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Archives officials worried about protecting Hillary emails

By Josh Gerstein Before Hillary Clinton stepped down as secretary of state in early 2013, National Archives officials were warned that her official records might wind up outside the control of the State Department and pledged to take steps to address the issue, newly released records reveal. “We need to discuss what we know, and how we should delicately go about learning more about, regarding the transition plans for Secretary Clinton’s departure from State,” Paul Wester, chief records officer for the U.S. Government wrote to archives colleagues in a Dec. 11, 2012, email message obtained by POLITICO. Wester said an ...

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Lack of will over Syrian ‘red lines’ destroying our credibility

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American credibility has certainly taken a huge hit during the Age of Obama; the next president, whomever it is, will have his or her hands full trying to repair that damage and rebuild our reputation As the United States and Russia approached agreement on a diplomatic deal in September 2013 to relieve that the Assad regime in Syria of its chemical weapons, thus averting a U.S. military strike, President Obama promised to keep a close watch on Damascus. “The international community expects the Assad regime to live up to its public commitments,” Obama said at the time, threatening “consequences” if ...

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Obama: Climate change deniers endangering national security

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President Obama in a speech on Wednesday cast climate change as a growing national security threat, accusing Republican skeptics of harming military readiness by denying its effects. Obama argued in his address to graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy that rising sea levels and higher global temperatures endanger military bases and could force personnel to respond to conflicts around the world that are fueled by their effects. “Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country,” Obama told new ...

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Top U.S. advisers debate Iraqi strategy to fight ISIS

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WASHINGTON — President Obama was briefed by his top national security advisers Tuesday on the situation in Iraq and the strategy to counter Islamic State militants, the White House National Security Council said in a statement. Obama “reaffirmed the strong support” for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the White House said after the meeting, which involved 25 advisers including Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and Gen. Lloyd Austin of Central Command. Concern in the United States has been about the risk of sectarian strife in Ramadi, the capital of Sunni-majority Anbar province, ...

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Bill To Limit NSA Surveillance Likely To Get Senate Vote

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will give in to pressure and bring legislation to the floor that would limit the National Security Agency’s surveillance on Americans, as allowed under the Patriot Act. “I certainly think we ought to allow a vote on the House-passed bill. If there are not enough votes to pass that, then we need to look at an alternative,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters Tuesday after meeting with the GOP caucus. “So we’ll see where the Senate is. We’ll find out where the votes are,” he continued, not indicating when the vote would ...

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Most Americans think the Obama administration is just incompetent

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Polls are polls and media bias is media bias, but sometimes facts can be inconvenient things for the uber-partisan Liberals will dismiss a new survey as politically slanted because of the news agency – Fox News – that conducted it, but it nevertheless contained some pretty telling results in the context of other data that cannot be attributed to media partisanship. According to the survey, majorities of voters still believe the country is mired in recession, that terrorists are residing among us, and rate the Obama White House as just incompetent when it comes to governing. Six in 10 voters ...

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Obama is right and HuffPo is wrong: He doesn’t need another AUMF to fight ISIS

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As much as the Huffington Post would love to frame the administration’s fight against ISIS as somehow improper or illegal – or political – there are several reasons why it is none of those things By Jon E. Dougherty No, I’m not going all Mitch McConnell on you here, but when it comes to matters of national security, we have to get it right. We can’t just be “close.” And it should involve a minimal amount of politics. A piece in the Huffington Post on Friday intimated that President Obama has no real authority to wage war against the terrorist ...

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