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Michael Schumacher shows slight improvement, situation still “fragile”

Michael Schumacher showed a slight improvement in his condition and underwent a second procedure to remove a hematoma from his brain Monday evening but doctors in Grenoble, France, continue to say the former Formula One driver faces an uncertain prognosis.
Schumacher has been hospitalized in critical condition since Sunday, when he fell and struck his head against a rock while skiing in the French Alps. The auto-racing legend, who turns 45 on Friday, has been in a medically induced coma since undergoing surgery to relieve intercranial pressure shortly after the fall. A brain scan Monday showed that pressure had unexpectedly eased in his brain and doctors at Grenoble University Hospital decided to remove one of the larger and more accessible hematomas on the left side of his brain.
“We cannot say it’s over. We can say there are highs and lows,” Emmanuel Gay, the hospital’s chief of neurology told reporters Tuesday, ” … but it’s a bit better than it was [Monday].”
Gay indicated that a number of hematomas (bruises or blood pools) on Schumacher’s brain remain and are being monitored. “Compared to yesterday, the situation has improved, but it remains fragile and critical,”  Jean-Francois Payen, an anesthesiologist and head of the intensive care unit, added (via the Guardian), “We cannot say that he is out of danger. The surgery bought us more time. The situation can improve as well as worsen.”
epa04004400 General view over ski slopes 'Biche' (R) and 'Chamois' and a rocky area where German Formula One legend Michael Schumacher supposedly had his ski accident at Saulire mountain near Meribel, French Alps, France, 31 December 2013. Retired Formula One German racing driver Michael Schumacher is still treated at the Grenoble hospital after he was admitted in a coma with a cranial trauma following a ski accident in Meribel. Schumacher's condition is slightly improving but he is not out of danger yet after undergoing another operation overnight to further reduce pressure on his brain, doctors said.  EPA/DAVID EBENER  EPA/DAVID EBENER
A general view of the “Biche” and “Chamois” ski runs at Saulire mountain near Meribel in the French Alps. This believed to be the area in which Schumacher fell. (David Ebener / EPA)
Doctors said they have not determined how long to maintain Schumacher’s coma, which is medical protocol for preventing further brain damage in cases of severe trauma.
“We cannot tell you any more about the future,” Gerard Saillant, a family friend who is in Grenoble and is a surgeon, told the Associated Press.
Schumacher, the most successful driver in Formula One history with seven world titles and 91 victories, was skiing with his 14-year-old son, Mick, when he fell during an off-piste (off course) run at Meribel. He was wearing a helmet, which doctors credited with saving his life. His manager, Sabine Kehm, said that the helmet had cracked on impact.  “It looks like probably that initiating a corner, he was hitting a stone which he had not seen and was catapulted down on a rock,” Kehm said (via the AP). “That is extremely and very unfortunate … really very, very bad luck. Michael was not at high speed.”

Michael Schumacher’s helmet cam footage shows Formula One great skiing off trail, investigators say 


Schumacher, 45, the most successful Formula One driver in history, is still in critical condition in a medically induced coma at a hospital in Grenoble. The impact of the crash split his helmet in two and doctors say the protective gear saved his life.












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Albertville prosecutor Patrick Quincy, surrounded by investigators, gives a statement during a media conference in the Albertville law court,  French Alps, Wednesday, Jan. 8,  2014.  Two minutes of footage from a camera on Michael Schumacher's ski helmet showed the Formula One great was clearly skiing off a groomed trail when he lost his balance and crashed, leaving him with critical head injuries, investigators said Wednesday.  The investigators said they have ruled out problems with his skis, trail conditions and signage. Although they would not estimate Schumacher's speed, they said it was not considered a significant factor in the Dec. 29 crash at the Meribel resort in the French Alps. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

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Albertville prosecutor Patrick Quincy, surrounded by investigators, gives a statement during a media conference revealing the findings of two minutes of footage from Michael Schumacher's helmet cam.



ALBERTVILLE, France (AP) — Two minutes of footage from a camera on Michael Schumacher’s ski helmet showed the Formula One great was clearly skiing off a groomed trail when he lost his balance and crashed, leaving him with critical head injuries, investigators said Wednesday.
The investigators said they have ruled out problems with his skis, trail conditions or signage. Although they would not estimate Schumacher’s speed, they said it was not considered a significant factor in the Dec. 29 crash at Meribel in the French Alps.
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“His pace was completely normal for a skilled skier,” said Lt. Col. Benoit Vinneman.
The Formula One great remains in critical condition following a skiing accident in France.

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The Formula One great remains in critical condition following a skiing accident in France.

Schumacher, 45, the most successful Formula One driver in history, is still in critical condition in a medically induced coma at a hospital in Grenoble. The impact of the crash split his helmet in two and doctors say the protective gear saved his life.
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Prosecutor Patrick Quincy said experts still need to go through the footage image by image, but he said Schumacher landed 9 meters (30 feet) outside the marked trail after falling face down and striking his head on a rock.
Schumacher had been on a family vacation in Meribel, where he owns a chalet.
A general view shows an off-piste area with rocks between the slopes 'Chamois' (l.) and 'Biche' (r.) where seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is supposed to have been injured in a skiing accident in the ski resort of Meribel.

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A general view shows an off-piste area with rocks between the slopes 'Chamois' (l.) and 'Biche' (r.) where seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is supposed to have been injured in a skiing accident in the ski resort of Meribel.

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“Michael Schumacher is a good skier who knows Meribel,” Quincy said.
Skiers and snowboarders continue to use the off-piste zone where Schumacher crashed, but say they know they need to be careful.
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Corinna Schumacher (c.), the wife of the German champion, has asked for the media and fans to back away to allow doctors to focus on her husband's recovery.

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Corinna Schumacher (c.), the wife of the German champion, has asked for the media and fans to back away to allow doctors to focus on her husband's recovery.

British tourist Steve Bovill said he always wears a helmet. Speaking from the sunny mountainside, he said, “It was an accident that could have happened to anyone.”
Quincy said the investigation, which is standard after any major skiing accident, had no deadline and was intended to discover what happened, not necessarily fix blame. Without specifying, he said authorities plan to interview more witnesses.

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Have the Benghazi Hearings just Back-Fired on the Republicans


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Hillary grilled for 11 hours at Gowdy's Hearings.

Have the Benghazi Hearings just Back-Fired on the Republicans



And so it finally came on October 22, 2015, the statement that everyone knew was “out-there” but nobody (in the Clinton camp) wanted to admit. “The attack had nothing to do with a video, it was Al-Qaeda” so said, Hillary Clinton in an email to the Egyptian Foreign Minister on the morning after 4 Americans had died in a burned out embassy in Benghazi, Libya. 
That one statement was what the Republicans have spent two years, millions of dollars and boat loads of political capital trying to get the former Secretary of State and Democrat Presidential candidate to admit and say to the American people. After that revelation came some 10 hours into what was clearly a “Hillary grilling session” by the Benghazi Select Committee (led by Congressman Trey Gowdy), then came a series of questions (that most viewers had been waiting for). Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) began peppering Clinton with a series of questions about ‘arms sales to Libyan rebels to overthrow former dictator Ghadafi‘. What did she know, when did she know it, did it happen and if so, who was behind them? This line of questioning lasted about 5 minutes and all the answers were a resounding “NO”. Then it was over!
Some 11 hours after Hillary Clinton was sworn in, we hear (what will go down in history as probably one of the biggest Congressional “wild-goose” chasing sessions ever) something we all knew, and a big fat “NO”. Now, what? Where do the Republicans go from here? After two years, untold amounts of criticism from both the left and the media and all we got was “the recitation of an email telling us what we already knew” and a very loud raspy-voiced “NO” from Hillary Clinton. Then Gowdy thanks the Secretary bangs his gavel and says, “this hearing stands in recess” and the room empties out.
Had Gowdy and company actually found the magic bullet or smoking gun yesterday, the GOP might actually have been able to live down what will no doubt become a major hammer (of which Hillary will club Republicans over the head with) in the upcoming campaign.
In effect what happened yesterday was that Congressman Trey Gowdy gave Hillary Clinton the pathway and platform to all but clear her name for the upcoming presidential run. If Gowdy didn’t get the job done, then Congressman Kevin McCarthy and John Boehner did. Remember it was McCarthy who just two weeks ago stated on the air and in a speech that Gowdy’s committee had been formed to hurt Hillary’s popularity for the 2016 Presidential contest.
At this late date and with the funerals of Ambassador Stevens and the others nothing but a distant memory, it makes you wonder just what Gowdy and the RNC had hoped to gain from this very expensive dog and pony show.
For the next 13 months, all Hillary has to do is learn to smile more when shaking hands and keep her mouth shut about Benghazi, which she no doubt will do. Over the course of the next year plus, Hillary’s apologist will go out whenever Fox News attacks her and clearly state that “nothing was found to be a smoking gun” at Gowdy’s hearings.
It doesn’t matter what we think we know on the right. It doesn’t matter what might have happened (we do know what the results were) and it doesn’t matter if something was nefarious. The facts are; there is no smoking gun that ties Hillary to any criminal activity in this sordid affair. While there might be, the sad truth is, it won’t come to the surface and is forever buried by the White House and the Clinton machine.
Can the Republican’s nail Hillary on the email scandal? At this point in time, if they try, it will literally look like the Republicans are desperate because of their fear of Hillary and it will look like “piling on the dog“.
The second sad truth is that, since nothing came of yesterday’s hearings and the email scandal will be swept under the rug, it has removed all the bullets that the GOP nominee had to shoot at Hillary on the upcoming debate stage. Donald (or whoever the nominee is) cannot stand on the stage and blast Hillary for Benghazi because “all the questions have been answered” and there is nothing further to report. Again, the optics of pulling such as stunt will make the GOP contender look weak and grasping at straws. The truth is irrelevant at that point, it is the optics and appearance.
Had the GOP let this go for a while, with the amounts of questions being asked about Benghazi, the GOP could have used those “unanswered questions” as a means of hanging the Benghazi tragedy around Hillary’s campaign neck. Not now! What the Republicans effectively did was allow Hillary the platform to absolve herself. Even though we all knew the reason initially given for the attack was a bald-faced lie, this platform allowed her to infuse, “I still believe the video did incite many to anger which allowed them more easily to garner support” for the raid. While not overtly saying the video was the “principle reason” it allowed her to escape with the full brunt of being called a total liar to the American people.
Nicely done Republicans, I am afraid you just made it much easier for Hillary to win this election and we are out of ammo to win with. With the amounts of registered Democrats outnumbering Republicans, we might just have a problem in winning we cannot overcome.
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Megyn Kelly: Fox News Isn’t Afraid to Stand Alone

Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly is stating what many FNC viewers have known for a while: Fox News reports what the rest of the mainstream media won’t. That’s gotten the channel predictable criticism from liberal circles that keep repeating the dishonest mantra that FNC is just a mouthpiece for the right.
Kelly pointed out in an interview with Reuters that FNC has been unafraid to touch stories that the liberal media has refused to cover. There’s no doubt the other networks are actively carrying water for Obama on his numerous scandals, as they always have.  In fact, this prevalent liberal bias has been confirmed by former CBS investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson, who left CBS over their liberal bias.
Kelly cites Benghazi as a great example of her network’s willingness to take on the stories that speak truth to power, the ones that hardly any of the other networks touched Get our daily email alert by entering your Email:
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I don’t know if I would sign on to underdogs. I know what he means. I guess I would say, ‘outliers.’ Oftentimes it feels like Fox stands alone in the media on certain stories. Benghazi is a good example where we’ve been covering that story because many of us believe that it is a story and that we haven’t gotten the full truth on what happened. And then, lo and behold, several months will pass something will come out to prove that we were right. …
So, I don’t mind being one of the outliers. Sometimes I think there’s value in that and some of these stories get completely blown off by many in the mainstream media … but that is like as (colleague) Brit Hume used to say, ‘Like picking money up off the street,’ because it’s a story that’s just waiting there for somebody to grab it and tell. And if we don’t tell it at Fox News, in all likelihood some of these stories won’t get told.
Megyn Kelly is exactly right about Fox News – the network is willing to challenge the Obama administration’s version of the facts when so many others continue to tow the White House’s line on everything.  Why else would Obama be so disturbed by the existence of Fox News?  He knows they’re forcing him to be honest, something he desperately is trying to avoid.

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Benghazi: Media Strategy Over Military Strategy

 

Posted Wednesday, May 7th 2014 @ 12pm

Do you still feel the attack on our Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 is relevant to today?  I certainly hope so as there are a lot of Washington insiders banking on it becoming “old news” telling us that it simply does not matter any longer and anticipating that the next big news story will clear it off their plates. But it does matter and in big ways. Here we are 20 months later and still being lied to as if we are a Nation of fools while the Obama administration with the media’s help continues to trivialize the attack on our embassy that resulted in the deaths of four brave Americans and continue to sweep it under their rug of deception.

“So at this point what difference does it make?”, asked Bob Beckel on Fox News this morning, parroting the democrat sweetheart Hillary Clinton’s infamous line as he urged democrats to make good on their threat to boycott any new hearing regarding the emails that have just been brought to light on the Benghazi attack. This new email evidence is purported to show exactly how this administration, and sadly our government in general, controls the media talking points thus controlling the media and what information we the people are to receive and told to believe even when it is patently false and meant to steer the American people from the truth. 

So what difference does it make now? First off it is proof that we the people are being lied to by not only our government but by the very people who used to act as our loyal guardians who were to protect us against a tyrannical and runaway government. This is important to understand. We are not “conspiracy” nuts when we see a truth that the media discounts and covers up for almost two years! Instead we know now that the main stream media is in the back pocket of a corrupt and depraved government and their strategists who are using it to spread their false information to manipulate the outcome of public opinion, elections, policy and even world events while giving those in the shadows shelter. 

I am hoping…no, I am praying that we can get to the bottom of all the lies shrouding this very dark day in American history but the one thing we now know for certain is that our government is in control of the main stream media, setting the talking points to spoon feed the public via your friendly news anchor who is now a player in the disgraceful game of wag the dog with the American people and we need it to stop. We deserve better. We deserve accountability and we deserve the truth. We deserve a watch dog as our media! Enter the New media.

What difference can we make? Become the watchdogs that our media used to be and do some research for yourself. Never rely just on what you hear on the news any longer. When our embassy was attacked I wrote an article for Politichicks on the Middle East and the attack on our Embassy that I want to share here on my own blog so you can see how important speaking out can be. I was a little nervous calling out the situation as I saw it but as it turned out this conspiracy chick was a correct “Politichick”. Each of us can and should get out there and speak the truth! It will be through new media sources like this and people who read them and spread the truth that the truth will set us free.



“Democracy” In The Middle East; Up In Smoke or Smoke Screen

Eleven years to the day that our world stood still on September 11, 2001 we were jolted from our reflective states of mind by our worst nightmare. We were attacked once again with loss of American life in the name of “Allah”.
This is an assault that I believe could have been prevented by a different foreign policy, a policy that would vow to defend America from all enemies and keep her strong and sovereign not one that has our President bowing down and serving the whims of Islamic leaders while at the same time degrading America, leading the world to view us as intolerant and weak.
Also critical to our security is having an honest media who stands up for America as her watchdog and exposes any injustice or danger to the American people! Unfortunately just as we seem to be amiss on the good foreign policy, it appears we are lacking the honest media component as well.
Meanwhile we have a sitting President with blood on his hands and an equally complicit media for not calling out what is and has been a dangerous courtship between America and the Muslim Brotherhood.
But there is now a very disturbing and stark difference between where we are as Americans today as opposed to 9/11.
Those who were blaming America for the assaults upon her saying we brought it all upon ourselves for our intolerance and interference in the world back in 2001 (chickens coming home to roost) are now the ones sitting in the White House dictating the very policies that have put us into harms way yet again on this 9/11/12. It seems that handing over a billion dollars of our hard earned taxes to help prop up the takeover of the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t enough to buy protection these days.
No, these thugs want something more:  They want Islam to rule the world.  And quite frankly Obama seems quite comfortable and in his element being around these type of thugs and doesn’t seem to mind working with them on their goals of domination.
Again our media says nothing, showing they have become one of two things:  spineless or a conspirator in the spread of Islam, the igniting of the Middle East and the downsizing of America.
Where have they been as policy has been and is still being created that is putting the American people at odds with our own government?
As more of the details and truths are being uncovered on these latest attacks and with more being reported overnight in Yemen, the information spinners are working overtime to diminish what is happening and shield Obama’s actions and reactions from the public eye.
The media first reported that it was just a small group of “extremists” affirming Clinton’s summary of the event that placed blame on a “small and savage group,” not the government or people of Libya. Oh and of course they had a very good reason for this behavior It seems that we as Americans probably deserved it again since they were a bit ticked off and offended (gasp the O word!) by an American made movie that mocked their God Muhammad. What did Obama have to say about this as our President? He apologized! This is what he said on our behalf, “We condemn the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims”. Wow really? I guess free speech is only free and safe if you don’t speak out against Islam in the New America we see emerging.
So now the media is continuing the charade, continuing to tell us the firestorm being set off across the Middle East is being done by only small radical groups and that the movie was the trigger–both of which I am not and cannot accept as the truth.
If they really believe this is only a small representation of the Muslim people in the area, why are we sending in the war ships?
The other question we need to ask and ask very seriously is why is Obama refusing to meet with the leader of Israel during his visit to New York, yet is planning to meet with the Muslim Brotherhood’s leader of Egypt?
Who are those war ships being sent to help?
The media should be having a field day with Obama on his weak foreign policy and open support of Islam–but instead they are working overtime to keep the spotlight off of him, and are instead going after anybody who may point out the dangers our current administration has put us in.
Mitt Romney, who has been one of the only voices of reason, gave a very strong press conference where, thanks to an open mic, we saw firsthand how the media will try to manipulate a story by attacking the voices of those that want to speak the truth!
We need to be calling them out on things like this where they are caught—this time, conspiring to trip Romney up on his answers and trying to discredit his speech
Bottom line, the deception of the Arab Spring is now yielding its fruits and we are paying the price for allowing our country to be steeped in ignorance and foolishness.
The Muslim Brotherhood was clearly behind the overthrowing of Libya as well as the ally we once had in Egypt, and Obama (and Clinton) might have just as well been the ones to pack Ole Hosni Mubarak’s bags and push him out the door.  At the same time, they were holding that door wide open for the new Islamic/American union they were creating in the name of “Democracy”.
Today, as the leaders of America condemn the inflammatory anti-Islam video and instead of the attacks upon our embassies, I view this as another desperate attempt to try to hide the truth behind the Arab Spring and the monsters they placed into power.  And their accomplice? The American media– the same media that is no longer the ‘watchdog to the American people’ but rather the lap dog to the American governments.


John Boehner will give Trey Gowdy the go ahead for being in charge of Benghazi Committee:

News [Watch] Trey Gowdy – Powers of a Select Committee, The Cover Up and Gaffes

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Rep Trey Gowdy talks with Greta Van Susteren and details the developments and potential benefits of a select committee to investigate the Benghazi terror attacks.
He describes the difficulties which have been encountered under the multi-jurisdictional situation of various committees being able to call only witnesses in the areas of government over which the have oversight.
A special committee could compel a broad range of witnesses from all branches of government. He gives the example of “If you want to have Greg Hicks and the station chief from Tripoli and Hillary Clinton all sitting at the same table, you need a committee that has the power to do that and a select committee would have the power.



 



“It crosses all jurisdictional boundaries, you have subpoena power and you can work in a really coordinated effort.” He said a select committee can make those boundary lines disappear.
In regards to a cover up and stonewalling of information and an upcoming appearance by John Kerry, Gowdy says that he has evidence that “not only are they hiding it, there’s an intent to hide it.” He describes it as a systematic, intentional decision to withhold certain documents from Congress.
They then comment on the remarks of B. Hussein Obama, as to the similarity between his comments and the arguments made in reference to the supposed response to an offensive video.
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Weekly Update: JW Finds Benghazi Smoking Gun!


MAY 02, 2014
JW Smoking Gun:  Benghazi Documents Point to White House on Misleading Talking Points
To say this has been a busy week at Judicial Watch is a massive understatement. In fact, this has been one of the most important and eventful weeks in the history of Judicial Watch. On Tuesday, we released explosive new Benghazi scandal documents which immediately precipitated a Washington firestorm that placed the Obama White House on the defensive and may even lead to criminal charges. News Report

Kiro 7 News #(206) 728-7777 # Q13 Fox News (206) 674-1313 Congress has the Go ahead for a Full Impeachment for the Obama regime and Yes Throw The Liberal TV Press All In Jail As Well... And what’s the big discovery that had every news outlet in the country headlining Judicial Watch’s work? On April 18, 2014, JW obtained 41 new Benghazi-related State Department documents. They include a newly declassified email showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other Obama administration public relations officials attempting to orchestrate a campaign to “reinforce” President Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.” Other documents show that State Department officials initially described the incident as an “attack” and a possible kidnap attempt.

Now, am I shocked to find the Obama White House behind this egregious lie? Not at all. The facts of the Benghazi attack, aftermath and cover-up suggested as much. But owing largely to Obama secrecy and stonewalling, evidence has been elusive – until Judicial Watch investigators and attorneys worked their magic and got hold of these records.
This has been a long battle. We filed our first Freedom of Information (FOIA) request on October 12, 2012, to gain access to documents about the controversial talking points used by then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice for a series of appearances on television Sunday news programs on September 16, 2012. Ultimately, we had to sue to get them. But it was well worth the effort.
As I say, JW’s discovery was of high interest to a press long frustrated by the Obama administration’s misdirection and obfuscation over Benghazi. Here are just a few of the headlines:




Now let’s get to the meat of this find.
The Rhodes email was sent on sent on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 8:09 p.m. with the subject line: “RE: PREP CALL with Susan, Saturday at 4:00 pm ET.” The documents show that the “prep” was for Amb. Rice’s Sunday news show appearances to discuss the Benghazi attack.
The document lists as a “Goal”: “To underscore that these protests are rooted in and Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”
Rhodes returns to the “Internet video” scenario later in the email, the first point in a section labeled “Top-lines”:

[W]e’ve made our views on this video crystal clear. The United States government had nothing to do with it. We reject its message and its contents. We find it disgusting and reprehensible. But there is absolutely no justification at all for responding to this movie with violence. And we are working to make sure that people around the globe hear that message.
Among the top administration PR personnel who received the Rhodes memo were White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest, then-White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, then-White House Deputy Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, then-National Security Council Director of Communications Erin Pelton, Special Assistant to the Press Secretary Howli Ledbetter, and then-White House Senior Advisor and political strategist David Plouffe.
The Rhodes communications strategy email also instructs recipients to portray Obama as “steady and statesmanlike” throughout the crisis. Another of the “Goals” of the PR offensive, Rhodes says, is “[T]o reinforce the President and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.” He later includes as a PR “Top-line” talking point:

I think that people have come to trust that President Obama provides leadership that is steady and statesmanlike. There are always going to be challenges that emerge around the world, and time and again, he has shown that we can meet them.
The documents Judicial Watch obtained also include a September 12, 2012, email from former Deputy Spokesman at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Payton Knopf to Susan Rice noting that at a press briefing earlier that day State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland explicitly stated that the attack on the consulate had been well planned. The email sent by Knopf to Rice at 5:42 pm said:

Responding to a question about whether it was an organized terror attack, Toria said that she couldn’t speak to the identity of the perpetrators but that it was clearly a complex attack.
In the days following the Knopf email, Rice appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News and CNN still claiming the assaults occurred “spontaneously” in response to the “hateful video.” On Sunday, September 16 Rice told CBS’s “Face the Nation:

But based on the best information we have to date, what our assessment is as of the present is in fact what began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy–sparked by this hateful video.
The Judicial Watch documents confirm that CIA talking points, that were prepared for Congress and may have been used by Rice on “Face the Nation” and four additional Sunday talk shows on September 16, had been heavily edited by then-CIA deputy director Mike Morell. According to one email:

The first draft apparently seemed unsuitable….because they seemed to encourage the reader to infer incorrectly that the CIA had warned about a specific attack on our embassy. On the SVTS, Morell noted that these points were not good and he had taken a heavy hand to editing them. He noted that he would be happy to work with [then deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton]] Jake Sullivan and Rhodes to develop appropriate talking points.
The documents obtained by Judicial Watch also contain numerous emails sent during the assault on the Benghazi diplomatic facility. The contemporaneous and dramatic emails describe the assault as an “attack”:


As reported, the Benghazi compound came under attack and it took a bit of time for the ‘Annex’ colleagues and Libyan February 17 brigade to secure it. One of our colleagues was killed – IMO Sean Smith. Amb Chris Stevens, who was visiting Benghazi this week is missing.  U.S. and Libyan colleagues are looking for him…
At 8:51 pm, Pelofsky tells Rice and others that “Post received a call from a person using an [sic] RSO phone that Chris was given saying the caller was with a person matching Chris’s description at a hospital and that he was alive and well. Of course, if the he were alive and well, one could ask why he didn’t make the call himself.”
Later that evening, Pelofsky emailed Rice that he was “very, very worried. In particular that he [Stevens] is either dead or this was a concerted effort to kidnap him.” Rice replied, “God forbid.”

  • September 11, 2012, 4:49 PM – State Department press officer John Fogarty reporting on “Libya update from Beth Jones”:

Beth Jones [Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs] just spoke with DCM Tripoli Greg Hicks, who advised a Libyan militia (we now know this is the 17th Feb brigade, as requested by Emb office) is responding to the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi.”
Material is blacked out (or redacted) in many emails.
And what was the Obama White House response to Judicial Watch? What would you expect the Obama White House to do when caught – without a shadow of a doubt – lying and misleading the American people – attack, attack, attack! Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman accused JW of “politicizing” the Benghazi scandal.
Fox News Channel’s Charles Krauthammer had a different reaction: “We now have the smoking document, which is the White House saying, ‘We’re pushing the video because we don’t want to blame it on the failure of our policies.’”
That’s as spot-on as it gets. As Krauthammer notes, it was the Obama gang who politicized Benghazi, lying and stonewalling and covering up in order to protect the president in an election season.
The Obama White House’s chief concern about the Benghazi attack was making sure that President Obama looked good.
These documents undermine the Obama administration’s narrative that it thought the Benghazi attack had something to do with protests or an Internet video. Given the explosive material in these documents, it is no surprise that we had to go to federal court to pry them loose from the Obama State Department.
White House spokesman Jay Carney, who is implicated in this scandal (he received the smoking gun email) went so far as to say that the email was not about Benghazi!  This is a ludicrous lie, as this document was forced out of the State Department by JW in a lawsuit about Benghazi!  The media is slamming Carney for his spin but I see his lie as more of a criminal defense.
The Rhodes email was responsive to a congressional subpoena on Benghazi. Thwarting a subpoena and congressional investigation can put you in jail.  So that is why I would argue Carney is saying the document is not about Benghazi – to admit otherwise could lead to criminal charges for whoever covered this White House document up!
Events are breaking fast. As I write this, John Kerry has been subpoenaedand Speaker John Boehner is set to announce a select committee to investigate Benghazi – all thanks to Judicial Watch!
I will close with this. In addition to the massive amount public attention, JW has been deluged with “kudos” coming from JW donors and supporters. Here is just one example:

“That Judicial Watch could accomplish this [discovery] and Congress could not is a mystery, but nevertheless THE reason I continue to contribute monthly to Judicial Watch…they GET results! Thanks to all who worked and are working on ‘cleaning up’ the mess we are in.”
We appreciate the sentiments and, at the same time, want to remind everyone that we cannot do what we do without support from our donors. So our thanks go to them! And to you. If you feel inspired by this latest JW victory to support our efforts, please click here to make a secure online donation.
Judicial Watch Continues to Battle Los Angeles Over Regulation for Illegal Alien Drivers
Want to get a sense of the ridiculous lengths to which leftist lobbyists (led by the ACLU) want to go to coddle illegal alien lawbreakers? Look no further than their support of an unlawful Los Angeles Police Department regulation known as Special Order 7.
Special Order 7 is an LAPD regulation requiring vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers – the vast majority of whom are illegal aliens – to be released instead of impounded for 30-days. Because, well, why shouldn’t an unlicensed illegal alien be granted permission by the police to continue to break the law and threaten public safety? (That’s the twisted reasoning of the Left on this issue.)
Well, JW filed a taxpayer lawsuit challenging this nonsensical and dangerous regulation and achieved a major victory when the California Superior court ruled in August 2013 that Special Order 7 violated the California Constitution and the California Vehicle Code.
As you might expect, however, this ruling did not sit well with the ACLU. After an intense lobbying campaign by the ACLU and its allies in the illegal alien community, the City of Los Angeles appealed. This week, we filed our answer.
As we point out, under Section 14602.6 of the California Vehicle Code, officers are given the discretion to arrest a driver and impound his or her vehicle for 30 days if the driver has never been issued a license or is driving on a suspended or revoked license.
Under Section 14607.6, officers are required to impound a vehicle if a driver is unlicensed or driving on a suspended or revoked license and has a history of unlawful driving. Special Order 7 “has re-written laws enacted by the Legislature,” according to Judicial Watch’s answer brief, making the LAPD regulation “unlawful, ultra vires, and void.”
Specifically, Judicial Watch’s “Combined Answer Brief,” filed on behalf of Los Angeles resident and taxpayer Harold Sturgeon, makes the following key arguments:

  • Special Order No. 7 Is Preempted by The Vehicle Code.

The California Constitution declares that “[a] county or city may make and enforce within its limits all local, police, sanitary, and other ordinances or regulations not in conflict with general laws … If an otherwise valid local regulation conflicts with state law, it is preempted by the state law and is void …

The City admitted that Special Order No. 7 regulates matters already covered by Sections 14602.6 and 14607.6 in the very first sentence of its unsuccessful demurrer to Sturgeon’s Complaint:

Both LAPD Special Order [N]o. 7 and California Vehicle Code section[s] 14602.6 and 14607.6 regulate the release of a vehicle to its registered owner when the vehicle has been seized because it was driven by someone not in possession of a valid driver’s license.

  • Special Order No. 7 Is Not Guidance.

The primary argument raised by the City and Interveners in defense of Special Order No. 7 is that the City’s regulation is only guidance and municipalities must be allowed to provide guidance to their police officers … The lower court agreed that Special Order No. 7 is not mere guidance, “But this Special Order 7 is much more than just guidance. It’s much more than just training. It actually changes. It changes the law. It changes the outcome” … In the words of the lower court, Special Order No. 7 is a “game changer” … No. 7 does not guide officers in the exercise of their discretion; it re-writes the law.
We are not alone in this battle. The City’s police union, the Los Angeles Police Protection League, also filed a lawsuit challenging Special Order 7.
Again, advocates for illegal aliens represented by the ACLU intervened on the side of the City to help defend the LAPD regulation. In October 2013, a panel of three justices from the California Court of Appeals granted the City of Los Angeles a temporary staythat allows the LAPD to continue to follow Special Order 7 while the case works its way through the appeals process.
We’ve made our position clear. We believe the Appeals Court should uphold the Superior Court’s decision and protect and defend California’s Constitution against LAPD regulation. Special Order 7 is illegal and dangerous. Unlicensed drivers – whether they are illegal aliens or not – are a menace to public safety. Los Angeles should not put immigration politics above the public safety.
The LAPD has a history of supporting illegal alien sanctuary policies that put the city’s citizens at risk.
Judicial Watch previously sued the LAPD over Special Order 40, a regulation that prohibits police officers from initiating “police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person.” Despite an obvious conflict with federal law, California state courts refused to let the challenge against Special Order 40 proceed to trial.  I will be sure to let you know how this new appellate court battle turns out.
Judicial Watch’s Robert Popper’s Editorial “Political Fraud about Voter Fraud,” Published in The Wall Street Journal
One can’t be delicate about this: President Obama and his leftist allies want to be able to steal elections. That’s why they vociferously oppose common-sense election integrity measures such as requiring a photo id (let alone any proof of identity) to vote.
Judicial Watch, as you know, is a leader in countering this assault on clean and fair elections, launching a national fight for election integrity measures.  We’ve achieved some major successes along the way. (See our historic victory with True the Vote in Ohio as just one example.)
We’ve also added some firepower to our election integrity team by bringing Senior Attorney Robert D. Popper on board at JW. Robert previously served as the Deputy Chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Robert knows first-hand the schemes used by leftists to undermine election integrity, including the effort to manipulate the American people to believe that voter fraud is a product of partisan fantasy. This week he penned an outstanding opinion editorial, entitled “Political Fraud about Voter Fraud,” which was published in The Wall Street Journal, which is one of the preeminent platforms in the nation.  The editorialpushes back against President Obama’s use of faulty data and misleading arguments about election integrity measures:

In an April 11 speech to Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network, President Obama recited statistics purporting to show that voter fraud was extremely rare. The “real voter fraud,” he said, “is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud.”

These arguments themselves are bogus
Robert goes on to take apart the faulty statistics that President Obama used to discount concerns about voter fraud, while also showing that voter fraud in under-reported:

More generally, judging voter fraud by counting criminal proceedings is misguided. For any crime, convictions are a fraction of prosecutions, which are a fraction of investigations, which are a fraction of known offenses, which are, in turn, a fraction of committed crimes. This is even more likely to be true of voter fraud, which is often a low enforcement priority… many states do not even track it. Moreover, the fraud may be all but impossible to investigate or prove if it is carried out successfully.
Robert’s opinion editorial can be read in its entirety here. And if you want to read more about Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Campaign, click here.
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Benghazi Probe Could Last Until 2016, Haunting Hillary


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By: David Martosko (UK Daily Mail)
House Rules Committee spent Wednesday debating how to constitute the new Benghazi committee, with Republicans holding out for a 7-5 advantage.
Chairman Trey Gowdy told MSNBC viewers that he won’t cut the investigation short if the Obama administration ‘slow-walks’ cooperation.
He also upbraided his own national party for launching a fundraising campaign based on conservative outrage.
A long-ranging committee mandate could hobble Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state when the attack occurred, if she makes a presidential run.
Many Democrats coalesced around a strategy to refuse participation if the committee doesn’t include an equal number of members from both parties.
Republicans in the Senate are also chomping at the bit, asking for a joint committee that would span both houses of Congress.
Republicans’ plan for a special ‘select committee’ charged with investigating the 2012 Benghazi terror attack reached new levels of controversy on Wednesday when the congressman who will chair the new panel said he can foresee its work stretching well into the 2016 election season.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former South Carolina prosecutor, acknowledged on MSNBC that the timetable would largely be dictated by how much – or how little – the Obama administration cooperates with subpoenas.
‘It would be shame on us if we intentionally dragged this out for political expediency,’ said Gowdy, ‘On the other hand, if an administration is slow-walking document production, I can’t end a trial simply because the defense won’t cooperate.’
Continuing the high-powered spectacle of a no-holds-barred congressional probe into the presidential race could bring new levels of public scrutiny to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ current front-runner in the White House contest.


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