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  • Keith Ellison: Obama "Amazing Patriot, One Of The Best Presidents Our Country Will Ever Have Seen"

    02/22/2015 10:44:31 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 85 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 22, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    REP. KEITH ELLISON (D-MN): Oh, I don't agree with that. You know, people are always being asked about what somebody else said. But I have to tell you this, the president definitely is a great lover of America. I mean so much so that 11 million Americans got health care who never had it before. That's pragmatic love of country, when you do things for your countrymen and women. So I don't know. I think that the president's an amazing patriot and one of the best presidents I think our country will ever have seen.
  • Did Alec Baldwin manhandle Sarah Palin at red carpet of SNL's 40th anniversary?

    02/16/2015 12:37:37 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 96 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 15, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    Look at 0:56 of the video. Did he manhandle her or touch her butt after she said she preferred the other Baldwin brothers?
  • FBI Director James Comey: "Everyone's A Little Bit Racist"

    02/13/2015 11:06:43 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 46 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 13, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    FBI Director James Comey addresses the "hard truths" of racism in a speech at Georgetown University on Thursday: JAMES COMEY, FBI DIRECTOR: One reason we cannot forget our law enforcement legacy is that the people we serve and protect cannot forget it, either. So we must talk about our history. It is a hard truth that lives on. A second hard truth: Much research points to the widespread existence of unconscious bias. Many people in our white-majority culture have unconscious racial biases and react differently to a white face than a black face. In fact, we all, white and black,...
  • Father Of Slain UNC Muslims: Media "Triggering and Provoking" People By Linking ISIS To Islam

    02/12/2015 2:29:57 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 43 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 12, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, the father of Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha, the two sisters who were gunned down by an angry neighbor allegedly due to a parking dispute near the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, appeared on MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Daily to discuss the murders. Abu-Salha blamed the media for "bombarding every American every day with news about what they call Islamic terrorism, none of which is Islamic at all." "They are really preparing people such tragedies and triggering them and provoking them," he added.
  • Ed Henry: Psaki Said Not All Victims In Paris Deli Attack Were Jewish When In Fact They Were (video)

    02/11/2015 12:04:51 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 21 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 11, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    ED HENRY: The point actually was that people were targeted because of their religion. Though Jen Psaki of the State Deptartment inaccurately suggested not all of the victims in the market were Jewish, though in fact all four were... Video at link...
  • Bob Beckel: Obama Doesn't Want To Believe Muslims Can Be Nasty Because He "Grew Up Along Muslims"

    02/09/2015 2:34:59 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 53 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 9, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    On Monday's broadcast of The Five, co-host Bob Beckel reflected on why he thinks President Obama doesn't want to call out radical Islam. Beckel said Obama is a guy "very much affected by Muslims in his life." "He had friends that were Muslims," Beckel said. "I think he doesn't want to make himself believe they can be a nasty group." READ MORE AND VIDEO AT LINK...
  • Andrea Mitchell Rips Obama Prayer Speech: After Pilot Is Burned, "Don't Lean Back, Be Philosophical"

    02/08/2015 9:31:29 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 33 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 8, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    Mitchell criticized Obama for leaning over backwards to be philosophical days after it was found out that a captured Jordanian pilot was burned alive by ISIS. "You don't use the word Crusades, number one, in any context right now," Mitchell said on NBC's Meet the Press today. "It's just it's too fraught. And the week after a pilot is burned alive, in a video shown, you don't lean over backwards to be philosophical about the sins of the fathers. You have to deal with the issue that's in front of you or don't deal with it at all." Oddly, Mitchell's...
  • Obama on Low Gas Prices: "You're Welcome" (with video!)

    02/06/2015 12:05:19 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 54 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 6, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    "We're as free of foreign oil as we've been in 30 years," Obama said. "We've doubled the amount of clean energy that we're producing. A lot of families are saving a lot of money at the gas pump, which is putting some smiles on folks' faces." "You're welcome," Obama said to tepid applause.
  • Obama After Meeting With DREAMers: "These Kids Are Americans Just Like Us"

    02/04/2015 1:27:22 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 42 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 4, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: I don't think there’s anybody in America who’s had a chance to talk to these six young people who or the young DREAMers all across the country who wouldn’t find it in their heart to say these kids are Americans just like us and they belong here and we want to do right by them.
  • Earnest: "Not Sure" Biden Will Attend Netanyahu; Obama "Looking Forward" Meeting Muslim Leaders @WH

    02/04/2015 1:04:46 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 8 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 4, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest said there is no decision yet as to whether Vice President Joe Biden will attend a joint session of Congress next month where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give an address... The question immediately following the Netanyahu discussion pertained to President Obama's meeting with Muslim leaders Wednesday afternoon, which Earnest said that "the president is looking forward" to it.
  • Dick Cavett: Sarah Palin "Seems To Have No First Language" (video)

    01/29/2015 7:42:46 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 91 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 29, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    "By the way, you made me realize right now what it is about Sarah Palin. She seems to have no first language," former American talk show host Dick Cavett said on Thursday's broadcast of MSNBC's Hardball. This elicited a laugh from host Chris Matthews. VIDEO at link.
  • SHOCK: White House: Taliban An "Armed Insurgency," Not A "Terrorist Group" Like ISIL

    01/28/2015 12:42:58 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 40 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 28, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    At Wednesday's White House press briefing, deputy press secretary Eric Schultz wouldn't call the Taliban a terrorist group, instead referring to it as "an armed insurgency." Video and transcript at link ...
  • Sean Hannity: Obama's "Not My President" (with video!)

    01/12/2015 12:56:36 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 17 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 12, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    During a Friday night Hannity superpanel on the rise of radical Islam, host Sean Hannity said Obama's not "his president." Continue for video...
  • Carville: "Conservative Alternative" Romney Is Going To Get In And Challenge Jeb Bush From The Right

    01/11/2015 2:57:15 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 89 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 11, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    On Sunday's broadcast of ABC's This Week Democratic strategist and Clinton confidant James Carville predicted not only will Mitt Romney enter the presidential race, but that he will campaign as the "conservative alternative" to Jeb Bush. "Of course he's going to get in and he's going to run against Bush from the right," Carville said on the panel portion of This Week. "I think he has a strategy that he didn't have before. And his strategy is he's the conservative alternative." VIDEO at link.
  • Canadian PM Stephen Harper: "The International Jihadist Movement Has Declared War"

    01/09/2015 3:30:35 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 30 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 9, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER: The fact of the matter is this, ladies and gentlemen. The international jihadist movement has declared war. They have declared war on anybody who does not think and act exactly how they would think and act, they have declared war and are executing it on a massive scale, on a whole range of countries with which they are in contact, and they have declared war on any country like ourselves that values freedom openness and tolerance. We may not like this and wish it would go away, but it is not going to go away.
  • Eugene Robinson: If Paris Attack Happened In U.S. There Would Be "More Carnage" Because Of Guns

    01/09/2015 10:24:56 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 86 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 9, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    "Just to keep it into perspective, I don't think we should imagine that the conditions and the threat are exactly the same in the United States as they are in France. They are different. In fact, one thing that is different here is weapons are universally available and so it is actually a very good thing that, that the tensions are not exactly the same because we would expect to have a lot more carnage," Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson said on the Friday broadcast of MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports.
  • Kristof: We "Have To Be Careful Not To Respond To Intolerance of Jihadis With Our Own Intolerance"

    01/08/2015 1:33:04 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 97 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 8, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof warns "we have to be very, very careful not to engage in religious profiling and to recognize that one can't blame 1.6 billion adherents of this vast and complex religion." "One can't blame this event on all of them. One has to acknowledge that the Taliban folks who is shot Malala [Yousafzai] are one element of Islam and Malala herself is another. And this is a religion that contains multitudes," Kristof said Thursday afternoon on CNN. Kristof also warned of society's tendacy to "otherize" people. "I think we have a tendency to otherize people,...
  • NBC Terror Expert on Paris: This Seems To Be Ratcheting It Down, Not Ratcheting It Up

    01/07/2015 3:09:41 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 49 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 1, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    On MSNBC this afternoon, NBC terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann said the terror attack in Paris today seems to signal terror organizations are "ratcheting it up" and not "ratcheting it down." Kohlmann was very doubtful that these terrorists who had an elaborate escape plan are connected to any major terror group like al Qaeda and ISIS. "It is not clear these individuals are operating under orders or guidance or instructions from anyone, other than what's in their own heads," Kohlmann surmised. Later in the segment, Coleman lamented France has a "historical problem with Islamophobia."
  • Holder: There Are Times When I've Wanted To "Snap Back," "Be A Lot More Aggressive" With Opponents

    12/22/2014 1:07:38 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 49 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 22, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    "I can't look into the hearts and minds of people who have been, perhaps, my harshest critics," Holder said. "I think a large part of the criticism is political in nature. Whether there is a racial component or not, you know, I don't know." "Do you feel you've been especially disrespected as attorney general?" Reid asked Holder. "I think it's unfortunately part of Washington in 2014," Holder said. "I would hope that my successor would not have to endure some of the thing is did. I say endure only because I think I've shown respect where, perhaps, I haven't been...
  • Obama: I Will Use Executive Actions To Implement Recommendations From Task Force On Race Relations

    12/19/2014 12:50:37 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 46 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 19, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    At his end of the year press conference on Friday, President Obama addressed the task force on race relations he put together following the grand jury decisions of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. The president says the report will not be "abstract musings" but instead "concrete, practical things" that law enforcement agencies can "begin implementing right now to rebuild trust between communities of color and the police department." "The task force that I formed is supposed to report back to me in 90 days," President Obama said. "My intention is to, as soon as I get those recommendations,...
  • Earnest: "I Wouldn't Rule Out A Visit From President Castro" (vid)

    12/18/2014 11:04:50 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 18, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    From today's White House briefing... CNN's JIM ACOSTA: You're not ruling it out? EARNEST: I guess the point is that the president has had the leaders of both Burma and China to the United States and for that reason I wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro.
  • Schumer Fist Bumps Outgoing CNN Anchor Crowley: "Job Well Done," "You Ask The Hard Questions"

    12/15/2014 12:09:38 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 32 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 15, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    On her last Sunday as host of CNN's State of the Union, Candy Crowley received a fist bump from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) who thanked her for a "job well done." "I just want to congratulate you," Schumer told Crowley. It's been an amazing 27 years. You're the best of the old-school journalism. You study it thoroughly. You ask the hard questions. You get the answers. And there's no gimmicks or anything else."
  • NBC Reporter to Rick Perry: "Are You Smart Enough To Be President?" (vid)

    12/11/2014 10:27:47 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 71 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 11, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    KASIE HUNT, MSNBC: And are you smart enough to be president of the United States?"
  • Jorge Ramos to Obama: Many People Expected You To Deal With "White Privilege"

    12/10/2014 6:51:38 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 40 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 10, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    RAMOS: But many people expected you probably to do more on race relations, dealing with white privilege. Do you get angry with this? POTUS: Well, you know, I — RAMOS: Is it your responsibility? POTUS: I think that if you look at the history of race in America, it’s usually not a single moment when suddenly everything gets solved. It’s a process...
  • GOP Rep. Grills Gruber: You Got Paid $2.5 Million And We Still Have 40 Million People Uninsured

    12/09/2014 7:03:21 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 10 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 9, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    GOP Rep. Grills Gruber: You Got Paid $2.5 Million And We Still Have 40 Million People Uninsured http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/12/09/gop_rep_mica_grills_gruber_consultants_enriched_themselves_while_we_still_have_40_million_people_uninsured.html
  • Earnest: Even if Enhanced Interrogations Did Help Find bin Laden, It Wasn't Worth Damage Done to US

    12/08/2014 1:30:50 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 27 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 8, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    EARNEST: The president's view is wherever you come down on this equation of yes, it yielded information that was helpful, yes it yielded information that was crucial, or no it didn't yield any helpful information. The president believes regardless of what the answer to that question is, that the use of these techniques was not worth it because of the harm that was done to our national values and the sense of what we believe in as Americans.
  • Whoopi on Rolling Stone: "I Don't Like That People Can Say Anything And It's Taken As Fact" (vid)

    12/08/2014 9:19:35 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 29 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 8, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    WHOOPI GOLDBERG: I mean, look, you know, I've gotten a lot of heat from people because I say -- I want as much as you can give me to nail the SOB. That's what I want. But I don't like that people can just say anything and it's taken as fact. We owe it to ourselves, to our sisters, to our brothers who are the folks who may be accused to get the facts. Get the facts. Get as much as you can. There's nothing wrong with it. Because if you can get the person off the street who has...
  • NBC Legal Analyst: Ambiguous Words Like "Charging" Are Racist

    11/25/2014 1:43:21 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 103 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 25, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    LISA BLOOM, NBC LEGAL ANALYST: Now, this issue about charging, which I find to be a racially-tinged offensive word in and of itself, but I would have asked him, what exactly does that mean? Because at one point he says Mike Brown took a step forward. Another time he says, he took a hop, as he was about to run and then he began running. So running is inconsistent with one step forward. So which is it, Mr. Wilson? I mean, you really have to get to the bottom of it. You can't let an ambiguous word like 'charged' get...
  • Dem Missouri State Senator: "This Is Our Race War" (video)

    11/24/2014 8:01:46 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 46 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 24, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    STATE SEN. MARIA CHAPPELLE-NADAL: And I have to tell you, this is St. Louis's race war. We didn't have a race war like other cities throughout the country. This is our race war. And people have to be open, and they have to be honest and they have to earnest, and they have not been earnest for decades. In my own experience, I know people in my own party, in my own government structure who disregard things that we say and how we feel, and we are not going to allow it anymore.
  • Bush Strategist Matthew Dowd & Katrina vanden Heuvel Agree: Ben Carson Should Run (vid)

    11/23/2014 12:49:38 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 59 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Real Clear Politics
    On Sunday's broadcast of ABC's This Week, there was a consensus moment between former President Bush's chief re-election strategist Matthew Dowd and Katrina vanden Heuvel, publisher of the liberal magazine The Nation: Dr. Ben Carson should run for president.
  • Giuliani vs. Michael Eric Dyson: "White Officers Won't Be There If You Weren't Killing Each Other"

    11/23/2014 11:10:32 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 45 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 23, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    (with video) Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson had a heated argument on Ferugson on Sunday's broadcast of NBC's Meet the Press. Giuliani confronted Dyson over the fact that blacks don't have mass protests when blacks kill other blacks. "But the fact is, I find it very disappointing that you're not discussing the fact that 93% of blacks in America are killed by other blacks," Giuliani said to Dyson.
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez: I Told Obama "My Job Now Is To Sign People Up"

    11/20/2014 5:46:42 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 22 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 20, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    GUTIERREZ: I am so excited, Rachel. I told the president last night after having dinner, he made the presentation to us about what he was going to say tonight. I said Mr. President, I think it's so bold, so generous and so courageous of you. I'm going to go and my job now is to sign people up. After you issue this executive authority and you tell us who it is qualifies, I'm going up and sign them up. You know, back in July when I was talking and five million people, people would say, really? And they thought it...
  • WaPo's Ruth Marcus: "Cheap" To Use Obama's Own Words On Executive Action Against Him (Video)

    11/20/2014 11:20:38 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 21 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 20, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    RUTH MARCUS, WASHINGTON POST: I think that's a really important point because I went back for purposes of writing this column that appeared in yesterday's paper and you can find it online at WashingtonPost.com and decided it was a little too cheap to use those words against him because we don't know what the president is saying he can't do versus what he is going to announce he is going to do. So, I'm really happy to hoist him on the petard of his words once he acts , if that's appropriate.
  • Douglas Brinkley: Obama Will Become "A Folk Hero to Latino Americans" (video)

    11/20/2014 11:14:37 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 46 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 20, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    DOUGLAS BRINKLEY, PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN: You will find today's tea party crowd not defending Reagan or Bush. They'll say they were wrong, so why are we doubling down even greater on it now? I would tell you to look at this as to who President Obama is. He is a president who is unable to get anything done with Congress, sees immigration as a national security issue and like really a Theodore Roosevelt or FDR is going to lay down this heavy marker on history right now and become in doing so a folk hero to Latino Americans.
  • Ed Henry to Earnest: You've Gone After Reporters, But You Won't Find "Chicken(bleep)" Source?

    10/29/2014 11:18:32 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 11 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 29, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    ED HENRY, FOX NEWS: On that question, Ron raised a good point about the leaks in a grand jury. The administration has spoken out on them. The administration also has a long track record over the many months about complaining about leaks involving national security. We've seen threats to reporters like James Risen, who could potentially be thrown into jail over leaks to him. James Rosen's phone records gone through because of leaks to him. My question going back to the Israel story is, why then are you kind of sloughing off this idea that you kind don't care who...
  • Wasserman Schultz: Republicans Are Scarier Than Ebola, ISIS (video)

    10/27/2014 9:59:19 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 49 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 27, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    Wasserman Schultz was asked by State of the Union host Candy Crowley if the Democrats' message for 2014 is Ebola and ISIS are scary but Republicans are a lot scarier. Wasserman Schultz agreed. "So we've heard this in previous elections, too extreme, too extreme their Tea Party, we can't work with them," CNN host Candy Crowley said. "So, it seems that the Democrats' overall message is yes, ISIS is scary. Yes, Ebola is scary but Republicans are a lot scarier." "Well, that's right," Wasserman Schultz said. "Cory Gardner is a sponsor of a bill that would prevent women from being...
  • White House: Ebola Virus "As Important As Any Threat We're Facing" (video)

    10/03/2014 1:57:13 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 37 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 3, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    Late Friday afternoon White House Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco addressed the media on Ebola. Monaco said "we are not facing just a health crisis, we are facing a national security priority." Monaco said the Ebola virus is "as important as any threat we're facing." LISA MONACO, WH HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISOR: As the president has said, we are not facing just a health crisis, we are facing a national security priority and it's one that he has instructed his team is as important as any threat we're facing. Since this outbreak began in March the president has directed that we...
  • Kirsten Powers: "It Is Safe To Say Obama Has Been A Huge Disappointment"

    10/03/2014 8:47:18 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 37 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 3, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    HUGH HEWITT, HOST: Kirsten, as a Democrat and as a veteran of the Clinton administration, would you rank for me from most competent to least competent the three Democrats: Obama, Clinton and Carter. Who was the worst of those three on competence issues? KIRSTEN POWERS: Clinton was the most competent, obviously. And then, I don't -- you know, Carter, I was a child, so I didn't live through that. So I don't know if I have as much as a sense of that and I also have a little affection for him because of his human rights work... It is...
  • Obama Takes Shot at FOX: Obamacare "Might Still Be A Fanged Threat To Freedom on FOX News"

    10/02/2014 12:14:30 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 42 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 2, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle's pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them. This isn't a political speech, and I'm not going to tell you who to vote for – even though I suppose it is kind of implied. But I have laid out my ideas to create more jobs and grow more wages. A true opposition party should have the courage to lay out theirs. There's a reason fewer Republicans are preaching doom on deficits – because they're now manageable. There's a...
  • Mark Levin: "A Revolt Going On With Top Generals And Obama"

    09/17/2014 8:02:28 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 114 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 17, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    MARK LEVIN: This is very odd. I just want to point this out. You actually have a revolt going on with the top generals and Obama. I'm talking about tanks pulling up to the White House and so forth. These men are trying to communicate to the American people that they are military men and we cannot defeat this enemy unless we use all of our armed forces and armed services. That's number one. Number two, Obama does not view this as a military action. He keeps telling us it's not a war, it's not a war. For him, the...
  • John Kerry: ISIL A "Hateful Ideology That Has Nothing To Do With Islam"

    09/10/2014 1:25:23 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 85 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 9, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    JOHN KERRY, SECRETARY OF STATE: ISIL claims to be fighting on behalf of Islam but the fact is that its hateful ideology has nothing do with Islam. ISIL a manifestation of evil, a vicious terrorist organization and it is an organization that achieves its goals only through violence, repression and destruction. Fed by illicit funding and a stream of foreign fighters, it has seized territory and terrorized the people who live there regardless of their sect or ethnicity. There is literally no place for their barbarity in the modern world. This is a fight that the Iraqi people must win...
  • WH's Earnest: No Position On Stripping Americans Fighting With ISIL Of Citizenship (video)

    09/08/2014 11:19:04 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 30 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 8, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    REPORTER: There's potential legislation on Capitol Hill in terms of either stripping citizenship or taking action on passports of Americans who are serving -- who are fighting alongside ISIL. Is that a measure we expect to hear more from the president on Wednesday? JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: I've read about some of those proposals. I haven't looked at them specifically. I don't think we've taken a position on them at this point. But as I mentioned to Jeff, the administration certainly is interested in working in a partnership with members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, as we confront this threat.
  • Rep. Peter King: Obama Has "Absolute Power" To Carry Out Attacks Against ISIS

    09/07/2014 3:12:27 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 23 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 7, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    REP. PETER KING (R-NY): As a Republican, I do believe the president has the constitutional authority to take action now in Iraq and in Syria against ISIS. I believe as a matter of course, it's probably better for him to get Congressional approval, but I -- which I would certainly vote for. But I don't believe he needs it. And if that's going to delay what he wants to do, he should go ahead and just take action without waiting for Congress. This is too important to get this bogged down in a Congressional debate if the president does not...
  • Howard Fineman on Beheading: "First Time I've Seen Obama Take Something Personally" (video)

    HOWARD FINEMAN, HUFFINGTON POST: I think the president doesn't think in mano a mano terms. He likes to think of himself, and I know he thinks of himself, as a broad-gauged deep guy who plays a long-term game. Has allies, has a plan. Doesn't take it personally. This is the first time I've ever seen him sort of take something personally. Now there is also a school of thought --
  • Chris Matthews: "No Matter How We Got Into This, It's Obama's War Now" (video)

    08/20/2014 4:58:39 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 11 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 20, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    CHRIS MATTHEWS: I think a lot of Americans watching that execution set-up we were just witness to, they would like to push the button and have all of the people killed. They can't stand what they saw. This will cause rage in this country to see the way they did this... No matter how we get into this, it is Obama's war now. I think he is saying that himself right there. They decapitated this guy on tape to get even with him for starting the war on ISIS. He's coming back. And we also have at least one other...
  • Obama: "I Don't Worry About Israel's Survival"

    08/09/2014 12:09:39 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 26 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 9, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    From Thomas Friedman's interview with President Obama published August 8, 2014: TOM FRIEDMAN, NEW YORK TIMES: Are you worried about Israel's long-term survivability? I've been there for the last week watching the war. What does it feel like to you? PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is amazing to see what Israel has become over the last several decades. I mean, you think about the dream of the early Zionists to have scratched out of rock this incredibly vibrant, incredibly successful and wealthy and powerful country is a testament to the ingenuity and the energy and vision of the Jewish people. And...
  • Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: "No Ceasefire! Wipe Hamas Out" (with video)

    07/29/2014 8:40:53 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 21 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 29, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    LT. COL. RALPH PETERS: Washington and both sides of the aisle to a degree will not face up to the fact that in Middle Eastern Islam there is a sickness right now that has perverted the religion grossly... And you have all these factions competing to see who can kill the most Christians, kill the most Jews. I mean, again, the Obama administration doesn't care about dead Christians or Jews, but gosh they're really worried, we want a ceasefire to rescue Hamas. No ceasefire, Sean. No ceasefire! Wipe Hamas out. Let me use one more Russian phrase because Russian is...
  • State Dept's Jen Psaki Cries Sexism: Russians "Targeted" Me Because Of My Outfits (video)

    06/13/2014 6:32:53 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 53 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 12, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says she has become a Twitter meme in Russian circles because she is a woman, claiming they "have a bit of a tendency to focus on the outfits I’m wearing and the colors I’m wearing." Psaki accused Russian outlets like Russia Today of sexism and spreading false rumors that she was fired from the State Department because she has not been at the podium lately. (Psaki's deputy Marie Harf conducted the State Department daily press briefing all last week.) Russia Today responded, saying the shots fired at Psaki on Twitter from Russians are for the...
  • Dinesh D'Souza on Racism "Never Have I Seen A Topic Less Experienced and More Talked About" (video)

    06/09/2014 2:01:12 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 9 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 9, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    D'SOUZA: Never have I seen a topic -- in this case, racism -- less experienced and more talked about. In other words -- when I was in college, the talk of racism was everywhere and the reality was, no one could find it. In fact, no matter who you talked to, you say, 'When is the last time it happened to you?' 'Oh, it didn't happen to me, but it's everywhere. It's everywhere.' So, after a while I realized what happen was the professor started talking about institutional racism. By which they meant, racism so invisible nobody knows where it...
  • SHOCK: NBC Reporter: Taliban Has Been More Forthcoming About Bergdahl Than U.S. Government (vid)

    06/04/2014 6:06:43 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 13 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 4, 2014 | Real
    NBC's Richard Engel says the Taliban is giving the media much more information about the Bergdahl swap than the U.S. government. Engel reports the U.S. government is updating journalists with written statements on the health of rescued POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. "The Taliban, however, have been very forthcoming with information," Engel said. "We're kind of dependent on press releases and whatever the White House and others decide to give us," MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski said. "This is tough to cover and to get the story." "We've actually been getting more information today from the Taliban than we have from spokespersons here...