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Bill Clinton Versus Jeremiah Wright: Which Loose Cannon is Louder?

This campaign season has seen more than its fair share of surrogate flubs and staffer gaffes, but no two men have continuously embarrassed Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama more than Bill Clinton and Reverend Jeremiah Wright (respectively). Both seem unable, or perhaps unwilling, to simply avoid saying things that damage the campaigns they ostensibly support. So in light of the renewed scrutiny of Bill Clinton and Reverend Wright’s unwelcome reemergence, we compare the two presidential headaches below.

William Jefferson Clinton

Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr.

Bill Clinton Versus Jeremiah Wright: Which Loose Cannon is Louder?
THE FEED
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Trump Pardons Michael Flynn in End-of-Term Attack on Russia Investigation
A little dose of payback from the departing president.

You didn’t think Trump would let us have a relaxing holiday weekend, did you?

It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!
@realDonaldTrump

Things are going well for the president

So, to be clear, Trump is currently phoning into a Republican-led hearing at a Wyndham hotel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – a state that has certified its results and a Biden victory – to dispute Biden’s election victory.

“This election was lost by the Democrats,” he says.
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now tell us who funds you
now tell us who funds you
To the Salt Mines With Ye, Ben Domenech
You can’t threaten your employees with hard labor for unionizing, even if you’re the boss of the Federalist.

Some bad news for everyone looking forward to a repeat of Giuliani’s “meltdown” last week

President Trump on Wednesday canceled his trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he was scheduled to join his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani for a Republican-led state Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing on alleged election irregularities.


… The cancellation comes after Giuliani was exposed to a second person who tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s unclear if that’s the reason the trip was cancelled.

Ya think?

This is about as close as Mayor de Blasio gets to an apology on schools reopening: “We didn’t have a Plan B and we should have had a Plan B.”
He says the city was trying to avert hitting 3 percent threshold. “In retrospect, clearly it would’ve been better” to have a Plan B.
@emmagf
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This does not bode well for Biden’s dreams of returning to the days of Senate bipartisanship

Some Republican senators have publicly acknowledged Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect. Others have moved straight to criticizing his early Cabinet picks, even as President Trump continues to dispute the outcome of the Nov. 3 election.


But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), three weeks after Election Day, has still not said much of anything at all.


McConnell’s ongoing silence, even as the Trump administration moves to allow Biden to start his transition, leaves a question mark over what could be the most important Washington relationship of the next two years — between an incoming president who promised to tackle the nation’s most pressing concerns and the win-at-all-costs Capitol Hill operator who may well serve as his legislative gatekeeper.


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… The Israeli government instructed the IDF to undertake the preparations not because of any intelligence or assessment that Trump will order such a strike, but because senior Israeli officials anticipate “a very sensitive period” ahead of Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

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The wheels are in motion

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@AndrewSolender
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But what about alienating our allies for no good reason?

USUN nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield: “America is back. Multilateralism is back. Diplomacy is back”
@jeneps

Wall Street does not exactly seem upset about Biden’s victory

NEW YORK (AP) — Dow Jones Industrial Average trades above 30,000 points as stocks continue to climb on vaccine hopes, Biden transition.
@JonLemire

Another state down

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania governor: Democrat Joe Biden certified as winner of presidential election in state.
@JonLemire
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That’s a lot of people

BREAKING: Biden/Harris just became the first presidential ticket in history to surpass 80 million votes…

Biden 80,033,996 (51.0%)
Trump 73,878,907 (47.1%)

Prior to 2020, no ticket had ever hit 70 million.
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Relationship to Candidate Uncontrollable husband who frequently alienates black voters. Uncontrollable ex-pastor who frequently alienates white voters. Embarrassing Quote “Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in ‘84 and ‘88. Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here.” “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law, and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people.” Candidate’s Response After Bill’s wholly inaccurate defense of Hillary’s wholly inaccurate Bosnia recollections, Hillary told him, bluntly, to stop. “‘You don’t remember this, you weren’t there. Let me handle it,’” she told Bill, as he recounted. His reply: “Yes ma’am.”
Last month Obama condemned Wright’s more offensive statements without distancing himself from the man entirely. “As imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me,” Obama said. Tuesday afternoon, a day after Wright spoke to the National Press Club, Obama got a lot tougher: “I gave him the benefit of the doubt before my speech in Philadelphia [but] … the person I saw yesterday is not the person I met twenty years ago.” Key Shared Experience Married Hillary Clinton, fathered her kid. Married Barack and Michelle Obama, baptized their kids. Personal Project to Promote Circumventing those pesky constitutional limits on holding a third term as president by getting his wife into the White House and becoming a “roving ambassador” as Hillary has suggested.
A book to be released “later this year.” Biggest Critic
Recently, Representative James Clyburn, who said Bill’s behavior was “bizarre” and “incensed” black people. Rush Limbaugh: “This is a man who hates the country. Jeremiah Wright is a hatemonger. He hates America. It is patently obvious.” Future Liability No telling what could happen if he roves White House hallways once again. Bizarrely, has pledged to “come after” Obama if Barack manages to overcome the obstacles Wright is creating for him and makes it to the White House. Approval Ratings 47 percent favorable. 8 percent favorable. Hidden Upside Driven to make more campaign appearances than either Hillary or Obama. Helps to inform the frighteningly sizable number of voters still unclear about Obama’s religion that the senator is, in fact, Christian.