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.



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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.

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.”

Krauthammer says Clinton has "lost control" of the email situation

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on Wednesday's “Special Report with Bret Baier” now that Hillary Clinton has turned her email server over to the FBI, she has lost control of a situation she fought so long to hang onto.  

"The point of this entire exercise was not convenience," Krauthammer said.  "It was to have control of the emails, to keep them secret."

Clinton has long maintained her server would remain private and giving it to anyone was not necessary because as she firmly stated, there are no classified emails on her server.  But last night, intelligence community inspector general Charles McCullough sent 17 key lawmakers notification that two of the emails that went through Clinton's personal server had been designated "top secret" and "sensitive compartmented information" which is the government's highest classification rating.  

By keeping the emails secret, Krauthammer explained, Clinton thought she could avoid having them reviewed by outside entities, including the public.  Krauthammer added, "Once it's in the hands of the FBI, she has no control."

Gilmore: “I've looked at the people that are in the race and I've concluded that I ought to run for the presidency.”

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore told viewers Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier”  that “I have looked at the race, I've looked at the people that are in the race and I've concluded that I ought to run for the presidency.”

Gilmore announced his candidacy Thursday, making him the 17th republican candidate to officially join the 2016 field. “I think the United States is in decline, “Gilmore said;  “it's in decline on its foreign policy, it's in decline on its national security, we're in decline on our economics. The report today was not good, I don't care what anybody says, we're not doing as well as we're supposed to do in economics. And I have the credentials to address these issues. “

Despite the already crowded field, Gilmore is undaunted by the challenge, noting that his resume sets him apart from the others, both at home and abroad: “I'm a former governor, so I'm in a position to address the domestic issues. We built jobs, we created economic opportunities in Virginia.

“But more than that, I have a background in foreign policy that the other governors do not have. I chaired the national committee on Homeland Security for the United States for five years. My degree is in foreign policy. I'm United States army intelligence veteran, assigned to NATO in Europe. I'm well-traveled around the world. I was the Governor of Virginia during the 9/11 attack. I know what needs to be done in order to reverse this decline and get America back on track again, and I believe that's why I should be the Chief Executive. "

Ben Carson weighs in on Planned Parenthood video

Dr. Ben Carson, Republican presidential candidate, weighed in on the controversial Planned Parenthood videos on "Special Report with Bret Baier" saying "We, as a society, have allowed our sensitivities to gradually be dulled to the point where it takes something of this magnitude to begin to shock us when all along babies were being slaughtered."

Doctor Carson referred to the third sting video made public by the pro-life group Center for Medical Progress that purportedly showed a buyer inside a clinic discussing pricing for fetal tissues after abortions.

He is among a growing republican chorus calling to defund Planned Parenthood with more videos expected to be released in the coming weeks, and said the mother-infant bond as "sacred" during pregnancy, "Many women believe that that's an inconvenience for them and that that child is their enemy and that child can be destroyed. "

And that anybody who doesn't agree with that is engaged in a war on women, " Carson continued. 



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