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  • Wikileaks: Podesta Warned Hillary to Stop Discussing Sensitive Info via Email

    11/03/2016 11:16:42 AM PDT · by Hadean · 16 replies
    Polizette.com ^ | Nov. 3, 2016 | Edmund Kozak
    An email released by WikiLeaks on Thursday provides new insight into Hillary Clinton’s carelessness with sensitive information in her emails and shows she was warned by close confidants to be more cautious — even long after leaving the State Department. WikiLeaks released a 2014 email conversation between Clinton and her current campaign Chairman John Podesta about the tactical situation in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. In what until today was the latest available email in the chain, Clinton stated that "there may be opportunities as the Iraqi piece improves." She also asked Podesta if he had "any idea...
  • WH: 'We Will Close Gitmo Because It is Bad for Our National Security and Because It's Too Costly'

    01/11/2016 10:16:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 11, 2016 | 7:01 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Congress has expressly forbidden President Obama from transferring prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the United States, but White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough shrugged it off on Sunday. "What the president just said is, he's going to work with Congress, present them a plan to close (the prison), and then he'll make some final determinations," McDonough told Fox News Sunday. "But let me be clear, the president has said from the beginning of this administration that we will close Gitmo because it's bad for our national security and because it's too costly -- $4 million per year per...
  • Late lobbying against refugee bill backfires on the White House

    11/19/2015 11:47:35 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 19, 2015 | Mike Lillis and Scott Wong
    "[But] when people said, 'Well, can't we work that out administratively by adding resources, delegating certification, maybe even collapsing all of this into a more expedited, accelerated process across the board?' The answer wasn't, 'Well, no, statutorily we wouldn't be able to do that.' The answer was, 'We don't have the staff.' "That's just a matter of mechanics, it's not a matter of principle or statute," [Rep. Gerry] Connolly [D-VA] said. "And that's not a good enough reason for me to vote no. And I think a lot of the other Democrats felt the same way." The Obama administration's eleventh-hour...
  • Corker: WH foreign policy talks 'bizarre'

    05/23/2014 1:12:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 23, 2014 | Justin Sink
    Top White House officials have reportedly been holding private meetings with lawmakers this week to boost support for the president’s foreign policy strategy, although the outreach effort appears to have left some lawmakers confused and upset. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) described a meeting with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and National Security Adviser Susan Rice earlier this week as “one of the most bizarre I've attended on Foreign Relations on foreign policy in our country.” “I know several of us were involved in a very bizarre discussion last night. This continues a very bizarre discussion,” Corker added, according...
  • EPA Scrambles To Save Its Global Warming Rule From Defeat

    07/31/2015 1:33:47 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 31, 2015 17:16 UTC | Michael Bastasch
    The EPA may be making some major changes to its carbon dioxide emissions regulatory scheme, the details of which have been leaked to the media just days ahead of its expected release date. The EPA will be getting rid of its energy efficiency building block of its Clean Power Plan over legal concerns the agency was overstepping its bounds by controlling how efficiently people used their electricity, reports The Wall Street Journal. The Journal also reported the Clean Power Plan will encourage nuclear power production. An EPA spokeswoman would not confirm the reported changes to the rule as it has...
  • Obama: I'm Reagan and Hillary can be Bush 41

    07/30/2015 7:24:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/30/15 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE and SARAH WHEATON
    [Hussein] compares himself to Ronald Reagan as he strives for a 'transformational' presidency ...Obama told alumni of his White House staff on a private conference call this week, “we’ve got to make sure that we’re laying the foundation” for the next Democrat elected.... The call, organized by top aides including chief of staff Denis McDonough and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, was aimed at thanking staff members for their work in promoting Obama’s long-term presidential initiatives, a number of them reaching fruition over the past two weeks: Obamacare, trade, and strategic openings to Cuba and Iran, among others.
  • Cracks Appear in Democratic-Jewish Alliance Over Iran Deal, Netanyahu

    04/04/2015 5:24:19 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 23 replies
    WSJ ^ | Peter Nicholas
    Many U.S. Jewish leaders are unnerved both by the new Iran nuclear agreement and the public falling out between President Barack Obama and his Israeli counterpart, developments that are creating a rift in the durable alliance between Jews and the Democratic Party in the run-up to the 2016 elections. Worried that Iran might still develop a nuclear weapon despite the accord announced Thursday, the Jewish leaders say they feel torn between an Obama administration that has pressed hard for a deal and an Israeli government that has repeatedly warned that Iran is a grave threat to the Jewish state and...
  • Obama's Hypocritical Attack on Netanyahu

    03/29/2015 5:01:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    It took Bibi Netanyahu nearly a week to apologize properly for his inflammatory comment on Israel's election day warning that Arab voters were "heading to the polls in droves." On Monday, speaking at his Jerusalem residence to a group of Israeli Arab community leaders, the newly reelected prime minister expressed his regret: "I know the things I said a few days ago wounded Israel's Arab citizens. That was not in any way my intention, and I am sorry." But even after four and a half years, there has been no apology from Barack Obama for his inflammatory remarks just before...
  • Anti-Israel sentiments force Virginia Bar to cancel trip to Jerusalem

    03/29/2015 5:58:02 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Prominent liberal lawyers accuse Obama of fanning anti-Israel fervor By Kellan Howell - The Washington Times - Saturday, March 28, 2015 The Virginia State Bar Association has canceled a trip for its members to learn in Jerusalem later this year after some members campaigned against it, accusing Israel of “unacceptable discriminatory policies and practices” in how it ensures its border security. The episode, confirmed in an email from Bar President Kevin Martingayle that was obtained by The Washington Times, is the latest example of the impact of an anti-Israel fervor that has swept across some parts of America in recent...
  • Anti-Israel sentiments force Virginia (State) Bar to cancel trip to Jerusalem

    03/29/2015 5:36:22 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    The Virginia State Bar Association has canceled a trip for its members to learn in Jerusalem later this year after some members campaigned against it, accusing Israel of “unacceptable discriminatory policies and practices” in how it ensures its border security. The episode, confirmed in an email from Bar President Kevin Martingayle that was obtained by The Washington Times, is the latest example of the impact of an anti-Israel fervor that has swept across some parts of America in recent months as President Obama has feuded with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Certain members of the Virginia State Bar and other...
  • Author: White House reveals 'hatred' for Israel

    03/25/2015 5:49:20 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough recently publicly demanded an Israeli “occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end,” pushing the relations between the U.S. and its chief Middle East ally for decades to the breaking point. McDonough’s comments, made to the left wing activist group J Street, simply are proof of the Obama administration’s “hatred” for Israel, according to best-selling author Joel Richardson. Richardson, who recently released “When a Jew Rules the World: What Every Christian Must Know about Israel in God’s Prophetic Plans,” explains the United States is now openly siding against Israel and the...
  • White House (Chief of Staff) warns Netanyahu that 'occupation must end'

    03/23/2015 4:37:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/23/15 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - The White House on Monday bluntly warned Israel that its occupation of Palestinian land must end, dismissing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts to take back controversial campaign pledges. In unusually tough language that underscores the fracture in relations between Washington and Israel, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said "an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end." McDonough criticized Netanyahu's pre-election pledge to block the creation of a Palestinian state -- the supposed end goal of decades of fruitless peace talks -- and he questioned Netanyahu's efforts to undo the damage. "We cannot...
  • The Veil Is Coming Off: Obama Top aide says Israeli OCCUPATION must end

    03/23/2015 1:47:07 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 64 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/23/15 | The Right Scoop
    Obama sent his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, to J Street where he brought the crowd to their feet when he said this: “An occupation that has lasted more than 50 years must end.” Mark Levin was right. Obama is definitely going full Mussolini and he’s using Netanyahu’s campaign rhetoric as the excuse to couch it in. POLITICO – White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough made clear in a speech to a left-leaning Israel advocacy group that President Barack Obama isn’t letting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the hook for his dismissal of a two-state solution. That stance,...
  • White House Chief of Staff at J Street: ‘Occupation’ by Israelis ‘Must End’

    03/23/2015 6:15:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | March 23, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    White House chief of staff Denis McDonough today called for an end to Israel’s “occupation” of the Palestinians and vowed that the Obama administration won’t “pretend” that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t make his campaign remarks about no two-state solution. McDonough thanked the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” — as J Street bills itself — and pro-Palestinian lobbying group for the “important work you do around the country,” calling it “an organization that, in the best tradition of the American Jewish community, shares a set of values about the type of country that we are – a democracy where all of our...
  • Top White House official calls for end to ’50-year occupation’ (attacks Congress too)

    03/23/2015 2:11:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 63 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 23, 2015, 9:27 pm | Rebecca Shimoni Stoil
    Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says that Israel’s government must match up ‘words with actions and policies,’ warns Netanyahu’s statements can’t be willed away WASHINGTON — White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough called for the end of Israel’s “50-year occupation” and doubled down on the Obama administration’s critique of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a warmly received speech to the lobbying group J Street in Washington Monday. Speaking to the dovish group’s national conference, McDonough became the latest in a series of Washington officials to highlight the administration’s displeasure with Netanyahu, while also talking up the permanence of US-Israel...
  • White House Issues Saturday Night Iran Deal Warning To Senate

    03/15/2015 8:06:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    WASHINGTON -- In an effort to reassert control over the domestic political debate surrounding sensitive negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, the White House penned a letter Saturday night warning senators to hold back on legislation that would detract from the president’s ability to affect and approve a final agreement with Iran. The letter, written by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), reiterates a veto threat of the bill, while insisting that Congress will have a say in reviewing and affecting the ultimate outcome. But in far more detailed and foreboding...
  • Sen. Corker: White House Meeting...‘One Of The Most Bizarre I’ve Attended’

    05/24/2014 7:59:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    CBS-DC ^ | 5-23-14
    White House officials have been holding private meetings this week aimed at soothing lawmakers’ concerns over the U.S. posture in Syria, the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan and defense spending. The meetings come as a frustrated White House seeks to push back at criticism of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. But the White House outreach appeared to be having little effect on some lawmakers’ concerns. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, described Tuesday night’s White House meeting with chief of staff Denis McDonough and national security adviser Susan Rice as...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 25 January 2015

    01/25/2015 4:27:49 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 134 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 25 January 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 25th, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): McDonough; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark. FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): McDonough; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill, Adam Schiff, D-Calif, and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.; former Gov. Jon Huntsman, R-Utah.
  • White House Knew CIA Snooped On Senate, Report Says

    01/15/2015 2:18:03 PM PST · by kristinn · 39 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | Thursday, January 15, 2015 | Ali Watkins
    Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan consulted the White House before directing agency personnel to sift through a walled-off computer drive being used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to construct its investigation of the agency’s torture program, according to a recently released report by the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General. The Inspector General’s report, which was completed in July but only released by the agency on Wednesday, reveals that Brennan spoke with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough before ordering CIA employees to “use whatever means necessary” to determine how certain sensitive internal documents had wound up in...
  • No. 2 Senate Dem: 'We've got a problem' if Dodd-Frank rider stays

    12/12/2014 2:00:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Thursday morning slammed a provision in the pending spending bill that would repeal a piece of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and expressed doubt that enough Democrats could support the package if that rider remains. “I just spoke to Nancy Pelosi. The Democrats believe this is an odious provision that should not be included. Many of us feel the same way,” said Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “[Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)] can take it out in the bat of any eye, and I hope he will....