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  • Russia Hacked Republican Committee but Kept Data, U.S. Concludes

    12/09/2016 9:51:56 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    NYT ^ | DEC. 9, 2016 | DAVID E. SANGER and SCOTT SHANE
    Russia Hacked Republican Committee but Kept Data, U.S. Concludes DAVID E. SANGER and SCOTT SHANE DEC. 9, 2016 WASHINGTON — American intelligence agencies have concluded with “high confidence” that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump, according to senior administration officials. They based that conclusion, in part, on another finding — which they say was also reached with high confidence — that the Russians hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems in addition to their attacks on Democratic organizations, but did not release whatever information they...
  • Vanity: An interesting question just came to mind: Can Trump unseal Obama's records?

    12/09/2016 9:16:06 PM PST · by ResisTyr · 57 replies
    10 December 2016 | ResisTyr
    Can The Donald legally unseal Obama's records? Talk about EARTHSHAKING!! 😮💫 Please help me out, all you FReepers "in the know." Thanks
  • Obama’s Second Term Was a Complete Failure

    12/09/2016 8:04:15 PM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | December 9, 2016 | JIM GERAGHTY
    Obama’s Second Term Was a Complete Failure by JIM GERAGHTY. December 9, 2016. There’s no other way to describe it. Every December, Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post picks the biggest political loser of the past year. In 2013, Cillizza’s selection was Barack Obama. He cited the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov, the NSA domestic-surveillance scandal, the IRS’s targeting of tea-party groups, and the continuing questions about the administration’s actions before, during, and after the attack on Americans in Benghazi. In 2014, Cillizza’s selection was Obama, again. The midterm elections went abysmally for Democrats, the threat of ISIS became much clearer,...
  • CIA finds Russia intervened to help Donald Trump win US election: report

    12/09/2016 7:42:51 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 75 replies
    9news.com.au ^ | December 12,2016 | N/A
    The CIA has reportedly concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the US electoral system.
  • Obama creates 'resilience area' to protect Bering ecosystem

    12/09/2016 7:04:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2016 9:18 PM EST | Dan Joling
    President Barack Obama responded to appeals from Alaska Native villages and gave them more of a say in the federal management of marine resources of the Bering Sea. Obama signed an executive order Friday to create a Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area that will focus “locally tailored” protections on marine resources. The newly created resilience area covers 112,300 square miles and stretches from north of the Bering Strait to north of Bristol Bay. The order requires more focused federal consultation with Alaska tribes and 39 communities that line the west coast of Alaska, along with state officials. …
  • Veterans Affairs chief: 'No VA medical facility is bad'

    12/09/2016 6:42:05 PM PST · by kevcol · 37 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 9, 2016 | Sarah Westwood
    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald argued no VA hospital is "bad" in a letter to USA Today on Friday, just one day after the publication exposed an internal rating system that showed several clinics in Texas and Tennessee had received low marks. "To be clear, no VA medical facility is bad or failing," wrote McDonald and Sloan Gibson, his deputy, in a letter that was obtained by the Washington Examiner.
  • Donald Trump and the Canary in the LGBT Coal Mine

    12/09/2016 6:47:52 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 9, 2016 | AUSTIN RUSE
    As Donald Trump begins to staff his administration, his appointees should understand how deeply the ideologically-driven LGBTs have burrowed into permanent jobs in the permanent bureaucracy and how dangerous they are.The new political appointees should also understand how this group and their allies have driven those who may disagree with their agenda either underground or from the federal bureaucracy altogether, and some even to jail.And they should understand that this group is entrenched and determined not to give an inch in the territory they have gained under the incredibly radical Obama administration.The LGBT cadres had already made great strides...
  • Barack Obama, Donald Trump Forge an Unlikely Rapport

    12/09/2016 5:41:59 PM PST · by Innovative · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 9, 2016 | Peter Nicholas and Carol E. Lee
    They had never met, and they had had only harsh words toward each other during the campaign. But President Barack Obama and his successor, Donald Trump, are discussing policy and politics with more frequency than many anticipated after this past year’s bitterly fought election. The two men have spoken a handful of times by phone since their 90-minute meeting in the Oval Office last month, setting aside resentments that built up during the campaign, advisers to both said. Though it is hardly a “bromance,” both men see it in their mutual interest to stay in touch and forge a rapport...
  • Obama is rushing to Trump-proof the White House

    12/09/2016 5:15:29 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 141 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 9 Dec 16 | Anita Kumar
    Since Election Day, President Barack Obama has appointed 56 people to boards, commissions and offices in the hopes that they remain in those posts for years to come. He has reduced the prison sentences of 79 federal inmates. He has handed out the nation’s highest civilian honor to 21 people who he said personally made an impact on his life. And he has churned out rules, regulations and policies several times a week. Obama is trying to put the people and policies in place that he wants to outlast his presidency in the final weeks before Donald Trump takes...
  • Obama: Southern Whites Don’t Like Me Because I’m Black

    12/09/2016 4:12:52 PM PST · by Jim 0216 · 109 replies
    truthandaction.com ^ | 12/9/16 | Truth and Action
    Even at the end of his second term, Barack Obama is finding ways to blame others for his failures. At the beginning of his presidency, everything was George W. Bush’s fault. After several years — and long after the Bush-blaming had outstayed its welcome — Obama finally found a new scapegoat. Suddenly, all of the administration’s shortcomings had to do with a racist electorate. At one point Obama even claimed that racism holds all black people back, including his own family. It was an absurd argument from a man who was elected twice to be President of the United States....
  • LYNCH TO VISIT MOSQUE AMID SPIKE IN ANTI-MUSLIM HATE CRIMES

    12/09/2016 3:38:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 67 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 9, 2016
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Loretta Lynch is visiting a mosque in Virginia next week amid a sharp increase in hate crimes targeting Muslims. Lynch is scheduled to visit the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling on Monday morning.
  • Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data show

    12/09/2016 2:46:14 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 9, 2016 | Christopher Ingraham
    Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday. That marks an increase of nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. Deaths involving powerful synthetic opiates, like fentanyl, rose by nearly 75 percent from 2014 to 2015.
  • Mo Dowd: Election Therapy From My Basket of Deplorables

    12/09/2016 11:13:01 AM PST · by seanmerc · 77 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 Nov 16 | Maureen Dowd
    Donald Trump pulled off one of the greatest political feats in modern history by defeating Hillary Clinton and the vaunted Clinton machine. The election was a complete repudiation of Barack Obama: his fantasy world of political correctness, the politicization of the Justice Department and the I.R.S., an out-of-control E.P.A., his neutering of the military, his nonsupport of the police and his fixation on things like transgender bathrooms. Since he became president, his party has lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships. The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they were not happy. The...
  • Leaked Phone Calls Between Donald Trump and Barack Obama - Conan O’Brien, TBS

    12/09/2016 10:25:27 AM PST · by EveningStar · 39 replies
    YouTube - Multiple links in body of thread | November 30, December 2, 5, 7, 2016 | Uploaded by Team Coco
    EXCLUSIVE Leaked Audio Of Obama & Trump's Phone Calls - CONAN on TBS - November 30, 2016 Even More Leaked Phone Calls Between Donald Trump & Barack Obama - CONAN on TBS - December 2, 2016 Still More Leaked Trump & Obama Phone Calls - CONAN on TBS - December 5, 2016 Donald Trump Keeps Calling Barack Obama - CONAN on TBS - December 7, 2016
  • The Pardon Sweepstakes: Who will Obama Pardon? Enter the contest within with your top 3 picks

    12/09/2016 10:07:18 AM PST · by xzins · 77 replies
    Personal ^ | 9 Dec 16 | Xzins
    Barack Obama has some 42 days or so left as president of the United States. He has made it clear that he will sow as much mayhem as possible between now and his duet with the fat lady, but let us not focus on policy. Let us deal solely with the power of the president to pardon. Why pardons seem to come about at the end of a presidential term is a bit puzzling, let's just accept that they do. So, who will Obama pardon? In order, these are my top 3 picks: 1. Hillary Clinton 2. Bowe Bergdahl 3....
  • Obama orders review of cyber attacks on 2016 election: adviser

    12/09/2016 8:03:00 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 92 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-9-2016 | Jeff Mason
    U.S. President Barack Obama ordered intelligence agencies to review cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election and deliver a report before he leaves office on Jan. 20, homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco said on Friday. Monaco told reporters the results of the report would be shared with lawmakers and others. "The president has directed the intelligence community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process ... and to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders, to include the Congress," Monaco said during an event hosted by the...
  • Obama orders review of Russian election-related hacking

    12/09/2016 9:43:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 12:13 PM ET, Fri December 9, 2016 | Tal Kopan, Kevin Liptak and Jim Sciutto
    President Barack Obama has ordered a full review into hacking by the Russians designed to influence the 2016 election, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said Friday. “The President has directed the Intelligence Community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process. It is to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders,” she said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. “This is consistent with the work that we did over the summer to engage Congress on the threats that we were seeing.” Monaco said...
  • Obama grants waiver for military support of foreign fighters in Syria

    12/09/2016 9:01:45 AM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 29 replies
    R T News ^ | 12-9-2015 | Staff
    US President Barack Obama has ordered a waiver for restrictions on military aid for foreign forces and others in Syria, deeming it “essential to the national security interests” of the US to allow exceptions from provisions in the Arms Export Control Act.
  • 94-year-old WWII veteran beaten during SW Side robbery; suspect crashed stolen SUV

    12/09/2016 6:16:50 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 29 replies
    ABC Chicago ^ | Dec 8, 2016
    94-year-old WWII veteran beaten during SW Side robbery; suspect crashed stolen SUV By Evelyn Holmes Thursday, December 08, 2016 CHICAGO (WLS) -- Police are looking for a man who allegedly beat a 94-year-old woman, stole her purse and took off in a stolen vehicle before crashing it in Chicago's Garfield Ridge neighborhood. The victim's daughter, Judy Dusk, said her mother, Josephine Regnier, is a World War II Navy veteran. Dusk said she was waiting for one of her daughters outside her building in the 5100-block of South Long Avenue to pick her up to go to the dentist when she...
  • Somali Refugees Arriving in U.S. at Highest Rate Ever in First Two Months of FY 2017

    12/08/2016 6:14:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 99 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 7, 2016 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Somali refugees are arriving in the United States at the highest rate ever in the first two months of Fiscal Year 2017, according to the State Department’s interactive website. Between October 1, 2016, the beginning of the fiscal year, and December 7, 2016, a total of 2,775 Somali refugees have arrived in the United States.
  • Donald Trump Calls Ohio State Attack a ‘Tragic Reminder’ on Immigration

    12/09/2016 3:14:23 AM PST · by detective · 6 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 9, 2016 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Thursday that the stabbing attack by a refugee last week at Ohio State University was a “tragic reminder” of the need to take a hard line on immigration, arguing that his administration would put the safety of Americans first in a way the Obama administration never has. Mr. Trump, who visited the university’s campus on Thursday before speaking at a victory rally in Des Moines, said the attack — carried out by a Somali-born refugee who Mr. Trump has said should not have been in the country — had been “yet one more tragic...
  • The Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Could Make an Early Debut

    12/08/2016 7:15:15 PM PST · by kevcol · 68 replies
    TIME ^ | December 7, 2016 | Maya Rhodan
    U.S. government officials say Treasury Secretary Jack Lew could release early images of redesigned $5, $10 and $20 bills in an effort to pressure the Trump Administration away from reversing their plans. . . . ...in the throes of the primary election, Trump called the move “pure political correctness” and suggested moving Tubman to a lower denomination like the $2 bill. “Andrew Jackson had a great history. I think it’s very rough when you take somebody off the bill,” Trump said last spring.
  • Illegal alien wanted for killing two in hit-and-run was previously deported 8 times

    12/08/2016 5:28:29 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/08/16 | Robert Laurie
    The Obama administration chose this On the night of October 22nd, two Louisville KY women were on the side of the road following a minor traffic accident. Sadly, a man named Miguel Angel Villasenor-Saucedo, 40, was driving a truck that night. Hit struck, and killed, both women. He then escaped the scene on foot. Authorities are currently searching for Villasenor-Saucedo, but none of this needed to happen. That’s because they’ve had their perpetrator in custody before. As the DOJ informs us, Villasenor-Saucedo is a known illegal immigrant who has a long history of legal troubles…
  • Obama's Gift to Trump s a Neo-Liberal Trainwreck

    12/08/2016 4:50:04 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 6 replies
    The Observer.com ^ | December 8, 2016 | Michael Sainato
    Obama and Clinton loyalists have praised the president—but for most Americans, such gains are nowhere to be found. As Barack Obama’s presidency comes to an end, his administration continues to disappoint many progressives still expecting the hope and change promised during his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. In many areas where Obama had the opportunity to deviate from the status quo, he fully embraced it instead. Under his presidency, the United States maintained an interventionist foreign policy spearheaded by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. During Obama’s first five years as president, the U.S. exported $30 billion more in weapons...
  • Trump Needs To Bring Back Distinguished Military Officers Who Were Purged By Obama

    12/08/2016 4:49:45 PM PST · by Stayfree · 35 replies
    Self | December 8, 2016 | Stayfree
    Obama dismissed hundreds of top quality military officers who had issues with Hussein. Can Trump bring these wonderful patriots back into the military?
  • OBAMA’S 25 “MIDNIGHT” REGULATIONS COST $44.1 BILLION

    12/08/2016 2:06:52 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Minutemen News ^ | December 8, 2016
    Is it any wonder the economy is flailing and the job market is down?   People and businesses are saddled under the financial burden of all these regulations!The Washington Free Beacon reports – The Obama administration has put forth 25 so-called “midnight” regulations, which will cost the economy $44.1 billion, according to a report from the American Action Forum.Midnight regulations are rules that are published after Election Day and before the next president is inaugurated in January 2017. Earlier this year, the administration estimated that there would be $5.2 billion in regulatory costs incurred during that time.The $44.1 billion in regulatory...
  • Obama Now Admits He Was Surprised By ISIS, Despite Being Warned By President Bush

    12/08/2016 3:48:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/08/2016 | Katie Pavlich
    In January 2014 President Obama referred to ISIS, one of the most vicious terror armies to ever exist, of being a "JV team." “The analogy we use around here sometimes,and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama told the New Yorker at the time. After that comment the group marched from Syria to Iraq, taking large swaths of territory, pillaging and raping along the way and slaughtering thousands. Now with just a month left in his presidency, President Obama is saying he was surprised by the capability of...
  • Don’t buy the lie that Obama’s leaving behind a healthy economy

    12/08/2016 2:33:10 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 29 replies
    After eight years of blaming America’s problems on George W. Bush, the press that got the election wrong is rolling out a new line — that President Obama is handing President-elect Donald Trump a booming economy. That takes some brass. The jobless rate is down to 4.6 percent, and the growth rate is up above 2 percent or even 3 percent, with housing prices getting back to pre-recession levels. Stocks are soaring. So the idea seems to be that Obama has solved the problem in the nick of time. “Obama’s gift to Trump” is the headline on CNN. “Trump inherits...
  • President Obama's speech at MacDill Airforce Base, with my translation

    12/08/2016 1:56:12 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 6 replies
    White House and my fevered brain ^ | December 6, 2016 | Barack Obama and me
    Brietbart had an article about this speech, here http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/12/07/obama-urges-soldiers-to-question-trumps-authority-criticize-our-president/ I read it and thought maybe they were being hyperbolic about what Obama had said. So I forced myself to read the speech. They weren't being hyperbolic. Herewith the important excerpts, with my translation in CAPS. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/06/remarks-president-administrations-approach-counterterrorism We have to avoid repeating the mistakes of the 2003 invasion that have helped to give rise to the organization that became ISIL in the first place. LET’S REMEMBER ONE OF MY FAVORITE LINES FROM THE FIRST SEVEN YEARS OF MY PRESIDENCY: IT’S ALL GEORGE BUSH’S FAULT. No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned...
  • The Palm Beach Post Trump Voter Forum

    12/08/2016 10:50:51 AM PST · by LRoggy · 1 replies
    Palm Beach Post Facebook Page ^ | 12/8/2016 | LRoggy
    This is the link to the PB Post Trump Voter Forum held last night. I was a participant and felt that it was worthy time spent. https://www.facebook.com/palmbeachpost/?fref=ts If the Admin staff can find a way to embed the link into a click-on video (it is currently not yet posted to their YouTube channel) I'd appreciate it. It took about 90 minutes and the discussion was at a pretty good level. Although there was some minor push back at times from the questioners, Rick Christie, the Editorial Page Editor and Howard Goodman, who is a columnist, I felt they tried their...
  • I 'absolutely' suffered racism in office, says Obama: Some Americans' 'primary concern about me..

    12/08/2016 10:31:25 AM PST · by PROCON · 161 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Dec. 8, 2016 | FRANCESCA CHAMBERS
    Full Title: I 'absolutely' suffered racism in office, says Obama: Some Americans' 'primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign' President Barack Obama says the color of his skin has 'absolutely' contributed to white Americans' negative perceptions of his time in office. The president said in a Wednesday special looking back on his legacy, 'I think there's a reason why attitudes about my presidency among whites in Northern states are very different from whites in Southern states. 'Are there folks whose primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign, the other? Are those who champion the...
  • President Obama Should Free Officer Slager

    12/08/2016 4:44:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2016 | Jack Cashill
    As a kid, when I got up in the morning, there was no more welcome a sight than a box of donuts on the kitchen table. Of course, I liked to eat donuts, but that was not the reason I welcomed their arrival. No, what the donuts told me was that while I was sleeping, my father had arrived home safely. My father was a police officer in Newark, New Jersey, a city in which bad things routinely happen to good cops. As South Carolina police officer Michael Slager has learned the hard way, today, bad things can happen to...
  • MAGA: A Better Idea

    12/08/2016 5:48:20 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-8-2016 | MOTUS
    Remember that time Gary Johnson didn’t know what Aleppo was? Turns out he wasn’t alone.At one time Barry didn’t know Aleppo from Alpo either; presumably before they crossed that hard to identify red line: "The ability of ISIL to not just mass inside of Syria, but then to initiate major land offensives that took Mosul, for example, that was not on my intelligence radar screen," Obama told Zakaria, using the administration's term for the Islamic State terror group. – CNN Possibly this oversight was due to his habit of skipping the daily intelligence briefings. Or maybe it’s because he ignored...
  • Democrats urge Obama to pardon 750,000 young undocumented immigrants

    12/07/2016 11:52:08 PM PST · by granada · 94 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 8, 2016 | Liz Goodwin
    More than 60 Democratic members of Congress are urging President Obama to protect the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who signed up for his deferred action program before he leaves office next month. “You have pardoned hundreds and hundreds of people convicted for drug offenses,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said at a Wednesday press conference in Washington. “We want you to use that same pardon power for hundreds of thousands of young people who came forward because you asked them to come forward. You asked them to come forward.” “With that comes responsibility, Mr. President,” he added. The White...
  • Obama NLRB Wiped Out 4,500 Years of Legal Precedent

    12/07/2016 6:59:35 PM PST · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 12/6/16 | Bill McMorris
    President Barack Obama’s top labor arbiters have overturned a cumulative 4,500 years of legal precedent over the past eight years, according to a new study. The National Labor Relations Board, an agency that oversees union elections and workplace disputes, has issued numerous new rules that changed longstanding agency practices, as well as issued decisions that overturned decades of precedent. In all, the board has overturned 91 precedents, wiping out more than 4,000 years of case law—averaging more than 45 years per decision; the agency’s new election rules overturned a combined 454 years of protocol, according to a study from three...
  • Obama's candid reflections on race

    12/07/2016 3:44:07 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/7 | Kevin Liptak
    Now, as he departs office, those hopes have largely evaporated. Tensions between African-American communities and police departments have deteriorated following a slate of high-profile shootings of unarmed black men. ... A majority of Americans now say relations between blacks and whites have worsened since Obama took office. Obama has said he never believed his election could completely erase centuries of racial conflict in America. But the decline in racial ties is nonetheless an ironic legacy for the first African-American president, one Fareed Zakaria explores in the CNN Special Report "The Legacy of Barack Obama" airing Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET....
  • What the Dakota Access Pipeline Is Really About

    12/07/2016 2:25:44 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 56 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec 7, 2016 | Kevin Cramer
    What the Dakota Access Pipeline Is Really About The standoff isn’t about tribal rights or water, but a White House that ignores the rule of law. Kevin Cramer A little more than two weeks ago, during a confrontation between protesters and law enforcement, an improvised explosive device was detonated on a public bridge in southern North Dakota. That was simply the latest manifestation of the “prayerful” and “peaceful” protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Escalating tensions were temporarily defused Sunday when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at the direction of the Obama administration, announced it would refuse to grant...
  • ISIS rise surprised Obama, US intelligence

    12/07/2016 2:07:46 PM PST · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 12/7/16 | Kevin Liptak
    "The ability of ISIL to not just mass inside of Syria, but then to initiate major land offensives that took Mosul, for example, that was not on my intelligence radar screen," Obama told Zakaria, using the administration's term for the Islamic State terror group.
  • State: Iran is wrong, Trump can dump nuke deal

    12/06/2016 7:46:11 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 6, 2016 | By Mark Hensch
    The State Department on Tuesday acknowledged President-elect Donald Trump can exit President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. “It’s not a formal treaty, and, of course, no one else can prevent any party to this agreement from walking away,” spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Tuesday, according to The Washington Examiner. "The counterargument is, why would anyone walk away? Because it’s effective.” ---------------------------------------------snip------------------------------------ Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earlier Tuesday slammed Trump for threatening to abolish the landmark 2015 deal. “[Trump] wants to do many things, but none of his actions would affect us,” he said during a speech at the University of...
  • Trump says he's consulted Obama on Cabinet picks

    12/07/2016 10:11:49 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | December 7, 2016 | Liam Neeson
    President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is taking advice on his political appointees from the man he spent months railing against on the campaign trail: President Barack Obama. Trump said on NBC’s “Today” that he has sought the president’s advice on the candidates for various appointment-level positions and, in at least one case so far, has acted on that advice. “I have asked him what he would think of this one and that one,” Trump said. “I would say that, yes, I take his recommendations very seriously, and there are some people that I will be appointing, and in...
  • Obama Reminds Troops They Have the Right to 'Protest Against Authority' and 'Criticize Our Preside

    12/07/2016 9:27:51 AM PST · by ColdOne · 84 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/7/16 | Susan Jones
    full title..................Obama Reminds Troops They Have the Right to 'Protest Against Authority' and 'Criticize Our President'.................. (CNSNews.com) - In a speech at MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, President Obama focused on his eight-year effort to protect the homeland, fight terrorism, and strengthen U.S. allies. He said he wanted to "talk about the foundation that we will leave for the next administration." On the way to Florida, Obama's spokesman Josh Earnest said told reporters, "This is a speech that President Obama was prepared to give before the election." But at times, it didn't sound like it. At...
  • Report: Advisers Working On Mid-January ‘Farewell Tour’ for Obama

    12/07/2016 9:21:30 AM PST · by PROCON · 51 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Dec. 7, 2016 | IAN HANCHETT
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of “Fox & Friends,” Fox News Chief National Correspondent reported, “I’m hearing this morning that, quietly behind the scenes, advisers to President Obama are working on sort of a farewell tour in mid-January.” Henry said, “I’m hearing this morning that, quietly behind the scenes, advisers to President Obama are working on sort of a farewell tour in mid-January. I’m told there’s at least three cities, that President Obama will be giving major speeches in arenas. one of them is Chicago, his sort of adopted hometown. they’re looking at the United Center there, where the Chicago Bulls play.”
  • Terrorist Orgs Have Not ‘Successfully Planned And Executed’ Attack On US During My Tenure

    12/07/2016 8:23:06 AM PST · by detective · 64 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/06/2016 | Russ Read
    President Barack Obama used the last national security speech of his tenure to review his legacy, specifically the claim that he prevented terrorists from planning and executing an attack on U.S. soil. “Over last eight years, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland,” said Obama, while speaking to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.
  • Will Rauner join Emanuel in defying Trump's plan to end sanctuary cities?

    12/07/2016 6:53:57 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | Dec 6, 2016
    Will Rauner join Emanuel in defying Trump's plan to end sanctuary cities? CHICAGO - Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is being challenged by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city council to stand up to President-elect Donald Trump's plan to enforce federal law concerning so-called "sanctuary cities." A committee in the Chicago City Council advanced a resolution Monday calling on Rauner to issue a statement of "support for cities that welcome our undocumented family members and neighbors and condemn any effort to strip the city of Chicago of federal funding." Rauner's office contends that the governor supports immigration policy reform,...
  • Report: Illegal Immigrants Using 'Magic Words' to Instantly Enter US

    12/06/2016 8:17:38 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    FoxNews ^ | December 6, 2016
    Report: Illegal Immigrants Using 'Magic Words' to Instantly Enter US Dec 06, 2016 Washington Times reporter Stephen Dinan said Tuesday that prospective illegal immigrants have been coached to use "magic words" when apprehended by US Border Patrol agents that will allow them to be temporarily released in to the country. Dinan told Melissa Francis that family members already here in the US as well as others in their home countries have been told to express fear of returning to their home country, which is sufficient under current federal policy for them to be released into the public while their complaint...
  • Trump rebuts Obama on security at 'thank you' rally

    12/06/2016 7:42:34 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/06/2016 | BEN KAMISAR
    President-elect Donald Trump trumpeted his pick for Defense secretary, Ret. Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis, as he sought to flex his national security muscle hours after President Obama took aim at his successor in a high-profile speech. "We don't want countries taking advantage of us anymore, we don't want that. We want to be the smart people, we don't want to be what we've been over the last long period of time," Trump said during a "thank you" rally in Fayetteville, N.C. "To accomplish our goals, we must reject the failed approaches of the past, we must move past the...
  • Obama defends counterterror record in parting security speech, amid new warnings

    12/06/2016 5:07:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 6, 2016 | Fox News/AP
    President Obama, in what was billed as his last major national security speech in office, defended his counterterrorism record and strategy Tuesday while warning “the threat will endure” well into the future – and taking a glancing shot at his successor’s approach. Even as a new congressional report declared the U.S. is facing its highest threat from Islamist terrorists since 9/11, Obama claimed progress in the fight against terror in his address at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, home to U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command. While calling Al Qaeda a shadow of its former self,...
  • Obama Gives Speech on Terrorism

    12/06/2016 3:24:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 68 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 7/12/16
    Blah blah blah, Al Qaeda's a shadow of its former self...I'm the man who shot Usama bin Laden... Terror not an existential threat to our country...don't let the fear of it make us forget who we are...Congress should renew authorization to use force... Let drones do the shooting...Let lots of refugees into the country to prove you're not a racist...blah blah blah blah blah...
  • Zumwalt: Obama Used 'Fake News' to Sell the Iran Nuclear Deal

    12/06/2016 2:30:57 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Monday, December 5, 2016 | James Zumwalt
    During a press conference last month with German leader Angela Merkel in Berlin, President Barack Obama provided us with a "Jesse Jackson moment." For those who have forgotten, in 1998, as the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal reared its ugly head, Reverend Jesse Jackson offered President Bill Clinton his services as a spiritual advisor. It would turn out the offer represented the height of hypocrisy by the right good -- and married -- reverend. It was later learned, Jackson provided his services while quietly living under the cloud of having fathered an illegitimate child months earlier. Apparently the lure of moving...
  • Obama Aide Insults WWII Vets on Pearl Harbor: GET OVER IT!

    12/06/2016 2:18:52 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 48 replies
    Observatorial ^ | Dec 6, 2016 | George
    Obama Aide Insults WWII Vets on Pearl Harbor: GET OVER IT! By George | December 6, 2016 Obama administration press secretary Josh Earnest has made a career on his snarky, hyper-partisan comments from the press room podium, but this was UNFORGIVABLE. Addressing the corrupt media hacks about the upcoming visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Pearl Harbor, Earnest dropped a comment that any WWII veteran would take as an INSULT. From BizPac Review: During a White House press briefing Monday, Earnest was asked whether veterans may be offended by Abe’s visit if he expressed no regret over the...