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    As then-President-elect Donald Trump was preparing to assume office in January 2017, the FBI was "scrambling" to put together evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election, new texts from an FBI employee involved in the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn show. The texts were made public Thursday as part of a court filing from Sidney Powell, the attorney leading Flynn's legal defense team, Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway first reported for the Federalist. Newsweek also reported that the text messages from two unnamed FBI staffers discussed President Barack Obama's intelligence briefing on Jan. 5, 2017, noting that Trump "was right" about the FBI delaying the briefing with Obama to have more time...
    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro says Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden “should have known better” than to sit by and watch pensions get slashed for about 20,000 Delphi workers. In 2009, as part of the Obama-Biden administration’s taxpayer-funded bailout of General Motors (GM), the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) terminated the pension plans of about 20,0000 non-unionized Delphi workers. In some cases, workers had their pensions gutted by 30 to 70 percent. A federal report in 2013 detailed that the Delphi workers would likely have their pensions cut by an estimated $440 million. Meanwhile, GM topped off unionized Delphi workers’ pensions at a cost of about $1 billion. This week, officials with President Donald Trump’s administration confirmed he is reviewing plans to restore...
    More than ten years after 20,000 workers for the auto parts supplier, Delphi Corporation, had their pensions slashed as a result of the Obama-Biden administration’s auto bailout of General Motors (GM), President Trump is considering restoring the pensions. In 2009, as part of the Obama-Biden administration’s taxpayer-funded bailout of GM, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) terminated the pension plans of about non-unionized 20,0000 Delphi workers. In some cases, workers had their pensions gutted by 30 to 70 percent. Three years later, federal documents unveiled how the Obama-Biden administration’s Treasury Department worked to gut the pensions of the Delphi workers despite repeated claims that it was the sole decision of the PBGC. A federal report in 2013 detailed that the...
    Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said 20,000 non-unionized Delphi workers “did fine” after they had their earned pensions gutted via the Obama administration’s taxpayer-funded auto bailout of General Motors (GM). In 2009, as part of the Obama-Biden administration’s bailout of GM, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) terminated the pension plans of about 20,0000 non-unionized  American workers with the auto parts supplier Delphi Automotive Systems. In some cases, workers had their pensions gutted by 30 to 70 percent. A federal report in 2013 detailed that the Delphi workers would likely have their pensions cut by an estimated $440 million. In 2012, Biden downplayed the impact that the pension gutting scheme had on working and middle-class retirees at Delphi, as Politico noted: “Some of them...
    By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed to receive a 2016 award from military veterans that didn't exist and falsely denigrated the record of the late Republican Sen. John McCain on veterans affairs, whose widow endorsed Democratic rival Joe Biden for president. A look at some of Trump's claims Wednesday: TRUMP: “I was honored to receive the endorsement of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association in 2016, and they gave me a beautiful award. And I have it very proudly on a wall of great importance to me.” — White House ceremony honoring veterans of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. THE FACTS: There is no official award. Trump did get an endorsement...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed to receive a 2016 award from military veterans that didn’t exist and falsely denigrated the record of the late Republican Sen. John McCain on veterans affairs, whose widow endorsed Democratic rival Joe Biden for president. A look at some of Trump’s claims Wednesday: TRUMP: “I was honored to receive the endorsement of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association in 2016, and they gave me a beautiful award. And I have it very proudly on a wall of great importance to me.” — White House ceremony honoring veterans of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. THE FACTS: There is no official award. Trump did get an endorsement from the association in 2016,...
    President Trump on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on Cuba that would prohibit American citizens from staying at government-owned properties on the island and restricting imports of tobacco and alcohol. “These actions will ensure that US dollars do not fund the Cuban regime and go directly to the Cuban people,” the president said during a speech from the White House honoring veterans of the Bay of Pigs operation. Trump said the actions are part of his administration’s “continuing fight against communist oppression.” The State Department will soon release a list of the properties. Speaking to the 23 veterans of the failed 1961 operation ordered by President John F. Kennedy to take out Cuban leader Fidel Castro, Trump proclaimed his administration’s support...
    WASHINGTON - Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday alleging that the work Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice president. But the report said it was ultimately "unclear" what impact Hunter Biden's position on the board of a Ukrainian gas company had on Obama administration policy with regard to Ukraine. And it offered no evidence to support one of President Donald Trump's more incendiary allegations — that Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor as a way to protect his son. Biden's campaign immediately panned the report, released six weeks...
    Washington — The Republican chairmen of two Senate committees released Wednesday a controversial report on possible conflicts of interest between the Bidens and Ukraine, finding that Hunter Biden's position on the board of a Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings was "problematic" and that warnings about his role were ignored by the Obama administration. The report, which reveals little new information, follows a yearlong investigation mounted by GOP Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who leads the Senate Finance Committee, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who helms the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affair Committee. The report does not assert that the former vice president pushed for the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor in order to protect Burisma, a central claim made...
    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow used a pair of Obama-era photos of immigrant kids — to accuse the Trump administration of “deliberately” hurting families, according to a report. The liberal host opened the “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Tuesday with a scathing attack that included images of kids lying on the floor while covered in aluminum foil-like blankets and other children held in cages, Fox News reported. “In terms of permanent damage done to humans, in terms of the severity of the damage deliberately done to humans, the Trump administration, no matter what else they do, they will never ever get out from the shadow of the fact that they really did, as a policy and a deliberate practice, they really did...
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow used Obama-era pictures of immigrant children sleeping on detention center floors to slam President Donald Trump. Speaking Tuesday on The Rachel Maddow Show, the 47-year-old TV host condemned Trump as images of immigrant children were displayed throughout the news segment. 5Rachel Maddow used Obama-era pictures to slam TrumpCredit: MSNBC 5According to the Associated Press: 'The Obama administration separated migrant children from families under certain limited circumstances'Credit: Getty Images - Getty 5Immigrant children are pictured in a holding shelter in this Obama-era photoCredit: AP:Associated Press However, the unveiled photos - taken in 2014 by an Associated Press photographer - are unrelated to the Trump administration and have previously been misused. Maddow said in the September 15 episode: “In...
    The gender pay gap within the White House is reportedly worse than the national average, according to an analysis by nonprofit news organization The 19th. Analysis by the website found salaries in President Trump's White House had a $33,300 difference between the median salary for male staffers and the median salary for female staffers. This year, male staffers earned a median salary of around $106,000, and female staffers' median was about $72,700. The statistics indicate women working for the administration make around 69 cents on the male dollar, which is less than the national gender pay gap of 82 cents on the dollar. Still, both the national numbers and the White House numbers reflect the "raw" gender pay gap, which does not...
    MSNBC host Rachel Maddow aired photographs shot during the Obama administration to criticize a "zero tolerance" immigration policy of the Trump administration. On Tuesday, the network host criticized President Trump's 2018 illegal immigration policy that involved separating children from their parents who attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. While criticizing the Trump administration, Maddow showed photographs of detention facilities taken in 2014 by the Associated Press during the Obama administration, Fox News first reported. “In terms of permanent damage done to humans, in terms of the severity of the damage deliberately done to humans, the Trump administration, no matter what else they do, they will never, ever get out from the shadow of the fact that they really...
    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow used images of children held in cages during the Obama administration in a segment blasting President Donald Trump over the issue. “In terms of permanent damage done to humans, in terms of the severity of the damage deliberately done to humans, the Trump administration, no matter what else they do, they will never ever get out from the shadow of the fact that they really did, as a policy and a deliberate practice, they really did take little kids away from their moms and dads,” she said on the September 15 edition of The Rachel Maddow Show. “They outfitted the kids with Mylar blankets and a lump of padding that was supposed to qualify as a...
    CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden and actress Eva Longoria told a Florida audience on Tuesday that President Trump locked immigrant kids in cages at the southern border. VERDICT: Misleading. The policy was devised by the Obama-Biden administration. Biden and Longoria attacked Trump on Tuesday over the Obama-Biden policy of putting kids in cages at the southern border. “Donald Trump has failed the Hispanic community time and time again,” Biden said. “It’s not a secret. Whether it’s in his heinous act of separating children from their families at our border…” he said. Meanwhile, while introducing Biden, Longoria said Trump has spent four years “demonizing Latinos.” “At the border, he has ripped kids from the arms of their parents and has...
    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow used powerful images on Tuesday of immigrant children sleeping on a floor to make a point that the Trump administration has “deliberately” hurt families -- but a pair of key photos used by the liberal host were actually from the Obama era. “In terms of permanent damage done to humans, in terms of the severity of the damage deliberately done to humans, the Trump administration, no matter what else they do, they will never ever get out from the shadow of the fact that they really did, as a policy and a deliberate practice, they really did take little kids away from their moms and dads,” she said to open "The Rachel Maddow Show" as photos appeared on the screen. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow used photos from 2014 when attempting...
    Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonJohnson asks DOJ watchdog to investigate Mueller team phones over erased information Intel panel rebuffs request to share info for GOP's Obama-era probes McConnell shores up GOP support for coronavirus package MORE (R-Wis.) said on Monday that he will soon release an interim report from his months-long probe involving the Obama administration and Hunter Biden. "Stay tuned. In about a week we're going to learn a whole lot more of Vice President Biden's fitness for office," Johnson told GOP activists during a video call, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Spokespeople for Johnson didn't immediately respond to an email about the remarks. The timeline comes after Johnson initially told The Hill that...
    Presidential nominee Joe Biden (D) promised during a speech in Michigan on Wednesday that he would “crack down” on companies that sell equipment to troops labeled as made in America that were really coming from China or elsewhere, but did little when he was vice president. Biden pledged, “I’m going to crack down on companies that label products as made in America even if they are coming from China or elsewhere.” He then blamed Trump for some company selling deployment bags to troops that were made mostly in China. He said: You know we found out that on Trump’s watch, a company selling deployment bags to active-duty troops being deployed falsely claimed its product was made in America, when in...
    On the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Americans should "be thankful" for the work of the military, the intelligence community and diplomats in combating terrorism around the world, former CIA station chief and Fox News contributor Daniel Hoffman told the “Fox News Rundown" Friday. "It's a teeny, tiny, small percentage of our population out there on the front lines protecting us," Hoffman told host Gillian Turner. "This is not World War II or Vietnam. We've got teeny, tiny numbers of troops and intelligence officers and diplomats and intelligence community writ large, and it's a time to remember them and be thankful for what they're doing." SUBSCRIBE AND DOWNLOAD THE FOX NEWS RUNDOWN With fewer than eight weeks remaining until the...
    President Donald Trump is attacking journalist Bob Woodward after he revealed that the president knew the coronavirus was “deadly” months before the country took massive actions to contain the spread of the pandemic. Hide Those revelations, including an audio recording of Trump saying those things to the journalist and author, will be part of Woodward’s upcoming book Rage. Hide The president also told Woodward in mid-March that he wanted to “play it down” in regards to the coronavirus because he didn’t “want to create a panic.” Despite this, Trump is bashing Woodward for having a “boring book” and seizing onto the idea that he should have come forward with the quotes earlier. He’s also called the upcoming...
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being persecuted by Donald Trump because of the President's 'considerable personal antipathy' to Barack Obama, a professor of peace studies told his extradition hearing in London today. Professor Paul Rogers called Assange's prosecution is politically motivated, and said his political opinions put him in the 'crosshairs' of the Trump administration. Assange, 49, is wanted in the US for allegedly conspiring with army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to expose military secrets between January and May 2010. He is fighting extradition to the US on an 18-count indictment, which alleges he plotted to hack computers and conspired to obtain and disclose national defence information. Seventeen of the 18 charges fall under the Espionage Act. If convicted, Assange faces a...
    Immigration advocates are livid over the Biden transition team’s addition of Cecilia Muñoz, a former Obama administration official who was the public face of that administration’s immigration policy. Muñoz, who once served as the head of former President Obama’s White House Domestic Policy Council, was named by the Biden campaign Friday as part of a group of eight new senior transition advisers. The pick was quickly criticized by immigration reform advocates, a reaction that exhibited both ideological divides within the Democratic Party and a lingering resentment felt by many immigration advocates over the actions of the Obama administration, particularly in its first term. “Huge mistake. Huge. Huge mistake. Worst part? We have no other option. I guess we gotta pick...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany asked Twitter to fact check a misleading video circulating on the social media network where she argued the Trump administration is facilitating a coronavirus vaccine more effectively than the Obama administration did during the swine flu. “This is a blatant LIE,” McEnany responded to a tweet that mischaracterized statements she made on Fox News.  McEnany said the Obama administration “promised a vaccine” during the Swine Flu epidemic but did not deliver one as quickly as the current administration is moving on a COVID-19 vaccine.  This is a blatant LIE.WATCH full clip where I clearly mention Swine Flu & the failed Obama/Biden response.Will @Twitter fact check?? FULL CONTEXT: https://t.co/h9MITJEoRb pic.twitter.com/cpiZe7qNMZ— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) September 8,...
    Joe Biden is leaning on a mix of former Obama administration officials, a former primary rival and some of the women he considered to be his running mate to help run his White House transition team. As early voting begins in some states and with 59 days remaining until Election Day, Biden by law must begin thinking ahead to a potential transfer of power. This is a potentially fraught step this year if the former vice president wins, given the prospects of a prolonged ballot count in several states, as well as President Trump's unwillingness so far to say that he would accept election results that result in him losing.  As the transition begins, Biden's team signed a memorandum of...
    The Department of Veterans Affairs reached a low point during the Obama administration, Minnesota GOP congressional candidate Tyler Kistner, a former Marine, told Fox Business Network Friday. “President Trump is the one who helped increase the funding for the military, helped give us the capabilities to stand up to China, Russia, and the likes to make sure we have strong national security, and he also helped increase [funding for the] Veteran Affairs to make sure that we're taking care of our veterans after they serve,” Kistner told "Varney & Co.” MIKE POMPEO RESPONDS TO REPORT TRUMP INSULTED MILITARY: 'I NEVER HEARD HIM SAY IT' "Under the Obama administration, we weren't getting that," Kistner added. "Our budget was cut, we had limited resources to effectively...
    Despite having a self-professed Catholic as vice president, the Barack Obama-Joe Biden administration managed to openly attack Catholics in several ways by dismissing their beliefs as trivial and backward. Now, with Biden as the Democrat 2020 nominee, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate, the anti-Catholic bias has not only continued, but intensified. From the assaults already waged against their faith, Catholics have a clear view of what they can expect from a Biden-Harris administration. Abortion on demand at any time during pregnancy: The Catholic faith holds that life is precious and must be protected from the moment of conception to natural death. While national leaders have praised President Donald Trump as the most pro-life president in...
    Former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona now claims Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is more conservative than President Donald Trump, a Republican, when it comes to “preserving institutions.” Speaking with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Flake explained why he is supporting Biden over Trump in November’s general elections. “Conservatives believe in preserving institutions, to preserve what we know works and the institutions of American democracy — our freedom of the press, for example, or separation of powers, an independent judiciary,” Flake said. “The president has shown that he little understands or little appreciates these institutions.” Flake went on to explain that Biden is the first Democrat the former Arizona senator will be voting for in a presidential election. “I’m not pretending...
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday finalized its weakening of an Obama-era rule aimed at reducing pollution from coal-burning power plants that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers The change will allow utilities to use cheaper technologies and take longer to comply with pollution reduction guidelines that are less stringent than what the agency originally adopted in 2015. It’s the latest in a string of regulatory rollbacks for coal power under Trump — actions that have failed to turn around the industry’s decline amid competition from cheap natural gas and renewable energy. The latest rule change covers requirements for cleaning coal ash and toxic heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic and selenium from plant wastewater before...
    A Joe Biden presidency could kick off by pushing through a stimulus bill in January costing at least $1 trillion to counter the pandemic. The former vice president seeks to provide immediate relief to families and businesses upon taking office that would include additional aid to state and local governments, renewing the $600 enhanced unemployment payment and creating a “comeback package” for small businesses, Axios reported Monday. The package would be meant to provide aid swiftly before the Biden administration could pursue a larger legislative package. Economic advisers to the Biden campaign, many of whom worked in the Obama administration and helped craft the $787 billion stimulus that President Barack Obama enacted shortly after taking office, have cautioned that bankruptcies...
    Liberal climate change activists are demanding that Joe Biden pledge not to appoint Obama-era centrists with ties to the oil and gas industry to his administration. The effort exposes strains in Democratic unity regarding combating climate change and the tactics used to do it. It also signals that the party’s liberal base is not satisfied after winning concessions from Biden in his revamped climate agenda. “There is a lingering distrust from the progressive wing of the party,” said Collin Rees, a senior campaigner with Oil Change U.S., an environmental group that advocates keeping fossil fuels in the ground. “There is real concern here if you are stocking advisers with fossil-fuel representatives, it will depress turnout, and it will make it...
    The parents of American aid worker Kayla Mueller, who was kidnapped and tortured by ISIS until her death in 2015, have slammed the Obama administration for not doing enough to rescue their daughter, in an emotional speech at the RNC.   Carl and Marsha Mueller on Thursday praised President Trump for taking action against their daughter's captors, saying she would still be alive if he had been in office when she was abducted.   'Let me just say this: Kayla should be here. If Donald Trump had been president when Kayla was captured, she would be here today,' Carl said.  'The Obama administration kept telling us that they were doing everything they could, but their version of everything wasn't enough,' he added. ...
    Carl and Marsha Mueller, the parents of Kayla Mueller, commended President Donald Trump for his support during their Thursday speech at the Republican National Convention. They also slammed the Obama administration for not doing enough after their daughter “was taken as a hostage and murdered by ISIS.” Marsha Mueller said her daughter was a humanitarian aid worker who helped children at an orphanage in India and aided Syrian refugees in Turkey. “Everywhere Kayla went, people smiled,” she said. Kayla was working at a hospital along the border of Turkey and Syria in August 2013 when ISIS terrorists “stopped her vehicle and took her captive.” She was held hostage in a 12′ by 12′ cell for 18 months as her parents...
    Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonNumber of millennials running for Congress increased 266 percent in two years: survey Hillicon Valley: TikTok sues Trump administration over executive order | Zoom reports widespread outages impacting schools, hearings | Federal cyber agency releases strategy to secure 5G networks Mark Zuckerberg pushed anti-TikTok message to officials, lawmakers: report MORE (R-Ark.) on Thursday evening ripped former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Memo: Trump uses convention to target key states Pence condemns Kenosha violence, backs police in convention speech Biden praises Milwaukee Bucks response to Jacob Blake shooting MORE’s record, invoking former Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s claim that Biden has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four...
    The parents of Kayla Mueller – an aid worker abducted, tortured, and killed by the Islamic State – told the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Thursday that they believe her daughter would be alive today if President Donald Trump had been in charge when she was captured. Islamic State terrorists abducted Carl and Marsha Mueller’s daughter in 2013 while she was in Syria working with the humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders, which the Muellers have criticized for not doing enough to help bring Kayla back. Upon being abducted and identified as a Westerner, ISIS jihadists placed Kayla into slavery. She became the property of Abu Sayyaf and wife Umm Sayyaf (“Umm” a common pseudonym for women jihadists meaning “mother”),...
    Carl and Marsha Mueller -- the parents of humanitarian worker Kayla Mueller, who was reported dead in 2015 after being abducted by ISIS -- argued their daughter might still be alive if the Obama administration had been tougher, in their speech during the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention. "Let me just say this: Kayla should be here. If Donald Trump had been President when Kayla was captured, she would be here today," Carl Mueller said in an emotional speech Thursday night. Mueller, 26 was a humanitarian worker from Prescott, Ariz., who was abducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham fighters along with her boyfriend in 2013, after leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria. “Kayla had a gift...
    The parents of humanitarian aid worker Kayla Mueller, who was taken hostage by ISIS and killed in 2015, spoke at the RNC convention Thursday night to thank President Donald Trump and blast the Obama administration for not doing more to help them. Carl and Marsha Mueller talked very emotionally about their daughter growing and the horrors of what she endured. Her father said, “For 18 months she endured and we endured an agonizing back and forth between us, the Obama administration, and ISIS. We put all our faith in the government, but the government let us down. President Obama refused to meet with us until ISIS had already beheaded other Americans. To this day we’ve never heard from Joe...
    The parents of Kayla Mueller, a young American aid worker killed by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in 2015, excoriated the Obama administration during the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Thursday for doing nothing to ease their daughter’s plight. Mueller was held captive, tortured, and “raped repeatedly” by the vicious group’s late leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Former “President Obama refused to meet with us until ISIS had already beheaded other Americans,” Carl Mueller proclaimed at the RNC. “To this day, we’ve never heard from [then-Vice President] Joe Biden.” Democrat presidential nominee Biden’s loss of his first wife, young daughter, and his eldest son has become central to his political persona. The presidential candidate, along with his Democrat colleagues and their mainstream media...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday that President Donald Trump “screwed up” the good economy that he inherited from the Obama administration during an interview that aired on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” Mitchell said, “He’s apparently going to say tonight, among other things in attacking you, we have spent the last four years reversing the damage Joe Biden inflicted over the last 47 years.” Biden said, “By the way, if you notice the last four years before, we created more jobs in the last three years than he created so far. Like the old saying goes, everything he inherited, he screwed up. He screwed up the economy so badly. For the last four years, we were not having racial...
    (CNN)At the most basic level, the first two nights of the RNC displayed the foreign policy risks of another Trump term -- including the refusal to honestly acknowledge both successes and failures, to candidly come to grips with the actual threats and opportunities, and to put protecting Americans ahead of promoting personal politics. Sam Vinograd But even before diving into the details of what was said, it was who said it that should give Americans real cause for concern. The world saw for itself that the underlying current in US foreign policy under Trump is hypocrisy. And the messenger was none other than the man who's supposed to advance the nation's foreign policy, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo....
    Hong Kong (CNN)A Chinese human rights activist brought to the United States by the Obama administration appeared at the Republican National Convention Wednesday, where he praised President Donald Trump and accused his predecessor of a "policy of appeasement" towards Beijing. Chen Guangcheng, a human rights activist known for his work fighting against forced abortions under China's one child policy, faced years of harassment by the authorities before he fled to the US Embassy in Beijing in April 2012, ahead of a visit by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Following a month of tense negotiations, Chen was eventually permitted to leave the China and fly to the US, where he has lived ever since. While he expressed gratitude at the...
    She went on to say: Democrats tried to force adoption agencies to violate their deeply held beliefs. Democrats pressured schools to allow boys to compete in girls sports and use girls locker rooms. Those are the facts.   But then, we the people, elected Donald Trump. People of faith suddenly had a fierce advocate in the White House. He appointed judges who respect the First Amendment. He supported religious beliefs in court. He ensured that religious ministries would not have to violate their beliefs. He withdrew the policies that put our little girls at risk. Lynch's remarks misgendered transgender students who, under the Obama administration, had their access to facilities and activities corresponding with their gender explicitly protected under federal...
    Former acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell is slated to speak at the Republican National Convention this week, in support of President Trump's reelection. Here are some fast facts on who he is and how he is connected to the commander-in-chief. Grenell, 53, was confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Germany in 2018 and two years later was tapped by the president to be a part of his cabinet as intelligence director, tasked with overseeing 17 spy agencies including the FBI, CIA, and NSA. He was appointed in an "acting" capacity in February 2020, temporarily avoiding the need for Senate confirmation. The former State Department official and communications executive is the first openly gay member of Trump's cabinet. He's been connected to the...
    Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley touted President Trump as the man to lead America on the international stage — while claiming that challenger Joe Biden would pal around with China while sowing “socialism” at home. “The UN is not for the faint of heart,” she said. “It’s a place where dictators, murderers and thieves denounce America and then put their hands out and demand that we pay their bills. “Well, President Trump put an end to all of that. With his leadership, we did what Barack Obama and Joe Biden refused to do. We stood up for America.” Haley cited as example the Trump administration’s crackdowns on North Korea and Iran, and strengthening of ties...
    Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley touted President Trump as the man to lead America on the international stage — while claiming that challenger Joe Biden would pal around with China while sowing “socialism” at home. “The UN is not for the faint of heart,” she said. “It’s a place where dictators, murderers and thieves denounce America and then put their hands out and demand that we pay their bills. “Well, President Trump put an end to all of that. With his leadership, we did what Barack Obama and Joe Biden refused to do. We stood up for America.” Haley cited as example the Trump administration’s crackdowns on North Korea and Iran, and strengthening of ties with...
    Former California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs asserted on the first evening of the Republican National Convention (RNC) that her court battle against the teachers’ unions became an even greater struggle when the Obama-Biden administration and then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris intervened to defeat her cause. In her lawsuit against the California Teachers Association, Friedrichs and her fellow plaintiff claimed a First Amendment right to withhold financial support from a union whose positions they did not share. The teachers argued they could not assert their right through the union because there is no accountability in the relationship between the union — the collective-bargaining agent — and the individuals it was authorized by law to represent. The Supreme Court heard Friedrichs’ case in late 2015, but...
    By David Brunnstrom, Humeyra Pamuk and Luke Baker WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - When Donald Trump was elected U.S. president in 2016, almost immediately, and with evident relish, he set about trying to demolish Barack Obama's carefully crafted foreign policy legacy. In the following days, months and years, Trump threw out a trade deal with the Asia-Pacific, a global climate accord, a nuclear agreement with Iran and a process to end decades of hostility with Cuba. The Republican leader also publicly attacked long-time U.S. allies from Berlin to Tokyo while praising authoritarian rulers from Russia's Vladimir Putin to North Korea's Kim Jong Un. And after heaping praise on China's Xi Jinping, he launched trade and rhetorical battles with Beijing that have sparked...
    John Brennan was interviewed Friday by U.S. Attorney John Durham as part of the review of any misconduct related to the origins of the Russia probe, but the former CIA director was assured he’s not a target in the investigation, a Brennan spokesman said. “Earlier today Brennan was informed by Mr. Durham that he is not a subject or a target of a criminal investigation and that he is only a witness to events that are under review,” said Nick Shapiro, a Brennan spokesman. “The interview was conducted at CIA headquarters and lasted eight hours.” Attorney General William Barr last year appointed Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, to examine the decisions that were made by government officials as they investigated...
    It took approximately 20 seconds for former Secretary of State John Kerry to drop the first flagrant lie in his Democratic National Convention speech, when he claimed that the Obama administration’s so-called Iran deal had “eliminated the threat of an Iran with a nuclear weapon.” It didn’t get any better from there. Kerry knows well that sunset provisions in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action provided Iran’s government with a pathway to building nuclear weapons in a few years. He knows well that Israel uncovered a giant cache of documents with instructions on how to jumpstart a program to build a nuclear arsenal, which undermined both the spirit and the rationale of the nonproliferation agreement Iran signed. He knows that...
    Former national security adviser Susan Rice says she’s qualified to serve in various posts in a potential Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic National Convention What we'll remember from the 2020 Biden convention Chris Wallace labels Biden's acceptance speech 'enormously effective' MORE administration. Rice said in an interview with American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan released on Friday that she has the right experience to lead the departments of State, Defense or Homeland Security or as director of national intelligence should Biden, the 2020 Democratic nominee, win in November. Rice indicated she would not want to serve as national security adviser or ambassador to the United Nations, roles she already held in the Obama administration, saying “that’s kind of redundant.” She added her role in...
    The White House touted the Trump administration’s accomplishments in the Middle East Thursday following a visit from Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. The White House is pressing hard on the message that Trump’s administration has succeeded more in the Middle East in just a few days than President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden did in eight years, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told the Daily Caller. “While Obama/Biden sent billions of dollars in cash to the Iranian Regime and demanded nothing in return, President Trump is leveraging unprecedented peace through strength by brokering a historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, directing the United Nations to restore all previously suspended sanctions on Iran, and...
    CLAIM: The Obama Administration set up the Trump administration with plans for dealing with a future pandemic. VERDICT: FALSE The Obama Administration depleted the National Strategic Stockpile of N95 masks and other critical equipment and never replenished it, despite warnings from experts, forcing the Trump Administration to rush to produce and obtain them in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed Wednesday during the Democratic National Convention that the Obama administration had set up the Trump administration with “so much,” including plans to deal with a future pandemic. She claimed: After the last election, I said, ‘We owe Donald Trump an open mind and the chance to lead.’ I really meant it. Every president...
    The Middle East peace deal announced by President Trump last week is the first of its kind in 26 years, and a success no one thought possible following the Obama administration, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner told “Hannity” Wednesday. When Trump was sworn into office in January 2017, Kushner noted, the Obama administration had funded terrorism worldwide, given one of the “worst deals ever” to Iran and left the Middle East a “total mess.” TRUMP 2020 OFFICIAL CLAIMS BIDEN WOULD'VE BEEN 'UTTER DISASTER' AS PRESIDENT DURING PANDEMIC “President Trump went to the Middle East. He got all the Arab and Muslim leaders together and said, ‘We have to do things differently,’” explained Kushner, the president's son-in-law. “He reestablished his relationship with Israel and...
    President Donald Trump trolled in chief 2016 presidential rivals who were slated to address the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, tweeting an attack ad at the past transgressions of Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama. Trump tweeted with a video: "Welcome, Barack and Crooked Hillary. See you on the field of battle!" The video attack ad showed past moments and news that peppered the 2016 presidential election cycle. Among the clips in the video: The Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text reading "well stop it." Hillary saying, "There will be no question about the outcome of this election." Referencing the "peaceful transition of power" controversy raised in a debate and echoed by Hillary in her one-day delay...
    President Donald Trump welcomed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton the 'field of battle' on Wednesday night, shortly before the two prepared to open fire on his presidency during their speeches at the Democratic National Convention. The president tweeted a video that accuses Obama and Clinton of spying on him and setting up his administration to fail. 'Welcome, Barack and Crooked Hillary. See you on the field of battle!,' he wrote. The video, which runs about 100 seconds, news reports on the 'unmasking' - or naming - of officials who requested information about Michael Flynn, Trump's pick for National Security Adviser who eventually resigned that position and charges there was 'political spying' on Trump's 2016 campaign.  President Donald Trump welcomed...
    In 2016, Donald Trump made immigration restrictions a signature campaign issue. Since then, Trump’s aimed at significantly reducing immigration, especially in the months after COVID-19 arrived on our shores. Some voters, polls show, have balked at his more draconian measures, which should provide an opening to Joe Biden. Yet Biden’s problem is the Democratic Party has lurched significantly to the left on immigration, and his own platform reflects that move. There’s little in recent polling that suggests the Biden agenda will appeal to any but the most committed leftists, leaving a giant policy vacuum between him and Trump. In 2016, Trump called for the construction of a border wall to stem illegal immigration from the south. Since then, he’s faced...
    Meaghan Ellis August 19, 2020 0 Comments White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows offered his take on state attorney generals preparing to sue President Donald Trump’s administration over operational changes introduced at the United States Postal Service (USPS). During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday, Meadows was asked about DeJoy’s decision to halt executive changes for mail processing and daily operations as several state attorney generals prepared this week to sue the Trump administration to halt USPS changes. Meadows fired back as he insisted state attorney generals should be “suing the Obama administration.” “Listen, this postmaster general did the right thing, said we’re going to put these operational decisions on hold. But they’re not President Trump’s operational...
    But the Obama-Biden administration also notably "went after a terrorist and took him out." In 2011, President Barack Obama sent SEAL Team 6 into Abbottabad, Pakistan, on an ultimately successful mission to capture and kill al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the man behind the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. The Obama administration did not release video footage of the raid. The Trump administration carried out a mission in Syria targeting Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State group, in October 2019. It quickly released footage of the attack after it was completed. NBC News reported then that military officials cringed as Trump revealed highly classified details of the tactics used in the raid....
    CLAIM: Former Secretary of State John Kerry claimed Tuesday during the Democratic National Convention that the Obama administration stopped the Ebola virus before it became a pandemic. VERDICT: Mostly False. The 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak was already an epidemic declared by the World Health Organization and was largely isolated to West Africa. Although the outbreak coincided with Barack Obama’s presidency, only 11 people were treated for Ebola in the U.S. during the epidemic. During the early days of the epidemic in October 2014, U.S. stocks went down more than one percent when the first diagnosed Ebola patient on U.S. soil spooked investors. On October 13, 2014, Reuters reported that the S&P 500 went down more than one percent and had its worst...
    CLAIM: The Obama-Biden administration “eliminated” the threat of a nuclear Iran and built a coalition to “destroy ISIS.” VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. Obama-Biden emboldened Iran and allowed the ISIS threat to become a major threat. Former Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on the second night of the Democratic National Convention to claim that President Donald Trump had reversed the gains of the Obama-Biden administration, including against ISIS and Iran. We “eliminated the threat of an Iran with a nuclear weapon,” he said. That is flatly untrue. Under the Iran deal, the U.S. and other nations dropped sanctions against Iran and provided them access to billions in cash and assets in return for a temporary slowdown in Iran’s development of nuclear weapons....
    Michelle Obama urged Democrats to take the high road at the virtual Democratic National Convention Monday night amid an ongoing investigation into her husband's "corrupt" administration, Hoover Institution senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Tuesday. "When she says 'We go high when they go low,' she's talking right now when her husband's administration has weaponized the IRS, the FBI, the DOJ, the CIA, and is the subject of a massive investigation by [Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham]," Hanson said. RUSH LIMBAUGH SLAMS MICHELLE OBAMA DNC SPEECH AS 'MORE PHONY EMPATHY FROM THE LEFT' "It will probably end up, if things happen as many predict, as one of the most corrupt administrations that tried to destroy a political campaign, a president, transition, and a presidency," Hanson added, "and she's saying, 'When they go low, we go high.'"...
    Former First Lady Michelle Obama admonished the nation during her Monday address to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) about the importance of “going high” against their political opponents and stressed the need for “empathy.” Referencing the famous catchphrase she rolled out during the DNC in 2016, Obama said, “Over the past four years, a lot of people have asked me, ‘When others are going so low, does going high still really work?’ My answer: going high is the only thing that works, because when we go low, when we use those same tactics of degrading and dehumanizing others, we just become part of the ugly noise that’s drowning out everything else. We degrade ourselves. We degrade the very causes for...
    The Associated Press took former first lady Michelle Obama to task over her Monday night remarks at the Democratic National Convention insisting that the Trump administration caged children at the U.S. southern border. What are the details? Obama, who appeared as a speaker for the first night of the DNC, insisted that President Donald Trump and his administration used "cages" to house migrant children at the U.S. southern border. During her dramatic speech, Obama lamented the fact that devastated Americans were forced to "watch in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages." The former first lady, however, did not make mention of the fact that her husband, former President Barack Obama, used...
    Former first lady Michelle Obama slammed President Donald Trump during her speech Monday at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) for ripping families apart and throwing kids ‘into cages’-seemingly forgetting her husband, President Barack Obama, created the facilities, according to the Associated Press (AP). Speaking at the DNC, Obama said Americans “watch in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages.” However, the Obama-Biden administration built the facilities used to house children at the border. Further, calling the facilities “cages” is misleading and a distorted version of the truth, per the AP. The so called “cages” are actually chain-link enclosures inside border facilities where migrants are temporarily housed and separated by sex and age, according to the...
    President Trump blasted former first lady Michelle Obama after she delivered a scathing criticism of him at the Democratic National Convention. On Monday night, Obama warned that the United States "can" and "will" get worse if Trump is reelected. But the president fired back on Tuesday, saying he wouldn't have been elected if her husband, former President Barack Obama, did his job correctly. "Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama. Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late & unenthusiastic endorsement," Trump tweeted. "My Administration and I built the greatest...
    The Associated Press fact-checked Michelle Obama's Democratic National Convention speech after she condemned Trump for using "cages" to house migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border while failing to note that the same facilities were used during her husband's administration. “Michelle Obama assailed President Donald Trump on Monday for ripping migrant children from their parents and throwing them into cages, picking up on a frequent and distorted point made widely by Democrats,” the AP reported. MICHELLE OBAMA RIPS TRUMP WHITE HOUSE FOR 'CHAOS' AND 'LACK OF EMPATHY' “She’s right that Trump’s now-suspended policy at the U.S.-Mexico border separated thousands of children from their families in ways that had not been done before,” the AP fact check continued. “But what she did not...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump took several shots at former First Lady Michelle Obama after she said he was "in over his head" during a speech at the Democratic National Convention Monday. In a series of tweets, the president slammed Obama's "late endorsement" of Joe Biden, and said her husband's administration as "the most corrupt in history." ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 3Trump took several shots at Michelle Obama after her speech at the DNCCredit: EPA 3The former first lady said Trump was 'in over his head'Credit: AP:Associated Press "Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren't for the...
    A federal judge on Monday issued an injunction halting the rollback of Obama-era transgender health care protections. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Frederic Block in Brooklyn comes one day before the new policy was set to take effect. In June, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the rule, which it said in a statement at the time is based on “the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology.”  This drastically changed the health care guidelines expanded in 2016 by former president Barack Obama’s administration allowing sex-based protections based on gender identity “which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female.” Block cited a June ruling...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images President Donald Trump lashed out at former First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday in retaliation for the speech she gave against him at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. “Somebody please explain to Michelle Obama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama,” Trump said. “Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late & unenthusiastic endorsement.” ….My Administration and I built the greatest economy in history, of any country, turned it off, saved millions of lives, and now am building an even greater economy than it was before. Jobs are flowing, NASDAQ is already at a record...
    President Donald Trump slammed former First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday after she attempted to blame his administration for the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic during a Monday night speech at the Democratic National Convention. Trump responded to her remarks by writing on Twitter: “Somebody please explain to [Michelle Obama] that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama.” “Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late [and] unenthusiastic endorsement,” Trump continued. “My Administration and I built the greatest economy in history, of any country, turned it off, saved millions of lives, and now am building an even greater...
    President Trump on Tuesday hit back at former first lady Michelle Obama, saying he wouldn’t have been elected “if it weren’t for the job done” by her husband, former President Barack Obama. Trump’s tweets come after the former first lady slammed the president and his administration during the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, saying that his White House operates in "chaos” and without “empathy," while urging voters to cast their ballots for Joe Biden like their lives depend on it. MICHELLE OBAMA, IN DNC SPEECH, RIPS TRUMP WHITE HOUSE FOR 'CHAOS' AND 'LACK OF EMPATHY' "Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the...
    A federal judge on Monday issued an injunction halting the rollback of Obama-era transgender health care protections. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Frederic Block in Brooklyn comes one day before the new policy was set to take effect. In June, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the rule, which it said in a statement at the time is based on "the plain meaning of the word 'sex' as male or female and as determined by biology."  This drastically changed the health care guidelines expanded in 2016 by former president Barack Obama's administration allowing sex-based protections based on gender identity "which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female." Block cited a June ruling...
    President Donald Trump waited until Tuesday morning to respond to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2020 Democratic Convention speech. “Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama,” he tweeted. “Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late & unenthusiastic endorsement.” WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: President Donald Trump (2nd-L) First Lady Melania Trump (L), former President Barack Obama (2nd-R) and former First Lady Michelle Obama walk together following the inauguration, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017. President-Elect Donald Trump was sworn-in as the 45th President. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch –...
    Photograph: Murtaja Lateef/EPA Senator Kamala Harris is a “big slasher of funds for our military”, says President Trump. If only. The truth is that Harris, like the person who selected her as his running mate, is a mainstream advocate of globe-spanning US military dominance. Last month she voted against cutting the $740bn annual military budget by a mere 10%, though she said she supported reductions as a goal. Related: The US-China rivalry is not a new cold war, and it’s dangerous to call it that | Mario Del Pero This November, US voters, facing an uncontrolled pandemic and economic collapse, will choose between one ticket that insists on spending more on the military than the world’s next 10 countries...
    CLAIM: “Joe knows about pandemics” and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided “clear direction” on coronavirus. VERDICT: FALSE. Biden has mismanaged past pandemics, and Cuomo’s coronavirus policies were largely a disaster. Host Eva Longoria Bastón claimed that former Vice President Joe Biden is an expert in stopping pandemics. “In 2014 he stopped the spread of Ebola,” she claimed. The Obama-Biden administration’s response to Ebola was, in fact, a debacle. Obama refused to ban travel from West Africa, or to monitor people who had been exposed to the disease once they came to the U.S. The administration’s mishandling of the Ebola outbreak was a reason Democrats lost the Senate in 2014. Moreover, Bastón omitted another disease in which Biden played a...
    Washington (CNN)A federal judge on Monday blocked the Trump administration's rollback of an Obama-era regulation prohibiting discrimination in health care against patients who are transgender, a day before it was set to go into effect.US District Court Judge Frederic Block found that the planned rollback, which was announced in June, violates the Supreme Court's landmark ruling that extended federal civil rights law to gay, lesbian and transgender workers."In this case, the Court is tasked with having to decide if a proposed set of rules by the Department of Health and Human Services ... is contrary to the Supreme Court's pronouncement in Bostock or if the agency acted arbitrarily or capriciously in enacting the rules," Block wrote in the preliminary injunction."(The)...
    President Trump came up with a nickname for former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden: "O'Biden." The president coined the term while speaking about manufacturing to a crowd in Mankato, Minnesota, on Monday and criticizing moves made by the former administration. "That was O'Biden, O'Biden as I call them," he said. "That was Obama and Biden. Short, I like that term, O'Biden. Because you save a lot of time." Years ago, another Republican firebrand used the term. Sarah Palin used the term during preparations for her debate with then-Sen. Joe Biden. According to McCain campaign senior adviser Steve Schmidt, the term became a "verbal tick" for Palin. Per the recommendation of her advisers, Palin asked Biden...
    David Edwards August 17, 2020 5:21PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story Fox News anchor Sandra Smith reminded Trump campaign spokesperson Hogan Gidley that there was a "significant drop in the unemployment rate" during former President Barack Obama's administration. As the Democratic National Convention was set to begin on Monday, Smith asked Gidley to explain the "biggest differences" between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. : "The beauty about this campaign is you don't have to guess how things would look under either person," Gidley opined. "Joe Biden has a 47-year failed record in elected office with nothing to show for it, quite frankly." "When he was at the helm, you don't have to...
    President Trump has faced backlash over recent measures the U.S. Postal Service has taken to reduce service as November’s election approaches, including removing mail collection boxes from street locations. But eliminating mailboxes is nothing new and something that took place quite a bit during the Obama administration. A pair of USPS inspector general reports provide details regarding the removal of thousands of mailboxes in the U.S., and during Obama’s second term people complained that too many mailboxes were taken away. PELOSI CALLS MEMBERS BACK TO CAPITOL HILL TO CONSIDER USPS LEGISLATION, CALLS POST OFFICE 'ELECTION CENTRAL' “Nationally the number of collection boxes declined by more than 12,000 in the past five years,” an August 2016 report said. “Some customers have complained...
    On the first morning of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Trump campaign spokesperson Hogan Gidley went on Fox News in an attempt to reframe the race between the president and Joe Biden. It didn’t go as planned.  Host Sandra Smith asked Gidley the same question Trump was asked on Fox & Friends earlier on Monday about the biggest differences between the two candidates. While the president talked about “energy,” “fracking,” and the stock market, Gidley tried to take a broader approach.  “The beauty about this campaign is you don’t have to guess how things would look under either person because they’ve both been at the top for so long,” Gidley said. “Joe Biden has a 47-year failed record in elected...
    Fox News anchor Sandra Smith reminded Trump campaign spokesperson Hogan Gidley that there was a “significant drop in the unemployment rate” during former President Barack Obama’s administration. As the Democratic National Convention was set to begin on Monday, Smith asked Gidley to explain the “biggest differences” between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. “The beauty about this campaign is you don’t have to guess how things would look under either person,” Gidley opined. “Joe Biden has a 47-year failed record in elected office with nothing to show for it, quite frankly.” “When he was at the helm, you don’t have to guess how the economy would look, it was absolutely horrible,” he continued. “People did not have...
    Former President Barack Obama accused President Donald Trump of purposely attempting to sabotage the U.S. Postal Service in an effort to alter the results of the 2020 presidential election. "What we've seen in a way that is unique to modern political history is a president who is explicit in trying to discourage people from voting," Obama said during an appearance on his former campaign adviser David Plouffe's podcast on Friday. "What we've never seen before is a president say, 'I'm going to try to actively kneecap the postal service to encourage voting and I will be explicit about the reason I'm doing it.'" He added, "That's sort of unheard of." The unfounded accusation was immediately amplified by...
    To virtually no one's surprise, failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton expressed openness to getting back into politics in the coming year should presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden win the election and tap her for an administration position. The former secretary of state hinted at the potential return to Washington during a keynote conversation with The 19th, a nonprofit news organization reporting on gender and politics. During the conversation, when asked if she would consider taking a position if offered, Clinton downplayed the idea but said she would be "ready" if the call came. "I'm ready to help in any way I can because I think this will be a moment where every American — I don't care...
    U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told Breitbart News Daily on Friday morning that former Vice President Joe Biden had contributed to the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) only by being so “hostile.” The deal, known as the Abraham Accord, was announced by President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday morning and provides for “full normalization” for the first time between Israel and a Gulf Arab state. It is expected to lead to similar deals with other Arab states. Even liberal critics of President Trump praised his “huge achievement,” calling the deal a “breakthrough” and an “earthquake.” Biden rushed to take some of the credit: The coming together of Israel and Arab states builds...
    Former U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the service during the funeral of late U.S. Congressman John Lewis, a pioneer of the civil rights movement and long-time member of the U.S. House of Representatives who died July 17, at Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. July 30, 2020.Alyssa Pointer | Reuters Former President Barack Obama slammed President Donald Trump on Friday, accusing his administration of undermining the U.S. Postal Service and attempting to suppress votes during the coronavirus pandemic. "Everyone depends on the USPS. Seniors for their Social Security, veterans for their prescriptions, small businesses trying to keep their doors open," Obama said on Twitter in a series of posts. "They can't be collateral damage for an administration more concerned...
    When President Donald Trump announced the "historic" peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, many rightly took notice — even on the left — calling the agreement "major" and a "big win" for Trump and for peace in the Middle East. Except for Ben Rhodes, that is, a former deputy national security adviser for the Obama administration. Instead, Rhodes — who is best known for his work on the infamous 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which President Trump withdrew from in 2018 — took to Twitter to downplay the deal, and was swiftly slammed for his complaints. "This agreement enshrines what has been the emerging status quo in the region for a long time (including...
    Middle East nations are realizing that Iran is the "existential threat" in the region rather than Israel amid the Trump administration's recent diplomatic efforts, Rep. Lee Zeldin, member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Friday. “What we saw yesterday was a big development because Israel is surrounded by all these different countries, many of whom do not recognize Israel’s right to exist, there isn’t any type of normalization of relations,” Zeldin, R-N.Y., told "Fox & Friends." Zeldin said that the U.S.’s move to establish “diplomatic ties” to “trade, technology, energy, tourism,” will hopefully lead to other countries following suit. “I think you have, primarily, two different elements that are driving these dynamics: one, is a concern by many countries in that region by...
    On Thursday, following the announcement of the historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made the astonishing claim that the Obama administration was partially responsible for preparing the way for the deal. Biden said that “the coming together of Israel and Arab states builds on the efforts of multiple administrations to foster a broader Arab-Israeli opening, including the efforts of the Obama-Biden administration to build on the Arab Peace Initiative,” adding, “I personally spent time with leaders of both Israel and the UAE during our administration building the case for cooperation and broader engagement and the benefits it could deliver to both nations, and I am gratified by today’s announcement. It...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden attempted to take partial credit for the historic peace deal announced Thursday by President Donald Trump between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), saying he laid the groundwork for the agreement. In a statement, Biden praised the agreement, under which Israel and the UAE will achieve full normalization of relations. He promised that he and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) would build on the deal if they are elected to office in November. But Biden also tried to claim that he, and former President Barack Obama, deserved some of the credit for the peace deal: The coming together of Israel and Arab states builds on the efforts of multiple administrations to foster a broader Arab-Israeli...
    Porter Ranch gas leak. A massive well of natural gas continues to leak at the Southern California Gas Company's Alison Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility in the hills above the community of Porter Ranch. The gas has caused numerous health concerns including headaches, nausea, and dizziness.Ted Soqui | Corbis News | Getty Images The Trump administration on Thursday weakened Obama-era regulations designed to reduce climate-warming methane gas emissions from oil and gas fields.  The Environmental Protection Agency's new rule, which has been in progress for over a year, would eliminate federal requirements for oil and gas companies to monitor and repair methane leaks from pipelines, storage facilities and wells. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the rollback to the 2016 rule...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday praised the Israel-United Arab Emirates peace deal announced by President Trump, but credited efforts of the Obama-Biden administration for the “historic step.” Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed released a joint statement Thursday after Israel and the UAE agreed to normalize relations. TRUMP ANNOUNCES 'HISTORIC PEACE AGREEMENT' BETWEEN ISRAEL, UAE The statement said that the “diplomatic breakthrough” was at “the request of President Trump,” and that Israel will “suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab...
    “Hands up, don’t shoot!” This infamous slogan rose to prominence during the protests which broke out after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. The phrase, which is still repeated at Black Lives Matter protests to this day, is a reference to a debunked claim by Dorian Johnson that Michael Brown was executed by Officer Darren Wilson despite surrendering and holding his hands in the air. Since then, the initial claims about Brown supposedly being “murdered” while surrendering have been fully dismantled on multiple occasions, most notably by Barack Obama’s Department of Justice. The Obama Justice Department, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, found in its exhaustive investigation of the case that witness accounts...
    Rex Features Susan Rice, the potential Democratic pick for vice president, is considered one of the country’s leading experts on foreign policy. But while her experience will count in her favour, it will also give Republicans a clear plan of attack leading up to the election in November. The foreign policy expert was nominated as the ambassador of the United Nations by President Barack Obama, a nomination the Senate at the time unanimously confirmed. But her time as ambassador of the United Nations – from 2009 to 2013 – and then later national security adviser to Mr Obama, until 2017, has been called into question by Republicans – specifically her role in the Benghazi attacks. US posts in Benghazi,...
    Sen. Tom Cotton took a dig at Susan Rice on Tuesday, saying former President Barack Obama's national security adviser was at the center of several of the administration's foreign policy scandals or failures. "Susan Rice was the Typhoid Mary of the Obama administration foreign policy," Cotton said during an interview on Fox News, referring to Mary Mallon, who is believed to have infected dozens of people with typhoid fever in the early 1900s. "Every major debacle in President Obama’s tenure, Susan Rice was right in the middle of." Rice is atop a short list of candidates who have been vetted by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign as a possible vice presidential candidate. Biden has faced...
    Susan Rice, a top contender in the race to become Joe Biden's running mate, is under increased scrutiny from progressives for her deep financial ties to the Keystone Pipeline and other fossil fuel and energy companies. Rice, the former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, had investments in at least five such companies, including as much as $100,000 in TransCanada, the company that owned the controversial Keystone Pipeline, according to her last public financial disclosure form. BIDEN CAMPAIGN SHELLING OUT $280M FOR AD BUY IN 15 STATES She also listed more than $1 million invested in the Candian pipeline firm Enbridge and more than $2 million divided between three oil companies that have been active in the oil sands of northern Alberta: Cenovus...
    Susan Rice is reportedly on the short list to be former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate. It would be an odd choice: Rice has never held elective office, and has little popular appeal. Her record of foreign policy is one of astonishing failure, from the Rwandan genocide to the Benghazi terror attack. Her main advantage is that she has been loyal to the Democratic Party establishment and the Deep State. Through Rice, the Clintons and Obamas could wield power in a Biden administration. Among the contenders, Rice has the most extensive record of federal government service, having been UN Ambassador and National Security Advisor (NSA) for President Barack Obama, and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under President Bill...
    Former First Lady Michelle Obama said on the latest episode of her podcast that the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the Trump Administration's response, has placed her on an emotional rollercoaster.Obama said she is "dealing with some form of low-grade depression" due to what she called the administration's hypocrisy. She noted that she is not alone in feeling this way because "spiritually, these are not fulfilling times."She said she's even had to take personal days because she's been very troubled by the racial strife in America.Obama responds to George Floyd death, highlighting how racism is 'normal' in 2020 AmericaObama criticized Trump's response to the nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd's death."Waking up to the news, waking up to how...