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  • Trump’s Interior Department Won’t Be Removing Confederate Monuments From Civil War Battlefields

    08/16/2017 3:00:40 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-16-2017 | Michael Bastasch
    The Interior Department won’t be removing monuments to Confederate soldiers at national battlefields that are “an important part of our country’s history,” according to a spokesman. “The National Park Service is committed to safeguarding these memorials while simultaneously educating visitors holistically and objectively about the actions, motivations and causes of the soldiers and states they commemorate,” spokesman Jeremy Barnum told E&E News. National Park statements come after a woman was killed counter-protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The city voted to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
  • State Department: Hillary’s ethics pledge did not apply to her top aides

    08/11/2016 6:54:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/11/16 | John Sexton
    A State Department spokesperson clarified Thursday that Hillary Clinton’s 2009 ethics pledge—to avoid conflicts of interest with the Clinton Foundation—did not extend to Clinton’s top aides at the Department. Spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau was asked about recently revealed emails that showed top members of Hillary Clinton’s staff doing favors for Clinton Foundation associates. “I’m not going to speak to specific emails, but I think you guys know State Department officials are regularly in touch with a wide variety of outside individuals and organizations including businesses, nonprofits, NGOs, think tanks,” Trudeau replied. “You don’t feel like there was impropriety in the relationship
  • State Dept. delaying release of Bill Clinton speech records until 2018

    08/09/2016 11:50:03 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/9/16 | Sarah Westwood
    State Department officials are attempting to block multiple lawsuits seeking Bill Clinton's speech schedules by redacting the documents heavily or withholding them until after the election. A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Republican National Committee has yielded just 14 pages of schedules so far, most of which were redacted beyond coherence, said Raj Shah, an RNC spokesman. And on Monday, the State Department provided Politico with 1,000 pages of documents — most of which were redacted entirely and contained only text that read "Page Denied" — in response to a request filed more than six years ago....
  • State Department Funds Televised Call for Boycotting Israel; The New York Times Is Amused

    06/06/2016 5:09:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Algemeiner Journal ^ | 6/6/16 | Ira Stoll
    The State Department is using American taxpayer dollars to finance Palestinian Arabs celebrating violent attacks on Israelis and advocating a boycott of Israel and the division of its capital city. Where’s the outrage? Not in the New York Times, which treats the topic as subject for a light-toned feature article about what it describes as a Palestinian “reality television show.” The show features contestants who “run” for the job of Palestinian president. The Times article reports that “the three finalists all had similar platforms: Boycott Israel. Designate East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.” Later, the Times reports, almost in...
  • State Dept. contractor allegedly paid by Chinese agent to spy on Americans – yet no charges filed

    04/21/2015 10:38:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/22/15 | Catherine Herridge
    Newly unsealed court documents obtained by Fox News show a State Department contractor allegedly was paid thousands by an individual thought to be a Chinese agent in exchange for information on Americans -- but despite an FBI probe, the Justice Department declined to prosecute. A November 2014 FBI affidavit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, shows the bureau investigated the contractor for her admitted contact with individuals she believed to be Chinese intelligence officers. The affidavit from agent Timothy S. Pappa states the translator, Xiaoming Gao, was paid "thousands of dollars to provide information on...
  • State Dept. Deputy Spokeperson: We Are at War With People Who Want to Kill People in the Name of

    01/12/2015 9:13:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/12/15 | Jim Hoft
    Martha MacCallum grilled State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf tonight on the administration’s refusal to use the term “Islamic extremism.” Martha MacCallum: Every time we see this exchange it seems like the answer is so tortured. Its so difficult to say what everyone around the world feels so clearly it is. Leaders have said in Canada, and Australia and Paris where they have felt it so personally, they’ve all said quite clearly that the battle is against Islamic extremism. Why is that so hard to say? Marie Harf: “Well, it’s not hard to say but it’s not the only type...
  • State Dept Manages to Come Up With More of a Howler than Obama’s ‘Manageable Problem’ Line

    09/03/2014 6:48:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    pj tattler ^ | 9/3/14
    Earlier today, President Barack Obama said that America’s goal should be to “shrink” the Islamic State until it is a “manageable problem.” His own vice president, Joe Biden, later contradicted him, saying that we will “follow ISIS to the gates of Hell, because Hell is where they will reside.” This afternoon, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki did a “what he really meant to say” routine.
  • State Dept: We’ve Been ‘Looking At’ a Long-Term Strategy Against ISIL For a Year

    08/13/2014 6:45:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/13/14 | Staff
    The State Department claimed Wednesday that they have been “looking at” developing a long-term strategy to fight ISIL in both Iraq and Syria for a year. The United States has stressed repeatedly that its current limited missions in Iraq against ISIL are not long-term solutions. “We are looking long-term at how we fight ISIL,” said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. Asked by a reporter to clarify, Harf said, “We’ve been looking at that for quite some time. That’s not new.” “We’ve been looking at that for months and months, even before the latest offenses that started in June against Mosul...
  • State Dept Criticizes Israeli Strike on Power Plant: ‘Deeply Troubled By Humanitarian Impact’

    07/29/2014 5:59:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/19/14 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said her department was “deeply troubled” by Israel’s strike on a Gaza power plant, continuing an ongoing trend of Kerry’s State Department obliquely criticizing Israel’s actions. “We’re deeply troubled by the humanitarian impact of reduced electricity in Gaza,” Psaki told reporters, “particularly for emergency services, and urge all parties to respect the civilian nature of these facilities.”
  • ‘My bad’: State Dept. official apologizes for #UnitedForGaza tweet

    07/20/2014 4:19:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/20/14 | Jessica Chasmar
    Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel gave a peculiar apology to outraged Twitter users on Sunday after he tweeted #UnitedForGaza to his 15,000 followers. In a tweet directed to the State Department, Mr. Stengel said, “Critical for a full, credible and unimpeded intl investigation of crash. Urge Russia to honor it’s [sic] commitment,” Twitchy first reported. After receiving swift backlash, the tweet was deleted, and Mr. Stengel sent out a terse explanation. “Earlier tweet with wrong hashtag was a mistake. My bad,” he said. (Snip) Twitter users weren’t buying Mr. Stengel’s apology.
  • State Dept Spox: 'Hamas may be responsible, but they're not to blame'

    07/01/2014 6:04:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 7/1/14 | Carl In Jerusalem
    Can anyone recall another instance outside of Israel in which the government of the United States went out of its way not to blame a terrorist organization for a terror attack? Encouraging restraint from both the Israeli government— livid over the finding of the bodies of the missing on Monday, vowing to exact justice on the perpetrators— and from the Palestinian leadership, some of whom are calling the trial an Israeli conspiracy, and all of whom are bracing for reprisal, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters that the US is intimate with intelligence on the case, in...
  • State Dept. Ignored Warnings of Iranian Efforts to Destabilize Iraq

    06/16/2014 2:14:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/16/14 | Adam Kredo
    State Department counterterrorism officials warned in late April that Iran had “trained, funded, and provided guidance” to ethnic Iraqi terror groups bent on destabilizing the country. The April warning appears to directly contradict and undermine comments last week by a State Department spokeswoman claiming that the United States and Iran have a “shared interest.” As Iraqi militants continue to wage attacks and seize territory, the State Department has signaled that it is willing to work with neighboring Iran to stabilize the country. They have even raised the idea of discussing Iraq on the sidelines of the ongoing nuclear discussions taking...
  • State Dept. Warns Against Ukraine Travel, Promotes Ukraine Travel

    03/28/2014 12:53:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/28/14 | Adam Kredo
    Just three days after the State Department issued a travel warning for Ukraine, it began promoting a campaign urging Americans to visit the country, prompting confusion and concern from some foreign policy observers. The State Department issued a Ukraine travel warning on March 21 warning “U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine and to defer all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and eastern regions of Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Lugansk due to the presence of Russian military forces in the Crimean Peninsula, and in Russia near the Ukrainian border.” Three days after that warning was issued the State Department’s...
  • The $17 Trillion Dollar Question(s)...

    10/17/2013 3:51:25 AM PDT · by Positive · 34 replies
    Various government agencies and a calculator | 10/17/2013 | Self
    If a family were to purchase a home with a $200,000 mortgage at 2.5% to be paid off in 15 years, the monthly payment would be $1333.57, or $16,003 per year. If a government owes a debt of $17 Trillion on which it pays principle and interest at a rate of 2.5% to be paid off in 15 years, the monthly payment would be $113.35 Billion, or $1.36 Trillion per year. So after 180 monthly payments the total payoff would be $20.4 Trillion, but let’s not get too deep into the weeds. The USA is averaging a deficit of about...
  • State Dept on Syria: We Don’t Want To Disassemble The Entire Regime

    10/07/2013 3:44:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/7/13 | staff
    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf condemned President Bashar al-Assad Monday, but left the door open for portions of the government to remain in place if Assad were to be removed from office. The State Department believes this is best way to proceed while Syria is dismantling its chemical weapons in order to avoid a ‘complete political implosion.’ Below is a transcript of the exchange: Q: — even more so. So if you begin to dismantle that in this crucial time where you want to make sure that the chemical weapons really will not get out to anyone else, isn’t it...
  • State Dept. Suggests Benghazi Survivors Don't Want to Testify, - Issa's Committee Responds

    09/11/2013 7:56:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/11/13 | Meredith Dake
    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki did not directly deny to reporters Wednesday that Benghazi survivors were being withheld from testifying before Congress, suggesting instead that House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is mistaken to assume any of the survivors do want to testify. Psaki went on the defensive Wednesday when Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asserted that she was giving contradictory statements concerning the Benghazi survivors. Psaki said these survivors were still involved in the criminal investigation surrounding the attacks which happened a year ago Wednesday, and it would endanger the lives of the survivors and their families to reveal...
  • Defense Department Education Materials Warn of ‘Extremists’

    08/25/2013 9:10:29 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/26/2013 | Jason Howerton
    U.S. Department of Defense education materials obtained by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, warn of “extremists” that will “talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.” Judicial Watch and other conservative media outlets claim the disclosure indicates the department is teaching that conservative views are “extremist” in nature. The guide is reportedly authored by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, a Defense Department-funded diversity training center. Further, the documents cite the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) when identifying “hate groups.”
  • State Dept. Spox: Nobody at Foggy Bottom Responsible for Benghazi Attack

    08/20/2013 4:40:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 8/20/13 | Andrew Johnson
    The State Department is insisting that secretary of state John Kerry’s decision to reinstate four employees put on administrative leave in the wake of of last year’s Benghazi attack was the right call. A spokeswoman said that Kerry, after revewing the Accountability Review Board’s report on the attack and the “totality of the careers” of the four employees, determined that the the action taken against them was “not warranted.” “These are people with real lives, real careers,” deputy press secretary Marie Harf told reporters on Tuesday?. Asked who should be held accountable for the attack that resulted in the deaths...
  • For 2nd time, Justice Dept. says Miami Police problems 'are still entrenched' and must be changed

    07/14/2013 8:44:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/14/13 | Jay Weaver
    The U.S. Justice Department’s long-awaited report finding excessive use of force by Miami police officers might not be a criminal indictment, but it reads like one. The findings, released last week after a 20-month investigation, depict a dysfunctional department with poor firearms training, tactics and supervision — along with sloppy internal investigations of police-involved shootings that often drag on for years with no discipline or accountability. Justice’s civil rights division, prodded into action by seven fatal police shootings of African-American men, found that the Miami Police Department had fully investigated only 24 of 33 shooting incidents from 2008 to 2011,...
  • Labor Dept. to Ask Consumers to Identify Businesses Who Treat 'Their Workers Fairly and Lawfully'

    07/11/2013 2:50:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/11/13 | JERYL BIER
    As the Department of Labor (DOL) celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act this year, the department is sponsoring a Smartphone app contest to help consumers identify businesses who treat "their workers fairly and lawfully." The DOL requests [emphasis added] that contestants: develop a smartphone application that will transform the way the public is able to use departmental enforcement data. By providing consumers with information at their fingertips about which businesses have treated their workers fairly and lawfully, the creator of this application will help empower consumers to make informed choices about where to bring their business....