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  • Prisoner Swap Blows Up on WH (Obama sends top aide to mollify Senate Dems)

    06/03/2014 6:39:03 PM PDT · by kristinn · 82 replies
    The Hill ^ | Tuesday, June 3, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    The Obama administration has apologized for bypassing Congress before it released senior Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay as part of a controversial prisoner exchange. The expression of regret was a major shift for the White House, which had previously offered a defiant defense on why it could not adhere to the notification provisions of a 2013 law. SNIP White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said Monday that Congress knew well in advance that the president might release detainees from Guantanamo in exchange for Bergdahl. “We’ve been consulting with members of Congress about this effort, including the potential transfer of...
  • Denis McDonough: Obama is "madder than hell" about VA scandal

    05/18/2014 9:30:42 AM PDT · by kristinn · 69 replies
    CBS News ^ | Sunday, May 18, 2014 | Rebecca Kaplan
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough defended the White House reaction to the scandals emerging from Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals around the country, saying on CBS' "Face the Nation" that President Obama "is madder than hell - I've got the scars to prove it." In an interview with CBS News Chief White House Correspondent, McDonough said that VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is the right person to lead the investigation into reports that veterans have been put on secret waiting lists to hide the number of people who were not being treated within the VA's goal of 14 days. Several...
  • White House: Top VA official's resignation "is a termination"

    05/16/2014 4:03:49 PM PDT · by kristinn · 37 replies
    CBS News ^ | Friday, May 16, 2014 | Steve Chaggaris
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said that Friday's resignation of Robert Petzel, a top Veterans Affairs official, was not a voluntary exit. "There is no question that this is a termination of his job there before he was planning to go," McDonough told CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett for an interview to air on "Face the Nation" this Sunday. Petzel, the undersecretary for health care at the VA, handed in his resignation to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Friday. He had already announced his intention to retire this year and President Obama earlier this month...
  • Don’t Blame Climate Change for the California Drought

    02/05/2014 9:56:51 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/4/2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Taking firm advantage of the term’s cloudy meaning, Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, announced on Face the Nation this weekend that he was vexed by a “very chilling story in the New York Times today about the impact of climate change on droughts in the West – California, which is now seeing some pretty serious developments as a result of climate change.” “So,” McDonough concluded, “we’ll be looking at that.”
  • David Gregory: "Do You Ever Wonder Why The President Doesn't Get Credit (shortened)

    02/02/2014 3:42:45 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 26 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 2-2-2014
    Full title: David Gregory: "Do You Ever Wonder Why The President Doesn't Get Credit For An Economy That Is Rebounding?" DAVID GREGORY: The issue of the economy is a big one. Do you ever wonder why the president doesn't get more credit for an economy that is rebounding? What's the disconnect here? DENIS MCDONOUGH, WH CHIEF OF STAFF: I don't spend a lot of time wondering about credit for the president. He doesn't. ......
  • Obama BFF (for Now) on Scene (for Now) to 'Save' Obamacare

    11/29/2013 5:32:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2013 | John Ransom
    In a Thanksgiving missive that reads more like a love letter to the man than a newspaper article, the Washington Post has announced that Denis McDonough, the White House Chief of Staff, is now in charge of the healthcare hairball. “McDonough is now holding evening meetings every day with key players in the health care rollout,” says the Post, “offering support even as he holds agency leaders accountable.” Support and accountability? Wow. Evening work too. Whoa. In Obama’s White House? If I were McDonough, I’d get my resume ready. Perhaps when he’s looking for work next time, he can just...
  • 'Agitated' Dems vent on ObamaCare woes (Senate Dems vent frustrations in WH meeting)

    11/01/2013 7:08:11 AM PDT · by Qbert · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/31/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats vented their frustrations over the faulty rollout of the Affordable Care Act in a meeting Thursday with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and other senior officials. “There’s a lot of frustration, everywhere,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said after the meeting. McDonough tried to assure angry senators he is personally taking charge of the disparate federal offices in charge of implementing the massive law, which has been plagued by technical errors. “He gave us the impression that he’s taking charge of the different elements and cracking the whip. He said to let him know if we had...
  • Report Claims Syrian Troops Used Chemical Weapons Without Assad’s Approval

    09/09/2013 3:42:43 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Time ^ | September 9, 2013 | David Stout
    German surveillance suggests chemical attack unauthorized, Assad also tells PBS's Charlie Rose that he did not gas his own people, as White House continues to press claim. Government forces in Syria may have launched the chemical weapons attack that reportedly killed more than a thousand civilians last month before receiving a go-ahead from President Bashar Assad. According to an article published on Sunday in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, a German spy ship intercepted repeated communications from forces loyal to Assad asking for permission to use chemical weapons; however, their requests were consistently denied. This latest report comes as...
  • Obama Lies, Chief of staff has no Common Sense

    09/09/2013 12:33:43 PM PDT · by Red Statements
    Examiner4.com ^ | 09/08/2013 | Steven H Ahle
    <p>He was born of a mixed race parentage, who graduated from Columbia University, and worked as a community organizer, before being elected president. He has now announced his resignation.</p>
  • White House Admits It Has NO Allies For Syria Attack—A Coalition Of One

    09/08/2013 5:02:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/8/2013
    Recently WSJ reported on John Kerry’s claim that the number of countries supporting a U.S. attack on Syria reached “double digits” but Kerry failed to name any.JihadWatch noted the following: Liechtenstein? Luxembourg? Andorra? San Marino? Monaco? Seychelles? Tuvalu? Tannu Tuva? No, not even them. Kerry didn’t name them because he doesn’t have them. He is bluffing. Apparently, McDonough has a similar problem. In a CNN interview with White House Chief of Staff, Dennis McDonough was repeatedly pressed by Candy Crowley to provide examples of countries that will endorse or provide personnel or equipment for a military intervention in Syria. McDonough emphasized...
  • Chris Wallace Grills Obama’s Chief of Staff on Benghazi

    09/08/2013 11:44:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/8/13 | Oliver Darcy
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough failed to answer repeated questions on Sunday about why the U.S. after one year has failed to arrest Ahmed Abu Khattala, who has been charged in connection with the Benghazi attacks. “Why is it that reporters seems to be able to find this guy, who the government is charging with involvement in Benghazi, but law enforcement can’t find him?” Fox News host Chris Wallace asked, adding “it’s been a year, sir.”
  • 'This Week' Transcript: Denis McDonough, Sen. Ted Cruz and Gregory Hicks

    09/08/2013 8:40:10 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept 8, 2013 | This Week
    CRUZ: I think a military attack is a mistake. STEPHANOPOULOS: Why? CRUZ: For two reasons. One because I think the administration is proceeding with the wrong objective, an two, because they have no viable plan for success. They are beginning from the wrong objective because this attack is not based on defending U.S. national security. It is not based on defending Americans or our allies, rather it is explicitly framed by President Obama, by Secretary Kerry, as a defense of what they call international norms. And I don't think that's the job of our military to be defending amorphous international...
  • W.H. defends Syria strike: "We learned our lesson" in Iraq

    09/08/2013 11:51:20 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    W.H. defends Syria strike: "We learned our lesson" in Iraq (CBS News) The United States "learned our lesson" in Iraq, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday on "Face the Nation," making the case for why a limited military strike in Syria won't escalate into a repeat of the nearly nine-year war. "The president opposed Iraq because he knew it was an inchoate mission with unplanned for consequences, unbudgeted for costs, and we saw the result of that," McDonough said. "And that's why the president undertook the effort that he did with our military leadership to end that...
  • McDonough Can’t Name One Ally

    09/08/2013 6:35:25 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    September 8, 2013 9:09 AM White House Admits It's a Coalition of One By Patrick Brennan When asked this morning if the U.S. has any pledges of military support for strikes in Syria, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough emphasized that the G20 and other nations have made supportive condemnations of the Syrian government’s actions, but repeatedly pressed by CNN’s Candy Crowley, provided no examples of countries that have endorsed or will provide personnel or equipment for a military intervention. He wouldn’t explicitly admit that the U.S. actually has no allies willing to provide support, saying, “you’re trying to...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 8 September 2013

    09/08/2013 5:11:33 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 119 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 8 September 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows September 7th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): McDonough; Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.; Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Peter King, R-N.Y., and Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif.FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Justin Amash, R-Mich., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): McDonough; Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.; Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Jim McGovern, D-Mass., Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., Barbara Lee, D-Calif.,...
  • The White House walk-and-talk that changed Obama's mind on Syria (CAPTION)

    09/02/2013 1:26:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 56 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/30/13 | Chuck Todd
    A stroll around the White House grounds with his top adviser on Friday evening changed President Barack Obama’s mind about getting Congress to sign off on a military strike in Syria, senior White House officials told NBC News. Obama had been leaning toward attacking Syria without a congressional vote for the past week, the officials said. Obama was convinced he had the evidence to back up a strike and as a result dispatched Secretary of State John Kerry to make a passionate case for U.S. action. But only hours after Kerry called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "a thug and a...
  • At the Last Minute, Obama Alone Made Call to Seek Congressional Approval

    09/01/2013 4:08:30 PM PDT · by mojito · 79 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/1/2013 | ADAM ENTOUS and CAROL E. LEE
    After a 45-minute walk Friday night, President Barack Obama made a fateful decision that none of his top national security advisers saw coming: To seek congressional authorization before taking military action in Syria. The stunning about-face after a week of U.S. saber rattling risked not only igniting a protracted congressional fight, which could end with a vote against strikes, but a backlash from allies in the Middle East who had warned the White House that inaction would embolden not only Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but his closest allies, Iran and Hezbollah. Aides said the decision was made by Mr. Obama...
  • Freshman Democrats Cause Pelosi Problems

    08/02/2013 7:12:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 8-2-13 | Mary Chastain
    Many freshman Democrats in the House are defying Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and not voting with the party on key issues. They told Politico they are there to represent their constituents and not make big points with House leadership. Dan Maffei (D-NY) has voted less with his party than any other freshman Democrat. He voted with Republicans to delay the mandates in Obamacare for one year. Fourteen of his colleagues joined him and Pelosi accused them of undermining her. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (D-FL) took to the House floor to attack the defectors, but Maffei does not regret his actions:...
  • The new power triangle [McCain, Schumer & Hussein's CoS...Three Morons]

    07/24/2013 2:28:24 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/23/13 | By MIKE ALLEN and JIM VANDEHEI
    Barack Obama, to hear his advisers tell it, has finally found The One he has been looking for: John McCain. “We have been looking literally for years for someone we can cut deals with, and finally someone has stepped up,” a White House official said. West Wing aides say they now talk with McCain roughly every other day. McCain, to hear fellow Republicans tell it, has finally found The Two he has needed to make such conversations worth the bother: Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat who can actually get things done in the Senate, and Denis McDonough, a White House...
  • White House doesn't know where Snowden is

    06/16/2013 7:45:52 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies
    White House doesn't know where Snowden is By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 6/16/13 9:48 AM EDT White House chief of staff Denis McDonough doesn't know where NSA leaker Edward Snowden is, but is suspicious of some of the claims the former government contractor has made. Citing the ongoing investigation, McDonough wouldn't talk about his or President Barack Obama's views of Snowden, though he did tell host Bob Schieffer on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday that he's unsure of whether Snowden is still in Hong Kong. "I don’t know where he is," McDonough said. He also suggested he has some doubts...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 16 June 2013

    06/16/2013 4:50:41 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 157 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 16 June 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows June 16th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Former Vice President Dick Cheney. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Lindsey Graham R-S.C.; Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.; Michael Hayden, a former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency.FACE THE NATION (CBS): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.; former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Rogers; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.
  • Senators, White House official visit Guantanamo

    06/07/2013 1:39:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | June 7, 2013 | Donna Cassata
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and two leading senators on national security are traveling to the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Congressional aides to Sens. Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee, and John McCain, a member of the Armed Services panel, said the lawmakers joined McDonough on the trip.
  • Amid damage control efforts, White House listens to outside advice

    05/16/2013 7:13:26 PM PDT · by haffast · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu May 16, 2013 8:44pm EDT | Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason
    (Reuters) - Senior White House officials responsible for navigating the administration through a trio of scandals met on Thursday with outside Democratic strategists for advice on how to get past the controversies and back on track advancing the president's agenda. The White House is trying to regain the upper hand after being knocked on the defensive over its response to deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, the seizure of journalists' phone records in a Justice Department leak investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for special scrutiny. Now, President Barack Obama's closest advisers want to find a way...
  • Benghazi Bag Man, Denis McDonough, to be named Obama's Next Chief of Staff

    01/16/2013 5:51:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/16/13 | Pamela Geller
    Hagel, Brennan, Kerry ... and now Denis McDonough. President Barack Obama plans to name Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough as his next chief of staff, a Democratic source briefed on the plans tells POLITICO. McDonough would replace Jack Lew, the communist Obama nominated to be his new Treasury secretary. Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor and a former senior fellow at the uber far left Center for American Progress, is the man most responsible for orchestrating the Benghazi jihad cover-up. McDonough rewrote the CIA talking points on Benghazi, misrepresenting the video, when the true motive behind the terrorist attack...
  • The Sept 11th Oval Office Team During The Benghazi Slaughter – More on Lew, Donilon and McDonough…

    01/09/2013 4:57:55 AM PST · by John Galt's cousin · 4 replies
    *** "First, as you consider Denis McDonough, and his role in the Benghazi events, it is worth noting this little before seen short video from 2006 while George Bush was in office. The Democrats had just won the majority seats in the House of Representatives, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were being used 24/7 by the politicos to demonize Bush." ***
  • Member of Egyptian Terror Group Goes to Washington (Lobbies for release of 'blind sheik')

    06/22/2012 8:54:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Thursday, June 21, 2012 | Eli Lake
    Terrorists aren’t supposed to get visas. But Hani Nour Eldin was apparently invited to D.C. this week to meet with top officials. Did no one Google him? It was supposed to be a routine meeting for Egyptian legislators in Washington, an opportunity for senior Obama administration officials to meet with new members of Egypt’s parliament and exchange ideas on the future of relations between the two countries. Instead, the visit this week looks like it’s turning into a political fiasco. Included in the delegation of Egyptian lawmakers was Hani Nour Eldin, who, in addition to being a newly elected member...
  • Congressman tells Obama he wants to interview 7 key administration officials about...leaks

    07/12/2012 5:42:55 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 12, 2012 | Chad Pergram, Cristina Marcos
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, told President Obama Thursday he’d like to interview seven current and former administration officials who may know something about a spate of national security leaks. The request follows suggestions by lawmakers a day earlier that they’re interested in potentially pursuing a congressional investigation into the leaks, on top of the Department of Justice-led probe. “Concern about these leaks knows no party line. When national security secrets leak and become public knowledge, our people and our national interests are jeopardized. And when our enemies know our secrets, American lives are threatened,” Smith said in...
  • White House official praises Muslim Brotherhood leader

    03/08/2011 4:46:21 PM PST · by opentalk · 31 replies
    WND ^ | March 8, 2011 | WND
    WASHINGTON –While visiting a mosque in the Washington area last week, a senior White House security official lavished praise on a Muslim cleric who happens to be a top leader of the radical Muslim Brotherhood in America, FBI investigators point out. "They are so ignorant," said one FBI veteran regarding the White House. "This is unbelievable bullsh--." White House sources explain that deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough was unaware of the cleric's radical ties, and added that the presidential assistant attended the outreach event as a show of support for the Muslim community ahead of Thursday's congressional hearings on...