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Old 12-18-2016, 04:15 PM
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http://nypost.com/2016/12/18/clinton...rcle-for-loss/

Clinton advisers point fingers at Huma Abedin, inner circle for loss
By Fox News
December 18, 2016 | 4:33pm

While many of Hillary Clinton’s top advisers have focused their post-presidential election fury on blaming alleged Russian interference and FBI Director James Comey for Clinton’s loss, some in the so-called “Hillaryland” orbit are looking inward, including pointing fingers at Clinton’s most-trusted aide: Huma Abedin.

“The real anger is toward Hillary’s inner circle,” a Clinton insider told Vanity Fair for a Wednesday feature on Abedin. “They reinforced all the bad habits.”

One of the most important people in that “inner circle” was Abedin, 40, who has been by Clinton’s side since she was a White House intern during President Bill Clinton’s tenure. The email trove hacked from Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta and posted on WikiLeaks shows Abedin, the estranged wife of disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner, as an important resource for the campaign. The vice chair of the Clinton campaign, Abedin offered guidance on Clinton’s probable thoughts regarding upcoming events, meetings and calls before the requests ever made it to the Democratic presidential candidate. While her fingerprints don’t often appear on policy issues, she weighed in with authority on most other matters.

Clinton was known to keep an extremely small and tight-knit group around her, and, indeed, during the 2016 primary and presidential campaign, the core group – including Campaign Manager Robbie Mook, Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, adviser Cheryl Mills, Podesta and Abedin – never changed.

One Clinton insider, however, said the closeness of that group also created problems, prompting dismissive answers when new ideas that originated outside the circle were suggested, Vanity Fair reported.

“Where in most presidential campaigns the circle grows broader and broader, hers grew smaller and smaller,” a source told Vanity Fair.

A spokesperson for the Clinton campaign disputed that notion to Vanity Fair and said the campaign’s plane seated up to three times as many people during the run-up to the November vote. Abedin declined to be interviewed for the feature.

Abedin’s proximity to Clinton – and in turn the limelight – also created another issue, according to some observers.

“She was enjoying the red carpet and enjoying the photo spreads much too much in my opinion,” one Clinton insider told Vanity Fair. “She enjoyed being a celebrity too much.”

Though Abedin’s next move seems to be in limbo now that Clinton’s political career appears to be over, she was recently spotted at Clinton’s “Thank You” holiday party for top-tier donors on Thursday and then at an after party with fellow attendees Mick Jagger and Reese Witherspoon, The New York Post reported.

“Maybe I’m just p—– off, but I really don’t give a s— about what happens to Huma to be honest with you,” one close adviser to Clinton told Vanity Fair.
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Washington state electors go rogue
By Daniel Halper
December 19, 2016 | 6:00pm


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The electors in Washington state have spoken, giving eight Electoral College votes to Hillary Clinton, three to Colon Bowels and one to squaw Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native-American tribal leader.

The split vote marks the first time in 40 years that Washington electors didn’t all support the candidate who won that state’s presidential election.

Clinton received the support of 52.6 percent of voters in Washington, while Trump got only 36.9 percent. The failed Democratic presidential candidate was expected to receive the support of all 12 of the state’s electoral votes.

Powell, who served as secretary of state for President George W. Bush, supported President Obama in 2008 and 2012. He supported Clinton in 2016.

Eagle, an environmentalist and activist, has been described as a “woman, mentor, teacher and hellraiser.”

The four so-called “faithless electors” — who freelanced, instead of voting their state’s preference — could face a $1,000 fine for their actions.

Trump is expected to receive 306 electoral votes, based on the results of last month’s presidential election, more than the necessary 270 to become president of the United States.
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Trump surpasses 270 Electoral College votes
By Daniel Halper and Danika Fears
December 19, 2016 | 5:36pm | Updated


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In the end, they remained faithful electors.

Amid protests across the country, members of the Electoral College on Monday formally confirmed Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.

By early Monday evening, the president-elect clinched the 270 electoral votes required to officially win the White House. Hillary Clinton trailed far behind , with 166 votes, including 29 from New York.

“With this historic step we can look forward to the bright future ahead. I will work hard to unite our country and be the President of all Americans. Together, we will make America great again,” Trump said in a statement.

One “faithless elector” in Maine voted for Bernie Sanders instead of Clinton, but his vote was ruled improper and he had to vote for Clinton instead.

“I cast my Electoral College vote for Bernie Sanders today to let those new voters who were inspired by him know that some of us did hear them, did listen to them, do respect them and understand their disappointment,” Maine elector David Bright wrote in a statement on Facebook.

Another elector in Minnesota, Muhammad Abdurrahman, also refused to vote for Clinton, and was replaced by an alternate. A third elector in Colorado, Michael Baca, also declined to vote for Clinton, and was replaced.

So far, no GOP electors have voted against Trump, despite a nationwide movement urging College members to go rogue and cast ballots for another candidate. Chris Suprun, a Texas elector, said he would support John Kasich, the Ohio governor and former GOP presidential candidate, but the vote wasn’t expected until later Monday.

In Pennsylvania, protesters made a last-ditch effort to influence electors, screaming, “Vote your conscience” from the House gallery. At least 12 of the Keystone State’s 20 electors were given police protection as they voted, the Post Gazette reported.

In Wisconsin, protesters braved frigid temperatures to demonstrate outside the state Capitol, and some chanted “shame” after all 10 electors cast ballots for Trump.

New York’s vote in Albany was a solemn affair.

Former President Bill Clinton, who cast a ballot of his wife, said afterward, “I was never prouder to cast a vote.”

“I watched her work for two years. I watched her battle that bogus email deal … She prevailed against it all,” he said. “Then in the end we had the Russians and the FBI deal. She couldn’t prevail against that.”

In the weeks before the historic vote, Democratic advocates waged an aggressive campaign by email, snail mail and social media to get electors to switch their vote against Trump. Some Electoral College members were even victims of cyber-bullying and received death threats.

The unusually-high activity surrounding the Electoral College vote was part of a systematic effort to change the normally formal affair into something more fluid — and tip the outcome of November’s election away from Trump, who amassed 306 electoral votes in his stunning win over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. She ended up with 232 electoral votes.

A host of B- and C-list celebrities, led by Martin Sheen, even teamed up to beg Republican electors to be “heroes” and vote against Trump.

Former Senator Scott Brown, a Trump surrogate and a frontrunner to be the next head of the Veterans Affairs, called it an effort to “undermine this president-elect and all of the folks that have supported him.”

“I take my job as an elector very seriously, and in Pennsylvania, Donald Trump won,” Mary Barket, a Pennsylvania elector, told the Post Gazette.

“So any argument thereafter, especially about the nature of him being a president, is not going to have an effect on me,” she added.

Democrats have questioned whether Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the emails of Clinton campaign staff members affected the election. Some Democratic electors asked for but did not receive an intelligence briefing before casting their votes Monday.

Polling indicates that American voters believe the Electoral College should accept the will of the people, as expressed in the Nov. 8 presidential election. Forty-six percent say electors should vote for the candidate that won their state, while only 34 percent believe electors should be able to vote for someone else.

The electoral votes won’t be formally tallied until Jan. 6, when Vice President Joe Biden, before a joint session of Congress, is expected to certify the results.

If no one candidate gets the necessary majority to win the presidency — 270 votes — then the House of Representatives will vote on the next president.

The House, of course, is controlled by the Republicans and would then almost certainly give the election to Trump.

Electors are selected by each state to actually cast ballots for the president in the Electoral College.
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Trump fires back at Bill Clinton’s ‘angry white men’ dig
By Reuters
December 20, 2016 | 7:10pm

Donald Trump pounced on a reported comment from Bill Clinton, the former president and husband of his Democratic rival in the Nov. 8 election, in an usual exchange on Tuesday between future and former U.S. presidents.

Clinton, whose wife, Hillary, lost last month’s election after spending millions of dollars more than her Republican rival, was spotted at a bookstore near the couple’s hometown a suburb of New York City earlier this month. One person asked him, “Is Trump smart?” according to the editor of a local newspaper.

“He doesn’t know much. One thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him,” Clinton replied, according to the Record-Review of Bedford and Pound Ridge. Clinton also said he had received a telephone call from Trump the day after the November election, the newspaper said.

The report of the impromptu question-and-answer session was widely picked up on Monday.

Trump waited until Tuesday morning to hit back.

“Bill Clinton stated that I called him after the election. Wrong, he called me (with a very nice congratulations). He ‘doesn’t know much’…” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump added in a second post: “especially how to get people, even with an unlimited budget, out to vote in the vital swing states ( and more). They focused on wrong states.”

Trump has used Twitter regularly as his megaphone on everything from personal beefs to U.S. policy on China. Trump’s individual targets have ranged from Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, whose questions during a presidential debate angered Trump, to the leader of an Indiana steelworkers union who disputed the number of jobs saved by a Trump deal in that state.
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