A potential bombshell report published by Politico Tuesday suggests that the Obama administration is dropping a case against an American arms dealer, noting that, “The deal averts a trial that threatened to cast additional scrutiny on Hillary Clinton’s private emails as Secretary of State, and to expose reported Central Intelligence Agency attempts to arm rebels fighting Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi.”
The irony of the Libyan arms story has not been lost on gun rights activists. It has been the launch pad for sarcastic remarks about an administration that seemed to have no problem supplying guns to foreigners without background checks, but demands all kinds of scrutiny on U.S. citizens wanting to purchase firearms.
Political reported that gun dealer Marc Turi was something of a scapegoat “to cover up Clinton’s mishandling of Libya.” The story asserted that “the government dropped the case because the proceedings could have embarrassed Clinton and President Barack Obama by calling attention to the reported role of their administration in supplying weapons that fell into the hands of Islamic extremist militants.”
A new poll released today by Rasmussen Reports suggest there is a virtual dead heat between Clinton and GOP rival Donald Trump, with the Republican nominee holding a slight edge (42-41%) among likely U.S. voters. This is a reversal of yesterday’s poll that had Clinton leading Trump 42-41 percent with Libertarian Gary Johnson holding steady at eight percent.
However, CNN reported Monday afternoon that its survey found Clinton leading Trump 47-42 percent with Johnson holding at 7 percent. In that report, CNN couldn’t resist noting, “Clinton has even gained somewhat among whites without college degrees, who have been among Trump’s most ardent supporters. She trails Trump by 21 points among that group now, down from a 44-point chasm in early September.” It is a subtle suggestion that Trump appeals more to people who are less educated.
It should also be noted that Rasmussen reported this week that only 29 percent of likely voters think the country is headed in the right direction. More than double that number, 65 percent, think the country is headed in the wrong direction.
That being the case, those voters should understand that a Clinton victory next month virtually assures the country will continue going in the direction it is now.
Clinton and Trump debate this Sunday at Washington University in St. Louis.