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  • Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

    08/21/2014 11:12:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 28 replies
    AP ^ | august 21, 2014
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.
  • Republican: ISIS developing means to ‘blow up’ a US city (Inhofe)

    08/21/2014 10:39:24 AM PDT · by maggief · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 21, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee said Sunni militants are working on the capability to wipe out a city inside the United States. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has long threatened to carry out a catastrophic attack on American soil, with a spokesman recently boasting that the militant group would fly its flag over the White House. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said ISIS members are “rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can’t believe that’s happening.” “Yes, it’s really significant what’s happening,” he added during a local...
  • An Automatic Weapon Is Whatever CNN’s Don Lemon Says It Is (“For me, an automatic weapon is…”)

    08/21/2014 8:46:12 AM PDT · by maggief · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 21, 2014 | Jim Treacher
    WARNING: The following post is racist, because it mocks a black person for being wrong and refusing to admit it. Don Lemon and Van Jones are in Ferguson, Missouri, because that’s where all the cameras are. The following clip is from last night, when they had to put up with somebody named Ben Ferguson (no relation). As you’ll notice, Mr. Ferguson is white and therefore wrong. “For me, an automatic weapon is…”
  • Holder: DOJ investigating Foley death

    08/21/2014 7:44:05 AM PDT · by maggief · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | August 21, 2014 | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    The Justice Department has begun an “open criminal investigation” into the killing of photojournalist James Foley, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday. Speaking at a press conference in Washington to announce a $17 billion settlement with Bank of America, the attorney general was asked about Foley. “The Justice Department is actively pursuing justice in this case. We have an open criminal investigation,” Holder said, adding later that the department will “vigorously” proceed with the probe.
  • ‘That’s One Cold Bastard’: Scarborough Thinks Terrorists Intimidated By Obama’s Golfing [VIDEO]

    08/21/2014 7:25:42 AM PDT · by maggief · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 21, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Joe Scarborough believes Islamic State terrorists will be intimidated by President Obama’s golf game just minutes after his statement on beheaded journalist James Foley, perhaps thinking to themselves, “Wow, that’s one cold bastard.” The “Morning Joe” host unveiled his alternative explanation to the “horrifying” images of Obama grinning ear-to-ear on the golf course right after a sober statement condemning the execution of an American journalist by Islamic fundamentalists in Iraq.
  • Holder tells Ferguson students he was a victim of racial profiling

    08/20/2014 1:49:46 PM PDT · by maggief · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    FERUGUSON, Mo. — Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday told a group of black college students here that he had been a victim of racial profiling. Holder, who is in Ferguson as part of the Justice Department’s investigation of the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, relayed a story about being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike despite not breaking any laws. “He told the story about how he was humiliated. They got him out of his car and searched his car,” said Bradley J. Reyford, a 22-year-old student who met with Holder. Holder told the story to a...
  • Holder: ‘Change is coming’ after police shooting

    08/20/2014 11:52:02 AM PDT · by maggief · 48 replies
    AP ^ | August 20, 2014 | Nigel Duara, Associated Press
    CLAYTON, Mo. — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting with college students as part of his trip to Missouri stemming from a white police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old.
  • Valerie Jarrett: President Obama 'Doing His Job' Handling Ferguson Unrest

    08/20/2014 5:50:17 AM PDT · by maggief · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 20, 2014 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    President Obama is doing his job, according to White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is now defending his handling of the Ferguson shooting and the civil unrest that has followed. “He’s doing his job and there’s no magic wand,” she said. “And there are no words that he can speak, alone, that will stop the violence.” (snip) “The circumstances determine the reaction, and it isn’t appropriate for the president to speak up emotionally in the midst of an ongoing investigation by the Justice Department,” she explained.
  • Robles NYT: Dr. Baden didn't have access to important info: xrays, clothes, toxicology, witnesses

    08/18/2014 6:18:56 AM PDT · by maggief · 106 replies
    Twitter ^ | August 17, 2014 | Frances Robles, New York Times correspondent
    Dr. Baden didn't have access to important info: xrays, clothes, toxicology, witnesses. Lots of variables to know what happened. #Ferguson 9:08 PM - 17 Aug 2014
  • Lawyer: Friend confirms that he and shooting victim had robbed convenience store

    08/15/2014 12:24:48 PM PDT · by maggief · 164 replies
    kfoxtv.com/AP ^ | August 15, 2014 | Staff
    <p>FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The friend who was with Michael Brown when he was shot and killed by a police officer near St. Louis over the weekend is reportedly confirming that he and Brown had taken part in the theft of cigars from a convenience store that day.</p>
  • Friends of Brown family called on civil-rights lawyer (Cousin works for Crump)

    08/15/2014 8:46:07 AM PDT · by maggief · 16 replies
    USA Today | August 15, 2014 | Doug Blackburn, Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat
    (Link only) http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/15/benjamin-crump-answers-call/14103045/
  • Embattled Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside

    08/14/2014 12:51:28 PM PDT · by maggief · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 14, 2014
    Nouri al-Malki, the embattled prime minister of Iraq, announced on Thursday that he was stepping down after support from his party and associates in parliament slipped away.
  • Obama: Remember Michael Brown Through Reflection, Understanding

    08/12/2014 1:38:01 PM PDT · by maggief · 33 replies
    CBS KMOX ^ | August 12, 2014
    ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - President Obama has issued the following statement on the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown last weekend in Ferguson. “The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed.
  • AP: Foreign policy crisis intrude on Obama vacations

    08/11/2014 12:17:07 PM PDT · by maggief · 25 replies
    AP ^ | August 11, 2014 | Julie Pace
    CHILMARK, MASS. — Foreign policy crises have a way of intruding on President Barack Obama's Martha's Vineyard vacations. Obama's last three summer sojourns to this Massachusetts island have coincided with tumult primarily in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as elsewhere around the world.
  • Bill Clinton has father-son bonding time with pregnant Chelsea's husband Marc as they walk their dog

    08/06/2014 6:22:01 PM PDT · by maggief · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 6, 2014 | LOUISE BOYLE
    Bill Clinton has father-son bonding time with pregnant Chelsea's husband Marc as they walk their dogs in New York City The former President and his investment banker son-in-law walked their dogs in Madison Square Park together on a Sunday The pair blended in with the weekend crowd despite being trailed by Clinton's Secret Service detail Marc Mezvinsky and wife Chelsea are expecting their first baby in the fall The couple celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary on July 31
  • GOP frets over ‘war on whites’

    08/05/2014 3:32:38 PM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 5, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    Republicans say a GOP lawmaker’s comments that Democrats are waging a “war on whites” is just what the party doesn’t need to deal with ahead of the midterm elections. With a Senate majority in sight, party strategists say their office holders need to avoid a distracting battle on the polarizing issue of race, which could gin up Democratic voters and turn off independents. “There's no part of what he said that was helpful,” one GOP strategist groused of Rep. Mo Brooks's (R-Ala.) comments. Brooks made the “war on whites” comments during an interview on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham's show,...
  • Hamas Combat Manual Endorses Use of Civilian Human Shields

    08/05/2014 10:29:27 AM PDT · by maggief · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 5, 2014 | DANIEL NUSSBAUM
    JERUSALEM -- A captured Hamas combat manual belonging to the Al-Qassam Brigades, the terrorist organization's military wing, confirms what Hamas sympathizers and the United Nations have done their best to ignore for weeks: Hamas deliberately uses its civilians as human shields, and knows that Israel will take extreme precautions not to kill those civilians. According to the contents of the manual, posted on the IDF blog, Hamas calls civilians "pockets of resistance" that force Israeli soldiers into several sets of problems:
  • Too low even for libs: Cartoon links Trayvon Martin, Obama impeachment

    08/04/2014 12:03:39 PM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | August 3, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    Hard line conservatives were the first to mention the “I” word – impeachment — in response to President Obama‘s ongoing pattern of circumventing Congress to enact desired policy, but it has been Democrats who seemed to be obsessed with the idea. In fact, the prospect of impeaching Obama has been a windfall for Democrats, with 21 fundraising emails being sent to supporters during the last week of July alone, according to The Atlantic. And Obama’s allies in the media have been just as quick to make political hay out of impeachment — the blog FiveThirtyEight.com reported the pro-Obama network MSNBC...
  • Nigerian Doctor Who Treated American for Ebola Tests Positive

    08/04/2014 7:05:37 AM PDT · by maggief · 29 replies
    AP ^ | August 4, 2014
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian authorities say they have confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming development after a man who flew by plane to the country died of Ebola.
  • WH Advisor Jarrett: Attacks on Gaza Hospitals ‘Indefensible’

    08/03/2014 11:03:36 AM PDT · by maggief · 80 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 3, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    On Face the Nation Sunday morning, senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett said that Israeli attacks on Gaza schools and hospitals were “indefensible.” “This is why the ceasefire is so important,” Jarrett said. “It’s a devastating situation. Israel absolutely has the right to defend itself, and we are Israel’s staunchest ally. But you also can’t condone the killing of all of these innocent children.” “I think everyone involved is frustrated,” Jarrett said. “But you can’t let your frustration get in the way of trying to be a constructive player here, and that’s what [Obama's] determined to do.”
  • (Hillary) Clinton calls for political compromise (BARF!)

    07/26/2014 2:38:39 PM PDT · by maggief · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 26, 2014 | Julian Hattem
    Some lawmakers in Congress are too focused on partisan ideals and should work harder to put aside their differences and compromise, Hillary Clinton said on Saturday. Speaking at a conference for financial advisors in Boston, the possible 2016 Democratic front-runner reportedly lambasted politicians who come into office with unflinching objectives. “American voters should make it very clear that we will not vote for someone who says proudly he or she will go to Washington and never compromise,” she said, according to the Boston Globe. “We’re not even coming together to solve the emergency problems,” she added, referring to the crisis...
  • Exclusive: Bachmann Leads Congressional Call To Outlaw Muslim Brotherhood

    07/25/2014 6:47:10 AM PDT · by maggief · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 25, 2014
    Late Thursday evening Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, with the co-sponsorship of seven other House Representatives, released a bill to finally designate the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The Breitbart News Network has obtained a copy of the potentially historic document that links the MB to Al Qaeda and the global jihadi movement. Titled the ‘‘Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2014,’’ the proposed legislation provides extensive evidence proving why the organization, which has recently been designated a a terrorist group by both Egypt and Saudi Arabia, satisfies the federal requirements to be placed on the official FTO...
  • Dems warn changes to border law would sink emergency funding bill

    07/23/2014 9:33:14 AM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 23, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    House Democratic leaders warned Wednesday that softening a 2008 immigration law to expedite deportations of children would sink any effort to provide emergency funding at the southern border. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), joining GOP leaders in the Senate, has insisted that new funding to address the border crisis be accompanied by changes to the six-year-old human trafficking law to make it easier to send migrant children back home. But Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), head of the House Democratic Caucus, suggested Wednesday that his troops aren't ready to get on board. He accused Boehner and the Republicans of "making ultimatums"...
  • ‘Is This How The Benghazi Talking Points Were Developed?’...Kerry Aide’s Use Of Gmail Account

    07/23/2014 7:56:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 23, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Two top government watchdogs in Washington D.C. slammed a key aide to Secretary of State John Kerry for using a private Gmail account to conduct official government business, calling it “the worst possible practice in trying to maintain transparency” and speculating whether this was “how the Benghazi talking points were developed.” The Daily Caller reported on Monday that Glen Johnson, a strategic communications advisor to Kerry, fabricated a claim about the number of times Kerry appeared on “Fox News Sunday” while attempting to force TheDC to change a report which said that the secretary had “shut out” Fox News reporter...
  • Second court disagrees, upholds subsidies

    07/22/2014 10:32:52 AM PDT · by maggief · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 22, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that ObamaCare subsidies issued through the federal exchanges are legal, contradicting a separate ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court on the same day. Fourth Circuit Judge Roger Gregory argued that because the statutory language of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is ambiguous, courts should defer to the interpretation of the Internal Revenue Service and allow the subsides to stand. "Applying deference to the IRS's determination … we uphold the rule as a permissible exercise of the agency's discretion," Gregory wrote. The decision came just hours after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals...
  • GOP sees court ruling as major step toward unraveling of Obamacare

    07/22/2014 9:41:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 22, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    EXCERPT Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas were quick to pounce on the decision as one that reveals the Obama administration’s ongoing attempts to implement the law in a way that exceeds the parameters set in the law that Democrats themselves devised and passed. Cruz called the ruling a “repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it.” “The Obama administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has attempted to dispense revenues to the states without proper congressional authorization, robbing Congress of its constitutionally-provided power of the purse,” Cruz said. “This decision restores power to Congress and...
  • Obama to make statement on Ukraine at 11:30 a.m. EDT: White House

    07/18/2014 6:53:29 AM PDT · by maggief · 243 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 18, 2014
    Obama to make statement on Ukraine at 11:30 a.m. EDT: White House by Amy Tennery (Reuters) 8:50 AM
  • Obama's bizarre and frightening response to the shoot down of MH17

    07/18/2014 5:28:42 AM PDT · by maggief · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 18, 2014 | Rick Moran
    President Obama was in Delaware on Thursday when a Malaysian airliner went down near Ukraine's border with Russia. The president was scheduled to give a speech on transportation issues, but began his remarks talking about what, at that time, was thought to be a shoot down of a passenger jet. Daily Mail: President Barack Obama provoked fury in the U.S. on Thursday by casually devoting less than a minute to the deaths of 295 people aboard a Malaysian airliner, as he began an often jokey 16-minute speech about the need to expand America’s transportation infrastructure. There are no confirmed American...
  • Ted Cruz: Border Crisis a ‘Disaster of the President’s Own Making’

    07/09/2014 12:44:46 PM PDT · by maggief · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 9, 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) called the crisis of unaccompanied minors flooding the border a “disaster of the president’s own making.” Speaking on the Senate floor, Cruz denounced the president for his refusal to visit the border during his trip to Texas, despite his own administration designating it a humanitarian crisis: “President Obama today is down in the state of Texas but sadly he’s not visiting the border. He’s not visiting the children who are suffering as a result of the failures of the Obama policies. Instead, he’s doing fund-raisers . He’s visiting Democratic fat cats to collect checks and...
  • Senate Democrats unveil legislation to reverse Hobby Lobby ruling

    07/09/2014 9:10:41 AM PDT · by maggief · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 9, 2014 | Alexander Bolton &#8232;and Mike Lillis
    Senate Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday to effectively reverse the Supreme Court’s decision last week exempting employers from having to provide insurance coverage for contraception. The law would not allow for-profit corporations to seek exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that their health plans cover contraception costs. Religious institutions would still be able to opt out. “Our bill simply says that your boss cannot get between you and your own healthcare,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the bill’s chief sponsor told reporters. “Last week, we saw the Supreme Court give CEOs and corporations across America the green light to design...
  • CNN: Choomer in chief passes on puff in Denver

    07/09/2014 8:09:44 AM PDT · by maggief · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | July 9, 2014 | Ed Payne and Gabe LaMonica
    CNN) -- "Do you want to hit this?" a man asked President Barack Obama in a bar in Denver Tuesday night. The president laughed but didn't indulge. It wasn't the only time Obama was offered weed on his night out. That's apparently what happens in Colorado, which recently legalized recreational marijuana. The man posted the exchange on Instagram for the world to see. Obama has admitted to smoking pot as a young man. He was an active member of the "Choom Gang" in high school, which perfected all sorts of techniques for getting high.
  • Border Patrol Official: DHS Ordered Illegal Immigrant Holding Facility ‘Cleared Out’(b4 Cong. visit)

    07/09/2014 7:57:48 AM PDT · by maggief · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 9, 2014 | Sara Carter
    Department of Homeland Security officials are stonewalling lawmakers who try to make unannounced visits to immigrant detention facilities throughout the country and are closing off public roads along the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to keep journalists from reporting on the growing illegal immigration crisis, federal law enforcement officials told TheBlaze. The officials said senior supervisors have made scheduling visits ahead of time mandatory at detention facilities, turned back officials from unannounced visits, and that Border Patrol agents have been forced to clean up facilities and transfer illegal aliens from unauthorized holding cells before they are inspected by lawmakers. Reporters...
  • WaPo's Wemple: ‘Morning Joe’ gives boost to Sarah Palin’s Obama-impeachment play

    07/09/2014 6:59:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2014 | Erik Wemple
    Not only did “Morning Joe” mention Sarah Palin’s call for impeachment of President Obama on today’s show, it also ran a snippet of the video in which Palin says “enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president” and “it’s time to impeach.”
  • 'I was a virgin to humiliation of that level': Monica Lewinsky speaks out ...

    07/01/2014 5:07:59 PM PDT · by maggief · 68 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 1, 2014 | LYDIA WARREN and ALEX GREIG
    Monica Lewinsky has spoken out about becoming 'the most humiliated woman in the world' when salacious details of her affair with then-President Bill Clinton emerged. As part of her return to the spotlight, Lewinsky shared details in a new National Geographic documentary, 'The 90s: The Last Great Decade?', which will air starting next Sunday. On Tuesday, the Today show gave a first glimpse at the three-part special, in which Lewinsky, now 40, opens up about the day a 445-page report by special prosecutor Kenneth Starr was published. 'That was one of the worst days of my life,' she said. 'I...
  • Obama watches World Cup match

    06/26/2014 11:38:33 AM PDT · by maggief · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 26, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama watched some of Thursday’s World Cup match in which Germany defeated the U.S. 1-0 while flying to Minnesota aboard Air Force One. Photographers traveling with the president were ushered back into the conference room to catch a glimpse of Obama and other senior staff members watching the game. Presidential advisers Valerie Jarrett and Dan Pfeiffer were at the table, as were press secretary Josh Earnest and staffers Anita Decker Breckenridge, David Simas, and Dag Vega. The presidential watch party didn't prove good luck for the men's team, but the U.S. still advanced to the next round of the...
  • Meet The Seven IRS Employees Whose Computers ‘Crashed’

    06/26/2014 9:28:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 50 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 26, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is currently claiming that seven different IRS officials experienced computer crashes that erased their emails and made it impossible for the IRS to cooperate with congressional investigations into the IRS targeting matter. The wave of computer crashes apparently struck both Washington, D.C. — where Lois Lerner oversaw the agency’s Exempt Organizations division — and also Cincinnati, Ohio — where agents processed tax-exempt applications. The Federal Records Act requires IRS employees to save all of their emails pertaining to agency business and to also print those emails out in case they have a computer crash.
  • Email Shows IRS Official Was Pretty Happy About Obama Publicly Singling Out Conservative...

    06/23/2014 1:21:46 PM PDT · by maggief · 48 replies
    Townhall ^ | june 23, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    An email recently released by the House Oversight Committee shows IRS official Sarah Ingram was pretty excited about President Obama publicly speaking out against conservative groups with "secret donors." The email was sent from Ingram to Lois Lerner and others inside the tax agency after a glowing piece was published in the New York Times about the IRS and the trouble it was having with new tax exempt applicants and groups in light of the 2010 Citizen's United ruling. "The 'secret donor' theme will continue -- see Obama salvo and today's Diane Reeham (sp). At least SS started the idea...
  • Biden: “I Don’t Own a Single Stock or Bond”, has 11 Investment Funds

    06/23/2014 12:07:36 PM PDT · by maggief · 35 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | June 23, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Can Democrats running in 2016 give the fake class warfare a rest? First Hillary claimed that she left the White House broke (and bought two mansions) and that after making $100 million she’s not truly well off. Now, never one to let his foot leave his mouth for too long, Joe Biden had to jump in and cry poverty. Hoping to establish credibility with the audience, which was gathered to discuss ways to improve working conditions for working families, Biden reminded people that he used to be the poorest member in Congress (in reality, the poorest member of the Senate)...
  • White House: New GOP leadership boosts immigration’s chances (Jarrett)

    06/20/2014 7:20:58 AM PDT · by maggief · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The White House believes that the election of a new House leadership team has opened up an opportunity to pass immigration reform this summer, presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett said Friday. Jarrett said the change necessitated by Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) surprising primary loss gives new life to immigration reform. “There’s a change in leadership obviously with Cantor’s loss and so we have an opportunity with a new team in place in the House to act,” Jarrett told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Friday. President Obama believes “this summer is a pivotal opportunity for us to get comprehensive...
  • Katie Couric - Kerry: US open to working with Iran against extremists in Iraq

    06/16/2014 6:01:47 AM PDT · by maggief · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 16, 2014 | Olivier Knox
    Secretary of State John Kerry cautiously signalled on Monday that the United States would be open to cooperating with Iran militarily in Iraq to beat back al Qaida-inspired fighters who pose an "existential" danger to that war-torn country and may look to target Europe and the United States. “This is a challenge to the stability of the region. It is obviously an existential challenge to Iraq itself. This is a terrorist group,” Kerry told Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric in an exclusive interview. Prodded on whether the United States would consider cooperating militarily with Iran, Kerry replied: "Let’s see...
  • U.S. preparing for dialogue with Iran on Iraq security -report

    06/15/2014 4:56:29 PM PDT · by maggief · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is preparing to open a direct dialogue with longtime adversary Iran on security in Iraq and ways to push back Sunni militants who have taken over large areas of the country, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.Citing senior U.S. officials, the newspaper said the dialogue was expected to begin this week. It comes as the United States and other world powers strive for an agreement with Tehran to curb its nuclear program.
  • Clinton: Don’t provide military aid to Iraq

    06/13/2014 12:18:19 PM PDT · by maggief · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Hillary Clinton on Thursday said the U.S. shouldn’t provide military assistance to Iraq despite the threat from an Islamist militant group that has captured major cities. [READ MORE] “I agree with the White House’s rejection and reluctance to do the kind of military activities that the Maliki government is requesting, mainly the fighter aircraft to provide close support for the army and also to go after targets,” the former secretary of State said on BBC’s “Newsnight.” Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reportedly asked the Obama administration to launch airstrikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)....
  • Video: The Evolution of Dad Dancing (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Gov. Chris Christie)

    06/13/2014 10:17:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 12, 2014
    Video: The Evolution of Dad Dancing (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Gov. Chris Christie) The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Clinton Was Leading Champion of Iraq Withdrawal - Saw no need for status of forces agreement

    06/13/2014 8:15:51 AM PDT · by maggief · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 13, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a leading and outspoken supporter of the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq and even defended the White House’s controversial failure to reach a status of forces agreement with the Iraqi government. Team Obama’s decisions in Iraq are coming under intense criticism from experts and lawmakers across the political spectrum in light of the seizure of key Iraqi cities by a violent Muslim extremist group that is seeking to transform the nation into a strict Islamic state. Clinton emerged as one of the top supporters of the withdrawal and defended...
  • Chelsea Clinton paid $600K by NBC

    06/13/2014 7:13:53 AM PDT · by maggief · 68 replies
    Politico ^ | June 13, 2014 | DYLAN BYERS and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Chelsea Clinton earned an annual salary of $600,000 at NBC News before switching to a month-to-month contract earlier this year, sources with knowledge of the agreement told POLITICO. Clinton, who joined NBC News as a “special correspondent” in November 2011, was up for renewal or non-renewal this year. Instead, the sources said, the network decided to keep her on the payroll on a month-to-month basis so that the two parties could sever ties if Clinton’s mother, Hillary, runs for president.
  • 'We had to scrape to get by': President Obama recalls his own struggles...

    06/12/2014 7:20:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 12, 2014
    President Obama reflected on his own struggles as he delivered the commencement address to the graduating class at Worcester Technical High School in Worcester, Mass., on Wednesday. Saluting graduates as they left the safety of high school behind, the President talked about the obstacles he had had to overcome as a youngster growing up in Hawaii, adding that his family at times ‘had to scrape to get by.’ He held up the revitalized technical school as a model for the United States in an increasingly competitive global workforce. (snip) Reflecting on his own youth, Obama said the support of his...
  • Boehner offers sympathy after Cantor's loss

    06/10/2014 8:47:24 PM PDT · by maggief · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2014 | Russell Berman
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) offered his sympathies to Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in a brief statement late Tuesday after his top lieutenant was defeated in a stunning primary loss. “Eric Cantor and I have been through a lot together,” Boehner said in a statement that read like a condolence note. “He’s a good friend and a great leader, and someone I’ve come to rely upon on a daily basis as we make the tough choices that come with governing. My thoughts are with him and Diana and their kids tonight.” Boehner and Cantor have worked closely together in the...
  • Dem Lawmaker: Taliban ‘Part Of The Fabric Of Afghanistan’ — Not ‘Terrorists’ [VIDEO] (Speier-CA)

    06/10/2014 11:30:24 AM PDT · by maggief · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 10, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier hastened to explain away the controversy surrounding the Obama administration’s release of five dangerous Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, claiming that the Taliban aren’t “terrorists,” but rather “part of the fabric of Afghanistan.” Speier made the remarks on MSNBC Tuesday morning, attempting to rebut Speaker of the House John Boehner’s claim that the release violated the U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists and that “we’re gonna pay for this.” “Let me underscore the term ‘terrorist,’” Speier tried to explain. “The Taliban is part of the fabric of Afghanistan — they were part of the...
  • Dem rep compares Taliban to soldiers in American Revolution (Nadler)

    06/10/2014 10:50:54 AM PDT · by maggief · 28 replies
    FOXNews ^ | June 10, 2014
    A Democratic congressman offered a curious analogy on Monday to explain why the U.S. is dealing with the Taliban -- apparently comparing them to soldiers in the American Revolution. According to sources, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., made the comparison during a House briefing late Monday with administration officials on the trade of Taliban members for American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Nadler apparently made the point that the Taliban, as non-state actors, have a status similar to that of American soldiers who fought the British during the Revolutionary War. This comparison, Fox News is told, was met with a lot of groaning...
  • New excuse for not notifying Congress of Taliban 5 swap: Decision made day before

    06/10/2014 10:22:39 AM PDT · by maggief · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 10, 2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    How many excuses has the White House produced for not complying with the statutory requirement to notify and consult with Congress before releasing detainees from Gitmo? We’ve had enough to get to the point where they’re recycling the older ones. First we heard that there wasn’t enough time to notify Congress, followed by a claim that Bowe Bergdahl’s health was so bad he could have been dead within days. When that didn’t work, the White House then claimed that the Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if the deal leaked, which no one bought, and so we’re back to the we-had-no-time...