RAY McGOVERN: A Non-Hack That Raised Hillary’s Hackles – Consortiumnews

Three years ago Monday WikiLeaks published a trove of highly embarrassing emails that had been leaked from inside the Democratic National Committee. As has been the case with every leak revealed by WikiLeaks, the emails were authentic. These particular ones, however, could not have come at a worse time for top Democratic Party officials.

The emails made it unmistakably clear that the DNC had tipped the scales sharply against Democratic insurgent Bernie Sanders, giving him a snowball’s chance in hell for the nomination. The posting of the DNC emails is also widely seen as having harmed the the electoral prospects of Hillary Clinton, who could not escape responsibility completely, while a handful of the very top DNC officials were forced to immediately resign.

Relatively few Americans read the actual emails, their attention diverted to the incessant media-fostered question: Why Did the Russians Hack the DNC to Hurt Hillary? For the millions of once enthusiastic Democrats who favored Sanders, however, the disclosure that the nomination process had been fixed came as a bitter pill, leaving a sour taste in their mouths and a passive-aggressive reluctance to promote the candidacy of one they considered a usurper. Having had a huge stake in Bernie’s candidacy, they had little trouble seeing through the diversion of attention from the content of the emails.

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As the Jeffrey Epstein Case Grows, Manhattan and DC Brace for Impact | Vanity Fair

Likely within days, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will release almost 2,000 pages of documents that could reveal sexual abuse by “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister, and other world leaders,” according to the three-judge panel’s ruling. The documents were filed during a civil defamation lawsuit brought by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a former Mar-a-Lago locker-room attendant, against Epstein’s former girlfriend and alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell. “Nobody who was around Epstein a lot is going to have an easy time now. It’s all going to come out,” said Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies. Another person involved with litigation against Epstein told me: “It’s going to be staggering, the amount of names. It’s going to be contagion numbers.”

Read More: As the Jeffrey Epstein Case Grows, Manhattan and DC Brace for Impact | Vanity Fair

FBI arrests ex-Puerto Rico officials for disaster aid-funded payoffs

The FBI indictment charges Puerto Rico’s former Education Secretary Julia Keleher, former Health Insurance Agency Chief Ángela Ávila-Marrero, and four others with crimes related to grifting U.S. disaster aid. Keleher and Ávila-Marrero both served in Rosselló’s administration before leaving in April and June, respectively.

Source: FBI arrests ex-Puerto Rico officials for disaster aid-funded payoffs

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Moment of Clarity : Why The Occupy Anniversary on Sept17th Matters

TRC contributor, Lee Camp

A year ago Occupy Wall Street burst onto the scene, changing the conversations going on around this country and perhaps the world.  Has it had some defeats, some hurdles, some difficulties?  Sure.  But who honestly thought it wouldn’t?  This war isn’t over.

Chris Hedges – Live in Los Angeles / Part Three

A film by Michael Sosebee for Occupy
submitted by Gabrielle Price

On June 28, 2012 Chris Hedges gave an historic talk to a sold-out audience at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, in Los Angeles, California.  In this final installment, Chris talks about the struggles of the working class and poor of America who are losing unemployment benefits, their homes and food stamps.  He speaks about grassroots movements, his arrest in DC, the birth of Occupy, their demands and his successful law suit against President Obama’s unconstitutional NDAA law.

My personal thanks to Michael Sosebee for sharing this beautifully filmed footage with TRC. I applaud him for his integrity in gifting Chris’s important words and historic message to Occupy and its supporters.