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  • House committee chairman advising Trump on national security

    04/01/2016 4:51:34 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 35 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 1 April 2016 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Donald Trump is getting some national security advice from Florida Rep. Jeff Miller, a major coup for the candidate and one that could give him some needed gravitas on an issue heís had problems with in the past. A Trump campaign source confirmed to NBC News that Miller attended Trumpís meeting with national security advisers on Capitol Hill this Thursday. The Florida Republican, whoís retiring this year, is seen sitting at the front of a photo Trump sent out on Twitter after the meeting. Itís unclear whether Miller is officially advising Trump or only attended the one meeting. Miller serves...
  • Jane Fonda: Donald Trump pushing young Muslims ‚Äėcloser to the terrorists‚Äô

    02/08/2016 1:40:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 119 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2016 | Jessica Chasmar
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is driving young Muslims "closer to the terrorists," said actress and feminist icon Jane Fonda. Ms. Fonda, 78, appeared Sunday night at the Women's Equality and ERA Coalition's "Night of Comedy" in Manhattan, accusing Mr. Trump of "fanning the flames of people's anxieties and racism," the New York Daily News reported. "It's terrible and it's dangerous," Ms. Fonda said. "Even if he doesn't make it, which I don't think he will, the fact that he's said the things he's said about Muslims for example,...
  • Ted Cruz: Trump Will Let Deported Immigrants Back In, I Won‚Äôt

    01/05/2016 8:28:11 AM PST · by VinL · 231 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 1/5/16 | S/Kacynski
    Ted Cruz said during an appearance in Iowa on Monday that there‚Äôs a difference between him and Donald Trump on immigration. The Texas senator, who is leading the field of Republican presidential candidates in Iowa according to the latest polls, was asked by a man in the state if, like Trump, he believed that all undocumented immigrants should be deported. Cruz replied, ‚ÄúAbsolutely yes.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúAnd in fact, look, there‚Äôs a difference,‚ÄĚ said Cruz. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs advocated allowing folks to come back in and become citizens. I oppose that.‚ÄĚ Cruz is on a six-day trip around the state to shore up support...
  • Your Republican Uncle (New DNC website providing talking points)

    11/25/2015 9:36:26 AM PST · by TXnMA · 50 replies
    DNC website ^ | Undefined, but current | DNC
    YOUR REPUBLICAN UNCLE The holiday season is filled with food, traveling, and lively discussions with Republican relatives about politics sometimes laced with statements that are just not true. Here are the most common myths spouted by your family members who spend too much time listening to Rush Limbaugh and the perfect response to each of them. Want to stay in the know all year round? Sign up to have the latest updates on how Democrats are fighting back against Republicans.
  • The Benghazi Scandal Grows (Long article)

    05/10/2013 6:01:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 109 replies
    TWS ^ | May 20, 2013 | Stephen Hayes
    CIA director David Petraeus was surprised when he read the freshly rewritten talking points an aide had emailed him in the early afternoon of Saturday, September 15. One day earlier, analysts with the CIA¬ís Office of Terrorism Analysis had drafted a set of unclassified talking points policymakers could use to discuss the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. But this new version‚Äč¬ó‚Äčproduced with input from senior Obama administration policymakers‚Äč¬ó‚Äčwas a shadow of the original. The original CIA talking points had been blunt: The assault on U.S. facilities in Benghazi was a terrorist attack conducted by a large group of Islamic extremists, including...
  • Hillary Supporters All Have Suspiciously Identical Feelings About Meet the Press Interview

    09/28/2015 11:11:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9/28/15 | Alex Griswold
    In a massive coincidence, every single Hillary Clinton staffer and surrogate who watched the Democratic presidential candidateís Meet the Press interview had the exact same thoughts, sometimes using identical language.... Now at first, it may appear that these responses were all coordinated in some fashion. However, it would be against the law for campaign officials to coordinate with a pro-Clinton Super PAC director like Brad Woodhouse. So clearly itís a coincidence that his tweet was identical to Clinton staffer Karen Finneyís.
  • Bill O'Reilly responds to 'Mother Jones' charges with CBS memos, more invective

    02/21/2015 7:57:55 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 53 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 2/20/2015 | David Zurawik
    Fox News host Bill O'Reilly responded again Friday to allegations made by "Mother Jones" that he lied about his coverage of the Falklands conflict in 1982. Thursday night, shortly after the allegations were published, O'Reilly came out blasting, calling David Corn, one of the authors of the piece, a "pig" in an interview with The Sun. Friday in his "Talking Points" memo, which was to be broadcast at 8 p.m. during his show, O'Reilly quoted from internal CBS memos that he says he found last night, which back his version of the coverage he provided for the network 33 years...
  • Top Obama Officials Disagree Over Whether U.S. At War With ISIS

    09/12/2014 2:32:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    TIME ^ | September 12, 2014 | by Zeke J Miller
    The use of the W-word could have both legal and political implications. Top Obama Administration officials have publicly given conflicting accounts in recent days over a fundamental question of the new U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria: Is the nation at war? With 158 airstrikes carried out on ISIS targets and more than 1,600 troops deployed to Iraq in various capacities, Secretary of State John Kerry told ABC News Thursday that the nation was not in fact at war with the militant group. But by Friday afternoon, the White House and the Pentagon were...
  • Sean Hannity: I would not support ďdespicableĒ Thad Cochran in the general election

    06/25/2014 4:20:27 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 78 replies
    The electoral shenanigans employed by the victorious Cochran campaign in the Mississippi Republican runoff were too much for even GOP establishment spokesman Sean HannityĖ who urged listeners not to reward Thad Cochranís ďdisgustingĒ tactics by voting for him in the general electionÖ
  • What should the tea party do now? (Rove's RINOs already spinning expected Texas runoff results)

    05/27/2014 8:42:36 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/14 | Jennifer Rubin
    Yesterday I noted that the tea party in big states and national elections faces a challenge both in money and support when facing competent, mainstream Republicans. To put it bluntly, there arenít enough Republicans who think that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is a sellout or that the shutdown was a good idea to sustain the tea party in its current form. Iíve suggested that it, in essence, disappears as a distinct subset of the right and, like most insurgent movements, will be soaked up by the larger political entity, in this case the GOP. But are there other things the...
  • Democrats and Republicans Talking Past the Voters

    05/13/2014 12:29:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | May 13, 2014 | Mona Charen
    It's a cliche to say that Washington, D.C., is "out of touch" with voters, but there's something to it. Arguably, in 2012, the Republican Party seemed focused on a subject -- debt -- that wasn't a high priority for average Americans. Sincere Republicans (including this columnist) believe it should be. Nations that cannot pay their bills eventually fall into decline, hardship and worse when governments resort to inflation to pay off their debts. It's easier to make small adjustments now than to endure wrenching hardships later. But the voters remain to be convinced. The Democratic Party today is similarly situated...
  • Eleanor Clift: Chris Stevens Not Murdered, Died of Smoke Inhalation; Blames YouTube Video

    05/11/2014 1:21:53 PM PDT · by Tenlein · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/10/2014 | Jeff Poor
    On this weekendís ďThe McLaughlin Group,Ē Daily Beast columnist Eleanor Clift laid out the same reasoning for the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi as Bill Maher had on Friday, which was to still blame the now infamous YouTube video.
  • Must See Video: Carney's Answer Changes Timeline Shows Susan Rice Ignored CIA

    05/03/2014 11:11:31 AM PDT · by Pacothecat · 22 replies
    Breitbart.TV ^ | 5/3/2014 | pam key
    In an apparent attempt to divert the media's attention away from the newly released email in which White House adviser Ben Rhodes pushed the "narrative" that a YouTube video caused the attack in Benghazi to then-U.N. ambassador Susan Rice before her round of Sunday talk show appearances on September 16th, 2012, White House press secretary Jay Carney repeatedly insisted to ABC's chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl that Rice also relied on the CIA talking points. On April 2, former CIA deputy Director Michael Morell testified before the House Intelligence Committee that he "reacted very strongly" to a line in...
  • VIDEO: ABCís Jon Karl shreds Carney over Benghazi lies

    05/01/2014 8:58:50 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies ^ | 5/1/2014 | Robert Laurie
    These emails were not about Benghazi.... Wow. So, we now have the official story. The formerly redacted emails released yesterday were not about Benghazi. They were never intended to shed light on the consulate attack. They were simply about "the broader situation in the middle east." We learned this yesterday, when ABC News' Jon Karl went to war with Press Secretary Jay Carney. Keep in mind, that's an ABC News reporter. Like Ron Fournier before him, leftist progs can't label him a right wing hack, and they can't start yapping about FOX News. Every network news outlet was lied to,...
  • White House Directed Incorrect Benghazi Narrative

    04/30/2014 5:41:04 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 23 replies ^ | April 29, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Newly-released emails: "Video" to blame, "not a broader failure or policy." Newly-released documents reveal direct White House involvement in steering the public narrative about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, toward that of a spontaneous protest that never happened. One of the operative documents, which the government had withheld from ‚ÄčCongress and reporters for a year and a half, is an internal September 14, ‚Äč2012 email to White House press officials from Ben Rhodes, President Obama¬ís ‚ÄčAssistant and Deputy National Security Advisor. (Disclosure:Ben Rhodes ‚Äčis the brother of David Rhodes, the President of CBS News, where I...
  • Judicial Watch: Benghazi Documents Point to White House on Misleading Talking Points

    04/29/2014 10:33:55 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | APRIL 29, 2014
    (Washington, DC) Ė Judicial Watch announced today that on April 18, 2014, it obtained 41 new Benghazi-related State Department documents. They include a newly declassified email showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other Obama administration public relations officials attempting to orchestrate a campaign to ďreinforceĒ President Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being ďrooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.Ē Other documents show that State Department officials initially described the incident as an ďattackĒ a possible kidnap attempt. The documents were released Friday as result of a June...
  • Benghazi emails suggest White House aide involved in prepping Rice for Ďvideoí explanation

    04/29/2014 10:31:55 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 97 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/29/2014 | Catherine Herridge
    Newly released emails on the Benghazi terror attack suggest a senior White House aide played a central role in preparing former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice for her controversial Sunday show appearances -- where she wrongly blamed protests over an Internet video. More than 100 pages of documents were released to the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Among them was a Sept. 14, 2012, email from Ben Rhodes, an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. The Rhodes email, with the subject line: "RE: PREP Call with...
  • Beck requesting nonviolence

    04/29/2014 8:52:21 AM PDT · by wastoute · 69 replies
    Glen Beck Radio | Today | Glen Beck
    Well, I will do it if no one else will. Beck is imploring us to drop the hate and anger. First, I don't believe it was anger in my heart that made me want to rush to Bundy's side upon learning SWAT teams were terrorizing him and his family. I do believe it was love for my grandchildren and their posterity than made me consider putting my life on the line. I do believe that nonviolence requires several things to work. Ghandi knew his "audience" was the folks back in England who would find violence against him and his abhorrent....
  • Mother blames Clinton for son's Benghazi death

    04/12/2014 5:44:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    CBS News San Diego ^ | April 12, 2014
    Protesters gathered at the site of a Hillary Clinton event in San Diego. The group included Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith who was one of four Americans killed in a terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Smith says she holds Clinton accountable for what happened to her son. "They abandoned my son," she said. "And that's exactly what it was, an abandonment. They abandoned the guys on the roof top also. Please everybody, don't let Hillary be president. Don't let Hillary be president, whatever you do!"
  • Why Obamacare is a Plague on America in 13 Quotes

    02/08/2014 5:33:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | February 8, 2014 | John Hawkins
    1) 1 In 4 Voters Already Know Someone Who Has Lost Insurance because of Obamacare: One in four Americans have either lost their health insurance because of Obamacare or know someone who has, according to a new poll shared first with The Daily Caller. The YG Network Congressional District Poll of 1,652 likely voters in 11 competitive U.S. House districts indicates Obamacare will be a powerful issue that motivates voters in important races in 2014. Twenty-seven percent of respondents claimed knowing someone or personally receiving a health-insurance cancellation notice. 2) Almost all of the people signing up for Obamacare lost...
  • Herridge: Fmr. CIA Director Morell May Have Altered Benghazi Talking Points to Benefit Obama Admin.

    02/03/2014 6:36:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Washington Free Beacon, ^ | 2/3/14 | Staff
    Former CIA Director Mike Morell may have altered the Benghazi talking points to benefit the Obama administration during the 2012 election, Catherine Herridge of Fox News reports. On September 15 one day before Susan Rice made her infamous appearances on various Sunday shows, according to the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report Morell received an email from the CIA station chief in Libya indicating the Benghazi attacks were ďnot/not an escalation of protests.Ē The report does not indicate when Morell read the email, but that same day Morell cut the word ďIslamicĒ from the talking points and left the word ďdemonstration.Ē
  • Afghanistan: Talking Points US Troops

    12/09/2013 8:59:57 AM PST · by yoe · 2 replies
    Michale Yon on Line ^ | December 8, 2013 | Michael Yon
    Many of our Soldiers in Afghanistan are required to carry this paper in a pocket at all times. Troops are expected to memorize the talking points and cough them up to any journalists coming through. We decided to help headquarters spread their message. Many complaints about poor morale are coming from Afghanistan. Most troops are kept on base, where they undergo mindless inspections and even small Ďparadesí, and of course rocket and mortar strikes. It has been estimated that in 2014, the cost to taxpayers to keep one troop in Afghanistan for one year will be more than $2 million....
  • Turkey Day Talking Points-FReepers Unite

    11/26/2013 2:05:50 PM PST · by VRW Conspirator · 33 replies
    11/26/13 | Esteemed FReeper
    Turkey Day Talking Points-FReepers Unite Hey all you keyboard activists! You blog, bump, reply and post. You wordsmith, criticize, edify and GIF. You are overeducated and under-motivated, but now, you can make a bigger difference. It's time for you to do your part on this Thanksgiving Holiday. You know all those LIV's (low information voters) and cherished independents you will see this long weekend. Well, they need a dose of reality to wash down the stuffing and mashed potatoes. Forget the lectures, the name dropping, the quotes, the diatribes and the references to obscure texts and authors. Keep it simple...
  • WTF Manner of Bizarre, Cockamamie Contrivance is This "Climate Negotiator"[sic] Thing?!!?

    11/11/2013 12:07:55 PM PST · by lbryce · 23 replies
    I was perusing through the news and saw many articles on the horrific destruction the storm in the Philippines had wrought. As I reading through the stories at Google, yahoo News, the term 'Climate Negotiator' kept on appearing in article after article. Well, I had no idea what a Climate Negotiator is, does. I mean, trying to negotiate with the climate seems a sissyphean task if not the most mentally stable thing to attempt. I tried searching Google, Yahoo for some precise meaning, job description for a Climate Negotiator but information was far and few between. It seems it is...
  • Vanity: An idea to get through to "marginal voters" using Obama's own words.

    11/01/2013 6:18:55 AM PDT · by Rebel_Ace · 7 replies
    self (vanity) | 11/1/2013 | self (vanity)
    There needs to be a concerted effort to drive home Obama's mendacity on all policies by using his own pet phrases. Examples: On 2nd amendment issues... "What Obama is saying is, 'If you like your guns, you can keep your guns.'"ÓľĀÓľĀ On Coal production and usage... "What Obama is saying is, 'If you like your coal related job, you can keep your coal related job...'" ...And so on and so forth. We need his (and by extension, Democrats in general) credibility shattered for the midterms. ÓľĀÓľĀÓľĀÓľĀÓľĀ
  • Talking Points for 10/30/2013 (vanity)

    10/29/2013 9:03:02 PM PDT · by Weirdad · 1 replies
    Weirdad | 10/29/2013 | Weirdad
    I do not do ďvanitiesĒ much at all, basically never. This is ďactivismĒ and it is in the right place, the news activism forum! (I did check "vanity" though.)If he wasnít DEAD, this approach might be Saul Alinskyís corollary to one of his creepy fascist tactics. We all should take this approach more often in this simplistic dumbed down sound byte 140 character world.Rule #666 corollary:† "Simplify every argument for morons (our constituency).Ē So with that in mind, OK, here is a free, simple talking point for tomorrow and onward, which may be simple enough even for Democrats to understand.(Umm...
  • Democrats downplay significance of ObamaCare website problems

    10/23/2013 3:14:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies ^ | October 23, 2013 | Elise Viebeck
    House Democrats downplayed the significance of problems facing ObamaCare's enrollment system after their first post-rollout meeting with administration officials. Democratic lawmakers appeared upbeat after leaving a presentation from Gary Cohen, a key figure in ObamaCare's implementation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). "We didn't work our hearts out for a website," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), quoting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). "The route in, that's a technical issue that we think is being solved," Schakowsky said. There was also no discussion of delaying ObamaCare's individual mandate, according to members ó a possibility that's been floated...
  • Democrats downplay significance of ObamaCare glitches [It's only a flesh wound]

    10/23/2013 9:04:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 23, 2013 | Elise Viebeck
    House Democrats downplayed the significance of problems facing ObamaCare's enrollment system after their first post-rollout meeting with administration officials. Democratic lawmakers appeared upbeat after leaving a presentation from Gary Cohen, a key figure in ObamaCare's implementation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). "We didn't work our hearts out for a website," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), quoting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). "The route in, that's a technical issue that we think is being solved," Schakowsky said. There was also no discussion of delaying ObamaCare's individual mandate, according to members ó a possibility that's been floated...
  • Senior HHS official to brief Democratic lawmakers Wednesday on Obamacare (GOP excluded)

    10/23/2013 10:07:33 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 14 replies
    Mike Hash, who directs the Office of Health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, will brief House Democrats Wednesday about implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The closed-door session, which will start at 8:50 a.m., marks the first time the administration will have briefed members of Congress on the online enrollment system since its troubled rollout on Oct. 1.
  • Pelosi: Republicans Canít Stand Obama Because Heís ĎEloquentí and ĎEffectiveí [Delusion Alert]

    09/20/2013 6:57:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9/20/2013 | Josh Feldman
    With the threat of a government shutdown looming over a conservative battle to defund Obamacare, tensions on Washington are reaching a fever pitch. It was with that likely in mind when Nancy Pelosi opened up to POLITICO about Republican hatred of President Obama. She said sheís never seen anything quite like it before, and surmised that Republicans canít stand Obama because heís ďeloquentĒ and ďeffective.Ē Mike Allen asked Pelosi if the hatred is more ďpersonalĒ than normal. Pelosi threw out this argument for why the GOP hates Obama so much. ďHe has a vision for our country. Heís brilliant, has...
  • Talking Points 07/14/2013

    07/14/2013 1:59:25 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 5 replies
    FReeRepublic ^ | 07/14/2013 | Moi
    Obama wants to crush black employment with illegal aliens, is trying to drive up black unemployment with amnesty, pushing to take away entry level jobs from minorities, channeling his racist white half... Hillary Clinton is too old, needs to retire, 65 years old, has health issues, fumbled the Bengahzi episode-mental clarity questioned, may need adult diapers... Marco Rubio is losing the GOP support, will not change his mind on amnesty, is trying to divert attention away from his Illegal immigration stance, does not understand "no mas"... No more using the phrase "community organizer". Use Community agitator, communist agitator, community divider,...
  • Washington Post Blames Benghazigate on Petraeus

    05/27/2013 7:39:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Power Line ^ | 5/27/13 | Paul Mirengoff
    Washington Post reporters Karen DeYoung and Scott Wilson (prompted, undoubtedly, by Team Obama) find that David Petraeus is to blame for the trouble in which the administration finds itself over the Benghazi talking points. Itís not exactly a case of ďblame the dead guyĒ ó more like blame the unfaithful guy, even if he is an American hero. In the Postís telling, Petraeus drafted talking points that exceeded the scope of what the House Intelligence Committee asked for. Thus, the talking points had to be changed, and that led to Benghazigate. Team Obamaís defense has thus come full circle.
  • McCain, Graham laud nominee behind Benghazi talking-point edits

    05/25/2013 5:26:35 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 31 replies ^ | 05/24/2013 | Alexis Levinson
    Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham were vocal critics of the administrationís messaging after the Benghazi attacks, but on Friday, they issued a laudatory statement about Victoria Nuland ó the woman behind a number of the changes to the talking points ó and her nomination to be assistant secretary of state for Europe. ďAmbassador Victoria Nuland has a long and distinguished record of service to our nation in both Republican and Democrat administrations. She is knowledgeable and well-versed on the major foreign policy issues as well as respected by foreign policy experts in both parties. We look forward to...
  • Liberal Pundits Gather in West Wing

    05/21/2013 6:37:28 PM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 9 replies
    TWS ^ | 5/21/13 | Daniel Halper
    National Public Radio reporter Ari Shapiro reports that liberal pundits were seen entering the West Wing:
  • VIDEO W/TRANSLATION: Muslim Egyptian ďTerry JonesĒ Desecrates the Koran Ė Sick Of Islam

    08/24/2012 10:12:29 PM PDT · by damonw · 4 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 8-25-12 | Damon Whitsell
    Translation: by Brett Gasper "Ah,Here it is, kita'ab Allah (Book of Allah), this is the root of all disaster: Book of Allah. I'm not certain what day it is of this reviled month of Ramadan! You are making the tearing of the Quran such a big and dangerous thing.. It is only natural to want to tear this book! Those sons of kelba (dogs) think they can threaten me and dare me to tear the Quran - but I want to prove to them that they are nothing... and what is the big deal in tearing this book? Here the...
  • Petraeus email objected to Benghazi talking points

    05/16/2013 5:22:26 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies ^ | 5/16/2013 | NEDRA PICKLER
    Then CIA-Director David Petraeus objected to the final talking points the Obama administration used after the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, because he wanted to see more details revealed to the public, according to emails released Wednesday by the White House. Under pressure in the investigation that continues eight months after the attacks, the White House on Wednesday released 99 pages of emails and a single page of hand-written notes made by Petraeus' deputy, Mike Morell, after a meeting at the White House on Saturday, Sept. 15. On that page, Morell scratched out from the...
  • 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
    ďYouíll have to take my word for it,Ē 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. ďIf 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,Ē Jen Psaki, former traveling campaign press secretary for the Obama team in 2012, told reporters during the State Department press briefing Monday.
  • What did the national security briefings Romney received say about Benghazi?

    05/14/2013 4:47:36 PM PDT · by wtd · 14 replies
    The Astute Blogger ^ | May 14, 2013 | Reliapundits
    THIS COULD BE HUGE: What did the briefings Romney received say about Benghazi? After he got the GOP nomination, Romney was SUPPOSED to be getting PRESIDENTIAL briefings on national security. BUT HE DID NOT GET THEM UNTIL AFTER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SANITIZED THE BENGHAZI ATTACK (from a Google news feed word-search):
  • More Details on Benghazi Talking Points Emerge

    05/14/2013 2:04:10 PM PDT · by don-o · 40 replies
    ABC ^ | May 14, 2013 | Jonathan Karl
    CNNís Jake Tapper this afternoon obtained a version of the same White House e-mail I reported on last week that showed the evolving Benghazi talking points being shaped by the Obama administration last September. That e-mail, authored by then-Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes on the evening of Sept. 14, 2012, reads, according to CNN:
  • Was David Petraeus blackmailed over Benghazi?

    05/13/2013 10:23:13 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 22 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-13-13 | DrJohn
    The Benghazi affair is on fire and it could possibly go nuclear soon. It is now very clear that the Obama regime scrubbed the truth from the Benghazi talking points. Politics: It would be na√Įve to expect any White House to ignore the political implications of a foreign policy crisis occurring two months before a presidential election. But there is a reason why no White House admits to finessing a tragedy: It's unseemly. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland injected politics into the U.S. response to Benghazi when she raised objections to draft ¬ďtalking points¬Ē being prepared for Rice¬ís television appearances....
  • Obama on Benghazi: 'There's No There There'

    05/13/2013 9:24:20 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 73 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Monday May 13, 2013
    At a press conference today at the White House, President Obama said "There's no there there" on criticism of how his administration handled the Benghazi terror attack: "And suddenly three days ago this gets spun up as if there's something new to the story," Obama said in response to a question about Benghazi. "There's no there there." The president continued, "Keep in mind by the way these so-called talking points that were prepared for Susan Rice, five, six days after the event occurred, pretty much matched the assessments that I was receiving at that time in my presidential daily briefing."
  • The Epicenter Of Benghazi Ė Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor in 2012 .....

    05/12/2013 11:14:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    theconservativetreehouse ^ | May 13, 2013 | sundance
    Ö.. and weíre not JUST talking about the 12 version ďtalking pointsĒ, but the epicenter of the actual White House response Ė or, lack thereof.Perhaps now the media has accepted the fact that the ďtalking pointsĒ were highly manipulated, they will turn their investigative eye onto the origin, and subsequently on to something we outlined earlier: Back in January† we posted a discussion around a newly released photo from the White House. The picture was taken in the oval office on Sept 11th 2012m the date of the Benghazi attack.At the time we thought the picture was worth a thousand...
  • Watch out for Petraeus in Benghazi scandal

    05/12/2013 7:55:00 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 128 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5-12-2013 | Joseph Curl
    May 12, 2013 Watch out for Petraeus in Benghazi scandal Joseph Curl EXCERPT: Carnival barker Jay Carney looked almost ashen Friday as he took the podium to face a suddenly invigorated press corps. Of course, the public briefing came after a private session with ďreporters who matter,Ē a sure sign the White House is in full hunker-down mode ó and, more precisely, terrified. Speaking for the White House, the flack said the CIA was fully to blame for the talking points. Fully. ďThat is what was generated by the intelligence community, by the CIA,Ē he said. For the record, this...
  • White House: Libya Fight Is Not War, It's 'Kinetic Military Action'

    03/23/2011 8:39:35 PM PDT · by kristinn · 74 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | Byron York
    In the last few days, Obama administration officials have frequently faced the question: Is the fighting in Libya a war? From military officers to White House spokesmen up to the president himself, the answer is no. But that leaves the question: What is it? In a briefing on board Air Force One Wednesday, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes took a crack at an answer. "I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone," Rhodes...
  • New Yorker Trashes Carney For Friday Press Conference Lies, Compares Him To Bill Clinton

    05/12/2013 11:28:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 05/12/13 | Pat Dollard
    Excerpted from The New Yorker: But the mere existence of the editsówhatever the motivation for themóseriously undermines the White Houseís credibility on this issue. This past November (after Election Day), White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that ďThe White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two institutions were changing the word Ďconsulateí to Ďdiplomatic facilityí because Ďconsulateí was inaccurate.Ē Remarkably, Carney is sticking with that line even now. In his regular press briefing on Friday afternoon (a briefing that was delayed...
  • ABC: Petraeus called final Benghazi talking points ďuselessĒ the day before Riceís full Ginsburg

    05/12/2013 10:03:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5/12/13 | Ed Morrissey
    One of the mysteries in the Benghazi scandal has been the role of David Petraeus, who was then the Director of the CIA but was forced to resign in a personal scandal shortly thereafter. While the White House and State Department tried to cobble together talking points to explain away the terrorist attack that took four American lives, what did Petraeus do? According to new information reported for the first time by Jonathan Karl on ABC Newsí This Week earlier this morning, Petraeus rejected the final version as ďuselessĒ ó
  • Benghazi Talking Points: A Lie Hillary Agreed Upon

    05/10/2013 5:03:19 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 44 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 10, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Libya: At least a dozen rewrites of the Benghazi talking points were made, with all references to al-Qaida and prior attacks removed at the direction of the secretary of state's office. The astonishing thing about the administration's Benghazi cover-up is that it actually thought it could get away with it. But each lie has been successfully peeled away, from the protest that never happened, to the irrelevant filmmaker who was blamed, to the intelligence community whose talking points were used as a cover for incompetence and malfeasance. Now White House and State Department emails obtained by ABC News, some first...
  • Eugene Robinson: Republicans lead a witch hunt on Benghazi

    05/10/2013 1:44:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/10/2013 | Eugene Robinson
    Those who are trying to make the Benghazi tragedy into a scandal for the Obama administration really ought to decide what story line they want to sell. Actually, by ďthoseĒ I mean Republicans, and by ďthe Obama administrationĒ I mean Hillary Clinton. The only coherent purpose I can discern in all of this is to sully Clintonís record as secretary of state in case she runs for president in 2016. Thatís not a particularly noble way to use the deaths of four American public servants, but at least itís understandable. Attempts to concoct some kind of sinister Whitewater-style conspiracy, however,...
  • Obamaís Benghazi Propagandist

    05/08/2013 5:35:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 8, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Obama’s Benghazi PropagandistPosted By Matthew Vadum On May 8, 2013 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments A young White House speechwriter may be responsible for concocting the official lies about last September’s deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.The Obama administration’s rapidly unravelling narrative about what happened at the U.S. consulate in Libya’s second-largest city may have been cooked up by creative writer Ben Rhodes, the president’s 30-something Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting.The origin of the administration’s desperate election-season fabrications may come up today as a congressional committee...
  • WaPo fact checker: Who rewrote the Benghazi talking points?

    05/07/2013 11:37:28 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 44 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:01 am on May 7, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    <p>Some readers have suggested we should boost the Pinocchio rating for Riceís comments. Still, it is clear Rice was simply mouthing the words given to her. The bigger mystery now is who was involved in writing ó and rewriting ó the talking points.</p>