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Hawkish establishment goes after Tulsi Gabbard

This year it seems every Democrat with a minimum of name recognition is considering running for president. For the party, the surge of enthusiasm comes with a few risks. The biggest is a messy intra-party fight. And so far, the worst sign of the consequences of that conflict is the early effort to torpedo the nascent campaign of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. Gabbard isn’t like the Democrats’ typical candidates. But she’s not one of the restive moderates or the activist socialists, either. On clo...
Tags: California, Opinion, Iraq, Barack Obama, Sport, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, Editorials, West Bank, Lausd, Donald Trump, Bashar Al Assad, Democratic Party, Obama Clinton, National Guard, Tulsi Gabbard


2 US Service Members, 2 US Civilians Killed In ISIS-Claimed Syria Explosion

BEIRUT (AP) — Two U.S. service members and two American civilians were among those killed in an explosion while conducting a patrol in Syria on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, an attack that came less than a month after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from the war-torn country. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the morning attack, which local groups said killed 16 people in the U.S.-patrolled town of Manbij. The claim calls into questi...
Tags: Isis, News, White House, Islamic State, Iraq, Defense, US, America, Turkey, Syria, Ap, Britain, Nato, State Department, Donald Trump, Beirut


Trump Mindful Of Optics As He Decides Which Trips To Take During Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vacation jaunts and hobnobbing with global elites at a Swiss ski resort are out for President Donald Trump. Visits with troops and farmers are OK. Like some of his recent predecessors, Trump is carefully picking and choosing where he’ll travel during the partial government shutdown. He visited with U.S. troops stationed at a military base in western Iraq the day after Christmas and flew to the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Texas last week to try to buttress his argument for...
Tags: Japan, Florida, Texas, News, Maryland, Obama, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, Boston, Iraq, Southeast Asia, Barack Obama, Ap, Ronald Reagan


White House sought military strike against Iran

The White House demanded that the military draft plans for strikes on Iran after attacks in Iraq last year, sparking concern at the Pentagon and State Department, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The report said the move came after a mortar attack launched by an Iran-linked group on the Baghdad diplomatic quarters home to the US embassy in September. It added that the NSC also requested options to respond with strikes in Iraq and Syria.
Tags: News, White House, Iraq, US, Iran, Pentagon, Baghdad, NSC, State Department The Wall Street Journal


WSJ: National Security Council Asked Pentagon For Iran Strike Options Last Year

President Donald Trump’s National Security Council, led by National Security A dviser John Bolton, asked the Pentagon to develop options for a military strike against Iran last year,  The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday  citing unnamed current and f ormer U.S. officials. The request alarmed the Pentagon and State Department, the Journal reported, but the Pentagon complied with the request and developed the options. The Journal reported that it wasn’t clear whether Trump knew about,...
Tags: News, White House, Iraq, Iran, United States, National Security, Pentagon, National Security Council, Bolton, Tehran, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Baghdad, Journal, Trump, Basra


White House asked the Pentagon for plans to strike Iran – report

The ‘mind-boggling’ request came after two incidents in Iraq last September when militia mortar and missiles exploded near US diplomatic facilitiesThe White House asked the Pentagon to draw up options for military strikes against Iran in the wake of two incidents in Iraq last September when mortar and missiles fired by militias exploded near US diplomatic facilities, it was reported on Sunday. Related: US will expel every last Iranian boot from Syria, says Mike Pompeo Continue reading...
Tags: White House, Iraq, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, US national security, US military, Pentagon, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Iran Nuclear Deal, Mike Pompeo, Trump Administration


US election 2020: The Democrat candidates who are running for president

Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic US Representative of Hawaii, has become the latest Democrat to throw her hat in the ring for the US presidential election in 2020.  In remarks aired by CNN on Friday, Ms Gabbard said she intended to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump. "I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," Ms Gabbard said. She is the latest to join what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field before the November 2020 p...
Tags: News, Maryland, Congress, Washington, White House, Massachusetts, Iraq, Elizabeth Warren, US, Barack Obama, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Syria, Ap, Cnn, Hillary Clinton


Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard Says She Will Run For President In 2020

Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is running for president in 2020.Gabbard revealed her decision on Friday in an interview with CNN. She said she will make a formal announcement within the next week."There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision,” Gabbard said. “There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve.”Gabbard was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 to represent Hawaii’s ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Minnesota, Maryland, Congress, Stephen Colbert, California, Washington, Massachusetts, Iraq, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Syria, Cnn


Democratic Rep Tulsi Gabbard Running for President in 2020

(WASHINGTON) — Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has announced that she is running for president in 2020. Gabbard said in a CNN interview slated to air Saturday night that she will be formally announcing her candidacy within the next week. The 37-year-old Iraq War veteran is the first Hindu elected to Congress. She has…
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, Washington, Iraq, Uncategorized, Cnn, Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard, Gabbard, Onetime, 2020 Presidential Election


Trump’s AG Pick Has Repeatedly Argued That Presidents Have Broad Authority

WASHINGTON (AP) — William Barr once advised that a president didn’t need Congress’ permission to attack Iraq, that his administration could arrest a foreign dictator and that the FBI could capture suspects abroad without that country’s consent. It’s an expansive view of presidential power and an unsettling one for Democrats as the Senate holds a confirmation hearing next week for Barr, a onetime attorney general and President Donald Trump’s pick to again serve as America’s top law enforcement ...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Iraq, Russia, Defense, America, Reagan, Ap, Fbi, Bill, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Dick Cheney


Donald Trump to deliver TV address to nation and visit US-Mexico border as shutdown stand-off intensifies

Donald Trump will address the nation on Tuesday and visit the US-Mexico border on Thursday to highlight his demands for a border wall as the government remains partially shut down.  Newly empowered Democrats in the House of Representatives are stepping up pressure on Mr Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government, which has been closed more than a fortnight. Mr Trump said he would discuss the "Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border" at 9 pm EST. He maintains...
Tags: News, Instagram, Nbc, Congress, Abc, Mexico, Senate, White House, Iraq, US, Cnn, Afghanistan, Democrats, Maine, House, House Of Representatives


After More Failed Negotiations, Pelosi To Push Individual Bills To Reopen Agencies

WASHINGTON (AP) — With no weekend breakthrough to end a prolonged partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump is standing firm in his border wall funding demands and newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up pressure on Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government. Trump showed no signs of budging on his demand for more than $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, though on Sunday he did offer to build it with steel rather than concrete, a concessi...
Tags: News, Nbc, Congress, Abc, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, Iraq, Ap, Afghanistan, Democrats, House, Mitch McConnell, Capitol Hill, Nancy Pelosi


President Trump says he needs to deal with Democratic leaders to end partial government shutdown

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump held out little hope Sunday that another round of talks between top aides and congressional staff would produce meaningful progress toward ending the partial government shutdown, seeming to undercut his team by saying he needed to deal directly with Democratic leaders. “Ultimately, it’s going to be solved by the principals,” Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for staff meetings at Camp David as the shutdown headed into its third week. A sec...
Tags: Business, Politics, News, Nbc, Congress, Abc, California, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, Iraq, Sport, Cnn, Afghanistan, Soccer


British SAS soldiers injured and ally killed by Isil missile in Syria

Two British Special Forces soldiers have been seriously hurt with one suffering a throat injury after a missile attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in Syria. The attack was believed to have happened on Saturday morning near Deir Ezzor in the east of the country.   A Kurdish soldier fighting alongside the British forces was killed in the missile strike and five other British troops were injured. The most serious casualty, understood by the Telegraph to be from Britain’s elit...
Tags: News, Obama, White House, Isil, Iraq, Israel, US, America, Turkey, Iran, Syria, West, Britain, Ministry Of Defence, Raf, Pentagon


Bolton’s Conditions On Syria Withdrawal: ISIS Must Be ‘Gone,’ Kurds Must Be Safe

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Sunday that the American military withdrawal from northeastern Syria is conditioned on defeating the remnants of the Islamic State group and on Turkey assuring the safety of U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters. John Bolton said there is no timetable for the pullout, but insisted the military presence is not an unlimited commitment. “There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal,” Bolton told repo...
Tags: Isis, News, Washington, White House, Islamic State, Iraq, Russia, Israel, Jerusalem, Turkey, Syria, United States, Associated Press, Erdogan, Jordan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan


Alone at White House, Trump Laments Bad Press on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump complained on Monday that he’s getting “bad press” for his decision to pull American troops out of Syria, saying he’s making good on his campaign promise against U.S. involvement in “never ending wars.” Earlier this month, Trump abruptly announced on Twitter that he was withdrawing 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria. He said Islamic State militants are “mostly gone” and he’s “slowly” sending American servicemen and women back to their families. A drawdown of tr...
Tags: Isis, News, Washington, Senate, White House, Islamic State, Iraq, Russia, Defense, Israel, America, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Ap, Cnn


Donald Trump complains about criticism of Syria withdrawal as Graham says it is on 'pause'

President Donald Trump has declared that US troops will stay in Syria to fight Isis "remnants", apparently backtracking on his promise of hasty withdrawal. The president, cooped up in the White House on New Year’s Eve while his wife Melania rang in the new year at Mar-a-Lago without him, issued a volley of tweets yesterday defending the drawdown. In noticeably more measured language, however, he said that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) was “mostly” defeated – he had previously d...
Tags: Isis, News, White House, Islamic State, Iraq, Israel, US, America, Barack Obama, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Graham, Pentagon, Rolling Stone, Donald Trump


Trump: I’m Not Flip-Flopping!!! 100 Percent Concrete Wall! Mostly.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite public equivocations by three confidants, President Donald Trump is insisting he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED,” tweeted Trump, whose demand for congressional funding to construct one has caused a budgetary standoff. “Some areas will be all concrete but the experts at Border Patrol prefer a Wall that is see through (thereby making it possible to see what is happening on both sides).” Trump’s comments on M...
Tags: Florida, News, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, Iraq, Ap, Cnn, Democrats, Gop, House, Jeb Bush, Fox News, Graham


Key Senator Says Trump Taking Seriously a Shift in Syria Plan

Graham, a South Carolina Republican who sits on the Senate Armed Forces Committee, has been a vocal critic of Trump’s plan to pull forces from the conflict. “I feel better about Syria than I felt before I had lunch,” Graham told reporters after leaving the White House. “I think the president is taking this really seriously, and the trip to Iraq was well timed.” Trump has forged a plan with his generals in the field that “makes sense,” Graham added.
Tags: News, White House, Iraq, Syria, Graham, South Carolina, Trump, Senate Armed Forces Committee


Lindsey Graham to CNN host on Iraq withdrawal issue: 'That's a bunch of bulls***'

Sen. Lindsey Graham said that former President Barack Obama is to blame for “everything we’re dealing with today” because of his decision to withdraw from Iraq in 2011.
Tags: News, Iraq, Barack Obama, Cnn, Lindsey Graham, Sen Lindsey Graham


Second thoughts on ‘America First’

That didn’t take long. Just minutes, really. My brothers and sisters in the national press corps went from sneering at President Trump for not visiting United States troops in harm’s way — until they learned he’d flown to Iraq on Christmas night — to sniping at him for signing “Make America Great Again” hats handed to him by soldiers and airmen. You can’t make this stuff up. CNN’s claim that troops violated regulations was particularly pedantic, which didn’t stop other media outlets from running...
Tags: Europe, Obama, California, Opinion, White House, Iraq, America, Sport, Cnn, Soccer, Gop, United States, Ronald Reagan, New York Times, Bill Clinton, Baltimore Orioles


A Funny Thing Happened When Melania Trump Got Dressed Yesterday

If you thought the internet collectively lost its shit over Melania Trump wearing a pair of wheat-colored Timberland construction boots, then hold on tight. Because what she wore after her three-hour surprise visit to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq was an optical illusion – an unfortunate one.On Thursday, FLOTUS returned to the White House with her husband wearing a hip-length, forest green, belted wool coat, dark oversized sunglasses, tan flats and . . . a pair of fitted leather pants in a shade of ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Texas, White House, Iraq, Hillary Clinton, Liam Hemsworth, Houston, Zara, Trump, Melania Trump, Cardi, Al Asad Airbase, Hervé Pierre Trump, Vivienne WestwoodThis


Trump Socks CNN Over Report On Hat Signing: ‘Can You Imagine My Saying NO?’

President Donald Trump on Thursday responded to reports that he may have violated a military rule that prohibits personnel from participating in political activity while in uniform when he signed Make America Great Again hats and 2020 patches while visiting troops in Iraq earlier this week. In a tweet, Trump claimed the campaign merch belonged to the soldiers and were not distributed by his team. “If these brave young people ask me to sign their hat, I will sign. Can you imagine my saying NO?...
Tags: News, White House, Germany, Iraq, Cnn, Donald Trump, Trump, Donald J Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Maga, Nicole Lafond


Trump's View Of U.S. Military Success In The Middle East

In Iraq yesterday, President Trump contended that the U.S. shouldn't be the policeman of the world, and maintained that he wants to pull back on American military support in the middle east. Mary Louise Kelly talks about the White House's middle east policy with General John R. Allen, a former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Tags: News, White House, Iraq, Nato, Middle East, Trump, Mary Louise Kelly, John R Allen


'Can You Come To The White House?' A Reporter's Tale Of A Surprise Trip To Iraq

NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith was one of 13 reporters to go with President Trump to Iraq, an assignment that meant keeping a big secret — even from family. (Image credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Tags: News, White House, Iraq, Trump, Saul Loeb, Tamara Keith, NPR White House


Donald Trump returns from Iraq, attacks Democrats over border wall and shutdown

Minutes after returning to the White House, President Trump takes to Twitter            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Twitter, Usa, News, White House, Iraq, Usa Today, Donald Trump, Trump


President Trump Returns to White House After Surprise Iraq Trip

President Trump returned to Washington D.C. early Thursday following a surprise trip to Iraq where he greeted U.S. service members stationed there for the first time in his nearly two years in office. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made the unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base about a week after the President made…
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Iraq, Uncategorized, Trump, Iraq Trip, Melania Trump, Onetime, Al Asad Air Base


Trump declares end to US 'policeman' role in surprise Iraq visit

Trump landed at 7:16 pm local time at Al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, accompanied by his wife Melania, following what he described as a stressful, secrecy shrouded flight on a "pitch black" Air Force One. White House video showed a smiling Trump shaking hands with camouflage-clad personnel, signing autographs and posing for photos.
Tags: News, White House, Iraq, US, Trump, Melania, Al Asad Air Base


Donald Trump makes surprise visit to Iraq over Christmas to meet US soldiers

Donald Trump has made a surprise trip to Iraq, meeting American soldiers in what was his first visit to a conflict zone since becoming US president. Mr Trump and his wife Melania took off from Washington DC late on Christmas day and arrived on Boxing Day for a visit that was kept closely under wraps.  While there Mr Trump confirmed that he would not be pulling US troops out of Iraq, despite his decision earlier this month to withdraw from Syria.  That choice had split his administration, with Ja...
Tags: News, White House, Germany, Isil, Iraq, Russia, US, America, Barack Obama, Iran, Syria, Washington Dc, Secret Service, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Baghdad


Twitter Users Suspect He Didn’t Visit Iraq Troops Out Of Generosity Of His Heart

One person wondered if the White House locks could be changed while the president was out of town.
Tags: News, White House, Iraq



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