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Hillary Clinton Has Her Own Questions To Answer About Iraq, Libya, And Syria

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Hillary Clinton has admitted she made a mistake in supporting the Iraq War in 2002, but there are plenty of other questions she needs to answer when it comes to foreign interventions.

Obama Administration To Take Steps To Cut Back On Police Militarization

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President Obama is taking steps to reduce police militarization, but there’s much more that needs to be done.

Seymour Hersh’s Osama Bin Laden Claims Don’t Pass The Smell Test

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Seymour Hersh is out with a conspiracy theory about the death of Osama bin Laden that just doesn’t make sense.

George W. Bush Attacks Obama On Foreign Policy

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Pot, meet kettle.

161 Days Later, The Senate Still Hasn’t Voted On Loretta Lynch’s Nomination

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The confirmation of a new Attorney General has been held up nearly six months for what amounts to no legitimate reason.

Cuba To Be Removed From List Of Terrorist States

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Another step forward for U.S.-Cuban relations.

White House And Congress Reach Compromise On Review Of Iran Nuclear Deal

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After months of resistance, the White House will allow Congressional review of any deal with Iran, but it may not hamper negotiations much in the end.

Will Democrats Help Scuttle Obama’s Iran Deal?

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Democrats like New York Senator Chuck Schumer could end up being the ones that scuttle the Iranian nuclear deal.

Joe Biden Still Wants You To Think He’s Running For President

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Hillary Clinton continues to look more inevitable by the day, but Joe Biden doesn’t want to go away just yet.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Other Offenses As White House Narrative Collapses

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Bowe Bergdahl will face charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and the White House’s narrative about this release lies in tatters.

Obama Less Popular Than Fictional Presidents, More Popular Than Putin

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A new poll indicates that most fictional Presidents are more popular than the real thing: Whether it’s the earnest Josiah Bartlet from “The West Wing” or the manipulative Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” Americans prefer television presidents to their real-life POTUS, President Barack “No Drama” Obama. A Reuters-Ipsos poll taken this month found 54 […]

Ted Cruz And The Question Of When A Candidate Is “Qualified” To Be President

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Do we really want to put another first-term Senator with no executive experience in the Oval Office? Because beyond the mere legal requirements, it does not appear that Ted Cruz is qualified to be President.

Israel Spied On Geneva Iran Talks, Shared Information With Congress

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Yet another probable rift between the U.S. and Israel over Iran.

President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

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As expected, President Obama has vetoed the bill that would have authorized the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Most Americans Oppose GOP’s Decision To Invite Netanyahu To Speak Before Congress

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By a wide margin Americans think it was wrong of the GOP to invite Israel’s Prime Minister to speak to Congress.

Obama To Seek Authorization For A War That He Already Started

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President Obama will ask Congress to authorize a war he started six months ago.

Netanyahu Reportedly Considering Canceling Speech To Congress

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is apparently realizing that speaking to Congress may not be a good idea after all.

Congress Is Making The U.S.-Israeli Relationship Even More Partisan

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By inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress, Republicans are damaging the U.S. relationship with Israel.

Boehner Says House Republicans Likely To Sue Obama Over Immigration

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Get ready for another pointless House lawsuit against the President.

State Of The Union Ratings Hit 15 Year Low

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Last Tuesday’s State of the Union Address saw the lowest viewership numbers of any of those that President Obama has delivered and the lowest in fifteen years: Television viewership for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night fell to a 15-year low, according to numbers from Nielsen. The 1-hour, 15-minute speech drew an average […]

An ‘Ambitious’ Yet Pointless State Of The Union, And An Utterly Pointless Response

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The State Of The Union Address was more of the same, and the same will be true of Washington going forward.

Feel Free To Skip The State Of The Union Address

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There’s really no point in watching tonight’s speech.

Obama’s Absence From Paris Rally: Egregious Diplomatic Error, Or Much Ado About Nothing?

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Some are criticizing the President for not going to Paris for yesterday’s rally.

House Vote, Nebraska Court Decision Push Keystone XL Forward But Obama Continues To Dither

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President Obama’s decision on Keystone XL is apparently to delay things long enough so he doesn’t have to decide at all.

Will The Paris Terror Attack Undercut Republican Efforts On DHS Budget?

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The terror attack in Paris seems likely to undercut GOP efforts to use the DHS budget to attack the President’s immigration policies.

Obama And Congress Headed For First Confrontation Over Keystone XL Pipeline

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Just one day into the new Congress, the first confrontation is already set.

Obama Approval Improves

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Gallup’s most recent approval numbers put the president’s approval and disapproval at 48% (his best for both in over a year). Not surprisingly, other polling shows a clear positive trend on consumer confidence:

Obama Faults Sony For Pulling ‘The Interview’ From Theaters, Vows Response To North Korea

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President Obama criticized Sony for backing down, and said that the U.S. would respond to North Korea’s cyber attack “at a place and time we choose,”

Obama’s Cuba Policy Shift Faces Headwinds On Capitol Hill

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The fate of Cuba policy in Congress is far from certain, but what is certain is that following through on President Obama’s historic and necessary changes will face resistance.

Obama Has Made An Historic Change In U.S. Cuban Relations, It’s A Good First Step

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The resumption of diplomatic relations between U.S. and Cuba, and expansion of some commercial trade ties, is historic but it’s only the first step toward the goal of ending an outdated embargo.

American Held By Cuba Released, U.S. And Cuba To Begin Talks On Normalizing Relations

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An American freed from captivity, and potentially huge changes in America’s diplomatic and trade relationship with Cuba.

Republican Reaction To Obama’s Executive Action Makes Immigration Reform Much Less Likely

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Judging by recent polling, the President’s executive action has hardened GOP opposition to immigration reform, making progress on the issue going forward much less likely.

Senate Intelligence Committee Report Reveals A Dark and Regrettable Time In American History

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A dark and regrettable time in American history is finally seeing the light of day.

Romney Campaign Required Campaign Tweets To Be Approved By 22 People

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Clearly, the Romney campaign didn’t get the point of social media.

Texas, 16 Other States, File Lawsuit Over Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

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Texas has joined with 16 other states in a lawsuit against the Obama Administration over the President’s executive action on immigration. At first glance, it doesn’t appear to have much legal merit.

Obama Favoring Donors In Ambassador Appointments? No More Than Previous Presidents

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The Obama Administration took some fire yesterday for recent Ambassadorial Appointments, but the President’s record has been consistent with those of his recent predecessors.

Ashton Carter Appears To Be Pick To Replace Hagel At Pentagon

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CNN is reporting that Ashton Carter, who formerly served as Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2011 until just last December and Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics prior to that, will in all likelihood be named to replace Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense: Washington (CNN) — Ashton Carter, the former second-in-command at […]

Would Congress Really Refuse To Invite Obama To Give The State Of The Union?

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Some on the right are suggesting that Congress retaliate against the President’s executive action on immigration by refusing to invite him to give the State Of The Union Address.

GOP Congressional Aide Resigns In Wake Of Remarks About Obama Daughters

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Public Relations 101: When you have a job in public relations, don’t say stupid things.

Hagel’s Dismissal A Reflection Of Contradictory Policy

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The abrupt departure of Chuck Hagel says much more about Administration policy than it does about Chuck Hagel.

Americans Support The Substance Of Obama’s Immigration Policy, Not How He Implemented It

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A new poll shows that a majority of Americans support the President’s changes to deportation policy, but don’t like that he acted unilaterally.

Top Senate Democrat: Democrats Should Not Have Focused On Obamacare in 2009, 2010

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Sen. Charles Schumer says Democrats made a mistake by concentrating on getting health care reform passed instead of on fixing the economy.

Regardless Of The Grand Jury Decision, Ferguson Raises Issues Americans Need To Address

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Regardless of the outcome of the Michael Brown investigation, there are legitimate problems that need to be addressed.

The House Lawsuit Against Obama; Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing

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The House of Representatives has filed its lawsuit against the President. As expected, it doesn’t amount to much.

Ted Cruz Wants Joe Lieberman For Defense Secretary

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  The junior Senator from Texas thinks he knows who Obama should pick for Secretary of Defense: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a person in mind to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Joe Lieberman. Cruz floated the former Connecticut independent senator as a “strong” option to succeed Hagel, who announced his resignation earlier Monday. […]

Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Support Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

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Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that Latino voters overwhelmingly support the President’s executive action on immigration: Latino voters have Obama’s back again. That’s according to a new poll by Latino Decisions, for Presente.org and Mi Familia Vota, the first of Latino voters since Obama announced sweeping executive actions, given to BuzzFeed News ahead of […]

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Stepping Down “Under Pressure”

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A surprising change at the top of the military’s civilian chain of command.

House Intelligence Committee Benghazi Report Debunks Benghazi Conspiracy Theories

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The House Intelligence Committee has concluded that the conspiracy theories regarding the 9/11/2012 attack in Benghazi are not supported by the evidence. That’s unlikely to change anyone’s mind, though.

Quietly, Obama Decides American Forces Will Continue To Engage In Combat In Afghanistan After 2014

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You thought the American combat role in Afghanistan would end on December 31st? Think again.

Obama’s Executive Action, The Law, And The Constitution

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On a preliminary examination, the President’s executive action on immigration appears to be within the boundaries of applicable law. However, as with other exercises of Executive Branch authority, it raises some important concerns about the precedent that it sets.

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