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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Midday Roundup: Hillary Clinton doesn’t have an income inequality leg to stand on


Let them eat cake! Hillary Clinton’s book tour is getting her expected 2016 presidential campaign off to a very bad start. On Sunday, The Guardian published an interview with Clinton in which the former U.S. secretary of state defended her wealth by noting that she and her husband pay their fair share of taxes. The newspaper had asked her how her status as a multimillionaire would go over among voters, especially since income inequality has become one of the Democrats’loudest talking points. She reportedly said voters “don’t see me as part of the problem.” Although Clinton’s claim about paying taxes likely was a long, backhanded swipe at former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s wealth (isn’t that old news?) she might wish she’d directed her snark elsewhere. The Clintons have made more than $100 million since leaving the White House (when they were apparently “dead broke”) and Bloomberg News reported earlier this month that financial planning strategies used by the top 1 percent help them relieve their tax-paying pain.

Blitz attack. Israeli fighter jets took out nine military sites in Syria overnight in retaliation for the death of a 13-year-old boy who was hit by a missile fired from across the border. Ten Syrian soldiers died in the airstrikes, according to a British aid group working in the area. The raids targeted Syrian military headquarters and launching positions, a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces said. Although the Israeli government couldn’t confirm whether the missile fired into the Golan Heights came from Syrian government forces or the rebels fighting them, officials said they held President Bashar al-Assad responsible for any attacks that originated on his territory. Analysts suggest Assad’s forces might have launched the attack as retaliation for Israel’s support of “moderate”rebel groups fighting the Syrian government.

No evidence. An investigation into the lengthy probe that finally brought former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to trial on charges of child molestation found no evidence that Gov. Tom Corbett, who was then attorney general, delayed the case so that it wouldn’t affect his run for the state’s top office. But current Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who accused Corbett of meddling in the investigation, refused to acknowledge the results of an inquiry she set up. “The facts show an inexcusable lack of urgency in charging and stopping a serial sexual predator,”she said.

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Reintegration. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is continuing to recover from almost five years in Taliban captivity. An Army spokesman confirmed the former POW moved into outpatient care in Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio over the weekend, although the Army has not disclosed his exact location. The move will allow Bergdahl to interact with more people as he gradually tries to return to normal life. In a statement issued Sunday, Army officials said Bergdahl is receiving counseling from “Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape” psychologists to “continue to ensure he progresses to the point where he can return to duty.”As that day nears, so does Bergdahl’s investigation for possible desertion. Army officials have said investigators will not interview Bergdahl until those helping him recover give the OK.

Leigh Jones
Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the managing editor of WORLD's website.


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