I still get the daily emails from Newsmax, which I started reading during the campaign last year. The latest missive has some interesting news on Hillary's coming comeuppance in the media, Dean's failures as the DNC chairman, Giuliani's new Palm Beach digs, and the shocking(!) news that Castro has bilked unwitting investors in his little totalitarian miniverse, while forging a powerful, lucrative new alliance with Venezuela's communist dictator, Chavez.
1. Vanity Fair to Expose Hillary's "Ugly" Side; Klein's New Book Shaking Up Media Establishment
Recently, NewsMax pundit John LeBoutillier chatted with Ed Klein, the author of the upcoming book "The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President."
For the first time, NewsMax can reveal details of what is inside "The Truth About Hillary," which will be excerpted in the next edition of Vanity Fair, due out June 8.
John tells NewsMax's Insider Report: "It is safe to say that none of the dozens of biographies of Hillary Clinton have ever been as well-researched as this one. Klein talked to almost 100 people close to Hillary going back to the 1960s.
"Nor have any of them been written by a professional journalist with such impeccable credentials. Team Clinton undoubtedly plans a fierce counterattack on Klein as soon as the book is published - that is always their MO - but with this author they are going to have a tough time."
LeBoutillier notes that Klein, a former New York Times Magazine editor, comes from the bastion of the liberal, so-called "mainstream media."
Klein has worked for the most liberal publications in the United States.
After a stint working for United Press International overseas, Klein joined Newsweek, where he became Foreign Editor and then Assistant Managing Editor with jurisdiction over foreign and military affairs.
As editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine for 11 years, 1977 to 1988, Mr. Klein led that flagship publication of the Sunday Times to new heights of public interest and editorial excellence. During his editorship, The New York Times Magazine won the first Pulitzer Prize in its history.
In 1989, Mr. Klein became a Contributing Editor with Vanity Fair. Among his many articles were stories on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and on Aristotle Onassis's granddaughter, Athina Onassis Roussel.
But it is as an author of nonfiction books that Ed Klein has made the most news. His two most recent books - "The Kennedy Curse" and "Farewell Jackie" - have caused great controversy.
Despite stories of unhappiness from the Kennedy family about Klein's books, these were not "slam pieces" by a Kennedy-hater. Indeed, they were well-researched books based on interviews with people who knew the principals involved.
It is this exact same technique that forms the basis for "The Truth About Hillary."
LeBoutillier says the book will give a sensational blow-by-blow account of the Clintons' private and public life.
The first wave of publicity for the book will kick off on June 8, when Vanity Fair prints an excerpt from "The Truth About Hillary."
LeBoutillier says the book will reveal Hillary's struggle with New York's Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan to get his seat. Though a Democrat, Moynihan had little use for Hillary.
"Seven years later - after her husband's impeachment - Hillary Clinton decided to run for Pat Moynihan's Senate seat from New York. First Lady Hillary Clinton came to ask for Senator and Mrs. Moynihan's blessing and endorsement, visiting the Senator in his Washington D.C. living room - this time at the Watergate hotel and apartment complex.
"Pat Moynihan was recuperating from recent back surgery and hadn't been up to the Hill for weeks. A longtime Democratic stalwart going all the way back to the Kennedy Administration, as well as a famous Harvard professor, author and UN Ambassador, Daniel Patrick Moynihan was already an American political legend.
"Hillary came into their living room expecting a cakewalk of an endorsement meeting. Instead, things quickly grew ugly. Both the Senator and his wife, Liz, went 'after' Hillary for her years of lies, deceptions and exaggerations. Clearly there was no love lost between the Moynihans and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"As Liz Moynihan questioned Hillary about her repeated dishonesty, and as Hillary dodged and weaved and lied even more, Pat Moynihan could take it no longer. He stood up and said, 'I have to go up to the Senate.' He left - but actually just went next door to another apartment to get 'away from Hillary.'
"Still, a few months later Hillary got what she had wanted: the prized photo 'op' at the Moynihans' upstate farm. There, as she announced her candidacy, Pat and Liz Moynihan stood and in effect gave their 'blessing' to this out-of-stater who was parachuting in to create her own base for an inevitable White House run.
"Oddly, Pat Moynihan never uttered Hillary's name - not even once - during this event. He could not bring himself to mention Hillary by name - but the press reported his 'endorsement' just the same.
"And Hillary went on to win his Senate seat.
"That is the story of both Clintons: Despite reservations by others who might stand in their way, the Clintons always get what they want - and they always get away with whatever it takes.
"Their sense of inevitability overcomes all obstacles."
LeBoutillier says this particular book serves an invaluable purpose: cutting through the mainstream media's pro-Hillary propaganda and giving readers a look at the lying, manipulating, dishonest - and extremely dysfunctional - former First Lady who has been on an inexorable march to the Oval Office for over 30 years.
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2. Howard Dean May Be Out at DNC Job
We keep hearing chatter from Democratic circles in Washington that Howard Dean's days are numbered as head of the Democratic National Committee.
Dean's pitiful performance on Tim Russert's show in May did little to help his crumbling position.
But the key reason Dean won't last another year at the DNC is money.
New figures reveal that Dean has done a woeful job of raising money for the party since he became party chief.
After essentially matching the Republicans in fund-raising in 2004, the Democratic National Committee raised $14.1 million in the first quarter of 2005, while the Republicans raised $32.3 million, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Dean attracted about 20,000 new donors, but the Republican National Committee picked up 68,200.
And much of the new Dean money, Washington insiders say, came from John Kerry's backing after Dean took the DNC position. Kerry sent out an email urging his email supporters to give to the DNC.
The majority Republican party now has $26.2 million in the bank, compared to just $7.2 million for the Democrats.
"Given Dean's 2004 run as a populist crusader, moderates were never wild about his takeover of the Democratic National Committee. So some big donors are sitting on their wallets," Business Week reports.
Dean appears intent on raising money through small-time contributors and has made little effort to reach out to major corporate donors, according to insiders.
"Howard Dean is the wrong person to be chair," declared real estate developer William W. Batoff, a longtime Democratic fund-raiser, who says he will boycott the DNC as long as Dean is in charge - which given his fund-raising troubles, might not be as long as he'd hope.
Another problem for Dean is the Clintons. They control the Democrat money machine - and they absolutely despise Dean.
Hillary has reshaped her image to a party moderate, and Dean appeals to the ultra-left.
Dean has become a key member of the Gang of Four - the leading Democrats who want to stop Hillary's 2008 presidential bid. The three other members of the Gang are Al Gore, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy.
3. Giuliani Buys Palm Beach Condo
Potential 2008 presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has a new Florida address in posh Palm Beach, not far from the old Kennedy family digs on the island. Giuliani is also near his friend Rush Limbaugh's oceanfront estate.
According to the Palm Beach Daily News, better known among Palm Beachers as the "Shiny Sheet," Giuliani and his wife Judith quietly purchased a two-bedroom, 1,226-square-foot condo in the Palm Beach Towers complex for $410,000.
It was a private sale, unrecorded in the Multiple Listing Service.
Should presidential lightning strike in 2008, the paper notes that the Secret Service will feel right at home. Secret Service agents lived at the Towers when JFK was president.
4. Castro Screws Foreign Investors Again!
Western companies that bucked the U.S. embargo and set up shop in Cuba are shutting down and leaving as Fidel Castro's government rolls back market reforms - just as NewsMax.com predicted it would three years ago.
Writing in NewsMax.com in February 2002, pundit Humberto Fontova said: "Liberals insist in Congress, on CNN, in the New York Times that doing business with Fidel is a can't-lose proposition for any American and that moral and material blessings will shower all involved."
Then Fontova - author of the new book "Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant" - warned: "The momentum for the long-awaited opening with Cuba is mounting, my friends. I have some advice: Hide your wallets."
And in May 2001, NewsMax.com pointed out that several years earlier, Cuba had opened up certain areas for real estate investment by wealthy Europeans. Castro allowed them to come and plunk down millions to buy sea-front condos.
The idea worked like a charm - then Castro pulled the rug out from under them.
As we reported in 2001: "Last year, his government, without warning, announced that any foreigner who bought property in Cuba would not be allowed to resell said property. Poof - up in smoke went the investment of these foreigners."
Flash forward to 2005. Small and medium-sized foreign businesses are complaining that they no longer feel welcome in the Communist country and fear they won't recover money owed to them by Cuban partners.
The Cuban government usually retains more than 50 percent control over joint ventures with foreign companies, while the overseas investor provides machinery, credits and supplies in exchange for a chunk of the profits.
But Castro has been moving to cut back the autonomy granted to state-run companies to do business with outside investors and is restoring central control over trade, Reuters reports.
"Fidel thinks he does not need small joint ventures anymore, so they are only keeping the big ones in strategic sectors such as telecommunications," said one investor who had to abandon a business in Cuba after 12 years.
In recent speeches, Castro has said Cuba reluctantly opened up to foreign investment during the financial crisis that followed the collapse of Cuba's benefactor, the Soviet Union.
"I don't think they ever wanted us here," said the manager of a European firm that is pulling out after 10 years in Cuba.
"They always tried to get the most money, machinery and knowledge they could out of us while giving little in return. They owe us millions, but we are leaving mainly because of their attitude, the way they treated us."
According to Reuters, "Western embassies report increasing complaints from their nationals whose businesses were liquidated without any guarantee they would be compensated."
Of the 313 cooperative production ventures operating in Cuba in 2003, only 133 remained at the beginning of 2005 - and most of them would be closed, said a source with Cuba's Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation Ministry.
Why does Castro feel so smug as to turn away foreign investment?
The answer is simple: Venezuela's communist strongman, Hugo Chavez, is giving his ally Castro billions in free oil. Castro, in turn, is helping Chavez create a Cuba-style police state in Venezuela.