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    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    Savannah Rychcik August 5, 2020 0 Comments Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, where she told lawmakers the Obama administration was not surveilling the Trump campaign in 2016. Yates sparred with the GOP during her testimony as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pressed her on a FISA application filed to monitor the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Cruz asked Yates when she became aware the Obama administration was surveilling the Trump administration. “The Obama Administration was not surveilling the Donald Trump campaign,” Yates said. Cruz clarified asking Yates, “So a FISA application is not surveillance?” Yates argued Page was considered a former member of the Trump campaign at the time the FISA application...
    Savannah Rychcik August 5, 2020 0 Comments Former First Lady Michelle Obama is opening up about her struggles with mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic and racial unrest breaking out across the nation. In a new episode of her podcast released on Wednesday, Obama sat down with award-winning journalist Michele Norris to discuss the “relationship with ourselves” and racial reconciliation. Obama indicated she has been struggling with “some form of low-grade depression.” “It is unusual, and it is, you know, it’s a direct result of just being out of, out of body, out of mind. And spiritually, these are not, they are not fulfilling times, spiritually,” Obama said. She added, “Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the...
    Whether you consider the appalling death toll or the equally unacceptable rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, the United States has one of the worst records worldwide when it comes to the pandemic. Nevertheless, the president has continued to behave just as he promised he would in March when there had been only 40 deaths from the virus here and he said, “I don’t take responsibility at all.” In April, when 50,000 Americans had died, he praised himself and his administration, insisting, “I think we’ve done a great job.” In May, as deaths continued to mount nationwide, he insisted, “We have met the moment and we have prevailed.” In June, he swore the virus was “dying out,” contradicting the views and data of his just-swept-into-the-closet coronavirus task force. In July, he...
    On Wednesday, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden responded to the Supreme Court ruling that exempted religious organizations from covering their employees’ contraception. Biden said he was “disappointed in today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision” in the case Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, adding, “I will restore the Obama-Biden policy that existed before the Hobby Lobby ruling.” Biden accused the Trump administration of continuing to “strip health care from women,” adding, “I will restore the Obama-Biden policy that existed before the Hobby Lobby ruling: providing an exemption for houses of worship and an accommodation for nonprofit organizations with religious missions. The accommodation will allow women at these organizations to access contraceptive coverage, not through their employer-provided plan, but instead through their insurance...
    No administration did more to militarize law enforcement than former President Barack Obama’s, said Sonnie Johnson, addressing former Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks about the provision of surplus military equipment to police officers. In an interview published Wednesday, Biden said, “Surplus military equipment for law enforcement — they don’t need that. The last thing you need is an up-armored Humvee coming into a neighborhood. It’s like the military invading; they don’t know anybody. They become the enemy. They’re supposed to be protecting these people.” “Is someone actually running against Joe Biden as far as the presidency is concerned?” asked Johnson, offering her reply as a guest host on Wednesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with host Rebecca Mansour. “These are...
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday the Little Sisters of the Poor Catholic religious order is exempt from Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate. In a 7-2 decision in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, the Court ended the long legal struggle the nuns, who care for the elderly poor and sick, have endured. The decision also upheld the Trump administration’s conscience protections rule. The Court’s decision today upholding that exemption is a victory for freedom of religion and conscience—for the Little Sisters and for everyone. Let’s be thankful that the Little Sisters’ ordeal in court has finally ended. (4/4) — Frank Scaturro (@FrankScaturro) July 8, 2020 “The Little Sisters’ long struggle for survival is one evidence of the growing hostility to...
    Win McNamee The rise of a former deputy CIA director on Joe Biden’s transition team is drawing furious objection from the left—to the shock of her colleagues in the Obama administration, who believe Avril Haines’ record in government ought to endear her to progressives. In late June, the Biden campaign announced that Haines, an attorney who served as deputy director of the CIA from 2013 to 2015, will helm the foreign policy and national security aspects of a potential Biden transition team. To activists, security experts, congressional aides who are more left than liberal—as well as mainstream human rights campaigners and at least one ex-senator—Haines’ elevation is worrisome or unacceptable. She approved an “accountability board” that spared CIA personnel...
    Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s depiction of an early 2017 Oval Office meeting of top political and law-enforcement officials as being conducted “by the book,” is being challenged by newly released notes written by former FBI agent Peter Strzok, which directly implicate Joe Biden — the current Democratic presidential nominee — in a scheme to undermine President Trump and his administration. The newly released notes may have far-reaching consequences for the upcoming 2020 elections and Biden, as the current  Democratic presidential nominee, specifically. The bombshell revelations will, no doubt, be a major focus in the ongoing investigation, led by US Attorney John Durham, into the origins of the Russia investigation. On January 5, 2017, a meeting took place at...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump called the Obama and Biden administration 'the most CORRUPT in HISTORY' in a recent tweet. On Thursday afternoon, President Trump responded to a tweet by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, listing scandals from the previous administration. 2 Rep. Jim Jordan tweeted Thursday a list of scandals from the Obama-Biden administrationCredit: EPA In the tweet, Jordan lists Benghazi, IRS target, Spying on journalists, VA waiting lists, Clinton emails, Unmasking of political rivals and more. Jordan added, "Don't Forget!" to the end of the social media post. "The Obama/Biden Administration is the most CORRUPT in HISTORY!" President Trump wrote in a quote tweet of the post. 2 President Trump calls the Obama-Biden administration the most corrupt in historyCredit: AFP or...
    Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty On election day 2016, senior Obama administration officials were prepared for chaos. Federal law enforcement agencies planned for the possibility of riots in the wake of a contested election outcome and a special White House crisis team braced for the possibility that Russian hackers were on the verge of altering voter data in a handful of key precincts. “The working hypothesis was that Clinton was going to win, and that [Trump] was then going to go and incite people to violence by claiming that the system was rigged,” according to Amy Pope, the former deputy homeland security adviser.  Celeste Wallander, the top Russia expert on the National Security Council at the time, wondered what would happen to...
    Barack Obama’s national security adviser blasted the Trump administration as ‘racist to its core’ and said that electing Joe Biden as president was vital in order to ‘remove Donald Trump and consign those who supported him in the Senate to the trash heap of history.’ Susan Rice, who has been mentioned in recent weeks as a possible vice presidential candidate, also accused Trump of a ‘gross abuse of power’ and ‘putting his personal interest over national security’ following revelations by John Bolton. Bolton, who was Trump’s national security adviser before he was fired in September of last year, claims in his new book that the president asked his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to buy American farm products in order to...
    Susan Rice, the former national security advisor to former President Barack Obama as well as the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who is most famous for claiming that the 2011 Benghazi terrorist attack was precipitated by a video, has weighed in on the 2020 election, snapping that it is to “remove Donald Trump and consign him and those who have supported him in the Senate to the trash heap of history.” Rice attacked Trump for a “series of lies, the disgraceful, despicable lies this president tells.” Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC brought up Mary Elizabeth Taylor, assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs,  who submitted her resignation Thursday, prompting Rice to sound as if she were angling for the...
    Joe Biden is stepping up his attacks on the Trump administration's handling of coronavirus stimulus funds -- and as a result, the former vice president, whom Barack Obama once called the White House's "sheriff" of taxpayer funds, is now under renewed scrutiny for his own oversight of federal dollars in the wake of the 2008 finacial crisis. "The American people deserve answers," Biden tweeted Sunday, concerning an accusation that "wealthy Trump donors" were receiving stimulus money. On Tuesday, Biden charged that the president was running "the most corrupt administration in modern American history." The attacks are nothing new: Politico reported in May that Biden allies were instructed to accuse the Trump administration of "cronyism" in handling stimulus dollars. Republicans are responding,...
    The US Supreme Court has ruled against President Donald Trump's bid to end a programme that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The justices upheld lower court rulings which found his move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme was "unlawful". It protects "Dreamers" - undocumented youths brought to the US as children. The Trump administration has sought to end the Obama-era policy since 2017. The Supreme Court took up the case after lower courts ruled that the Trump administration did not adequately explain why it was ending the programme, criticising the White House's "capricious" explanations. On Thursday, the justices voted 5-4 to uphold the lower courts' findings that the administration's order violated...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump keeps taking shots at former President Barack Obama.A lot of them are lies.Trump has long been fixated on his predecessor. Since May 1, as his presidential campaign against former Vice President Joe Biden has heated up, Trump has made at least 12 separate false claims about Obama and his record in office.Trump added a new one Tuesday in a speech about police reform, declaring that Obama and Biden "never even tried" to fix problems in policing. That's not even close to true. Here's the list of 12 separate false claims.Read More1) Obama didn't try on police reformTrump touted his own efforts to address policing problems, then said, "President Obama and Vice President Biden never even tried...
    Fox News anchor Bret Baier pressed House Majority Whip James Clyburn about President Donald Trump’s role in several key reforms that impact the country’s African-American community. Appearing on Tuesday’s “Special Report with Bret Baier,” Clyburn criticized Trump’s executive order on police reform, which called for a ban on chokeholds and created funding for key training initiatives, as not going “far enough.” WATCH: “I think that what we’ve got to do is attack this culture that all of us know exists,” Clyburn said. “This is institutional. It was built upon two pillars that we seem not to want to deal with. One being white people came to this country of their own free will, who came here in search of...
    The Trump administration on Friday announced it is reversing an Obama-era regulation that prohibited discrimination against transgender patients in health care. The announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services was swiftly praised by his religious conservative base but condemned by civil and LGBTQ rights advocates. Those advocates pointed out that the move came during Pride Month and on the four-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. HHS said it will enforce sex discrimination protections “according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology” — erasing the Obama administration allowance for a broader understanding of sex based on a person’s internal understanding of being male, female, neither or...
    Washington (CNN)The Trump administration announced Friday it is eliminating an Obama-era regulation prohibiting discrimination in health care against patients who are transgender. The move -- coming during Pride Month, an annual celebration of the LGBTQ community that takes place throughout the month of June, and on the four-year anniversary of the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting, in which 49 people were killed at a popular LGBTQ venue in Orlando -- was swiftly denounced by LGBTQ groups, which see the action as discriminatory.Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, known as the Health Care Rights Law, "prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in certain health programs and activities." A rule enacted in 2016 interpreted the ban...
    WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration Friday finalized a regulation that overturns Obama-era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care.The policy shift, long-sought by the president's religious and socially conservative supporters, defines gender as a person's biological sex. The Obama regulation defined gender as a person's internal sense of being male, female, neither or a combination.LGBTQ groups say explicit protections are needed for people seeking sex-reassignment treatment, and even for transgender people who need medical care for common conditions such as diabetes or heart problems.Behind the dispute over legal rights is a medically recognized condition called "gender dysphoria" - discomfort or distress caused by a discrepancy between the gender that a person identifies as and the gender at...
    Supporters of the new rule claimed the previous rule infringed upon the rights of hunters. The Trump administration change "protects Alaska's hunting and fishing traditions and upholds long-standing states' rights," Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said, according to the Post. Environmentalists and conservationists disagreed. "Shooting hibernating mama and baby bears is not the conservation legacy that our national parks are meant to preserve and no way to treat or manage park wildlife," Theresa Pierno, president and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association, said about the rule in May. National Parks Conservation Association told the Post the real goal of the new rule is to reduce the number of predators, such as wolves, in order to increase the population of game...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making claims on space that are off course from reality. Over the weekend, he took full credit for the government’s role in the launch of SpaceX, the first-ever private spacecraft to attain orbit with astronauts on board. Trump also asserted that he saved the space program after President Barack Obama had ruined it and suggested that a Mars mission with astronauts was imminent. Those statements are exaggerations. TRUMP: “With this launch, the decades of lost years and little action are officially over. …Past leaders put the United States at the mercy of foreign nations to send our astronauts into orbit. Not anymore. Today we once again proudly launch American astronauts on American rockets.”...
    Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said on Sunday that he saw “total corruption” in the transition between the presidency of Barack Obama and that of Donald Trump. Speaking on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Johnson called the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 “corrupt” and slammed the media for reporting on leaked information. “What we saw was a total corruption that before, during and after this transition. It's incredibly serious,” Johnson said. “What we know is corrupt investigations, the misuse of defensive briefings, all the media leaks, and, of course, the Obama administration holdovers. SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO VOTE ON SUBPOENAS IN REVIEW OF RUSSIA PROBE He added: “What they did once they're inside...
    (CNN)The Senate committee chairman who's leading the probe into the origins of the FBI's Russia investigation is asking for broad authorization to issue subpoenas to a number of top former Obama administration officials, including former FBI Director James Comey.The list of 35 officials who could be subpoenaed for records and testimony includes many top national security and law enforcement officials from the Obama administration. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who's the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Thursday that his committee will meet on June 4 to vote on a motion authorizing him to issue subpoenas "with the hope that subpoenas won't be necessary."Johnson is asking to look into high-ranking officials including Comey, former...