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The Bobster
09-11-2016, 05:42 PM

Doctor: Hillary Clinton Recovering From Pneumonia
September 11, 2016 6:07 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 anniversary ceremony Sunday after feeling “overheated,” :rolleyes: according to her campaign, and hours later her doctor disclosed that the Democratic presidential nominee had pneumonia.

A video showed Clinton slumping and being held up by three people as she was helped into a van after the event, and her doctor said in a statement that Clinton had become overheated and dehydrated. “I have just examined her and she is now rehydrated and recovering nicely,” :rolleyes: Dr. Lisa R. Bardack said in a statement.

The physician said Clinton has had an allergy-related cough, and that during a follow-up examination Friday, the candidate was diagnosed with pneumonia, put on antibiotics, advised to rest and modify her schedule.

Less than two months from Election Day, it was an unwanted visual for Clinton as she tries to project the strength and vigor needed for one of the world’s most demanding jobs. Republican rival Donald Trump has spent months questioning Clinton’s health, saying she doesn’t have the stamina to be president.

Clinton’s departure from the event was not witnessed by the reporters who travel with her campaign and aides provided no information about why she left or her whereabouts for nearly two hours. Spokesman Nick Merrill eventually said Clinton had gone to her daughter’s nearby apartment, but refused to say whether the former secretary of state had required medical attention.

Clinton exited the apartment on her own shortly before noon. She waved to reporters and said, “I’m feeling great. It’s a beautiful day in New York.”

The video of Clinton posted to social media shows her being held up by aides as a black van pulls up. She stumbles and appears to fall off the curb as she is helped to the vehicle.

After leaving her daughter’s, Clinton was driven to her home in Chappaqua, New York, and made no public appearances. She was scheduled to fly to California Monday morning for fundraising and it was unclear whether her schedule would change.

Trump, who attended the same event marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, was noticeably restrained. Asked by a reporter about Clinton’s health incident, Trump said, “I don’t know anything.”

The incident compounds an already difficult stretch for Clinton as the presidential race enters its final stretch. Despite Trump’s numerous missteps, the race remains close and many :rolleyes: Americans view Clinton as dishonest and untrustworthy.

On Friday, Clinton told donors that “half” of rival Donald Trump’s supporters are in a “basket of deplorables” — a comment that drew sharp criticism from Republicans. Clinton later said she regretted applying that description to “half” of Trump’s backers, but stuck by her assertion that the GOP nominee has given a platform to “hateful views and voices.” :rolleyes:

Now Clinton is sure to face new questions about whether she’s physically fit for the presidency. Trump and his supporters have been hinting at potential health issues for months, questioning Clinton’s stamina when she takes routine days off the campaign trail and reviving questions about a concussion she sustained in December 2012 after fainting. Her doctor attributed that episode to a stomach virus and dehydration.

Clinton’s doctor reported she is fully recovered from the concussion, which led to temporary double vision and discovery of a blood clot in a vein in the space between her brain and skull. Clinton also has experienced deep vein thrombosis, a clot usually in the leg, and takes the blood thinner Coumadin to prevent new clots.

Clinton spent about 90 minutes at the 9/11 event Sunday, standing alongside numerous other dignitaries, including New York’s Democratic senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand. The weather was warm and humid in New York on Sunday, and there was a breeze at the crowded memorial plaza during the ceremony.

Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., said he spent time before the ceremony chatting with Clinton and watching her sign autographs and take pictures. He said he was standing behind her during the remembrance and “she did not seem out of the ordinary at all.”

“It was stiflingly hot. I was sweating through my shirt,” Crowley said. “I had to leave myself. I drank about a gallon of water.”

Schumer said he also spoke with Clinton during the event and saw her leave “on her own accord.”?

Trump’s personal physician has said the Republican presidential nominee is in excellent health both physically and mentally. But the 70-year-old has refused to release his own health records.

Dr. Harold Bornstein’s report last December remains the only medical information released so far by the Trump campaign. Bornstein told NBC News he needed just five minutes to write a glowing public assessment of Trump’s health as a limousine waited to carry the letter back to Trump.

The Bobster
09-12-2016, 09:59 AM

Clinton’s ‘basket of deplorables’ gaffe stuns both parties
By Fredric U. Dicker
September 12, 2016 | 1:07am

New York Republicans and even some Democrats called Hillary Clinton’s characterization of Donald Trump’s backers as a bigoted “basket of deplorables” a major blunder that will badly damage her already-faltering campaign.

“It’s Exhibit A of her political incompetence,” a prominent Democratic operative who strongly supports Clinton told The Post.

“I think a lot of Democratic strategists are in a state of disbelief at how clunky Hillary’s campaign has been.

“It’s been a year and a half and she still can’t answer the goddamn e-mail question, and despite outspending Trump by huge amounts, she’s losing ground to him every day and the race is tightening,” said the operative.

While Clinton tried early Saturday to walk back her comments by calling them “grossly generalistic” and saying she regrets putting “half” of Trump’s supporters in the category of bigots, one of her top operatives, Mary Jennings, hours later sent key Clinton surrogates a “talking points” memo making clear the controversy wasn’t expected to end soon.

The 10-point memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Post, gave the surrogates suggested answers to a range of questions involving Clinton’s remark including one under the heading of “if pushed” and another labeled “only if asked.”

That one dealt with the seemingly contradictory statement by Clinton running mate Tim Kaine that he didn’t think she needed to apologize for her comments :rolleyes: — right before she did.

The memo suggests Clinton surrogates respond that Kaine was, in fact, only “making the point that she didn’t need to apologize for calling out that Donald Trump has given a platform to the alt-right and its deplorable views.”

Leading New York Trump supporters said Clinton won’t be able to escape serious political damage as a result of her comments.

“At a multimillion-dollar Wall Street fund-raiser with Hollywood celebrities, Hillary Clinton could not have demonstrated more contempt and arrogance towards the majority of working Americans who want change,” said Trump’s New York pollster, longtime GOP strategist John McLaughlin.

“If she keeps this up heading to Election Day, Donald Trump will only have to play this Hillary clip in his ads and the Republican Party will have Hillary as our best weapon to turn out voters,” McLaughlin said.

State GOP Chairman Ed Cox, saying, “Oh, my God,’’ when asked about Clinton’s remarks, claimed her “bigoted, intolerant and insulting statement has thrown a huge amount of kerosene on an already grass-roots fire here in New York for Donald Trump.”

“I’m hearing it from people across the state, and if the media is being honest, then her remarks should get the attention that Mitt Romney’s off-hand comment about 47 percent of the people being dependent on government got. But this is worse since it was a very considered comment by her,” Cox said.

The Bobster
09-12-2016, 06:34 PM

Clinton team avoided ER to conceal details of her medical treatment
By Yoav Gonen, Shawn Cohen, Tina Moore and Bruce Golding
September 12, 2016 | 4:42pm

Hillary Clinton was headed to an emergency room following her frightening collapse at the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony — but detoured to daughter Chelsea Clinton’s apartment to keep details of her medical treatment under wraps, The Post has learned. :mad:

Secret Service protocol called for the Democratic presidential nominee to be rushed to a state-designated Level I Trauma Center in the wake of her Sunday morning health crisis, sources said.

In Manhattan, that would be Bellevue Hospital.

But a campaign operative decided to change course to avoid having Clinton seen by doctors, nurses and other medical workers who could leak details to reporters, according to a source.

In addition, Clinton’s van was supposed to be escorted by an NYPD protective detail, but the Secret Service whisked her away from Ground Zero before cops could accompany her, another source said.

The former secretary of state had told police officials that she didn’t want the escort at all, but the NYPD overruled that request, the source added.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller said Clinton’s “early departure was transmitted in real-time by the Secret Service to the NYPD.”

“There was no lack of communication, nor diminution of security :rolleyes:,” he added.

Clinton’s campaign didn’t respond to requests for comment.

On Sunday, the campaign initially claimed that Clinton left the 15th annual observance at Ground Zero because she “felt overheated” — before revealing hours later that she was actually suffering from a bout of pneumonia diagnosed Friday.

In a statement released by the campaign, Clinton’ s personal physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, said she examined the candidate at her home in Chappaqua, and pronounced her “recovering nicely” after becoming “overheated and dehydrated.” :rolleyes:

Both Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump — who has repeatedly questioned whether Clinton is healthy enough to lead the nation — promised on Monday to release more medical information in the wake of her caught-on-camera collapse.

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said Bardack was preparing “additional medical records” to be made public “in the next couple days.”

“I can attest that it is the case that there is no other undisclosed condition. :rolleyes: The pneumonia is the extent of it :rolleyes:,” Fallon said on MSNBC.

He also admitted that Clinton’s latest health crisis was mishandled by staffers who kept reporters in the dark about her stumbling exit.

“I do think that in the 90 minutes that elapsed we could have gotten information out quickly,” Fallon conceded.

“That’s on the staff. That’s on us. We regret it.”

Trump told Fox News that “something’s going on” with Clinton, adding: “I just hope she gets well and gets back on the trail.”

The real estate mogul — who is set to appear on TV’s “The Dr. Oz Show” on Thursday — also said he would release the results of his own recent medical exam.

“I saw what was going on with her and I said, ‘You know, I’m going to go do something and I actually took a physical last week and probably, I guess this week, will release the results of it,” Trump told CNBC.

Clinton’s spokesman said that in addition to her illness, “several of the senior staff have been afflicted with something or other for the last few days.”

“I was sick for a couple of days. I had the mild form of it,” Fallon said.

The stricken staffers included campaign manager Robby Mook, and two top aides who needed emergency medical treatment — one of whom was taken by ambulance to a hospital emergency room after collapsing from severe dehydration, People magazine reported.

Fallon told CNN that Clinton’s pneumonia, which she is treating with antibiotics, was “not contagious.” :rolleyes:

Clinton’s collapse prompted her to cancel a planned trip to California.

Hubby Bill Clinton will appear in her place at Tuesday fundraisers at the homes of “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and digital tycoon Barry Diller, Deadline Hollywood reported.

The Bobster
09-12-2016, 06:46 PM

Clinton headquarters is a cesspool of disease
By Daniel Halper
September 12, 2016 | 4:26pm

Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters has been hampered by illness — including respiratory infections — sending senior staffers to doctors and hospitals.

News of the widespread illness comes the day after Clinton suffered a “medical episode” and departed a 9/11 memorial service early. As she was leaving, Clinton was propped up by aides and Secret Service agents and even appeared to collapse as she entered a waiting van, according to video captured by a bystander.

“I went to doc last week and took antibiotics,” a senior staffer texted The Post. Asked whether he had pneumonia, the staffer said, “Doc said prob bronchitis. But wasn’t definitive. So maybe.”

The staffer had been coughing for weeks — and said many around him had come down with something severe.

“I was actually sick for a couple of days,” spokesman Brian Fallon told MSNBC Monday. “I think I had the mild form of it.”

Fallon said the sickness was widespread — even touching Clinton’s campaign manager. “But everybody from Robby Mook to several of the senior staff here have been afflicted with something or other for the last few days.”

Yet Fallon tried to spin the news as expected. “That’s not to be unexpected on a presidential campaign. People work long hours. It’s important to take good care of yourself,” he said.

Fallon added that he “can’t complain” about his own long work because Clinton works so hard. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

It is unknown whether Clinton got her staff sick, if she picked up the illness from her staff or some other place.

People magazine reported that two top advisers needed emergency treatment.

One top adviser diagnosed at a Brooklyn urgent-care center with a respiratory infection was being treated with antibiotics in the days before Clinton’s diagnosis. Another top adviser was taken by ambulance to the ER after collapsing from what turned out to be severe dehydration, the magazine said.

The Bobster
09-13-2016, 04:32 PM

Tech guy who set up Hillary’s private email blows off subpoena
By Marisa Schultz
September 13, 2016 | 2:17pm

Bryan Pagliano
Photo: AP

WASHINGTON – The IT specialist who ran Hillary Clinton’s private email server ignored a subpoena to testify before Congress Tuesday, leaving GOP lawmakers fuming and threatening retribution.

Two other witnesses linked to Clinton’s e-mail server invoked their Fifth Amendment rights and repeatedly refused to answer questions.

Bryan Pagliano, a 2008 Clinton presidential campaign staffer who later went to the State Department, didn’t even bother to show for a House Oversight Committee hearing.

“It’s a serious matter,” said Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

“Mr. Pagliano has chosen to evade a subpoena duly issued by the committee of the United States House of Representatives. I will consult with counsel and my colleagues to consider a full range of options available to address Mr. Pagliano’s failure to appear.”

“… We also believe he entered into an immunity agreement [with the Justice Department]. You’d think somebody would sing like a song bird if you got immunity from the FBI. What are you afraid of?”

Pagliano has previously invoked Fifth Amendment privileges last year when asked to testify before the House Benghazi Committee. His attorneys say he’s being harassed. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Pagliano’s lawyers claimed he was being harassed “for unvarnished political purposes.”

Two others witnesses who were subpoenaed, Paul Combetta and Bill Thornton of Platte River Networks which helped manage the server, repeatedly invoked their Fifth Amendment rights. :mad:

Combetta took the Fifth six times and Thornton took the Fifth four times, before both witnesses were excused.

Democrats blasted Republican leadership for using taxpayer dollars for political purposes by calling a third committee hearing within four business days on Clinton’s emails.

“Enough of these emails! I think those of us that have who have sat through this hearing can say the same,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan). :blink:

Of the four witnesses called to testify, only one remained to answer questions, Justin Cooper, a longtime Bill Clinton aide who registered the clintonemail.com domain name and brought Pagliano on board to manage the private email server.

Justin Cooper
Photo: AP

Cooper said that three people had emails on that server, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and Huma Abedin. Cooper said he did not have security clearance although he was an administrator, along with Pagliano, for the server.

As an administrator, Cooper said he was notified when there were failed multiple log-in attempts, including from unauthorized users to get into a server, that occurred “with some frequency.”

Cooper testified that Clinton’s old Blackberries were sometimes destroyed with a hammer only after he transferred information to the new device.

“When Secretary Clinton would transition from one device to the next, we’d take the old device back it up, make sure all the content was transferred on the new device linked with the server so any information that came from the server was on the new device, then once that was completed, wiped the old device using the Blackberry tool to do so and then on occasion I would render them unusable,” Cooper said.

“Why did you use that kind of method, it seems somewhat, if you will barbaric, a hammer to a phone!?” said Georgia GOP Rep. Buddy Carter.

“I think it’s practical to not just throw away a cold device into some sort of garbage receptacle where someone might pick it up out of curiosity and try to use it,” Cooper said.

The Bobster
09-13-2016, 04:56 PM

Team Hillary’s biggest health problem is compulsive lying
By Post Editorial Board
September 12, 2016 | 8:43pm

So the Clinton campaign, out to conceal the candidates’s illness, forced the Secret Service to break protocol and avoid the emergency room after her near-collapse Sunday.

This is one determined bunch of liars.

First, her team says nothing as it sneaks her from the 9/11 ceremony — after she nearly collapses. It later claims she was “overheated” and parades her outside her daughter’s place, where she claims she feels “much better.”

And has the candidate — a possibly infectious pneumonia case — hug a child to make the lie seem cute.

It adds up to hours of effort to deceive — even enlisting federal officers in the effort. That’s the bottom line of The Post’s scoop, thanks to sources who revealed that she was headed to the ER, as Secret Service protocols demand — until her staff insisted otherwise, for fear hospital staff might leak word of her illness.

It seems Team Hillary saw the risk of disclosure as worse than the risk to her health.

Only when their lies didn’t stop the questions did the Clinton camp announce that she’d been diagnosed with pneumonia — last Friday.

Heck, sending her to the 9/11 ceremonies in the first place — rather than admitting she had a common enough ailment — was a bid to deceive. Her doctor had ordered rest.

So what if Clinton now promises “additional medical information” in the coming days? At this point, it’s impossible to believe she’ll ever provide a full and honest picture of her health.

If not for the video of her near-fall Sunday, her folks would’ve kept lying. Even then, it took them hours to tell the truth.

Or part of it. Clinton’s odd stiffness in the video, among other things, suggests more than pneumonia may be at play. The concussion and cranial blood clot she suffered in late 2012 sidelined her for six months. Are those issues truly resolved?

Dishonesty is her first instinct. After all, she answered federal orders to preserve her records by having her emails wiped clean with BleachBit and her hard drives smashed with a hammer.

And much of the press helped her hide her health woes after her recent coughing fits: CNN called those asking questions “the new birthers” and claimed to “debunk” the “conspiracy” theories. The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza raged at the “conspiracy theorists.” Jew tools Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert mocked concerns.

Funny: Those asking questions, from Donald Trump to Matt Drudge to our own Michael Goodwin, turned out to be right.

Like Trump, we wish Clinton a speedy recovery from this illness. Too bad she’ll never get over her Pinocchio syndrome.