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  • Bolton wanted White House lawyers alerted to Ukrainian efforts, called it 'drug deal

    10/15/2019 9:25:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 81 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/15/2019 | By Josh Lederman and Phil Helsel
    FULL TITLE: Bolton wanted White House lawyers alerted to Ukrainian efforts, called it 'drug deal,' witness tells Congress ============================================ Former national security adviser John Bolton was so disturbed by the efforts to get the Ukrainians to investigate President Donald Trump’s political opponents that he called it a “drug deal,” former White House official Fiona Hill reportedly told Congress on Monday. Hill, the former top Europe expert in Trump’s White House, testified that Bolton told her he wanted no part of the effort that involved acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, a person in the room for Hill’s testimony...
  • Trump defends Biden after Democratic debate, says Harris got 'too much credit'

    06/29/2019 7:16:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 29, 2019 | Josh Lederman and Kristen Welker, NBC News
    OSAKA, Japan — President Donald Trump on Saturday defended former Vice President Joe Biden's performance in the first Democratic presidential debate and said Sen. Kamala Harris got "too much credit" for her searing attack on Biden over his history on race and busing to desegregate schools. Although he conceded that Biden "didn't do well, certainly," Trump said the facts might not have been on Biden's side and that had he "answered the question a little bit differently, it would have been a different result." Speaking to reporters at a news conference after the G-20 summit in Japan, Trump said that...
  • Buttigieg calls out Democrats for playing 'identity politics'

    05/13/2019 9:44:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 12, 2019 | Josh Lederman
    Pete Buttigieg sought to diffuse weeks of fraught questions about white privilege and his struggles attracting minorities to his campaign by calling out fellow Democrats on Saturday for playing “identity politics” and pitting one group’s grievances against another’s. In a risky speech to the Human Rights Campaign, a major LGBT rights group, Buttigieg warned of a “crisis of belonging in this country,” arguing it was exacerbated by “so-called identity politics” that emphasize how one person hasn’t walked in another’s shoes — “something that is true, but it doesn’t get us very far.”
  • Palestinians' envoy to US faces silence from White House

    02/21/2018 10:26:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2018 12:15 AM EST | Josh Lederman
    A few miles down the road from Israel’s gated embassy, the Palestinian envoy to Washington sits in his office wrestling with a unique diplomatic dilemma: how to advance his people’s cause when relations with the United States are so distant that he hasn’t even spoken to the White House in months. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has written off President Donald Trump, cursing him and declaring him an illegitimate broker for peace. Trump has reacted angrily, threatening to cut off all U.S. aid and dismissing Palestinian claims that he blew up any semblance of impartiality by declaring Jerusalem to be Israel’s...
  • On Muslims, Democrats find an unlikely ally: George W Bush

    12/26/2015 3:00:23 AM PST · by detective · 67 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/26/2015 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    Taunted by Republicans to declare war on "radical Islamic terrorism," Democrats are turning to an unlikely ally: George W. Bush. President Barack Obama, under pressure to be more aggressive on terrorism, regularly cites his predecessor's refusal to demonize Muslims or play into the notion of a clash between Islam and the West. It's a striking endorsement from a president whose political rise was predicated on opposition to the Iraq war and Bush's hawkish approach in the Middle East
  • Obama warns against overreaction to Islamic State attacks

    11/22/2015 9:39:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 106 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 22, 2015 12:35 PM EST | Josh Lederman
    Trying to reassure a nation on edge, President Barack Obama said Sunday the Islamic State group "cannot strike a mortal blow" against the U.S., and he warned that overreacting to the Paris attacks would play into extremists' hands. "We will destroy this terrorist organization," he vowed. Ending a trip to Asia, Obama implored Americans not to let the specter of terror cause them to compromise their values or change the way they live. [...] Since IS militants killed 130 in France nine days ago, Obama's strategy has come under repeated questioning. ...
  • VP Joe Biden says he will not run for president in 2016

    10/21/2015 10:56:17 AM PDT · by yoe · 40 replies
    AP ^ | October 21, 2015 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    Vice President Joe Biden will not run for president in 2016, he said Wednesday, ending a months-long flirtation with a third White House campaign and setting him on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career.
  • APNewsBreak: Top Biden aide lays out potential 2016 platform (restoring middle-class opportunity)

    10/16/2015 12:53:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 10/16/15 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden would run an optimistic and unscripted "campaign from the heart" based on restoring middle-class opportunity, one of his top political advisers said Thursday, laying out for the first time the argument Biden would make if he runs for president. Former Delaware Sen. Ted Kaufman, one of Biden's closest political advisers, said Biden would soon make a decision about whether to enter the race. In an email obtained by The Associated Press, Kaufman asked former staffers to stay in close contact and said Biden would need their help immediately if he enters the race. "If...