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What they are saying about the hacked memo on 'Bill Clinton Inc.'

A 12-page memo written by a longtime aide to former President Bill Clinton was released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday.

The document, written by Clinton aide Doug Band, was crafted as an answer to criticism of his work for the former president and other Clinton Foundation board members. The memo outlined the strategy Band used to line up consulting contracts and paid speaking engagements for Bill Clinton that brought in tens of millions of dollars to the family’s fortune.

This took place when Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, was secretary of State.

Band described how he ran what he called “Bill Clinton Inc.,” which also included obtaining “in-kind services for the President and his family — for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like.”

Here’s what other media outlets are saying about it, and here's where you can read the memo.

A circle of enrichment

The Washington Post

"When top Bill Clinton aide Douglas Band wrote the memo, he was a central player at the Clinton Foundation and president of his own corporate consulting firm. Over the course of 13 pages, he made a case that his multiple roles had served the interests of the Clinton family and its charity.

In doing so, Band also detailed a circle of enrichment in which he raised money for the Clinton Foundation from top-tier corporations such as Dow Chemical and Coca-Cola that were clients of his firm, Teneo, while pressing many of those same donors to provide personal income to the former president."

Aide secured millions for Clintons Time

“A 2011 memo made public Wednesday by WikiLeaks revealed new details of how former President Bill Clinton made tens of millions of dollars for himself and his wife, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, through an opaque, ethically messy amalgam of philanthropic, business and personal activities.

The memo was written by Bill Clinton’s longtime aide, Doug Band. … The Band memo came in response to an investigation undertaken by a law firm, Simpson Thatcher, into the activities of the Clinton Foundation at the behest of its board.”

Aide pushed clients to donate millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation

LA times

“A close aide to Bill Clinton said he arranged for $50 million in payments for the former president, part of a complicated mingling of lucrative business deals and charity work of the Clinton Foundation mapped out in a memo released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday.

The report was written by Doug Band, who has transitioned from his job as a Clinton aide to a partner in Teneo Consulting, a firm whose client roster now includes some of the biggest companies in the world. Along the way, Band wrote, he also pushed his clients and contacts to donate millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, and to help win business deals for Bill Clinton.”

12-page memo highlights aide’s role in procuring money  

Fox News

“One of Bill Clinton’s closest confidants outlined in a lengthy 2011 memo how he and another aide helped secure at least $50 million in speaking fees and other ventures for the former president – in addition to raising “the bulk” of funds for the controversial Clinton Foundation.

The 12-page memo from Doug Band, released Wednesday by WikiLeaks, was designed to highlight the crucial role he – and his global strategy company Teneo – played in procuring money for the ex-president and Clinton’s namesake foundation.

“Throughout the past almost 11 years since President Clinton left office, I have sought to leverage my activities, including my partner role at Teneo, to support and to raise funds for the Foundation,” Band wrote. “This memorandum strives to set forth how I have endeavored to support the Clinton Foundation and President Clinton personally.” ”

Bill Clinton Inc.


“As a longtime Bill Clinton adviser came under fire several years ago for alleged conflicts of interest involving a private consulting firm and the Clinton Foundation, he mounted an audacious defense: Bill Clinton’s doing it, too.

The unusual and brash rejoinder from veteran Clinton aide and Teneo Consulting co-founder Doug Band is scattered across the thousands of hacked emails published by WikiLeaks, but a memo released Wednesday provides the most detailed look to date at the intertwined worlds of nonprofit, for-profit, official and political activities involving Clinton and many of his top aides.”

Lucrative deals with big companies


“A memo written by one of Bill Clinton's closest aides highlights the lucrative speaking deals the former president had with some of the biggest companies in the world.

The 2011 memo, marked "Attorney-Client Privilege" was sent by Doug Band to two attorneys who were doing a review of the way the Foundation was being run; it was included in the cache of stolen emails released by WikiLeaks this week.”

Joe Walsh says he'll be 'grabbing a musket' if Clinton wins presidency

A tweet from a former Illinois congressman caused an uproar Wednesday when he said he would be “grabbing a musket” if Hillary Clinton won the presidential election on Nov. 8.

Joe Walsh tweeted Wednesday that he is voting for Trump on Nov. 8 and if Trump loses he would be “grabbing up a musket” on Nov. 9. He asked followers if they were “in” for the plan.

Walsh was immediately attacked on Twitter, other social media platforms and national TV.

For his part, Walsh is telling detractors they need to get a sense of humor.

“What the heck! A musket! … For the life of me, it’s like the left … has no sense of humor,” Walsh said. “I mean, a musket, what damage could a musket do? What if I had said grab your slingshot? If I wanted to get booted off Twitter or Facebook I would have said, ‘Grab your gun and follow me to D.C.!’ But ‘grab your musket’? … I’m talking metaphorically,” Walsh told Yahoo News. “We have to do what we have to do. We have to practice civil disobedience to get this country back.”  

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Walsh, via Twitter, what he meant by the tweet. Walsh, who became a conservative radio talk host after he left Congress in 2013, said the tweet was in reference to civil disobedience

Ken Jennings weighed in, too.

It’s not the first time Walsh has stirred controversy on social media. In July he tweeted a warning to President Barack Obama after police officers were killed during a protest in Dallas.

“This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you,” Walsh tweeted. He later said he was not threatening the president, but threatening that action would happen in the streets of the country.  

7 things to know now: 'Grabbing a musket;' new ISP rules; 'Afghan girl' arrested; Michael Phelps

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Grabbing a musket: A former member of the House of Representatives says he wasn’t calling for violence when he tweeted that he would be “grabbing a musket” if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election on Nov. 8. Joe Walsh, a former congressman from Illinois, said he wasn’t suggesting violence with the tweet, but civil disobedience. “I’m not talking about inciting violence. I’m saying, ‘If Trump loses, man, game on, grab your musket. We’re going to protest. We’re going to boycott. We’re going to picket. We’re going to march on Washington. We’re going to stop paying taxes. We’re going to practice civil disobedience.’ Whatever it takes,” Walsh explained. 

2. ISP rules: The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote Thursday on how Internet service providers can use customer data. Service providers would be required to get customers’ permission to use certain types of data such as health or financial information or information on a person’s web browsing history. 

3. National Guard bonuses: The Pentagon has suspended efforts to force members of the California National Guard to pay back enlistment bonuses they received to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. The service members could still be asked to repay some or all of the bonuses – some totaled more than $25,000. The Department of Defense said a portion of the bonuses were awarded improperly to people not eligible for them. 

4. Best PTO companies: How is your company when it comes to paid time off? Glassdoor has released its list of the 25 highest rated companies for vacation and paid time off. The ranking, based on employee reviews, puts Amgen at the top of the list. Amgen is a biotechnology company. The company offers three weeks of paid vacation plus two additional weeks around the Fourth of July and Christmas. 

5. Afghan girl: Sharbat Gula, whose photo came to represent the plight of Afghan refugees after it was published on the front of National Geographic magazine, has been arrested in Peshawar, Pakistan. Gula has been charged with possession of a forged national identification card, according to authorities. Gula’s image, taken when she was 12, came to represent Afghan refugees fleeing from a war-torn country. Gula, her siblings and her grandmother fled Afghanistan after her parents were killed in the fighting there in the early 1980s. Her photo, and particularly her piercing green eyes, caught the attention of the world. 

And one more

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson are married, and they have been for a while, according to reports. The couple married in June in Paradise Valley, Ariz., according to a marriage license filed there, but kept their nuptials a secret. The couple had a child in May. Johnson and their son, Boomer, were seen supporting Phelps at the Rio Summer Olympics in August. 

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Mercedes Benz luxury truck launches in concept art

If pickup trucks have not been your thing because they just weren't luxurious enough, you may be in luck.

Mercedes Benz has released concept art for its Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class. More plainly, it's a luxury pickup truck.

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The Mercedes-Benz Vans division said in a news release Tuesday that the truck will be produced in cooperation with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and the stylings of the vehicle do look similar to Nissan trucks already on the market.

Road and Track Magazine reported that the midsize concept X-Class is going to begin production in late 2017.

Two versions can be seen in the concept art. One, branded as the Concept X-CLASS powerful adventurer has a sportier, more rugged appearance. The other, branded as the Concept X-CLASS stylish explorer is closer to traditional, more elegant stylings of Mercedes vehicles.

"Our future X-Class will be a pickup that knows no compromise. Ladder-type frame, high-torque six-cylinder engine, and permanent all-wheel drive are compulsory for us," Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Volker Mornhinweg said in the release. "As an added value we bring safety, comfort, agility, and expressive design – in other words, everything that distinguishes vehicles bearing the Mercedes star. We will thus appeal to new customers who have not considered owning a pickup before."

Mercedes lists the key markets for the truck as Europe, Latin America, South Africa and Australia.

Whether or not the luxury pickup truck will be available for U.S. consumers, for now, is a no.

"The Mercedes-Benz pickup shown on October 25, 2016 is a concept," Mercedes-Benz USA said. "While a pickup is under consideration for the U.S. market at some point, no timeline is available for a decision to be made."

Prince Albert II visits newly bought childhood home of mother Grace Kelly

Prince Albert II of Monaco on Tuesday inspected the childhood home of his mother, Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly, days after confirming to People magazine that he bought the home in Philadelphia's East Falls neighborhood.

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"We're still trying to figure out what we're going to do with it," he told People on Friday. "We're looking at having it contain some museum exhibit space and maybe use part of it for offices for some of our foundation work."

A palace spokeswoman told that Albert's visit Tuesday was considered private. He did not speak with reporters.

The home at 3901 Henry Ave. was built in 1935 by Kelly's father, John B. Kelly. Signage outside the home designates it as a historic landmark. John B. Kelly was a three-time Olympic gold medalist and a well-known businessman active in Philadelphia politics.

Albert visited the home a few times as a child and shared memories with People of time spent rolling around on the living room carpet and watching traffic pass the home.

"The house is filled with little moments like that. Moments of being a family," he told the magazine. "I'm very happy to have saved this old family home from a near certain death or development."

According to The Associated Press, the six-bedroom, 2.5-story Colonial home last came under scrutiny in 2014, when its former owner was charged with animal cruelty. More than a dozen cats were seized from the home and the remains of several others were found.

The home left Kelly family hands in 1974, when it was sold and flipped in a few days to its most recent owner, according to People.

The house sold on Sept. 23 for $754,000, according to

Kelly made her name in Hollywood with films such as "Dial M for Murder," "Rear Window," "High Society" and "To Catch a Thief." Reports indicate that Prince Rainier III proposed to her in her childhood home. The couple married in 1956.

7 things to know now: Windows 10; Gingrich vs. Kelly; missing dancer found

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Search for suspected killer: The search has widened for an Oklahoma man who is suspected of killing his aunt and uncle then wounding two police officers in a shootout. Michael Vance, who was charged in July with child sex abuse, is believed to have killed his aunt and uncle about three hours before the shootout with police. Officials say he was likely wounded in the shootout. Police also say Vance has a communicable disease that he may be trying to spread.

2. Microsoft event: Microsoft will hold a Windows 10 event Wednesday morning in New York City. Company executives are expected to talk about new features for their products, possibly including information about the HoloLens, a headset that will bring holograms to life. The event starts at 10 a.m. 

3. World Series Game 2: The Cubs and the Indians meet again Wednesday night in Game 2 of the World Series. Cleveland beat Chicago 6-0 in Game 1 Tuesday night. Jake Arrieta is set to start for the Cubs Wednesday, facing the Indian’s Trevor Bauer. The game is starting early (7:08 p.m. ET) due to a forecast of rain later in the evening.

4. Missing dancer found: Shirlene Quigley, a dancer for some of the music industry’s biggest stars, has been found safe. The 32-year-old was reported missing on Sunday. Several stars for whom she had danced asked fans to help find Quigley. She is said to be at an undisclosed medical facility.

5. Giants boot Brown: The New York Giants released kicker Josh Brown on Tuesday, about a week after the organization saw publicly released document in which Brown admitted to beating his wife. Brown had served a one-game suspension as a result of an arrest in May on domestic violence charges. Those charges were dropped. A story from, showed Brown admitted he physically, emotionally and verbally abused Molly Brown at least 20 times during their marriage. The couple are now divorced.

And one more

Things got a little tense in an interview between former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Fox News host Megyn Kelly Tuesday after Kelly asked Gingrich about the women accusing GOP nominee Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. "You are fascinated with sex and you don't care about public policy,” Gingrich charged after Kelly asked if Trump should be considered a sexual predator following the release of a tape in which he says that because he is a star he can grope a woman if he wants to. "You cannot defend that statement," Gingrich said. "I'm sick and tired of people like you using language that's inflammatory that's not true." Kelly answered, "You know what Mr. Speaker, I'm not fascinated by sex but I am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we're getting in the Oval Office.”

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Four killed on theme park river rapids ride

Four people were killed when a ride at Australia’s largest theme park, Dreamworld, malfunctioned Tuesday.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, two of the four adult victims were thrown from their raft on the Thunder River Rapids ride, while two others were trapped inside the raft.

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The theme park, a major attraction in the Gold Coast tourist region of the east coast state of Queensland, announced on social media and its website that it is closed until further notice.

Witnesses told the ABC that she saw people “running out, crying.”

“I was speaking to one of the guys and he said it was the raft or the boat thing in front of him, the whole thing flipped and everyone was screaming.”

Video uploaded to YouTube shows the ride involves a six-person raft that follows a water course. The park’s website describes the ride, which has operated since 1986, as a family ride with “moderate thrill.”

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Many large theme parks and smaller, local amusement parks across the country feature similar rides. 

Read more at ABC News Online.

7 things to know now: 4 killed at amusement park; Obamacare going up; keeping babies safe

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Four killed at park: A day at an Australian amusement park turned deadly when four people were killed on a ride that malfunctioned. Two men and two women died on the Thunder River Rapids ride. Authorities are trying to determine why two people were pitched from one of its rafts and two others either trapped under the water or actually in the ride. The accident took place at Dreamworld, a park in Queensland.  

2. Man jumps hold kids: A man holding his two children jumped from a New Jersey interstate overpass Monday. The man was found dead near where he jumped, but the children survived the incident that happened near the Wanaque River in the northern part of the state.  

3. Fogle’s ex sues: The former wife of Jared Fogle, who starred in commercials for the Subway sandwich chain, is suing the company saying executives knew her husband was a pedophile but failed to alert authorities. Katie McLaughlin divorced Fogle after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and having sex with minors. "A responsible corporation would take immediate action when hearing of this behavior, even if it was only allegations," the lawsuit reads.  

4. Obamacare going up: The price of premiums for the Affordable Care Act are set to rise nearly 25 percent next year, according to a government report. Premiums for the plan known as Obamacare are increasing at the same time large insurers have announced they are leaving the program because of massive losses from customers who are sicker than anticipated. 

5. Keeping infants safe: The American Academy of Pediatrics says you can protect children from sudden infant death syndrome by keeping them close during the night. The AAP is recommending that parents keep their sleeping babies in the same room with them at night, preferably for a full year, but at least until the baby is 6 months old. They warn, however, that infants should never sleep in the same bed as adults or other children. About 3,500 babies die of SIDS each year in the United States. 

And one more

A Texas family is looking for help to find their daughter, a college student, who disappeared two weeks ago. Zuzu Verk, 22, was last seen out with friends and her boyfriend on Oct. 12. Verk’s father says her boyfriend has refused to help authorities in the search.  

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Man captures video of enormous spider carrying away mouse in home

Jason Womal said he was getting ready to go to work when his neighbor asked him, "You want to see something cool?"

The Coppabella, Australia, man enthusiastically said yes and ended up recording video of an enormous huntsman spider carrying away an even bigger mouse in the house next door.

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The Guardian reported that Womal posted the creepy, astonishing video on Facebook Saturday. It has over 12 million views.

Graham Millage, the manager of the Australian Museum’s archaeology collection, told The Guardian the video was a first for him.

"This is the first time I’ve seen one catch a mouse, but I have seen huntsmen catch geckos," Millage said. "I’ve seen a redback spider catch a snake in its web, I’ve seen a golden orb spiders catch birds."

Just a few photos of the huntsman and the mouse.Posted by Jason Womal on Saturday, October 22, 2016

Helen Smith, an arachnid expert at the museum, showed some skepticism about the video.

"I would be very surprised if a huntsman would attack a mouse and even if it did, that the venom would be sufficient to kill it fast enough for the spider to still have hold of it," she told the Guardian. "I am a also suspicious because the mouse’s tail looks quite stiff -- as though it has been dead some time."

Although some of us would pack our bags and move far away, Womal said he's made friends with the spider.

"OK guys so just letting you all know that the spider is fine," Womal said in an update. "We have named him Hermie, we have adopted him and he is now running his own extermination business out of our town Coppabella. Oh and he is now paying rent. Lol."

If you can bear it, watch the video below:

 So I am just about to leave for work about 0030 and me neighbour says "You want to see something cool" and I say "Hell yeah". So we proceed to his place and he shows me this. Huntsman trying to eat a mouse.Posted by Jason Womal on Saturday, October 22, 2016

Charles Barkley talks about 'The Race Card'

Charles Barkley has plenty to say about race relations, and next year he’ll have a forum to do so.

Not that he needs it.                                                                                               

Barkley, the affable NBA Hall of Famer and TV sports analyst will host a new show, “The Race Card” set to air next year on TNT, according to a story from The Associated Press.

The show will feature Barkley taking on the topic of race relations in the United States, and, from the sound of it, it will be typical straight-forward Barkely.

"I just want to do a positive dialogue because I'm sick of arguing over race all the time," Barkley to The AP. "Like, I'm very aware that racism does exist, it always has and probably always will, but the media does a really poor job. There's more good than bad, but the bad pops off the newspaper and on television. And like I said, the truth is somewhere in the middle."

In the AP interview, Barkley said he respects what some athletes today are doing in the name of race relations, but he’s not sure they are doing enough.

"It goes back to the (Colin) Kaepernick thing," he said. "I said, you do what you want to do, you're a grown man. But I challenge all these guys, what are you actually doing in the black community to help our people?"

Kaepernick, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, has been protesting the state of race relations in the United States by refusing to stand during the playing of the National Anthem prior to NFL games.

Barkley says he hopes the show will shine a light on some of the problems the country faces.

"What I'm trying to do with the show is, all the racial BS is somewhere in the middle. It's not black and white ... like everything is not all what it seems," Barkley said. "I'm just trying to open up a positive dialogue. That's all I'm trying to do."

For the full story, see The Associated Press.  

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