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How’s Bill de Blasio’s ‘new progressive direction’ working out in NYC? (A Sunday open thread)

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By Doug Powers  •  November 1, 2015 09:51 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Is everybody conscious again following a post-Halloween sugar coma caused by the secret midnight raid of the kids’ candy haul? One more cup of coffee and I should be back in the game (unlike the Lions). Until then, here’s our semi-traditional Sunday open thread for whatever you want to discuss. A couple things to kick it off…

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inaugural address, January 1, 2014:

And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York.

How’s that working out so far?

But just wait until the full economic effects of de Blasio’s styrofoam ban kick in!

De Blasio endorsed Hillary Clinton, which might be tantamount to an endorsement of the eventual Republican nominee.

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President Obama said previously he was unaware at the time Hillary Clinton was secretary of state that she used only a private email address. Now the White House is refusing to release emails between Obama and Hillary… the ones he sent to the email address he was unaware she used. It’s the kind of honesty and historic transparency we’ve come to expect.

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Will Hillary Clinton face any kind of penalty for funneling classified emails through a private server and deciding what does and doesn’t constitute being delete-worthy? I wouldn’t bet more than a dollar on it, if that:

But most who spoke to McClatchy say it’s unlikely the former first lady, senator and Cabinet secretary will face charges because of her high profile and the hurdle to prove she knew the emails contained classified information when she sent them to others.

“She’s too big to jail,” said national security attorney Edward MacMahon Jr., who represented former CIA employee Jeffrey Sterling in 2011 in a leak case that led to an espionage prosecution and 3½-year prison term. He cited a pattern of light punishments for top government officials who have mishandled classified information while lower level whistleblowers such as Sterling have faced harsh prosecutions for revealing sensitive information to expose waste, fraud or abuse in government.

Hillary’s “just like us!”

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Speaking of “for the people,” here’s another person House Democrats are going to the mat to protect:

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has voted to impeach John Koskinen, the IRS commissioner whose abuses of power have been arguably the worst in the entire Obama era.
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He failed to turn over documents under House subpoena, and his IRS minions erased 422 backup tapes containing up to 24,000 of Internal Revenue Service enforcer Lois Lerner’s emails — which were key evidence.

Koskinen also “failed to testify truthfully and provided false and misleading information,” the House charged. Koskinen said the IRS turned over all emails relevant to the House probe, including all of Lerner’s emails — and didn’t. After that, he covered up the crime.

Nor did Koskinen inform Congress that key evidence was missing — and that he was responsible for the destruction as well as the next deceptions to Congress.

And the Democrats as usual are fighting for the working class:

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I’ll leave it here:

Have a good Sunday all!

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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