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  • State Department probes Clinton handling of government emails, could pull her security clearance

    06/20/2017 2:32:17 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 20, 2017 | Malia Zimmerman
    The State Department has opened a formal inquiry into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information while she was the nation’s top diplomat, Fox News has learned. Despite being under investigation, Clinton and her staffers still have security clearances to access sensitive government information. The department’s investigation aims to determine whether Clinton and her closest aides violated government protocols by using her private server to receive, hold and transmit classified and top-secret government documents. The department declined to say when its inquiry began, but it follows the conclusion of the FBI’s probe into the...
  • John Kerry urges world leaders to 'speak out' on Syria's chemical weapons ahead of UN meeting [2013]

    04/06/2017 2:06:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC Online ^ | September 19, 2013 | ABC/AFP
    United States secretary of state John Kerry has mocked the notion that Syrian rebels were responsible for last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus. He has called on all United Nations member nations to "stand up and speak out" on Syria's chemical weapons at the upcoming General Assembly. "The world can decide whether it was used by the regime which has used chemical weapons before, or whether the opposition secretly went unnoticed into territory they don't control, to fire rockets that they don't have, containing Sarin that they don't possess, to kill their own people," he said. "I would say...
  • Trade With Russia Is a Win-Win (2012)

    03/02/2017 7:23:00 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 20, 2012 | Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Later this summer, Russia will join the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the culmination of a process that began nearly two decades ago. This is good news for American companies and workers, because it will improve our access to one of the world's fastest-growing markets and support new jobs here at home. U.S.-Russian bilateral trade isn't reaching anything close to its full potential today. While that trade has increased over the past few years, America's exports to Russia still represent less than 1% of our global exports. Given the potential for expanding these links, Russia's WTO membership will be a...
  • The Inside Story of How John Kerry Secretly Lobbied to Get CAIR Removed From UAE's Terror ... List

    01/19/2017 6:49:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 1/19/17 | Steven Emerson
    On Nov. 16, 2014, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took the unusual step of designating the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Muslim American Society (MAS) – as terrorist organizations.They were among 83 groups named for their connections to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.This outraged CAIR officials, who immediately began efforts to get their organization removed from the list. They found a powerful ally in Secretary of State John Kerry, who authorized State Department officials to meet regularly with UAE officials to lobbying on behalf of CAIR and MAS .CAIR already had a sympathetic ear in the Obama administration, including...
  • BREAKING NEWS: John Kerry to Skip Trump Inauguration

    01/18/2017 10:48:37 AM PST · by seanmerc · 115 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 18 Jan 17 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Secretary of State John Kerry won't be attending President-elect Trump's inauguration on Friday, according to the State Department. "The secretary will not attend the inauguration," a State Department official told the Washington Examiner. The official had no comment on why Kerry wouldn't attend.
  • Kerry not attending inauguration, official says

    01/18/2017 11:08:17 AM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    msn.com ^ | 1/18/17 | foxnews
    Add Secretary of State John Kerry to list of those skipping the inauguration Friday. A State Department official confirmed to Fox News that the outgoing chief diplomat “will not attend the inauguration.” The official did not give a reason.
  • John Kerry Predicts Trump Administration Will Last "A Year, Two Years, Whatever"

    01/17/2017 12:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 17, 2017 | Tim Hains
    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Geneva on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that he does not believe that president-elect Donald Trump will repeal everything he says he will when his administration comes into power on Friday, but if he does it could cause significant damage for "a year, two years, whatever, while the [Trump] administration is there."(continued)
  • Kerry: Israel marching towards being a 'unitary state'

    01/17/2017 9:50:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 01/17/17 02:04 | Elad Benari
    Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said that it was the fault of Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) that a peace deal was not agreed upon during the Obama administration. Speaking to Christiane Amanpour on CNN, Kerry rejected Amanpour’s assertion that the administration failed to broker a peace deal. “The leaders of the two countries involved — one country and one entity, the Palestinian Authority — have failed to come to the table and reach agreement. You know the old saying — you can lead a horse to water, you can’t make it drink. Now, we...
  • Kerry says it's inappropriate for Trump to step into German politics

    01/16/2017 7:57:42 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16, 2017 | By Lesley Wroughton and Andrew Roche
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday it was "inappropriate" for Donald Trump to brand German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy "a catastrophic mistake". "I thought frankly it was inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner," Kerry told CNN's Christiane Amanpour during a one-day visit to London in the last week of the Obama administration. "He will have to speak to that. As of Friday, he is responsible for that relationship." Trump, who will be sworn in as president on Friday, had said...
  • John Kerry: Trump’s Foreign Policy Comments ‘Inappropriate’

    01/16/2017 2:22:12 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 16th, 2017 | PAM KEY
    Monday on CNN International’s “Amanpour,” commenting on President-elect Donald Trump’s first UK interview with The Times of London, which covered several international issues, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “I thought frankly it was an inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other country in a quite direct manner.” KERRY: He’ll have to speak to that as of Friday. You know he’s responsible for that relationship. AMANPOUR: You're talking about Angela Merkel's refugee policy which he did call catastrophic. KERRY: He did call it that and I think that she was extremely...
  • Back in the delta, US envoy Kerry meets Viet Cong foe

    01/15/2017 6:14:53 PM PST · by ColdOne · 58 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 1/14/17 | afp Dave Clark
    Viet Cong veteran Vo Ban Tam remembers the first time he crossed paths with John Kerry on the banks on the Bay Hap river, a day that ended in bloodshed. Almost a half-century later, the now 70-year-old Mekong Delta shrimp farmer locked eyes with the US Secretary of State on Saturday and they warmly grasped hands in mutual respect. Kerry returned to the Vietnam waterway at the end of a visit to the Communist nation, less than a week before he was to leave office, searching for the spot where he won a Silver Star for bravery as a young...
  • Kerry Attending Mideast Peace Conference, But Won’t ‘Box In the Incoming Administration’

    01/15/2017 8:49:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 13, 2017 | 4:28 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Secretary of State John Kerry is participating in a French-hosted conference on Mideast peace less than a week before the end of the administration to ensure U.S. views are heard, but with no “intent to in any way box in the incoming administration,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Thursday. At the same time, however, Toner declined to say whether Kerry would act to ensure that a communique coming out of Sunday’s conference does not call on the Trump administration to reconsider a campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. French officials have suggested that the...
  • Kerry calls [Israel's] PM from Paris, vows no further UN action (HUGE victory for Trump and Bibi

    01/15/2017 10:03:37 AM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 30 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | January 15, 2017 | Raphael Ahren and Times of Israel staff
    US Secretary of State John Kerry called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday from the Paris peace conference, promising to prevent any followup action to a resolution set to be drawn up on Sunday, either at the confab itself or at the United Nations Security Council. After a month of chilly ties between Washington and Jerusalem, Kerry updated Netanyahu about the steps he was taking to “soften” the text of the final communique, which is expected to be issued by the conference participants later Sunday.
  • Back on the Mekong Delta, John Kerry finds a man who once tried to kill him and exoneration

    01/14/2017 11:12:40 AM PST · by SanchoP · 71 replies
    WaPo ^ | 01/14/2017 | Carol Morello
    CA MAU, Vietnam — It could have been 1969 again as Secretary of State John F. Kerry stood on the bow of the small boat chugging up the Bay Hap River on Saturday, the wind billowing his sleeves and his eyes darting left and right toward banks shrouded in dark foliage. As a young Navy lieutenant, Kerry commanded a Swift boat along this stretch of churning brown waters in the middle of a free-fire zone. Here, he earned a Silver Star for his heroics when he leapt ashore after an ambush to pursue a fleeing Viet Cong with a grenade...
  • John Kerry, 72 Countries Set to Gang Up On Israel At Paris ‘Peace’ Summit on Sunday

    01/13/2017 9:20:25 AM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/13/17 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – In a shameful display of rogue diplomacy, 72 countries – minus Israel – are set to attend a Middle East “peace” conference in Paris on Sunday widely expected to set the parameters for a future Palestinian state. Fresh from his 70-minute speech two weeks ago largely singling out Israel for condemnation, lame-duck Secretary of State John Kerry will represent the U.S. at the Mideast confab. There, Kerry is slated to represent the Obama administration in crafting a “consensus” document on an Israeli-Palestinian deal. This after a U.S. abstention last month allowed the passage of a United Nations...
  • Kerry: US More ‘Secure, Respected, Engaged’ Since Obama Took Office

    01/05/2017 1:44:53 PM PST · by ColdOne · 54 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/5/16 | Saagar Enjeti
    U.S. Secretary of State’s John Kerry’s closing memo to President Barack Obama painted a rosy picture of the U.S. role in the world since Obama took office in 2008. Kerry claimed Obama made the best of a bad situation, citing Obama’s inheritance of wars not his own in Iraq and Afghanistan, in addition to a grave economic crisis. Talking points seeking to validate Obama’s supposed success by blaming the past are a frequent and familiar direction for the Obama administration. “The United States is more secure, more respected, and more engaged in the world,” the glowing memo states, adding that,...
  • Audio Reveals What John Kerry Told Syrians Behind Closed Doors

    01/02/2017 5:04:02 PM PST · by grundle · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 30, 2016 | ANNE BARNARD
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Secretary of State John Kerry was clearly exasperated, not least at his own government. Over and over again, he complained to a small group of Syrian civilians that his diplomacy had not been backed by a serious threat of military force, according to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by The New York Times. The 40-minute discussion, on the sidelines of last week’s United Nations General Assembly in New York, provides a glimpse of Mr. Kerry’s frustration with his inability to end the Syrian crisis. He veered between voicing sympathy for the Syrians’ frustration with United...
  • John Kerry’s practiced betrayal of friends

    12/31/2016 2:41:27 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    Washington Times | 29 Dec, 2016 | Wesley Pruden
    John Kerry doesn’t come late to the betrayal of friends. He has had considerable practice. In 1971, when he was a young lieutenant just back from Vietnam, where he was a decorated skipper of a Swift Boat patrolling the Mekong River, he appeared before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to pay his “respects” to the American soldiers, sailors and Marines he fought a war with. Representing all those veterans, he told the senators, he wanted to talk about war crimes he said “were committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.”...
  • What Kerry Should Have Said

    12/30/2016 11:39:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 30, 2016 | Dan Calic
    When Secretary of State John Kerry delivered his comprehensive statement on the Arab-Israel conflict in front of a safe audience at the State Department, he took over an hour to defend the decision of the United States to in essence allow passage of the recent UN anti-Israel resolution by abstaining from it, rather than adhering to the longstanding policy of the U.S. to veto such resolutions. The general thrust of his message was to chastise Israel for building “settlements” on land defined as “occupied Palestinian territory,” as the main obstacle preventing a two-state solution. In addition to focusing attention on...
  • Kerry harshly condemns Israeli settler activity as an obstacle to peace

    12/28/2016 2:39:54 PM PST · by detective · 14 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 28, 2016 | Carol Morello
    Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday offered a harsh and detailed assessment of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, saying their growth threatens to destroy the viability of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that the United States was obliged to allow passage of a U.N. resolution condemning the activity in order to preserve the possibility of peace. Kerry noted that the number of Israelis living in settlements has grown significantly and that their outposts are extending farther into the West Bank — “in the middle of what by any reasonable definition would be the future...