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Krauthammer on a potential Biden run for office: ‘It could create a real challenge [for Clinton]’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on “Special Report” that former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has been dogged by questions about her email, sees a viable challenger for the race to the White House in Vice President Biden… and she has reason to worry.

“The reason she had to cut short her vacation, the reason she is scared is, up until now, no matter how bad things got, there was no alternative,” Krauthammer said. “She had no opponent.”

As Biden mulls over a presidential run,  President Obama’s press secretary stopped short of saying the commander-in-chief would endorse his vice president if he declares his candidacy.

“The words coming out of the White House… earlier in the week was pretty ominous [for Clinton],” Krauthammer said, “[The president said] choosing [Biden] was the best decision Obama ever made, when obviously he chose Hillary as well. So it was a signal.”

Krauthammer went on to say that could spell trouble for the Clinton campaign.

“If she loses Obama’s support, if there is only a hint or a rod to the previous Obama supporters, bundlers, et cetera that his choice of successor is Biden, it could create a real challenge,” he concluded.

 

 

National Geographic Presents Warlords of Ivory

The upcoming September issue of National Geographic magazine features the story of a special investigation into Africa’s illegal elephant poaching and ivory trade, to answer the questions, "who exactly is killing the elephants and why?".

It is also the subject of National Geographic Channel's "Explorer: Warlords of Ivory" August 30th documentary. Investigative reporter Bryan Christy commissioned the creation of life-like artificial elephant tusks (they had to smell, feel and look like the real thing), which he implanted with a hidden GPS device to track the world's elephant poachers and see the road the ivory travels. It is a fascinating investigation, a crime story, making the direct connection, for the first time, between ivory and terrorism (you probably remember when the group Invisible Children shot to fame after its video "Kony 2012" went viral? This investigation connects poaching to Kony).

If you think about it, the average person has no idea that there is a definitive connection between these beloved animals and terrorism and while most people can easily name a drug lord or a mafia boss, very few people could name a wildlife trafficker. Just a few days ago, while the world was preoccupied with the killing of Cecil the lion (due, in part, to the fact that Cecil's killer has a name and a face), 5 more elephants were poached for their ivory and the news didn't make headlines because there is no criminal, no face, to place the blame on. It is National Geographic's hope that Christy's investigation will change this trend.

 

Ingraham: “It’s a long way to the nomination”

Laura Ingraham told viewers Friday on “Special Report” that when it comes to assumptions about Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, “It’s a long way to the nomination. We’ve got a year.”

Her comments came ahead of a Donald Trump pep rally in Mobile, Alabama Friday evening. The Trump campaign said that 42 thousand people had RSVPs to the event, which would make it a record crowd for either party in this campaign cycle.

Ingraham also predicted a massive pushback from the Bush campaign in the months ahead.

“They’re prepared to do whatever is necessary to terminate any problem that comes to the floor and Donald Trump is a problem,” Ingraham said. “And so I think we can plan to see with a huge Bush largesse - they have money to blow and they are going to raise a lot more if necessary.”

Hillary Clinton in "panic mode"

Jason Riley, columnist with the Wall Street Journal said on "Special Report" that the Hillary Clinton campaign is in "panic mode," as they try to tamp down the latest controversy over classified emails.

"We know they're in panic mode because they keep telling us they're not in panic mode," Riley told viewers.

Riley pointed out that the email issue has dogged her in recent weeks, eclipsed policy announcements aimed at helping the middle class, "The media isn't talking about Hillary Clinton's plan to reduce college costs, plans to address income inequality. They're talking about her server and her email."

The former secretary of state held a news conference yesterday fielding questions about top secret communications, refusing to directly answer a question about whether she had the server wiped clean.

"That news conference was a disaster; I think they're in damage control mode," concluded Riley.

 

Bad Lip Reading: "FIRST REPUBLICAN DEBATE HIGHLIGHTS: 2015"

Our friends over at Bad Lip Reading have done it again-- and this time WE are the source of the laughter. The Special Report team found this to be quite amusing and we hope you do as well. All in good fun and we had a good laugh. Warning--there is a bit of language in here so viewer discretion is advised. 

Krauthammer says when does Hillary use her standard "what difference" line

Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer told Tuesday's "Special Report with Bret Baier" viewers that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton just needs to pull out her standard scandal line when answering questions about her private email server.

"I'm waiting for her to say 'at this point, what difference does it make,'" Krauthammer said, referencing the comment that then Secretary of State Clinton used during a contentious 2013 House Oversight Committee hearing about how Clinton handled the Benghazi bombing that killed four Americans. 

Krauthammer explained that candidate Clinton's answers to questions related to her email scandal "enters the world of farce."  The syndicated columnist referenced what he called a punch-line  of a joke.  "The answer to it is "in a closet, in a bathroom, in a loft in Denver," Krauthammer said.  Adding, "and the question is where are the highest secrets of the State Department kept."

There are reports that the Clinton server was maintained by a small Denver company that allegedly kept the server racks in out of an old bathroom closet in a downtown Denver loft.

Off The Vine

By Phil Vogel

While collecting Grapevine stories often times there are stories that are great/funny/interesting that just don't make the cut. So here are a few of my favorite pickings that fell off the vine--

State Supreme Court vs State Legislature. The battle is on in Washington State over education funding. The high court has issued a daily fine of $100,000 until lawmakers comply with a court order to improve the way the state pays for its education system. The court has demanded, numerous times, that the Legislature pay for the reforms and programs it already adopted, including all-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes, student transportation and classroom supplies. The Governor and legislative leaders are set to meet Monday in Seattle to discuss what steps the state should take – meanwhile the fines, which will be put in a dedicated education account, continue.

Watching the Watchmen. Five Government Accountability Office employees have been indicted for lying about their income to make their kids eligible for reduced-price school lunches – cheating taxpayers out of $11,000. Prince George’s County, MD State’s Attorney said there is no excuse, “Their actions are made even worse by the fact that some of them claimed to have not just low income, but no income at all, even though they were working full-time jobs at the GAO.” The GAO, which is responsible for uncovering government waste fraud and abuse, is following the legal process and will decide what actions to take regarding the employees.

Enough is Enough. Even government contractors have had enough of executive orders. A letter from four associations representing federal contractors pled for no more, “We respectfully request that no further presidential directives primarily focused on government contractors be issued for the foreseeable future.” The organizations supported some of the orders but cited inefficiencies and unintended consequences that contribute to an estimated thirty cents of every contract dollar going toward compliance with regulations.

Dumpster Diving. A South Dakota VA hospital accidently threw out patient files containing personal information including social security numbers. Then… they didn’t tell the patients for over two months. Senator John Thune (R-SD) called it “gross mismanagement.” The box of files was mistakenly put in a dumpster – only to be found two days later by another employee who fished them out. The VA says it is confident that the information did not fall into the hands of identity thieves.

End on a Good Note. Politicians don’t often get in the news for good reasons. But the Mayor of Dallas is all over local news after saving a woman’s life with the Heimlich maneuver at a local dinner. Mike Rawlings knew just what to do because of his time as a lifeguard and a boy scout. The woman called the mayor her guardian angel – and pledged her vote. 

Napolitano: Clinton presumed to know “what is top secret and what is not” in email server

Judge Andrew Napolitano told viewers Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that when it comes to Clinton’s knowledge of the data in her email servers “Mrs. Clinton is presumed to have known in the years she was Secretary of State what is top secret and what is not.”

His comments came as more details continue to emerge about the sensitive information in Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Clinton aides continue to say that email she sent via private email wasn’t classified at the time and is even suggesting that the former secretary of state didn’t know information was classified because it wasn’t marked as such.

“If somebody removed the top secret terminology on it, that person committed a felony,” Napolitano said. “But she is presumed to know what is top secret, whether it is stamped top secret or not.”

The Iowa State Fair

Emily Cyr, Summer College Associate- Special Report

Now that it’s August, most Americans are packing up for their summer vacations; some are heading to the beach, others to lakes and mountains, but presidential candidates are jetting somewhere else this weekend- and that would be the Iowa State Fair.

Iowa is a state most identified with the word corn and rightfully so, considering it produces about 2.4 billion bushels of corn annually, which is more than another other state. The Hawkeye State is extremely proud of its agricultural expertise, which is why it hosts the Iowa State Fair each year.

This year, from August 13th until August 23rd, the Iowa State Fair will host around a million visitors during its 11 days, with attendance anywhere from 70,000 to 100,000 on a given day. It is the largest event held in Iowa, and one of the oldest expositions of industry and agriculture in the country.  Some of the events at the fair will include the following: the Duck Calling Contest, the Mr. Legs Contest (where both the tannest and the palest legs will be awarded),  the Women’s Rubber Chicken Throwing Contest ( it is exactly what it sounds like) and of course what state fair would be complete without a hot dog eating contest. But speaking of hot dogs, what are the candidates up to at the fair?

As much as the candidates may hope to try Apple Pie On-a-Stick or sample the Ultimate Bacon Brisket Bomb, they are there as presidential candidates and must be careful to not drop the ball- or in Mitt Romney’s case, not drop the pork chop- on their campaigns.

In years past, candidates have both greatly enhanced and hindered their campaigns through simple fair activities. The pork chop reference is from 2007 when Mitt Romney was grilling and accidentally dropped one pork chop to the ground, and then when he enacted the five second rule, the crowded booed him. On the other hand, Rick Perry did not get such a flattering photo at the 2011 fair and instead is remembered for the photos of him eating a corn dog- an item that has been highly recommended for candidates to avoid in public. However, President Obama, then a just a candidate, showed his fun and fatherly side in a photo of him driving a bumper car with his daughter Sasha at the 2007 fair.

Food and games aside, part of the appeal in attending the fair is the opportunity to speak at the Soapbox, a small outdoor stage sponsored by the Des Moines Register.  As of now, 17 candidates are schedule to speak there, and, amidst bales of hay, try to win the hearts of Americans in 20 minutes.

Mike Huckabee, Jim Webb and Martin O’Malley were the first candidates to speak on Thursday, after the opening remarks were delivered by none other than President George Washington. As the candidates hope to gain support from voters who will participate in the Iowa caucuses in a few short months, Washington (portrayed by Ron Carnegie) declined to endorse a candidate because “Influence is not good government”.

So we will have to wait and see what happens to candidates at the fair but once it is over, who will be leading the polls? Will it still be Donald Trump or will the favored Iowa State Fair Butter Cow take the lead?

  

Photos by Katy Ricalde

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