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Jerry Brown Wants More Info on Syrian Refugees; WH Balks

On Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown balked at a blanket acceptance of Syrian refugees during a White House teleconference with fellow governors–despite his public protestations that he fully supports bringing the refugees to his state.

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Ayatollah: ‘Their Goal Is Opposite to Ours’

This weekend, as the Obama administration continued to stress the importance of reaching a nuclear deal with Iran, Iran’s Supreme Leader continued to tweet—in English, no less—that Iran would never abide by a deal to the benefit of the United States.

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Obama’s Chief of Staff Fires up J Street: Israel’s ‘Occupation Must End’

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonoough earned raucous cheers from the left-wing activists gathered at J Street’s fifth annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday when he attacked Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. “An occupation that has lasted almost 50 years must end,” he said. J Street was founded to disrupt the close U.S.-Israel alliance and to serve as an alternative to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the powerful pro-Israel group.

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James Baker Advising Jeb Bush, Keynoting J Street Conference

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III is to deliver the keynote at this weekend’s J Street conference, a gathering of left-wing activists opposed to the Israeli government and to recently re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Baker, who served under President George H.W. Bush, is also advising Jeb Bush in his presidential effort, according to a report by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Baker is considered hostile to Israel and is controversial among Jewish voters.

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WH Plans to Stay ‘One Step Ahead’ of al-Qaeda with Summit

Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said they plan to “stay one step ahead,” of al Qaeda in Yemen with a three-day summit “on countering violent extremism.” McDonough said, “Obviously we made clear

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WH Chief of Staff: Terrorists are Muslims Who Don’t Represent Islam

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” when asked why the administration is refusing to use the term “radical Islam,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said, “Lets be clear nobody denies these are Muslims. And these Muslim who claim

Former Danish IS Hostage Faces Huge Debts after Ransom Payments

Former Danish IS Hostage Faces Huge Debts after Ransom Payments

A Danish photographer who was kidnapped by Islamic State terrorists is ‘drowning in debt’ and facing a daily struggle to deal with the ordeal he was put through. Daniel Rye Ottosen was held in Syria for 13 months along side

White House Investigating Outing of CIA Station Chief

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough has asked White House counsel, Neil Eggleston, to investigate how the name of the CIA’s top spy in Afghanistan ended up being disclosed to reporters by the White House. The officer’s name was mistakenly included in

Bloomberg Writer Calls IRS Targeting of Tea Party 'Faux Scandal'

Bloomberg Writer Calls IRS Targeting of Tea Party 'Faux Scandal'

While penning praise of Obama’s White House Chief of Staff, liberal columnist Albert R. Hunt of Bloomberg also took a moment to call the IRS harassment of conservatives a “faux scandal.” Hunt’s op-ed is filled with wide-eyed praise of Obama’s

Podesta Expected to Push Environmentalist Agenda in WH

Podesta Expected to Push Environmentalist Agenda in WH

John Podesta, former advisor to President Clinton and now an advisor to Barack Obama, is being hailed as a savior by environmental groups hoping to push their agenda through with help from the White House. The supposed drop in unemployment

Angry Dems Grill WH Chief of Staff over Obamacare Failures

Angry Dems Grill WH Chief of Staff over Obamacare Failures

Meeting Thursday with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Democratic Senators blasted the Obama administration’s handling of the Obamacare rollout, according to The Hill. “There’s a lot of frustration, everywhere,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said. One Democratic Senator said

WH Meets with Business Groups on Immigration After Obama Speech

WH Meets with Business Groups on Immigration After Obama Speech

On Thursday, business leaders met with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough hours after President Barack Obama gave a speech pressing for comprehensive immigration reform.  According to The Hill, groups like the Chamber of Commerce, which has indicated it will target

Obama Climate Adviser Stepping Down

Obama Climate Adviser Stepping Down

(AP) Obama climate adviser stepping downWASHINGTONPresident Barack Obama’s top adviser on environmental and climate issues is leaving. Heather Zichal has been advising Obama for five years and is the architect of his climate change plan. She also advises Obama on

WH Chief Of Staff: Syria Resolution 'Going To Pass'

WH Chief Of Staff: Syria Resolution 'Going To Pass'

Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff: “This resolution is going to pass after we work this this week, George. Members have been in their districts and in their states. We’ve been talking ot many of them, dozens of them,

Obama Chief of Staff: Syria 'Resolution Is Going to Pass'

Obama Chief of Staff: Syria 'Resolution Is Going to Pass'

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough vowed on Sunday that President Barack Obama’s resolution to strike Syria will pass Congress. “This resolution is going to pass after we work this,” McDonough aid on ABC’s This Week. McDonough appeared on all

WH: We Don't Know Where Snowden Is

WH: We Don't Know Where Snowden Is

Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said that the White House had no clue where National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was. “I don’t know where he is,” McDonough said. He said that

White House Correspondent: Carney Should 'Threaten To Resign'

White House Correspondent: Carney Should 'Threaten To Resign'

Jay Carney’s credibility is now on the line, according to veteran White House correspondent Keith Koffler. He reports today, at White House Dossier, that  Monday’s briefing by Carney was filled with acrimony over the ever-evolving narrative put forth by the

White House Confident On Ultimate Assault Weapons Ban

White House Confident On Ultimate Assault Weapons Ban

The White House is still acting confident about passing an assault weapons ban despite Senate Democrats cutting the idea out of their proposed gun control legislation. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said, “We’re going to work on this.