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A brief note on the State Department IG Report on the Clinton email issue. The ledes of a lot of stories present this as a rough hit for Clinton, bad news blah blah blah. Let's focus on the essential point: Despite the fact that there are some real questions about the impartiality of the IG, the report says the issues with the management of the Secretary of State's emails are of longstanding and go back with the last five Secretaries of State. The report also singles out Colin Powell, who had a similar set up. The criticism is there. It definitely wasn't a good arrangement. But to see this as a damaging report after the hyperbolic and frequently insane coverage of this issue is crazy. This was never more than some poor judgment overlayed by a big bureaucratic pissing match all slathered over by a thick layer of partisan game playing and media derp.
Like most Clinton scandals, if there there hadn't been months, maybe more than a year of weird conspiracy theories, expected perp walks and general nonsense, one might read this and say, wow, that's disappointing. But after all that, it's just a big nothingburger. Like it almost always is.
I have frequently wondered: Are these Bundy imbeciles just trolling us? Is Ammon Bundy a new character from Andy Kaufman? (Yes, he's alive!) Because now the Bundys are threatening to sue because their 2nd Amendments rights are being violated in jail.
This story has been all over the news in a general sense. But it's worth slowing down and seeing and stating precisely what happened. Donald Trump threw a big vets fundraiser to get out of a debate. He claimed that he was personally contributing $1 million to veterans groups and repeatedly took credit for doing so. But he never did. He was going to take credit and then never follow through. It was only when he got positively caught by The Washington Post that he rushed out and made the contribution. Here's the timeline of what happened.