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  • 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...
  • State Dept. Condemns ‘Honor Killings,’ But No Mention of Religion As a Factor

    05/30/2014 2:57:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 30, 2014 - 4:06 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    The State Department on Thursday condemned the stoning of death of a Pakistani woman and other violence against women “in the name of tradition and honor,” but made no reference to religion as a factor. […] “Tragically, this was at least the third reported so-called honor killing in Pakistan this week,” said department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, reacting to the killing of a pregnant 25-year-old, stoned to death outside a Lahore courthouse by members of her own family for marrying against their wishes. “We remain very concerned about violence against women and girls that takes place around the world, including in...
  • Reporters Openly Mocked the U.S. State Department’s Spokeswoman Today (w/Video)

    05/29/2014 5:03:41 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 61 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5-29-2014 | Bryan Preston
    May 29, 2014 Reporters Openly Mocked the U.S. State Department’s Spokeswoman Today Bryan Preston Whatever US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki is trying to sell, she’ll have no buyers among the Washington press corps. Psaki tried arguing that President Obama “doesn’t give himself enough credit” for his foreign policy triumphs.Reporters asked a sensible question in response: What on earth are you talking about? When does this president not give himself enough credit?One reporter even asked Psaki how much credit she would give the president. Answer: A lot.As the conversation devolves into farce, this exchange happened. Q: I mean — I...
  • State Department Cites Daily Kos, Think Progress While Defending Kerry Apartheid Statement

    04/28/2014 2:41:26 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 15 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/28/14 | Aurelius
    In one of the clearest statements by the White House that they are completely engulfed in their own worldview, the State Department on Sunday cited both Daily Kos and Think Progress while defending Secretary of State John Kerry's offensive apartheid statement. This previous Friday, Mr. Kerry stated that Israel risked becoming an "apartheid state" if they did not give in to Palestinian demands during peach talks between the two groups. The State Department quickly went on defense to protect the asinine statements. Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the State Department, tweeted out two articles in which other people had warned that...
  • Shrinking #Diplomacy and Inflating #Egos

    04/26/2014 7:49:27 AM PDT · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-26-2014 | MOTUS
    I’m afraid I can’t ease your jitters over the  Russia/Ukraine situation. Once you’ve turned your diplomatic channels over to social media, the situation is more or less out of your control. Reducing diplomacy to 160 characters may not be as effective as you’d hoped. There’s fighting words, if I’ve ever heard any. Butt here’s something I can report on that’s sure to put your weekend mind at ease: apparently there is “no truth” to the vicious rumor that NBC hired a shrink to find out why David Gregory is so unlikable and the ratings of “Meet the Press” have plummeted...
  • Russia sends troops, Obama administration sends a selfie

    03/28/2014 9:37:26 AM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | 3/28/2014 | Carl Campanile
    Russian leader Vladmir Putin sent in troops and tanks to invade neighboring Ukraine and the Obama administration is coming to the rescue with . . . selfies! State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was mocked Thursday after posting a photo of herself on Twitter holding a sign that read #United­For­Ukraine @State­Dept­Spox.” Psaki, who has worked closely with President Obama since his 2008 campaign and is the chief communications adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, is smiling and giving a thumbs-up in the photo. But the cheerleading for beleaguered Ukraine wasn’t trending or scaring off bully Putin, said critics in the blogosphere. “Presenting...
  • U.S.: Israel’s discrimination keeps it out of visa waiver deal

    03/26/2014 5:53:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Ha'aertz ^ | Mar. 25, 2014
    Discrimination against visiting Arab-Americans is primary reason Israel ineligible for a program allowing Israeli tourists into the U.S. without visas. Discrimination against visiting Arab-Americans is the primary reason Israel is not eligible for a program allowing Israeli tourists in to the United States without visas, the Obama administration said. “The Department of Homeland Security and State remain concerned with the unequal treatment that Palestinian Americans and other Americans of Middle Eastern origin experience at Israel’s border and checkpoints, and reciprocity is the most basic condition of the Visa Waiver Program,” Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said March 21 in...
  • '21st century book burning,' U.S. official blog slams Ankara

    03/22/2014 3:08:59 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    hurriyet daily news ^ | March/22/2014
    The official blog of U.S. Department of State has published a vitriolic post, slamming Turkey's blocking of Twitter as '21st century book burning.' "Every day, governments around the world devote precious resources to Internet censorship. It is 21st Century book-burning -- and it doesn’t make anyone stronger. This brand of suppression affects all of us: In an era in which the Internet serves as the world’s community forum, censorship anywhere is a threat to freedom of speech everywhere," Douglas Frantz, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, has written on the the State Department's official blog, Dipnote, March 21. "Sometimes even our...
  • State Department: Kerry ‘Frustrated’ by Claims He’s Anti-Israel

    02/03/2014 9:04:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    INN ^ | 2/4/2014, 3:46 AM | Elad Benari
    The State Department on Monday once again went out of its way to state that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is “staunchly opposed” to boycotts against Israel. “We are absolutely opposed, we have been opposed to any attempts at boycotts—boycotting Israel,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news briefing, a day after taking to Twitter to stress that Kerry did not mean to threaten Israel when he said at the Munich Security Conference that the Jewish state will face boycotts if peace talks fail. […] She also said that Kerry “has had a 100 percent...
  • The Persian Triangle

    01/17/2014 1:12:39 PM PST · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Commentary ^ | 01.01.14 - 12:00 AM | Clifford D. May | Clifford D. May
    The Persian Triangle Clifford D. May On November 24, 2013, a “Joint Plan of Action” was concluded in Geneva by Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council—the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China—as well as Germany. “We have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program,” President Obama exulted. This agreement, added Secretary of State John Kerry, will ensure that Iran “cannot build a nuclear weapon.” Their confidence was not universally shared. “This deal appears to provide the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism with billions of dollars in exchange for cosmetic concessions that...
  • The UN invites Iran to Peace Conference on Syria

    01/20/2014 4:17:34 AM PST · by markomalley
    Asia News ^ | 1/20/2014
    The UN has invited Iran to the Peace Conference on Syria in Geneva on January 22 . It was confirmed last night by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki -moon, who stressed the potential positive role of Tehran in the future transition in Syria. The decision, however, has been challenged by the anti-Assad opposition that threatens a boycott of the conference, as well as by the United States : they have set support for points set out in Geneva in 2012 as a condition for participation. If Iran were to accept more than 40 countries will be present at the...
  • Netanyahu: Iran proposal ‘worse than a bad deal’ (continues to blast Obama / Kerry policy)

    11/12/2013 2:39:54 PM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 12, 2013, 10:56 pm | Stuart Winer and Adiv Sterman
    As PM demands that Washington keep up the economic pressure on Tehran, Kerry prepares to ward off new sanctions bills Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday fired another volley in what has turned into an ongoing, very public war of words with the Obama administration, saying that from what he had seen of a proposed interim solution to the Iranian nuclear standoff, the terms would allow Tehran to advance toward an atomic weapons capability while throwing off the yoke of economic sanctions. “Israel prefers a diplomatic option to other options, but we demand a real diplomatic solution in order to...
  • Egyptian Pol: 'Very Strong Perception' Obama Backs Muslim Brotherhood

    08/25/2013 1:01:15 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 46 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Aug 25 2013 | by AWR Hawkins
    TIME Magazine reports that Egyptians "remain convinced that President Obama is backing the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Morsi." Speaking on August 22, the head of Egypt's Social Democratic Party Mohamed Abou El-Ghar said: "America is losing Egypt... There is a very strong perception that they are supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and they are against other parties." El-Ghar said this perception began growing when Senator John McCain (R-AZ) met with representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood in February 2012 but would not meet with with representatives from other parties. He said the perception "was furthered" when U.S. Ambassador to Egypt...
  • U.S.: 'Settlements' Are Illegitimate; United States says it disapproves of construction in Judea

    08/08/2013 9:05:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    inn ^ | 8/8/13 | Elad Benari
    The United States said on Thursday that it was against Israeli approval of new Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria. The comments were made hours after it was reported that the Civil Administration has authorized construction of 878 housing units in Judea and Samaria. The units were approved for towns in the Binyamin region, the Jordan Valley, and Gush Etzion. Speaking to reporters, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki responded when asked about the new construction, "The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity and opposes any efforts to legitimize settlement outposts." She added that Washington had...
  • Kerry, Hagel and Russians Will Meet on Issues Imperiling Obama-Putin Visit

    08/06/2013 9:44:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/6/13 | Michael D. Shear and Steven Lee Myers
    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plan to meet here in Washington with their Russian counterparts on Friday for a day of talks that could determine the fate of a September summit meeting between President Obama and the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. State Department officials on Tuesday afternoon confirmed the meeting with Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, and Sergei K. Shoigu, the defense minister. Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said the four officials would discuss “a number of pressing bilateral and global issues.” “There’s a lot to discuss,´´Ms. Psaki said.
  • Psaki: ‘We Have Determined That We Do Not Need to Make a Determination’ on Egypt

    08/06/2013 5:54:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/6/13 | Staff
    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told Matt Lee of the Associated Press Tuesday that the U.S. had “determined that we do not need to make a determination” over whether or not the ousting of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt was a coup. Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) called it a coup Tuesday, but the Obama administration has deliberately avoided using the word:
  • Kurdish-Nusra battle becoming war within a war in northern Syria

    07/28/2013 5:13:34 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | Roy Gutman
    The Kurdish militia captured the border town of Ras al Ayn on Sunday, which had been under rebel control since last November. A day later, the United States said it was "very concerned" at reports that the militia was about to declare self-rule in northern Syria. "Such a declaration is highly provocative, as it will certainly exacerbate tensions between Arabs and Kurds," Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, said Monday. Turkey, which embarked on a broad peace process in March with Kurdish militants at home, has warned that it won't tolerate an autonomous Kurdish province across the Syrian border. This...
  • US Calls for Morsi’s Release

    07/12/2013 3:28:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Voice of America ^ | July 12, 2013 | Scott Stearns
    The Obama administration is calling on Egyptian authorities to release deposed president Mohamed Morsi from detention. Morsi has been under house arrest since Egyptian troops removed him from power last week. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says President Morsi should be freed as part of a push to include all political actors in a transitional authority, including Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. “An inclusive and sustainable democracy where all sectors of society, where all Egyptian people are fully represented, will represent all sides. And we feel that includes of course the Muslim Brotherhood and other representatives that have been detained,” said...
  • Cameras Catch break in at Whistleblower's law firm

    07/07/2013 5:02:23 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 112 replies
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | July 7,2013 | John Hudson
    The offices of a Dallas law firm representing a high-profile State Department whistleblower were broken into last weekend. Burglars stole three computers and broke into the firm's file cabinets. But silver bars, video equipment and other valuables were left untouched, according to local Fox affiliate KDFW, which aired security camera footage of the suspected burglars entering and leaving the offices around the time of the incident. The firm Schulman & Mathias represents Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator at the State Department's Office of the Inspector General. In recent weeks, she raised a slew of explosive allegations against the department and...
  • State Department shuts down Benghazi questions: 'You'll have to take my word for it'

    05/14/2013 6:56:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/14/13 | Joel Gehrke
    “You’ll have to take my word for it,” said a spokesperson for the most transparent administration in history when reporters asked her to substantiate her claim that the CIA removed references to terrorists from the Benghazi talking points before the State Department ever saw them. “If you look at the talking points and the train of that, the reference to al Qaeda was taken out even before the State Department saw the talking points,” Jen Psaki, former traveling campaign press secretary for the Obama team in 2012, told reporters during the State Department press briefing Monday.
  • Obama Rep calls House hearings "Outrageous" (satire alert needed for the inane)

    10/10/2012 12:19:13 PM PDT · by GeronL · 34 replies
    Associated Posers ^ | 10-10-2012 | geronl
    (Associated Posers) - WASHINGTON DC – With testimony taking place in front of a US House Committee about the lack of security at the US Consulate in Benghazi where 4 Americans were killed in what the government now admits was a terrorist act, the Presidents' representative Jen Psaki appeared on CNN to call the hearing “outrageous”. “This is a political stunt to change the topic away from Mitt Romney's failed economic and social policies” she said “There is no reason for anyone to worry about why our embassies are unguarded”. Documents released from the administration show that the staff of...
  • Jen Psaki leaving White House

    09/20/2011 8:36:44 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 9/20/11 | MIKE ALLEN
    Psaki, called “Jen” by President Barack Obama and her colleagues, has been known as an island of calm and karma aboard the campaign plane and later in the tumultuous West Wing. She will start Oct. 17 as senior vice president and managing director at Global Strategy Group. Psaki started talking to the firm this summer and accepted the job in mid-August, but delayed her departure to allow for a transition and so she could tell West Wing officials in person.
  • Brundage heads to main press shop (White House)

    01/24/2010 11:29:47 AM PST · by ColdOne · 3 replies · 308+ views
    Politico44 ^ | January 24,2010 | CAROL E. LEE
    The White House is moving regional communications director Amy Brundage to the main press shop, where she will replace spokeswoman Jen Psaki, White House officials said. Brundage, who was Midwest communications director for the Obama campaign, starts her new job Monday as an assistant press secretary handling day to day economic issues and other issues to be determined. Psaki was recently promoted to deputy communications director. Brundage has worked for President Obama since his time in the Senate, where she served as his press secretary. She also worked for Sen. John Kerry