get a chance to argue that last year's U.S. troop buildup has been a success and withdrawal would be a mistake. Clinton and Barack Obama will have an opportunity to ask why the United States is still fighting more than five years after the invasion.  (AP Photo/Dennis Cook, File)

Zaid Jilani, Alex Emmons, Naomi LaChance – Hillary Clinton’s National Security Advisers Are a “Who’s Who” of the Warfare State

HILLARY CLINTON IS meeting on Friday with a new national security “working group” that is filled with an elite “who’s who” of the military-industrial complex and the security deep state. The list of key advisers — which includes the general who executed the troop surge in Iraq and a former Bush homeland security chief turned terror profiteer — is a strong indicator that Clinton’s …

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GLENN THRUSH – Five reasons Hillary could be blowing it

Everybody who has ever worked for Hillary Clinton, covered her, supported her with clutched rosary and gnarled innards through the darkest days — or even watched her with educated interest from afar — knew this moment would come. With two months to go before the presidential election, a major poll released this morning (CNN/ORC) revealed that the “prohibitive favorite” (Clinton) …

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Clinton Email Scandal: Is The State Department Part Of A Hillary Cover-Up?

Corruption: The State Department filed a secret court brief in an effort to hide tens of thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails. What is in those emails that the State Department wants to cover up? If it’s classified material, there are ways to deal with that. Many of her already released emails had classified information redacted. What’s so special about these emails …