Weekly Newsletter – 05/03/2015

Here’s a quick overview of the week’s major political events:
  • Wait. Even Hillary’s nuclear stance was for sale?
    Peter Schweizer’s new book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, describes a particularly distressing detail about Hillary Clinton’s evolving stance on India’s nuclear arrangement. Politico reports that Schweizer’s forthcoming book includes a chapter titled “Indian Nukes: How to Win a Medal by Changing Hillary’s Mind,” which details how one major Indian-American Clinton donor helped persuade Mrs. Clinton to support the nuclear deal. The donor, who last year pleaded guilty for his involvement in an illegal contribution scheme during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 run, received an award from the Indian government for his ability to “buy” Clinton’s approval of the nuclear deal.
  • Bernie Sanders will challenge Hillary Clinton from the Left.
    Independent (because the national Democratic Party is too “moderate” for his Socialist views) Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders officially announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday of this week. A self-described “democratic Socialist,” Sen. Sanders has almost zero chance of winning the nomination, according to numerous polls. He promised to run on income inequality, climate change, and campaign finance. That last issue – campaign finance – is a particularly sensitive topic for Hillary Clinton, and one that her campaign will have to seriously address once Sen. Sanders begins discussing it on the campaign trail – assuming, that is, that the mainstream media a) isn’t so far in the tank for her they refuse to cover it and b) they decide their job is to actually report news.
  • Jeb Bush’s view is simple: He’s right, and we’re wrong.
    Jeb Bush’s ardent support of Common Core – the mandatory federal curriculum standards that would be imposed on all public schools across the country – as well as his support for sweeping amnesty for illegal immigration put him at odds with conservative voters. Bush is not backing down from his unpopular views, and in fact, seems to be doubling down on them. At a forum hosted by The National Review Institute, Jeb summarized his position on amnesty this way: “You think I’m wrong on immigration and I think you’re wrong. Maybe I’m stubborn.” For more on that event, read this: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2015/04/30/jeb-bush-sticks-to-guns-on-immigration-common-core/

 

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK’S POLL:
It’s sometime between 2009 and 2013, and you’re a foreign businessman needing help from the U.S. Department of State. What do you do to increase the likelihood you’ll get the help you need?
  • Hire Bill Clinton to give a speech for $500,000 – not bad for an hour’s work. 1%
  • Give a multimillion-dollar donation to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. 2.5%
  • Both, just for good measure. 49.2%
  • None of the above. If I can’t get the help I need without having to engage in such ethically murky practices, I’ll do without. 47.3%