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  • Trumping the State Department

    03/27/2017 6:12:50 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/27/17 | Scot Faulkner
    Reining in the budget and activities of this bloated bureaucracy is essential President Trump’s budgetary assault on the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is long overdue. He is forcing a rethinking that will benefit America and the world. The State Department is one of the most bloated of federal bureaucracies. Front line consular officers, many just starting their careers at State, actually help Americans abroad. However, there are also countless “Hallway Ambassadors” who aimlessly roam from irrelevant meeting to obscure policy forum, killing time and our tax dollars.
  • Weekly Update: New Clinton Email Lawsuit

    03/25/2017 11:11:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 24, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    JW Goes to Court for Accountability over Hillary Clinton’s Mishandling of Classified Emails JW Sues Over Obama Student Loan Scandal Special Presentation: Government Oversight Challenges’ JW Goes to Court for Accountability over Hillary Clinton’s Mishandling of Classified Emails Lawlessness was the modus operandi of the Obama administration. If it felt a law stood in the way of its intentions, it ignored the law. Seems the Obama intelligence agencies learned this lesson well. In the critical matter of Hillary Clinton’s illegal email practices, the Director of National Intelligence simply ignored a directive requiring a damage assessment and a report. So...
  • Staffer Who Helped Broker Iran Nuclear Deal Still Working at Trump State Department

    03/23/2017 3:08:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 23 Mar 2017 | Penny Starr
    A holdover from the Obama administration who helped broker the Iran nuclear deal continues to work in the Trump State Department as a member of the “policy planning staff,” according to her biography on the agency website. “Prior to joining the Policy Planning Staff, she served as a Director for Iran and Iran Nuclear Implementation on the National Security Council Staff from 2014-2016,” Sahar Nowrouzzadeh’s bio states. “Sahar also previously served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State and a Team Chief and Senior Analyst at the Department of Defense.” In an October 2016, Nowrouzzadeh was...
  • Trump administration to approve Keystone pipeline Monday: Report

    03/23/2017 10:03:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 23, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Trump administration on Monday will formally approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, according to media reports, finally ending a years-long series of starts, stops and delays, and kicking off the kind of massive infrastructure project the president promised during his campaign.
  • Trump to State Dept.: Let's cut funding of the UN by 50 percent

    03/15/2017 9:57:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/15/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Halfway there.... It’s not a gigantic line item in the federal budget, but don’t get caught up in the Washington way of thinking: A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you’re talking about real money! It’s $10 billion. That’s lots and lots and lots of real money. And while cutting half of it might only be a blip on the radar screen as far as the overall federal budget is concerned, it’s would represent around 10 percent of the UN’s budget if Trump and Tillerson really do eliminate it.
  • White House Seeks to Cut Billions in Funding for United Nations

    03/13/2017 6:37:06 PM PDT · by Mariner · 83 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 13th, 2017 | BY COLUM LYNCH
    State Department staffers have been instructed to seek cuts in excess of 50 percent in U.S. funding for U.N. programs, signaling an unprecedented retreat by President Donald Trump’s administration from international operations that keep the peace, provide vaccines for children, monitor rogue nuclear weapons programs, and promote peace talks from Syria to Yemen, according to three sources. The push for such draconian measures comes as the White House is scheduled on Thursday to release its 2018 budget proposal, which is expected to include cuts of up to 37 percent for spending on the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International...
  • Report: Fox News anchor Heather Nauert to join Trump State Dept.

    03/04/2017 4:24:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 4, 2017 | Joe Concha
    Fox News anchor Heather Nauert has been hired by the State Department to be its spokeswoman, according to a report Saturday.Nauert accepted the job this week, Bloomberg News ...
  • Weekly Update: Soros Investigation

    03/04/2017 11:06:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 3, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch at CPAC: Scandal Matters to the American People Federal Court Hearing Set for Next Week on Clinton Email Scandal U.S. Gives Soros Groups Millions to Destabilize Macedonia’s Government JW Goes to Court After Army Stonewalls on Opiate Use by Americans in Afghanistan U.S. Gives Soros Groups Millions to Destabilize Macedonia’s Government Even as we pursue the truth about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails from a recalcitrant State Department, we are learning of another of the department’s nefarious activities. Our Corruption Chronicles blog has the story . The U.S. government has quietly spent millions of taxpayer...
  • Trump Seeks Sharp Increases In Military Spending, "Drastic Cuts" To State Department, EPA

    02/27/2017 8:55:07 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/27/17 | Tyler Durden
    As part of his proposed budget, President Trump will instruct federal agencies on Monday to assemble a spending plan for the coming fiscal year that includes sharp increases in Defense Department spending and "drastic cuts" to domestic agencies such as the State Department, the EPA and other non-defense programs, so that he can keep his promise to leave Social Security and Medicare alone, according to four senior administration officials cited by the NYT. The budget outline will be the first move in a campaign this week to reset the narrative of Mr. Trump’s turmoil-tossed White House. Coming one day before...
  • State Department Writes Anti-Leak Memo... Which Quickly Leaks To The Washington Post

    02/24/2017 12:14:18 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 16 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 02/24/2017 | Tyler Durden
    At this point it is no great surprise that the Trump administration is the victim of an attempted "soft coup" led by so-called career politicians, most of whom are liberal, Obama/Clinton loyalists, staffing the various agency buildings sprinkled around Washington D.C. As we noted a few days ago, here is just a small sample of what has been leaked by these career politicians in just the past couple of weeks: {..snip..}
  • State Department writes anti-leak memo, which promptly leaks

    02/24/2017 6:38:57 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 27 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | February 24, 2017 | Josh Rogin
    The State Department legal office prepared a four-page memo for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warning of the dangers of leaking by State Department employees. It promptly leaked, to me. That’s only the latest sign that the relationship between the Trump administration political appointees and the State Department professional workforce is still very much a work in progress. The Feb. 20 memo by State Department acting legal adviser Richard Visek to Tillerson is entitled “SBU: Protecting Privileged Information.” The SBU stands for Sensitive But Unclassified, a designation used on documents that are not technically secret but also not supposed to...
  • Vault 7, EMPTY...? Not a peep, not even an EXPLANATION..?

    02/20/2017 6:47:42 PM PST · by gaijin · 18 replies
    MyBrain | Feb. 20th, 2017 | me
    The much-ballyhooed Vault 7 Opening Deadline, Feb 19th, has come and gone everywhere on planet Earth. I love Assange, I don't care how wirey or bleached his hair is, I don't care how wraithish his frame: The man comes through with the goods; when he says something big will happen? Big things happen. This time..? Zip, zilch, NADA. What gives? There has got to be a reason for this. The election in Ecuador..? I'm not OWED anything, I don't like the Entitlement Mentality. It's just that THIS time, it's all different.
  • Obama Admin Intentionally Undermine “Trump Peace Alliance” With Leak To Reuters(truncated)….

    02/19/2017 7:13:56 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 10 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | February 19, 2017 | Sundance
    ..Again, if you’ve followed the internal dynamics of the players, and their ideological intentions over time, you can see a clear motive to undermine King Abdullah (Jordan), al-Sisi (Egypt), Netanyahu (Israel) and President Trump – by stirring up domestic oppositional extremists (ie. The Muslim Brotherhood) within each nation. (Reuters) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly a year ago with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan in a failed attempt by the Obama administration to convene a wider regional summit on Israeli-Palestinian peace, Israel’s Haaretz daily said on Sunday.... Jan 20th – President Trump takes office. Jan 26th – President Trump...
  • Secretary of State Tillerson Fires Most of the Shadow Government

    02/18/2017 6:37:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Black Sphere ^ | February 17, 2017 | Kelly Beasley
    The State Department Swamp was partially drained today. Secretary of State Tillerson fired Clinton’s rogue, self-described Shadow Government. trump-welcomes-tillersonMaking good on a Trump campaign promise, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson drained the Clinton swamp snakes, aka Obama administration holdovers. Thus the personnel responsible for the corrupt handling of Clinton’s emails and the Benghazi cover-up have left the building. Lurking in the Shadows In the Clinton State Department, a rogue shadow government existed in secret from the 7th floor. These policy makers publicly boasted about their secretive operations. And you can bet that some of them have been responsible for much...
  • Secretary Of State Tillerson FIRES the deep state ‘shadow government/7th floor’ traitors from State

    02/17/2017 5:57:49 AM PST · by Fennie · 105 replies
    IWB/CBS ^ | February 17, 2017 | IWB/Margaret Brennan, Kylie Atwood
    While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday. Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed. Remember, the "7th Floor" of the State Department was the 'SHADOW GOVERNMENT'.
  • State Dept. carries out layoffs under Rex Tillerson (DEEP STATE/Vault 7!)

    02/17/2017 4:48:07 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 131 replies
    cbsnews ^ | 2-17-2017 | Margaret Brennan, Kylie Atwood
    While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday.  Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed. These staffers in particular are often the conduit between the secretary’s office to the country bureaus, where the regional expertise is centered. Inside the State Department, some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making, rather than simply...
  • House Oversight Chairman Chaffetz refers Bryan Pagliano to DOJ for charges

    02/16/2017 7:17:55 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 84 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 02/16/2017 | John Sexton
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions today asking Sessions to consider convening a grand jury or bringing charges against Hillary Clinton’s former IT guy, Bryan Pagliano. Pagliano was subpoenaed to testify before the committee last year but refused to appear on two occasions. After the second refusal, the Oversight Committee voted to hold Pagliano in contempt. Chaffetz’ letter to AG Sessions reads in part, “Because Pagliano’s job functions included supporting mobile computing issues across the Department, he was uniquely positioned to answer questions regarding State Department policies and practices...
  • New Papers Reveal Obama State Dept Knew Benghazi Attack Not Caused by Protests

    02/16/2017 8:57:35 AM PST · by detective · 13 replies
    CNSnews ^ | February 15, 2017 | Michael W. Chapman
    State Department documents released through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by the government watchdog Judicial Watch reveal, contrary to Obama administration claims, the State Department knew as early as Sept. 12, 2012 that the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya was a "direct breaching attack." It was not sparked "under the cover of a protest" or in response to an anti-Islamic YouTube video. 
  • The Latest Rundown on the Mike Flynn Deep State Hit Job

    02/15/2017 6:01:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 15, 2017 | Patrick Poole
    Obama officials and the establishment media continue to wave the scalp of resigned National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, trying to squeeze every last drop of anti-Trump narrative from the matter.As I had said privately, Flynn was not long for remaining as NSA. It's not because he's a bad guy, and accusations that he was compromised by Russian intelligence are as absurd as the Trump dossier BuzzFeed published last month. It's just that Flynn wasn't ready for prime time; hopefully his replacement will be.So here's the latest.The New York Times published a report last night claiming "Trump associates" had repeated contacts with...
  • The CIA’s War on Trump

    02/15/2017 6:10:33 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | 12/12/2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    The CIA’s War on Trump by Cliff Kincaid on December 12, 2016 You couldn’t fault Donald J. Trump for concluding that the CIA is out to get him even before he starts his presidency. Former CIA officials Michael Morell, Michael Hayden and Philip Mudd have all denounced him. Plus, former CIA operations officer Evan McMullin ran against him as an independent presidential candidate. Obama’s director of the CIA is John Brennan, who recently disclosed that he voted for the Communist Party (CPUSA) ticket when he was in college. He was hired by the CIA anyway and quickly rose through the...
  • Next Executive Order to list Iranian military as a terrorist organization?

    02/08/2017 1:39:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Donald Trump promised during the campaign to get tough on radical Islamic terror groups as well as force Iran to renegotiate terms on Barack Obama’s nuclear deal. The next executive orders from the president may address both pledges — and create more controversy. According to Reuters, Trump will designate the entire Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), expanding current sanctions applied at the moment to only its Quds Force: A designation of the entire IRGC as a terrorist group would potentially have much broader implications, including for the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and...
  • Trump Vetoes Neocon for State Department Post

    02/12/2017 5:11:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 46 replies
    Lifezette ^ | 11 Feb 2017 | Edmund Kozak
    President Donald Trump has squashed Eliot Abrams’ hopes of being picked for a crucial State Department post. Abrams had emerged as a possible contender for Deputy Secretary of State, it was reported on Monday, and even met with Trump to discuss the position, according to Politico. Trump, however, reportedly vetoed Abrams’ appointment after learning Abrams had been a vocal critic during the campaign. Abrams, a Republican Establishment neoconservative, was incredibly hostile toward Trump’s campaign and its America first message. “This was Donald Trump’s thin skin and nothing else,” a Republican source reportedly told Politico. But it’s not difficult to see...
  • An Alleged Muslim Spy Ring in the State Department - Is This Why Rex Tillerson Cleaned House?

    02/12/2017 4:10:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/12/2017 | Submitted by Duan via Free Market Shooter blog,
    Submitted by Duan via Free Market Shooter blog,Shortly after Trump took office, and before Rex Tillerson was even confirmed as Secretary of State, a slew of State Department officials were removed from their positions (or were forced to resign) as part of an effort to “clean house” at the State Department.  The whole affair was haphazardly covered by the media, especially by Jeff Bezos’s blog, which insinuated that the departures were “an ongoing mass exodus of senior Foreign Service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era.”Further analysis revealed that the officials were actually removed from...
  • Weekly Update: Refugee Secrets

    02/11/2017 11:33:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 10, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    JW Files Suit For ‘Refugee Travel Loans’ Information Mexican Drug Cartel Operating in U.S. Suburb More than 1,500 Miles from Border California Crony Corruption Costs Taxpayers Be Sure to Watch: ‘The Voter Fraud Crisis’ JW Files Suit For ‘Refugee Travel Loans’ Information Tightening our immigration and refugee programs is a matter of national security (despite what some out-of-control judges may think), and it is also a matter of cost. In this regard, we have filed a lawsuit against the State Department for records on the number of “Refugee Travel Loans” issued by State’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration...
  • Help wanted for the worst job in Washington?

    02/09/2017 10:45:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 9, 2017 | ED MORRISEY
    Or … maybe not, depending on whom one asks. Over the last twenty-four hours, multiple media outlets have reported that the White House has tried to find a communications director to take some of the strain off of press secretary Sean Spicer. Eliana Johnson reports at Politico that two people have turned down the job already, and the Trump administration finds itself frustrated by the gap in “one of the worst jobs in Washington”: Controlling the message coming out of Donald Trump’s White House may seem like an impossible task — and it’s one that many are hesitant to try...
  • Whistle Blower At State Department Exposes Refugee Program As A Complete Fraud

    02/08/2017 4:54:57 PM PST · by davikkm · 41 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Ryan Saavedra
    State Department Confirms The Suspicions The Most Americans Have Had About The Refugee Program WND is reporting that a recently retired U.S. State Department official has published a whistle blower letter in the Chicago Tribune that outlines the massive amount of corruption that has taken place in the refugee program under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The retired official, Mary Doetsch, said that even though there were problems with the program before Obama arrived in Washington that once he arrived in the White House problems exploded. Doetsch says that she strongly supports President Trump’s travel ban, “I...
  • Elliott Abrams To Be Deputy Secretary Of State As Heads Explode Across The Left And Alt-Right

    02/05/2017 10:12:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Red State ^ | 02/05/2017
    Wow. Talk about a blast from the past. Tillerson expected to pick Elliot Abrams as Deputy at State. Former Reagan State Dept official experienced conservative knows the Dept— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 4, 2017 And I can’t resist:For the youngsters out there, Elliott Abrams began his diplomatic life as Ronald Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. He achieved fame, however, for pleading guilty to some misdemeanor charges of lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra witch hunt. However he achieved immortality in the left’s Pantheon of boogeymen for his work killing commies in Central America.He was...
  • Only a speech but...

    02/02/2017 11:07:43 AM PST · by bjc · 12 replies
    Rex Tillerson's speech to assembled employees at the US State Department. He noted that his wife said in urging him to accept the nomination that "Your career until now has been a 41 year training program for this job." https://www.facebook.com/newshour/videos/10155043859978675/
  • Majority Of Americans In Favor Of Trump Immigration Policy, 900 State Department Staff Dissent

    01/31/2017 4:39:26 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-31-2017 | Tyler Durden
    Just yesterday we noted that, according to a Rasmussen poll, while the vocal, and often violent, disaffected Hillary protesters may get a lot of media attention, the silent majority of Americans, men and women who don't have time to protest 24 hours a day because they actually go to work to provide for their families, support Trump's temporary immigration ban from 7 mostly-Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa. Now, Reuters/Ipsos, the pollsters who mastered the application of the Democrat "oversample" in the months leading up to the presidential election last November, is out with another poll that confirms...
  • About 900 State Department officials sign dissent memo: source

    01/31/2017 3:09:28 PM PST · by mandaladon · 129 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 31 Jan 2017
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Roughly 900 U.S. State Department officials signed an internal dissent memo critical of President Donald Trump's travel ban for refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, a source familiar with the document said on Tuesday. A senior State Department official confirmed that the memorandum in the department's "dissent channel" had been submitted to management. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Monday he was aware of the memo but warned career diplomats that they should either "get with the program or they can go."
  • White House to Dissenting U.S. Diplomats: ‘Get With the Program’ or Leave

    01/30/2017 3:45:50 PM PST · by Theoria · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Jan 2017 | MARK LANDLER and DAVID E. SANGER
    The White House on Monday warned State Department officials that they should leave their jobs if they did not agree with President Trump’s agenda, an extraordinary effort to stamp out a wave of internal dissent against Mr. Trump’s temporary ban on entry visas for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Career officials at the State Department are circulating a so-called dissent cable, which says that Mr. Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s doors to more than 200 million people to weed out a handful of would-be terrorists would not make the nation safer and might instead deepen the threat. “These...
  • Fake News: Media Reports State Dept. ‘Mass Resignation,’ Officials Actually Fired

    01/26/2017 5:18:53 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 26, 2017 | by JOHN HAYWARD
    Today’s Fake News freakout began with a buzzing swarm of headlines about “mass resignations” by the “entire senior level of management officials” at the State Department resigning in some stunning act of protest against President Trump. Before long, we learned we were talking about four people, and they did not resign, they were fired. “The State Department’s Entire Senior Management Team Just Resigned,” gasped the Washington Post, prompting a ripple of secondary headlines across mediaspace. Some of those headlines were a bit more cautious, such as the Jerusalem Post reporting that the State Department team resigned “in a possibly coordinated...
  • Whoa: State Department’s entire senior management team resigns

    01/26/2017 12:33:47 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 77 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/26/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Drain the swamp This is going to be one of those stories that’s either awesome or horrifying, depending on your predilections. If you’re a creature of Washington who believes in the sage wisdom of “nonpartisan” career bureaucrats, then you’re horrified that these fine, experienced public servants feel they can’t serve under the wild-eyed lunatic Donald Trump. If you’re interested in draining the swamp, on the other hand, it’s hard to get more drainy than this:
  • State Department affirmative action hire Marie Harf is now a Fox News contributor

    01/23/2017 5:44:40 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 88 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/23/17 | Matthew Vadum
    Stupid people need jobs too Fox News Channel appears to have instituted an affirmative action hiring program among on-air contributors. Incompetent low-IQ Obama administration spokesthingies are now in demand, or so the hiring of former State Department goofer upper Marie Harf suggests.
  • The Stress of Victimhood Denial

    01/17/2017 6:33:44 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-17-2017 | MOTUS
    Thank goodness for our federal government, they can fix anything: The Department of State held workshops for agency employees struggling with the emotional stress of the Trump Transition in December, the Washington Free Beacon reports. – DC You can’t blame them, their poor employees had barely recovered from Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) when along comes this even more virulent strain, Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), that nearly every employee at State fell prey to. I’m sure they had plenty of diaper pins, Play Doh, coloring books and counselors on hand in their safe space to prevent staffers from doing harm to...
  • State Department Held Stress Workshops After Trump’s Win

    01/16/2017 2:56:10 PM PST · by kevcol · 64 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 16, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The State Department held stress management sessions following Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, providing employees tips for how to cope with change so they do not “become paralyzed by fear.” . . . The State Department’s Employee Consultation Service sponsored the stress management events. Workers were given excused absence from their work duties in order to attend the one-hour sessions.
  • State Department won't help Trump plan Israel policies

    01/06/2017 7:41:18 AM PST · by detective · 134 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/4/17 | Joel Gehrke
    President-elect Trump won't get any help from the State Department in implementing Israeli-relation policies opposed by President Obama before his inauguration. "The short answer is no," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters. "You have one president at a time." Obama's team invoked that axiom to justify high-profile foreign policy actions in recent weeks, notably his decisions to sanction Russia over the election year cyberattacks and to allow the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israeli settlement construction. Kirby's statement extended that principle to barring any aid in helping the Trump team prepare to move the United States embassy to...
  • 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...
  • Trump responds to sanctions against Russia, says it's time to 'move on'

    12/29/2016 6:28:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 29, 2016
    President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday “it’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things” after the Obama administration issued sanctions against Russia for its alleged 2016 election hacking. “It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,” Trump said in a written response released four hours after the announcement. “Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation." The Obama administration announced sanctions against Russia’s intelligence services, while...
  • Labor Secretary Tom Perez: Trump transition probes “illegal”

    12/27/2016 10:53:18 AM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies
    cbs.com ^ | 12/27/16 | Steve Dorsey
    Labor Secretary Tom Perez called presidential transition questions sent to government agencies like the Energy department, seeking to identify employees who worked on climate change, against the law. “Those questions have no place in a transition,” Perez said. “That is illegal.” Last week, President-Elect Trump’s transition team sent the State Department a memo requesting information on its “gender-related staffing, programming, and funding.” However, the document did not request specific names of employees working on those programs. “Will dedicated career people be targeted because they were doing the right work?” Perez said. He said he isn’t aware of any similar “blanket...
  • Obama State Dept: $350K For Campaign Infrastructure Used Against Netanyahu In Israel Election

    12/13/2016 8:43:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 12, 2016 | 2:52 PM EST | Michael W. Chapman
    According to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), the State Department gave $349,276 in U.S. taxpayer-funded grants to a political group in Israel to build a campaign operation, which subsequently was used to try to influence Israelis to vote against conservative Benjamin Netanyahu in the March 2015 election for prime minister. In the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations report about the State Department’s action, Chairman Bob Portman (R-Ohio) said, “It is completely unacceptable that U.S. taxpayer dollars were used to build a political campaign infrastructure that was deployed — immediately after the grant ended — against the leader [Netanyahu]...
  • Tillerson picked as SOS, Recommended by James Baker and Robert Gates

    12/12/2016 8:15:33 PM PST · by nwrep · 116 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Dec 12, 2016 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Mr. Tillerson emerged as a contender on the strong recommendations of James A. Baker III, the secretary of state under President George Bush, and Robert M. Gates, the former defense secretary, according to a person briefed on the process. Mr. Kushner and Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, advocated strongly for Mr. Tillerson, and the president-elect became intrigued.
  • WH to Trump: Consult with State before talking to foreign leaders

    12/05/2016 12:45:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 125 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/5/16 | Gabby Morrongiello
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest encouraged President-elect Trump on Monday to take advantage of the "expertise and advice" of career diplomats at the State Department as the controversy surrounding the incoming president's recent call to Taiwan continues to boil over. "Whenever you are talking about the president-elect interacting with foreign leaders, it's incredibly important. It has profound consequences for our country and for our national interests around the world," Earnest said in response to a reporter's question about whether Trump is "winging" his discussions with foreign leaders. "Last week, we had some conversations about a conversation the president-elect had...
  • Judicial Watch Asks Court to Unseal Videos of Depositions in Hillary Clinton Email Case

    12/05/2016 2:44:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | Decenber 5, 2016
    News Media Organizations Also on Record Supporting Public Release (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced it filed a motion that seeks to unseal the audiovisual recordings of the depositions of top Clinton aides and State Department officials. The depositions come in connection with a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that seeks records about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to former Secretary Clinton ( Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)). Judicial Watch argues that “even though the election is over, the news media and the public continue to...
  • Naming a secretary of state

    12/04/2016 7:44:54 PM PST · by detective · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2016 | David Keene
    President-elect Donald Trump is having a heckuva time deciding on who to nominate as secretary of State. It began with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s insistence that he wanted and deserves the job as payback for the yeoman work he did for candidate Trump when many leading Republicans were, shall we say, less than enthusiastic in their support of his fellow New Yorker. The mayor is an up-front sort of fellow, but trying to force a new president’s hand as he did is not always the best approach for a cabinet wannabe who might have a hard time being...
  • Weekly Update: What Should Trump Do?

    12/03/2016 10:42:19 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 2, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    JW Asks Court to Find Government Misconduct in Clinton Email Scandal Trump Administration Should Investigate Clinton ScandalsNew Documents Show Clinton Conflicts of InterestTune In! — The First 100 Days: The Anti-Corruption Agenda JW Asks Court to Find Government Misconduct in Clinton Email Scandal The Clinton email scandal is more than about the conduct of Hillary Clinton. It is about the lawlessness of the Obama administration, especially the State Department. That’s why our Judicial Watch attorneys recently asked a federal court, on the grounds that the documents relate to government misconduct, to reject the State Department’s secrecy claims over certain...
  • Muslims in State Department, Defense Department, and CIA debate quitting

    12/01/2016 8:30:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/01/2016 | Ed Straker
    Muslims working in the State Department, Defense Department, and intelligence agencies like the CIA wonder if, with the election of Donald Trump, they should quit their jobs. The employees are on edge about everything from retaining their security clearances to the possibility of discriminatory treatment under Trump, whose top aides include known peddlers of conspiracy theories about Islamists infiltrating the U.S. government. "I feel apprehensive," a Muslim intelligence official told POLITICO. "I fear that – whatever white power movement or equivalent all of a sudden feels empowered by the president-elect, whatever tidbits of that community make their way into...
  • The Obama Apologists Tour

    11/29/2016 7:00:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 29, 2016 | Jonathan F. Keiler
    As President Obama winds down his final term, his defenders are in a goal line stand defending his accomplishments to an increasingly critical audience. Obama failed to fundamentally transform the nation, resuscitate the economy, improve American standing abroad, slow the rise of the oceans, heal the planet, or even establish a convincing moral justification for trying. What’s left? One old standby, less in use now than a couple of years ago, is Obama’s ability to hand over to his successor a supposedly scandal-free administration. The other, more newly minted, is Obama’s supposedly similar ability to hand over a crisis-free America....
  • Weekly Update: Clinton Accountability Continues

    11/19/2016 9:52:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 18, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Obama IRS Official Admits Cincinnati Office Targeted Groups Based on ‘Guilt by Association’ Judicial Watch Goes to Court For Records about Exchange of GTMO Prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Clinton Accountability Goes Forward Obama IRS Official Admits Cincinnati Office Targeted Groups Based on ‘Guilt by Association’ We know now, right from the horse’s mouth, how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has targeted Tea Party and conservative groups during the Obama administration. In the notes of a top IRS official, written down during a 2011 interoffice meeting, we discovered that Cincinnati office agents were targeting organizations requesting tax-exempt status based...
  • Weekly Update: Judicial Watch Changed History

    11/11/2016 4:52:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 10, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Changes History The State Department Is Stalling Again on Clinton Documents Judicial Watch: Supreme Court to Overturn Maryland’s Gerrymander Happy Veterans Day Judicial Watch Changes History Donald Trump’s remarkable victory on Election Day is still sinking in. Judicial Watch supporters can take satisfaction that the American people resoundingly rejected Hillary Clinton corruption. Our work exposing her email had consequences. We did not do this work to prevent Hillary Clinton from winning the Oval Office; we did it to hold her, her aides, and her co-conspirators in the Obama administration accountable to the law. The corrupted leadership of the...