- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Here comes an October surprise. Behold, it’s “Guilty as Sin” by Edward Klein, former editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and author of numerous investigative books, including “The Truth About Hillary.”

The author’s newest work is a showcase for the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and its implications for national security, the presidential election and America’s future.

“In this era of intense partisan rancor, my books dealing with Hillary Clinton have drawn a barrage of criticism from the left, which mimics the vitriol spread by the Clinton slime room. However, all of my books, including the newly published ‘Guilty as Sin,’ have featured exclusive interviews and news-breaking stories that other journalists have found hard to match,” Mr. Klein tells Inside the Beltway.

“And in every case, these interviews and stories have proven to be unassailably true. My readers know that Hillary is guilty as sin; they want the real story behind Hillary’s trail of corruption and cover-ups, and that’s what I’ve given them,” the author says, noting there is a “minefield of evidence” to ponder.

“Klein uncovers the real story behind Hillary’s email scandals and the dirty political games that have kept her one step ahead of the law — for now,” advises Regnery Publishing. “Klein reveals what the FBI’s team of 150-plus investigators really found on Clinton’s server — and what Bill and Hillary still have left in their bag of tricks in their desperate quest to get back into the Oval Office.”

The book is in the top-10 at Amazon; Mr. Klein is now making media appearances on Fox News Channel and elsewhere, plus conducting his own surveys featuring questions that include “Is Hillary well enough to be president?”

THE SCOPE OF THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN

Wednesday is a very busy day for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and a seeming cast of thousands. Sen. Bernard Sanders appears at not one but three rallies in Iowa and Wisconsin. Former President Bill Clinton has embarked on a grass-roots bus tour of Ohio, while daughter Chelsea Clinton hosts a pair of events in Iowa. Back on the job, following the big vice presidential debate, vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine appears at a rally in Philadelphia.

Which brings us to today’s fundraisers. Mrs. Clinton herself will join Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, actresses Eva Longoria and Julianna Margulies, and British singer Estelle in the nation’s capital for a near sold-out event. At this juncture, only the $25,000 tickets are left. Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren appears at a fundraiser in San Francisco, Rep. Gwen Graham is on duty in St. Augustine, Florida, and former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer hosts an event in London. Yes, as in England.

And that’s just Wednesday.

MR. TRUMP AND MR. PENCE

Well, as long as we’re on the subject, GOP nominee Donald Trump is in Henderson, Nevada, on Wednesday for a spiffy rally at an amphitheater that seats 7,000. And running mate Gov. Mike Pence? Why, he’s back on the campaign trail, of course. Amid media caterwaul over the debate, Mr. Pence is now tending the business at hand. He appears at a morning rally at Virginia’s largest county fair in Harrisonburg, followed by a late afternoon event at the Grantville Volunteer Fire Company, in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

Aforementioned rival Sen. Tim Kaine will be only 84 miles to the southeast at his own rally in Philly.

FATHER PAVONE’S STARK REMINDER

“Dear Senator Kaine: In your public comments, you identify yourself as Catholic. Yet you want abortion to continue to be legal, as it slaughters over a million children on American soil each year,” writes the Rev. Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, in an open letter to Sen. Tim Kaine.

“This contradicts the Catholic teaching on abortion, namely, that the child in the womb must be protected. And the assertion that your ‘personal beliefs’ and ‘public actions’ can remain separate on this issue simply does not hold water.”

MCCAUL’S STARK REMINDER

It is not an easy task to make sense of ever-evolving terrorist threats. Nevertheless, Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican and Homeland Security Committee chairman, faithfully offers a monthly snapshot of such activities. Here are just a few of the multiple items that he has flagged this time around.

In September, 43 people were injured in Islamic State-linked attacks in three states. This year, 36 plots against Americans have been uncovered, and 29 people arrested in 16 states for such activities. The FBI currently has “1,000 active homegrown terror investigations” underway.

“The recent arrest in Maryland of an ISIS supporter plotting to kill a U.S. service member and the attacks in Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey are stark reminders that Americans face a serious Islamist terror threat at home,” the Texan says.

“The alarming surge of ISIS and al Qaeda-linked violence across the West is, in large part, fueled by a jihadist movement that is deeply entrenched in critical regions across the globe. Not to be outdone, hostile state actors like Russia and Iran continue to exploit a power vacuum, extending their own influence at America’s expense while also stoking the very conflicts that help sustain terrorist groups,” Mr. McCaul concludes.

POLL DU JOUR

83 percent of Americans are open to wearing a Halloween costume this year.

63 percent disapprove of sexy costumes at a public gathering; 52 percent disapprove of gory costumes, 51 percent disapprove of political costumes.

57 percent prefer a homemade or do-it-yourself costume.

40 percent of parents wear a costume when they take their children trick-or-treating.

16 percent say funny costumes are the best; 12 percent vote for ghost or witch, 12 percent will wear only a mask or make-up.

9 plan to wear the same costume as their spouse, friends or co-workers, 7 percent favor pop culture-themed costumes.

Source: A Goodwill/ORC National Halloween Poll of 1,009 U.S. adults conducted Sept. 15 to 18 and released Tuesday.

Cheers, jeers, etcetera to jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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