Author: Greg Jaffe

The hawkish views of Bolton and Pompeo could mark a turning point for Trump – Washington Post

GOOGLE NEWS President Trump has been one of the most rhetorically bellicose commanders in chief in modern American history. He’s bragged about the size of his “nuclear button,” repeatedly threatened military action and used playground taunts to demean the United States’ adversaries. But in the first 15 months of his presidency, Trump has been cautious when it comes to actually using military power and putting U.S. forces in harm’s way. The last two weeks could mark a major turning point in his presidency. In selecting John Bolton as his new national security adviser and Mike Pompeo as his secretary...

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Obama worries black vote ‘is not as solid as it needs to be’

President Obama stumps for Hillary Clinton at Capital University on Nov. 1, in Columbus, Ohio. (Ty Wright/Getty Images) President Obama, in an appearance on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” Wednesday, said he’s concerned about early data showing lower than expected black voter turnout in key battleground states and warned that his legacy is at stake. [Obama tries to rally young black voters to Clinton] “I’m going to be honest with you right now. The Latino vote is up. The overall vote is up. But the African-American vote, right now, is not as solid as it needs to be,” Obama told Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio show with a large African-American audience. Black voter turnout is below 2012 levels in both North Carolina and Florida — two critical swing states where Obama is expected to make repeated trips in the days leading up to the election. Obama will be appearing in Raleigh late Wednesday and has speeches scheduled in Jacksonville and Miami on Thursday. “I know a lot of people in the barber shows and the beauty salons . . . are saying to themselves, ‘well you know, we love Barack. We especially love Michele. And so it was exciting, and now we’re not as excited as much,” Obama said. Obama made the case that electing Trump would erase all of his accomplishments over two-terms in office. “Right away. I guarantee you,...

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Obama meets with Iraqi prime minister as Mosul fight looms

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, left, speaks during a bilateral meeting at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York, N.Y., on Sept. 19 as President Obama, Vice President Biden, U.S. United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, and others look on. (Carolyn Kaster/AP) NEW YORK — President Obama said Monday that the fight to liberate the northern Iraqi city of Mosul could “move forward fairly rapidly,” suggesting that an American-supported, Iraqi-led attack into the city could be imminent. The Islamic State seized Iraq’s second-largest city in 2014 when Iraqi army troops fled en masse or were slaughtered, shocking U.S. and Iraqi officials who vowed to retake the city. More than two years later, it is still under Islamic State control. Obama, who is making his  eighth and final visit to the United Nations as president, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi prior to the gathering of world leaders. “What we have been discussing and focusing on is to go right at the heart of the ISIL operation in Mosul,” Obama said, using the acronym for the Islamic State. “This is going to be a challenging battle, Mosul is a large city.” Obama said preparations for the fight, including the movement of Iraqi and Kurdish forces into the area, had begun. The most critical phase of the battle likely will come after Islamic State fighters have been forced from the city, when the...

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Obama calls Gingrich’s sharia-law test ‘repugnant and an affront to everything we stand for as Americans.’

President Obama speaks during an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12 in Dallas. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) President Obama on Friday condemned the terrorist attack in Paris that killed 84 people and denounced politicians who have suggested that Muslims should be subjected to extra scrutiny in the United States because of their religion. “In the wake of last night’s attacks we’ve heard more suggestions that all Muslims in America be targeted or tested for their beliefs,” Obama said. The president appeared to be referring former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s call on Fox News to deport all Muslims who follow sharia law. Without mentioning Gingrich by name, Obama called his suggestion of a religious test “repugnant and an affront to everything we stand for as Americans.” “We cannot give in to fear or turn on each other or sacrifice our way of life,” Obama said. “We cannot let ourselves be divided by religion because that is exactly what the terrorists want.” The president was speaking at a reception for the diplomatic corps in Washington and met privately with the French ambassador to express his condolences and offer support prior to speaking publicly. In his public remarks, Obama called the attack “tragic” and “sickening” and vowed that the United States would continue to press its campaign against the Islamic State. He...

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Obama warns against violence at Trump rallies, backs Wasserman Schultz

erVictor Cristobal (center) chants during a demonstration outside a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in San Jose, Calif., on June 2, 2016. (Reuters/Stephen Lam President Obama urged Democrats to avoid violent confrontations with supporters of likely Republican nominee Donald J. Trump on Friday after Trump backers were attacked in San Jose, Calif. “It is very important for us to remind ourselves of who we are and what is best about American democracy and not slip into some of the bad habits that currently manifest themselves in the other party,” Obama said at Democratic National Convention fundraiser in Miami. Protesters jumped on cars, pelted Trump supporters with eggs and water balloons, snatched signs and stole “Make America Great Again” hats off supporters’ heads before burning the hats and snapping selfies with the charred remains. “We saw in San Jose these protesters starting to pelt stuff and Trump supporters. That’s not what our democracy is about. That’s not what you do. There’s no room for violence. There’s no place for shouting,” Obama said. “There’s no room for a politics that fails to at least listen to the other side — even if you vehemently disagree. Because I believe if you’ve got the better argument, then you don’t need to do that. Just go out there and organize and persuade.” Before he departed the fundraiser, Obama got in a couple of...

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