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Mitt Romney: Hillary Clinton — Not Bill — Is the Issue in 2016.


Former President Bill Clinton “breached his responsibility” and embarrassed the United States while having an affair with intern Monica Lewinsky while in office, former candidate Mitt Romney said Sunday, but he doesn’t think his issues are relevant to a potential campaign for Hillary Clinton.

“She has her own record and her own vision,” Romney told NBC’ “Meet the Press” host David Gregory Sunday.

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who is a likely candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016, is leading a charge against the Clinton campaign by calling the former president a “sexual predator,” saying the affair shows hypocrisy in the Democrats’ accusations that Republicans are spearheading a “war on women.”

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But Romney said it is not Hillary Clinton’s job to explain her husband’s actions, and the Republican Party and its presidential candidates would be better off focusing on her history as a New York senator and as secretary of state.

“I think Hillary Clinton if she becomes the nominee will have plenty to discuss about her own record,” said Romney. “I don’t imagine that Bill Clinton will be a big part of it.”

He also acknowledged that while Bill Clinton was in office, the nation enjoyed economic prosperity, but the former president’s private life and mistakes embarrassed the nation.

Romney insisted again on Sunday that while he’ll support the GOP candidate who is matched up against Clinton or whomever the Democratic nominee turns out to be, he won’t be the one seeking the nomination.

The former Massachusetts governor has sought the presidency twice, but now thinks “by and large people who lose a presidential race, well, they step aside.”

But even though he isn’t planning another presidential run, Romney said, that doesn’t mean “I’m going to quit fighting for the American people.”

In other discussions on the show, Romney said he does not believe security concerns about the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, were overblown, but the games have proven so far to be safe.

“I think Russia has shown not only through the application of their security forces, but also through their intelligence work, that they have the capacity to keep the games reasonably safe,” said Romney, who is credited with bringing the 2002 winter games to Salt Lake City in 2002.

Meanwhile, the former governor continued his complaints about Russia’s more-than $50 billion budget for the games, saying the Olympics can be held for as little as $2 billion. Countries hosting the games should instead spend their billions on efforts to fight poverty and disease, he said.

“That’s what we really ought to be using those resources for, as opposed to wasting them, in many cases, to show off a country or, I think more cynically, to show off the politicians in a country,” he said.

Romney, who wrote an opinion piece for USA Today this past week about curtailing the Olympic costs, said Sunday that the International Olympics Committee should step in to curb the costs.

Despite his concerns about the costs, Romney still calls hosting the games “a great experience.” He is an adviser to a possible bid from Boston to host the 2024 Olympics, and limits on spending could help that city, or cities in other parts of the world compete with countries such as Russia, where billions of government dollars can be promised.

But in the United States, the Olympics are funded, for the most part, by private donors. sponsorships, broadcast revenue and tickets, Romney said in his opinion piece.

Politicians such as Russian President Vladimir Putin think it’s worth it to spend extravagant amounts of money to promote themselves on a world stage, said Romney, and “the politicians who take this money and spend $50 billion to host the world for TV appearances, they think it’s worth it or they wouldn’t do it.”

Romney also discussed the issue of same-sex rights in Russia and the United States, reiterating that he believes marriage is “a relationship between a man and a woman” and the “ideal” for raising a child is with a father and mother.

“If gay couples want to live together, that’s fine,” said Romney, while acknowledging it’s too soon to determine if same-sex marriages are having a negative impact on the country.

In addition, he doesn’t think Republicans or other should worry about who has won or lost the fight on gay marriage.

“You have to stand behind your principles,” said Romney. It continues to be an issue that people find relevant and important … I do think it’s best decided by the people than by the courts.”

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Bill Clinton’s ‘Rabbi’ Publishes Book of Their Correspondence.


An Orthodox rabbi has published a compilation of letters he exchanged with Bill Clinton during and after his presidency that reveals Clinton’s spiritual side, Politico reports.

Rabbi Menachem Genack’s “Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership” contains timely homilies written from an Orthodox Jewish biblical perspective often alongside the former president’s responses.

For instance, in 1997, on the occasion of Passover, Genack wrote to Clinton about how “historic greatness often emerges from seemingly insignificant acts of hope.”

In the homily, Genack asked why the Hebrew Bible does not delineate the genealogy of Moses’ parents in Exodus 2:1 as it customarily does when introducing new characters. The rabbi cited a Talmudic tradition that Moses’ parents had separated because they did not want to bring any more children into a life of Egyptian bondage. But their daughter Miriam prophesied that Israel’s redemption would come and encouraged her father not to give up hope. Moses was later born.

The president replied: “I will try to take the lessons of Exodus to heart and will continue with courage and faith to do the job the American people sent me here to do.”

Genack, who leads a small congregation in Englewood, N.J., is an official with the Orthodox Union which published the book. He had been a student of Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik, an influential philosopher and theologian, who espoused an Orthodox approach to Jewish life that allowed for engagement with contemporary American life.

Richard Joel, president of the modern Orthodox Yeshiva University, lauded Genack’s relationship with Clinton as epitomizing the “simultaneous engagement with both modernity and tradition” that modern Orthodoxy encourages.

The letters include correspondence from 1998 when the House of Representatives voted to impeach Clinton in connection with the Monica Lewinsky affair.

It was then that the rabbi cited the advice of Psalm 27:14: “Wait on the Lord; be strong, and let thy heart take courage; yea, wait thou for the Lord.”

In his introduction to the book, Clinton wrote, “When compiled, the letters Rabbi Genack and I exchanged both during and after my presidency paint a powerful portrait of an interconnected global society at the dawn of the twenty-first century.”

Genack’s letters are self-effacing. He cites other scholars and the Torah itself rather than pushing his own thoughts, Joel wrote.

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By Elliot Jager

The Hillary Clinton Scandals: Volume 1.


As Hillary Clinton begins her run up to the 2016 presidential election, we the American voting public would do well to stretch our brains for a moment and recall the myriad scandals that Hillary created during her years as Monica Lewinsky’s boyfriend’s wife. Vince Foster would approve.

“How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.” — Adolph Hitler

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Remember this guy?

Health-Care Gate: In 1997, federal judge Royce Lamberth levied $286,000 in sanctions against Bill Clinton’s administration for “running amok” in a “cover-up” of Hillary Clinton’s health-care task force. The scandal began when deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster made contradictory assertions about the first lady’s job status, in an attempt to keep the work of the task force secret.Foster later committed suicide, and a Secret Service agent saw Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, Margaret Williams, carry boxes of papers out of Foster’s office before investigators showed up to seal it.

A report by the special prosecutor’s office concluded that Foster had been suffering from clinical depression and “was involved in work related to a number of important and difficult issues,” including controversial appointments and “litigation related to the Health Care Task Force; the dismissal of White House Travel Office employees and the ensuing fallout from that incident; the Clintons’ tax returns (which involved an issue regarding treatment of the Clintons’ 1992 sale of their interest in Whitewater); the Clintons’ blind trust; liaison with the White House Usher’s office over issues related to the White House Residence; and issues related to the Freedom of Information Act.” The first lady was involved in all of these controversies.

Filegate: The confidential FBI files of up to 900 former Reagan and Bush appointees were sent over to White House security chief Craig Livingstone. Deputy White House counsel William Kennedy, a close friend of Hillary Clinton’s from their days at the Rose Law Firm, would frequently call up the FBI and have someone’s files sent over on his say-so. Then–FBI director Louis Freeh called it “an egregious violation of privacy.” 

Cattle-Futures Gate: Hillary Clinton came under scrutiny when, during her tenure as first lady of Arkansas, she managed to turn a $1,000 investment in cattle futures into a profit of nearly $100,000 in only nine months. She claimed she had learned how to trade by reading the Wall Street Journal. Her broker had earlier been suspended from trading for a year after he was charged with manipulating the egg-futures market.

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Friend of the Jewish people and the state of Israel? Nope…

Travelgate: In May 1993, Hillary Clinton wrote an infamous note demanding action to “get our people” into the White House Travel Office. Billy Dale, its director, and six of his employees were quickly fired on the basis of rumors that they had engaged in criminal conduct; the rumors were cooked up in part by a 25-year-old cousin of Bill Clinton’s who wound up running the travel office.

Dale was indicted on charges of embezzling $88,000 from the office. Jurors took only two hours to acquit him of all charges. Hillary Clinton refused an interview request from the General Accounting Office about her role in the affair. The late New York Times columnist Bill Safire concluded after Travelgate that Hillary Clinton was “a congenital liar.” 

Whitewater Gate: The tangled web of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Whitewater real-estate dealings in Arkansas prompted Attorney General Janet Reno to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate. Jim McDougal, a Clinton business partner who went to jail over Whitewater, famously described the Clintons as “sort of like tornadoes moving through people’s lives.”

First led by Robert Fiske, then by Ken Starr, the special prosecutor’s office was deeply disturbed by the lack of candor from the Clintons when they were deposed under oath. Hickman Ewing, Starr’s deputy, testified in court that after he heard Hillary Clinton say “I don’t recall” some 50 times in one deposition, he gave her an F grade for her truthfulness. 

Billing-Records Gate: The records of Hillary Clinton’s clients at the Rose Law Firm in Arkansas were subpoenaed for years by investigators looking into Whitewater. They were finally discovered on a coffee table in the private quarters of the White House. No one ever explained how they got there.

In March 2008, as Hillary Clinton was running for president, Jerry Zeifman — the chief counsel to the House Judiciary Committee at the time of Nixon’s impeachment and a lifelong Democrat — expressed his profound disappointment with her work on the committee. Among her transgressions were lying, removing files from the committee offices without permission, and arguing that Nixon shouldn’t be allowed any legal counsel before the committee. “I terminated her employment on the Nixon impeachment staff,” he told me. “My only regret was I had not reported her unethical practices to the appropriate bar associations. I could not recommend her for any subsequent position of public or private trust.” source – National Review

by NTEB News Desk

NYT’s Dowd: Bill Clinton Schools Obama on Syria.


President Barack Obama hit rock bottom this week when he was criticized by former President Bill Clinton for using polls to drive policy on Syria, columnist Maureen Dowd said Sunday in her New York Times column.

“Not only is President Obama leading from behind, now he’s leading from behind Bill Clinton,” Dowd wrote.

Clinton criticized Obama during a private meeting Tuesday with Republican Sen. John McCain at the McCain Institute for International Leadership event in New York. Audio portions of the meeting were leaked to Politico.

Clinton said Obama should have more actively supported anti-Assad rebels in Syria, and that any president who listens to opinion polls looks like “a total fool.”

“When the man who polled where to take his summer vacation and whether to tell the truth about his affair with Monica Lewinsky tells you you’re a captive of polls, you’d better listen up,” Dowd said.

A deadly civil war has raged throughout Syria for two years. An Obama administration official announced this week that the U.S. would now send military aid to the rebels.

“The silver-tongued campaigner has turned out to be a leaden salesman in the Oval Office. On issues from drones to gun control to taxes to Syria, the president likes to cite public opinion polls to justify his action or inaction. He seems incapable of getting in front of issues and shaping public and Congressional opinion with a strong selling job,” Dowd said.

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By Audrey Hudson

IRS-Gate: Join the Call for a Special Counsel.


Matt Barber
Matt Barber

Every U.S. president seems to have one primary historical hallmark–positive or negative–that characterizes his legacy. For Abraham Lincoln it was the abolition of slavery, for FDR it was the New Deal, for Bill Clinton it was Monica Lewinsky, for George W. Bush it was the Islamic terrorist attacks of 9/11, and for Barack Obama it will be, quite simply, scandal–lots and lots of scandal.

Can you imagine an alleged burglar investigating his own burglary, or a serial killer his own crimes? How far do you think those investigations would get? Well, that’s exactly what’s happening right now with this Obama administration. Those accused of illegal activity within the IRS are being “investigated” by the very executive branch to which they belong. Talk about the fox watching the hen house.

The White House’s “rogue-IRS-employees-dunnit” narrative has come apart at the seams. CBS News isnow reporting that, “Two Internal Revenue Service agents working in the agency’s Cincinnati office say higher-ups in Washington directed the targeting of conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status, a contention that directly contradicts claims made by the agency since the scandal erupted last month. …

“[O]ne of the agents said her work processing the applications was closely supervised by a Washington lawyer in the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, according to a transcript of her interview with congressional investigators.

“Her interview suggests a long trail of emails that could support her claim.”

This is only the beginning. We will never fully grasp the potential weight and scope of the Obama administration’s systemic abuses of power until, and unless, an already embattled Attorney General Eric Holder relents and appoints a special counsel. It’s time.

To that end, Liberty Counsel has developed a petition asking for just that. In addition to calling on the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the IRS Oversight Board to investigate this abuse of power, we are also calling for the establishment of a special counsel to conduct a thorough investigation of IRS-gate. We already have about 45,000 signatures, but would like to see half a million. (Please go here to sign the petition and help stop the targeting of conservative groups and individuals by the IRS.)

Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel said: “The IRS has effectively confirmed what thoughtful Americans feared: Under the Obama administration, the IRS amassed unprecedented power and unleashed the politically driven will to provoke and abuse organizations whose agendas run counter to leftist ideologies. As we now know, this abuse of power was strategically implemented during an election season to help assure Barack Obama’s re-election and further undermine the Constitution and its guarantees of equal protection under the law.”

RGA chairman Gov. Bobby Jindal and RGA vice chairman Gov. Scott Walker agree. They sent a letter to President Obama: “This is Big Brother come to life and a witch hunt to prevent Americans from exercising their First Amendment rights,” they wrote. “Here are two steps that should be taken: 1. Fire any and all employees responsible for this situation; 2. Appoint a special prosecutor now to find out if laws were broken and if anyone committed crimes.”

On Tuesday, there were a number of compelling testimonies given before the House Ways and Means Committee by leaders of conservative, Christian and Jewish organizations targeted by the Obama IRS.

Becky Gerritson, president of the Wetumpka Tea Party in Alabama, gave especially compelling testimony that was met with rousing applause. She proffered a remarkable depiction of what she endured personally and on behalf of the organization she leads. But her most hard-hitting comments were directed toward elected officials and bureaucrats: “I’m not here as a serf or a vassal,” she said. “I’m not begging my lords for mercy. I’m a born free American woman – wife, mother and citizen. And I’m telling my government that you’ve forgotten your place. It is not your responsibility to look out for my well-being and to monitor my speech. It’s not your right to assert an agenda.

“Your post, the post that you occupy, exists to preserve American liberty. You’ve sworn to perform that duty and you have faltered. The abuses I will discuss today occurred on your watch. It is your responsibility to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Indeed, Mrs. Gerritson is right. It is up to our government to make sure it doesn’t happen again; but it’s up to us to make sure our government gets moving.

“We are calling for a special counsel,” said Staver, “to spearhead the investigations exposing all who were involved – and, in particular, to find out where these illegal orders originated. …

“The IRS abuses during an election cycle, Benghazi-gate, the seizing of reporter email – all of which were preceded by the Fast and Furious scandal and the corruption surrounding the passage of Obamacare – are all symptoms of an out of control government,” he continued. “Join me in calling for the establishment of a special counsel to examine the IRS’ abuse of power and to hold those responsible accountable.”

The American people agree. According to a report from The Hill, “A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released late Tuesday shows 55 percent believe the IRS targeting of conservative groups raised questions about the administration’s ‘overall honesty and integrity.’

“Fifty-eight percent say the administration’s handling of the Benghazi [mission] attack also raises questions about the honesty of the White House. The same number say the Justice Department’s subpoenaing of reporter email and phone records in national security leak investigations also raises concerns.”

These and other chilling invasions of privacy by this Orwellian Obama administration have even prompted the hard-left New York Times to opine that the “administration has lost all credibility.”

I wasn’t aware it had any credibility to begin with.

(Please make your voice heard. Sign the petition today.)

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

MATT BARBER

Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as Vice President of Liberty Counsel Action. (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)

New York Mag Says Hillary Will Come Out As A Lesbian In 2014 Memoir.


Preparing for her 2016 presidential run

There is one thing that Hillary Clinton desires more than life itself, and that is to be the president of the United States of America. At any cost.

hillary-clinton-memoirs-will-reveal-lesbian-life-2014-run-for-president-2016She has endured decades in the shadows of her philandering husband Bill Clinton, endured the Monica Lewinsky humiliation, and has endured being Obama’s errand boy.

So given all that, what one thing in our recently homosexually-charged nation could propel her to the top of the ticket? An admission that she is a lesbian. The queer-crazy Liberal left would canonize her and erect statues in her honor. And at the very least, they would vote her right into the Oval Office.

And it could make all of the Benghazi coverup accusations just melt away, because if she is a lesbian then anything said against her is really “hate speech”. Obama has played this card as applied to his 50% African American heritage to great success.

This is a close to a sure thing as there is in the clandestine, incestual world of Washington, and Hillary knows it. Will it happen? Wait and see…

From New York Magazine: Hillary Clinton’s upcoming memoir is going to be an absolute doozy, according to the National Enquirer. A “family insider” says that the former secretary of State will “admit that she’s bisexual and has had lesbian relationships” and reveal that “a veterinarian who treated the family cat Socks at the White House stumbled upon her locked in a steamy embrace with a woman.”

The National Enquirer was right about the John Edwards story, so this is probably true, also! source – NY Magazine.

by NTEB News Desk

Obama Is Not Accountable To The American People.


All hail Obama, the king of America

Tuesday morning, a peculiar announcement trickled out of the White House press office: President Barack Obama would be holding a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston bombings. At the White House. By himself. No press or other intruders allowed.

obama-muslim-king-over-americaThat Obama assumed Americans would want an iconic photo of him privately mourning the victims of the bombings was emblematic of a kind of hubris that has enveloped the president and his White House as the president commences his second term.

Hubris in a leader is an obnoxious thing, leading to imperiousness in governing. And it’s also a dangerous thing for a second-term president, often spelling trouble.

Unfortunately, this president’s acts of high handedness and self-absorption have been accumulating in the past several months at a blistering pace.

Even as the nation’s workers wilted under a struggling economy and high unemployment, Obama decided to take two round excursions to Hawaii at taxpayer expense over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Just six weeks later, he jetted down to Florida for a luxury four-day golf vacation where he played with Tiger Woods. Meanwhile Michelle Obama also took another vacation, skiing in Colorado.

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Even as the sequester began to force those who work for him in the federal government to take furloughs and government services were scaled back – including, famously, the White House tours – Obama stepped up his golf, roaring out of the White House in his motorcade three Saturdays in a row for the 50-minute round trip drive to the Joint Base Andrews course.

In a true Marie Antoinette moment, Obama offered to pare back his pay by five percent as a show of empathy for those being furloughed. At annual salary of $400,000, that would force him to get by on a meager $380,000, in addition to a couple of hundred thousand extra dollars he can probably expect to make this year from book sales.

He had Memphis soul music legends throw a command performance for himself and the first lady in the East Room. He commended California’s attorney general for being the hottest of all the state AGs. He gave himself an exclusive viewing in the White House theater of the Jackie Robinson biopic, “42.”

On Saturday night, he’ll be partying with journalists and their celebrity guests at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association bash.

All while the nation continues to suffer under his stewardship of the economy.

When gun legislation he backed failed to pass last week, he threw an epic hissy fit in the Rose Garden, proclaiming his opponents liars who thought “it wasn’t worth it” to protect kids from gun violence.

He said contemptuously that what “binds Republicans together” is their commitment to helping the rich. He delivered his budget two months late to Congress.

Such disregard for appearances and disdain for his opposition suggests a president who perceives himself as free from the fetters that keep normal people in line and give presidents a sense of perspective.

Obama is already giving off that “L’etat, c’est moi” vibe, effectively legislating from the Oval Office

He is picking and choosing which laws to enforce – like deciding not to deport certain groups of immigrants who would have been protected by the failed Dream Act and opting not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

king-obama-and-queen-michelle-antoinette-let-them-eat-cakeThis could be just the beginning. He vowed last week, as he has in the past, to advance his gun control agenda on his own. “Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities,” Obama said.

The vast new Obamacare law gives him an endless array of regulations to implement, offering a cornucopia of opportunities to interpret the statute in ways that give him powers he shouldn’t have. The 900-page immigration bill may do the same, should it pass.

But hubris may not only lead a president to stretch power, it can result in abuse of power.

Certainly the core of Watergate was corruption, but only a sense of hubris could have convinced Richard Nixon – late in his first term – that he could get away with the covering it up.

When Bill Clinton bounded out of the White House residence to see Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office, he had to believe he was impervious to the rules that govern others – not just because of his behavior, but because he thought he wouldn’t get caught in flagrante delicto in the fishbowl that is the White House.

And what special exemption from reality did Ronald Reagan think he had when he convinced himself that he wasn’t paying ransom when he sent arms to Iran to try to secure the release of hostages the controlled in Lebanon?

If Obama starts to get too grand a sense of himself and sheds the last vestiges of concern for how others perceive him, it could lead him, as it has so many in positions of power, to believe he is beyond accountability. And that could end up as a tragedy for him, and for the nation. source – Politico

Keith Koffler, who covered the White House as a reporter for CongressDaily and Roll Call, is editor of the blogWhite House Dossier.

by NTEB News Desk

Bob Dole to GOP: ‘Compromise Is Not a Bad Word’.


Image: Bob Dole to GOP: 'Compromise Is Not a Bad Word'

By Melanie Batley

Former Sen. Bob Dole says the Republican Party is “losing ground” and needs to learn that “compromise is not a bad word.”

In a recent interview with The Wichita Eagle, Dole, who will be 90 in July, said he was concerned about the direction of the party, saying the GOP is “moving further and further to the right.”

“We need to build an inclusive party, not an exclusive party. We need to broaden the base with Latinos and blacks and young people — almost every group. We’re losing ground,” said former majority leader and GOP presidential nominee from Kansas.

Dole faced off against Bill Clinton in the 1996 presidential campaign after serving in Congress for 35 years. He still tries to go to work every day at his law firm in Washington, despite chronic pain from wounds he sustained as an army lieutenant in World War II. But it’s not the same as making the rounds on Capitol Hill.

“I miss it,” he told Eagle about being on the front line of politics. “I miss being in the eye of the storm.”

Dole’s more than eleven years serving at various times as both Senate majority and minority leader has been defined by his willingness to work closely with Democrats, an approach he said he consciously cultivated.

“I think a lot if it is, like I said, developing relationships — not because I want something — but just because I’m in the same body as these other 99 senators, D’s and R’s. It takes a lot of work and a lot of time, and some people you just can’t bring around,” Dole said, adding: “If you keep working at it, you can probably get it done.”

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Dole also revealed that former President Bill Clinton asked for his advice about how to deal with Congress over the 1998 scandal with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.

“He asked me, ‘What would you do?’ And I said, ‘Well, if I could get a letter signed by whatever the number (of senators) needed that would say, ‘I’ll never vote for impeachment’ — that’s pretty good medicine.’”

The former senator said his proudest achievements were the twenty years he spent on the House and Senate agricultural committees supporting farmers, and also his role in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

In answer to how he wants to be remembered, Dole said, “[As] someone who loved his job and loved his state and the people in it. And tried to demonstrate those things by what I did in Congress, the House and the Senate, particularly the Senate.”

He added, “I think my sense of humor was one of my strengths.”
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ABC’s Barbara Walters Said Planning to Retire in May 2014.


Barbara Walters, the first woman to co-anchor a network evening newscast, plans to retire in May 2014, said a person with knowledge of the situation.

Walters, age 81 according to Marquis Who’s Who, will make the announcement herself in a few weeks, said the person, who requested anonymity because the plans haven’t been made public.

Walt Disney Co.’s ABC will honor Walters with a number of specials, the person said. She joined ABC News in 1976, becoming the first woman to co-anchor a network newscast. Today she is co-owner and co-host of “The View,” a daytime talk show on ABC, and produces special network reports, including the annual “The 10 Most Fascinating People.”

Jeffrey Schneider, a spokesman for ABC News, declined to comment. Cindi Berger, chief executive officer of PMK-BNC in New York and a spokeswoman for Walters, didn’t respond to messages seeking comment.

Walters returned to “The View” this month after being out since January after a fall at the British ambassador’s residence in Washington. In May 2010, she missed several months while recovering from surgery to repair a faulty heart valve.

While being treated at the hospital for the fall, Walters was diagnosed with chicken pox. On the March 4 episode of “The View,” Walters said she caught the illness giving a “well- known actor” a New Year’s hug and kiss on the cheek.

Every President

Walters has interviewed every American president and first lady since Richard Nixon, according to a biography at the website of “The View.” She became nationally known as a television personality on NBC’s “Today” show in the 1960s, eventually becoming co-host of the program.

Over the years she interviewed Russia’s Boris Yeltsin, China’s Jiang Zemin, former U.K. prime minister Margaret Thatcher, Libya’s Muammar Qadaffi and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, according to her biography.

In 1977, Walters was the first journalist to arrange a joint interview with Egypt President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

Walter’s 1999 interview with Monica Lewinsky, the first TV interview granted by the former Clinton White House intern, remains the highest-rated news program aired by a single network, according to the biography.

She was also the first American journalist to interview Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and scored the first interview with President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

In September 2004, after 25 years as co-host and chief correspondent for ABC News’ “20/20,” Walters left the show to focus on “Barbara Walters Specials.”

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Clinton-Lewinsky “spinners” resurface in generals scandal.


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It’s a case of déjà vu in D.C.: some of the same high-profile, high-priced handlers who played supporting roles in the scandal over President Bill Clinton‘s affair with intern Monica Lewinsky have re-emerged in the sex scandal that has toppled one U.S. national security chief and threatens another.

It is unclear what will be the roles of the expensive legal and crisis-management talent drawn into the uproar over the relationships between former CIA director David Petraeus and Marine General John Allen and two female acquaintances. Neither Republicans nor Democrats in Congress appear to have an appetite for another year-long Monica-style media spectacle.

The latest scandal began with an FBI investigation into cyber-harassment, and indications so far are that ultimately the inquiry will produce no criminal charges.

Nonetheless, both women at the center of attention – Petraeus biographer and former mistress Paula Broadwell and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, the woman to whom Broadwell is alleged to have sent suspected harassing emails – have turned for advice to veteran Washington lawyers and spin doctors with connections to the Lewinsky brouhaha.

On Monday, a source close to the Kelley family said that two Washington-based players in the Lewinsky scandal, trial lawyer Abbe Lowell and public relations adviser Judy Smith, were working for Kelley.

A day later, a Washington law firm which represented Lewinsky herself confirmed that one of its partners, Robert F. Muse, was representing Broadwell. The three advisors either were unavailable for comment or declined to comment.

It is not known whether Petraeus or Allen, who is the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, have retained attorneys.

A complaint by Kelley to the FBI about the harassing emails sparked an investigation that implicated Petraeus in a career-ending affair with Broadwell.

It also embroiled Kelley herself in the uproar over her still-murky relationship with Allen.

Kelley’s lawyer, Lowell, who an insider said she had known for years, served as pro-Clinton Democratic Party chief counsel on a House impeachment inquiry. Recently he won a partial acquittal and partial mistrial for John Edwards, a former Democratic U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate who had been indicted for misusing undeclared campaign funds to support his mistress.

During the Clinton sex scandal, Smith, a one-time press aide to President George H.W. Bush, served as Lewinsky’s spokeswoman. Smith also represented NFL quarterback Michael Vick, who was charged and convicted in a dogfighting cruelty case.

Smith also is a model for the main character in the ABC-TV drama “Scandal,” a prime-time series in which ace spin-doctor Olivia Pope, along with a team of spies and ex-convicts, not only manages to sort out or cover up sex and spy scandals but also carries on a secret affair with a fictional U.S. president.

Muse’s senior partner, Jacob Stein, and another prominent criminal lawyer from a different firm, Plato Cacheris, represented Lewinsky personally in a criminal investigation of Clinton by special prosecutor Kenneth Starr and a congressional inquiry which led to Clinton’s impeachment by the House of Representatives but subsequent acquittal by the Senate. Muse himself did not represent Lewinsky, according to Cacheris.

Starr and a substantial special prosecution team pursued Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal. Starr turned his evidence over to the Republican-controlled House, which in a nationally televised broadcast impeached Clinton for high crimes and misdemeanors.

But Republicans could not muster the two-thirds majority in the Senate needed to remove Clinton from office. Republicans later were punished at the polls for what many of them conceded was a perceived overzealousness in pursuing Clinton.

CONGRESS WARY OF SPECTACLE

Lewinsky’s lawyers were critical in helping her negotiate a legal thicket that included dealing with Starr’s criminal investigators and the impeachment inquiry launched by Congress; she testified in both investigations. Lewinsky was also besieged for months by the media; eventually her team arranged decorous interviews with U.S. and British television networks.

Mindful of how the Lewinsky scandal played out, officials familiar with the views of both senior Democrats and Republicans in Congress say that congressional leaders are keen to avoid turning the scandal into a public extravaganza, even though there remain many unanswered questions.

If there are no public congressional hearings or a criminal prosecution, it is unclear what Broadwell’s and Kelley’s legal and public relations teams would do, apart from trying to manage news coverage and the hordes of paparazzi and TV cameramen now outside their clients’ homes.

Lewinsky’s lawyer, Cacheris, told Reuters that from what he could see, at this point Broadwell and Kelley do not know if there will be any charges against them. “These people are getting lawyers to ensure there is no criminal case,” he added.

But Eric Dezenhall, a Washington crisis management expert, said some clients did not understand that there was a limit to how much even the most skilled lawyer and public relations specialist could do.

“You have to be very selective in the cases you take because you’re going to end up with some very disgruntled clients,” Dezenhall said.

(Editing by Warren Strobel and Paul Simao)

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

By Mark Hosenball | Reuters

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