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McCain Bashes ‘Ignorant’ Obama Ambassador Nominees.


Sen. John McCain admits it is “kind of entertaining and amusing” to see how “ignorant” some of President Barack Obama’s ambassador nominees are about the countries they will be serving in, but it’s also worrying, he says.

“[I]t’s also really disturbing because it’s a disservice to our country to send that kind of unqualified candidate to represent us and our interest there in these countries,” the Arizona Republican said Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” 

McCain appeared to be having a good time grilling a trio of nominees earlier this year who clearly knew little to nothing about the countries where they are set to serve.

Norway ambassador nominee George Tsunis had positive words for the country’s president even though it doesn’t have one. It is a constitutional monarchy. He also stumbled through an answer in which he said that the Progress Party was denounced by the government. McCain reminded him that the Progress Party is part of Norway’s coalition government.

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Video of that exchange has gone viral in Norway, McCain told Van Susteren, and “Frankly, the Norwegian people are not very happy about getting that kind of ambassador to represent the United States in their country.”

He and other Republicans are objecting to the nominees, he said, but Democrats have the majority. And since Majority Leader Harry Reid invoked the “nuclear option” last year, nominees now need only 51 votes. Republicans have only 45 members in the Senate.

The appointees to Norway, Argentina, and Iceland all admitted they had never been to the countries to which they were being appointed. Another thing they have in common is big political donations to Obama’s re-election campaign.

On Wednesday night’s “Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart then noted that the future Norway ambassador raised $850,000, while the Argentina nominee raised $500,000 and the Iceland nominee raised $1.6 million.

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., last week was confirmed by the Senate to be ambassador to China by a 96-0 vote. Baucus is not an Obama campaign bundler, offering Stewart hope that he knows more about that country because of the business and political sensitivites between them and the United States.

“I am no real expert on China,” Baucus said in a clip.

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By Greg Richter

Obama to O’Reilly: Fox News Reason for My Problems.


President Barack Obama twice blamed Fox News Channel for misinforming the public on issues that have bedeviled his presidency in the past year during a pre-Super Bowl interview with the network’s Bill O’Reilly.

The two sat down in the White House on Sunday for a live pregame interview that started about 4:35 p.m. and aired for about 10 minutes.

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O’Reilly first noted that Obama’s detractors believe he did not initially say the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead was terrorism because it happened in the heat of an election.

Obama had just weeks earlier said al-Qaida was on the run after U.S. Navy SEALs assassinated its leader, Osama bin Laden.

“That’s what they believe,” O’Reilly said of Obama’s detractors.

“And they believe it because folks like you are telling them that,” Obama said in the often testy interview.

“No, I’m not telling them that. I’m asking you whether you were told it was a terror attack,” O’Reilly countered.

Obama said it was “inaccurate” to say that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told him the attack was terrorism when he first gave him the news. O’Reilly noted that Gen. Carter Ham, head of operations in Libya, has testified he immediately told Panetta the attack was terrorism, and not the result of a spontaneous demonstration over an anti-Muslim video.

“But it’s more than that because of Susan Rice,” O’Reilly said, noting that Rice, who was then U.N. ambassador, used the video explanation days later on the Sunday talk shows.

“Just as an American, I’m just confused,” he said.

“Bill, I’m trying to explain it to you if you want to listen,” Obama countered.

The president also turned on Fox News when questioned about the IRS scandal, in which conservative groups were scrutinized more heavily when seeking tax-exempt status.

“These kinds of things keep on surfacing, in part, because you and your TV station will promote them,” Obama said.

O’Reilly asked if Obama was saying there was no corruption in the IRS scandal.

“No,” Obama said.

“There was some boneheaded decisions out of a local office,” adding that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption.”

O’Reilly also asked why Obama didn’t fire Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over the botched rollout of the Obamacare website in October.

Obama argued that while glitches had been anticipated, no one expected a complete failure of the site. He said everything had been fixed, and the site is now running as it should.

O’Reilly noted that only 8 percent of Americans agree with Obama, and again pressed about firing Sebelius.

“I’m sure that the intent is noble,” O’Reilly said, “But I’m a taxpayer, and I’m paying Kathleen Sebelius’ salary, and she screwed up. And you’re not holding her accountable.”

“Well, I promise you that we hold everybody up and down the line accountable,” Obama said. “But when we’re midstream, Bill, we want to make sure that our main focus is, how do we make this think work so that people are able to sign up, and that’s what we’ve done.”

O’Reilly asked if Obama considered the biggest mistake of his presidency telling “the nation over and over, if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance?”

“Oh, Bill, you’ve got a long list of my mistakes in my presidency,” Obama said.

But he did admit he regretted that the “grandfather clause” written into the Affordable Care Act didn’t cover everyone.

“That’s why we changed it,” he said.

“You gave your enemies a lot of fodder for it,” O’Reilly said.

The interview was scheduled to continue after the live broadcast. The recorded interview is set to air Monday night on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

“I know you think maybe we haven’t been fair,” O’Reilly noted near the end of the live interview, “but I think your heart is in the right place.”

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By Greg Richter

Hannity to Cuomo: I’m Leaving New York.


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By Cathy Burke

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s dismissive critique of conservative Republicans as having “no place” in the Empire State may send popular talk shot host Sean Hannity packing.

On Albany’s The Capitol Pressroom radio show last Friday, the Democratic governor called out Republicans who are “right-to-life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay.”

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“If that’s who they are, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are,” he railed.

Hannity responded Monday, telling his Fox News Channel television program fans he’s fed up not only with Cuomo’s dismissive line-in-the-sand — but also with New York’s sky-high taxes.

“Now I want to tell you something – I was born and raised in New York,” Hannity said, according to a video of the program on Breitbart news.

“I want you to know that and I can’t wait to get out of here. I really can’t. I don’t want to pay their 10-percent state tax anymore. I live in the second-highest property taxed county in the entire country in Nassau County.

“I can’t wait to sell my house to somebody who wants it.”

The Fox News personality said he also “can’t wait to pay no state income tax down in Florida or Texas,” though he hasn’t decided which state to adopt as his new home.

“… but I’m leaning Florida because I like the water and I like to fish,” he said.

Hannity joined the New York-based Fox network in 1996, and as host of Premiere Radio Networks’ “The Sean Hannity Show,” is syndicated to more than 500 stations, boasting 13.5 million listeners.

Hannity’s threatened exit follows those of fellow conservative radio hosts Rush Limbaugh, who left New York for Florida, and Glenn Beck, who fled the Empire State for Texas.

“Gov. Cuomo, I’m going to leave and I’m taking all of my money with me – every single solitary penny,” he said.

“And by the way governor, because I work here – there’s a whole bunch of people that work for me and benefit because I do two shows. And I guess maybe some of them will be out of work, governor. I’m sure you’ll take care of them.”

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North: I Can’t Tell Families of Iraq Fallen Their Deaths Were Worth It.


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By Greg Richter

Now that the Iraqi towns of Ramadi and Fallujah have fallen to al-Qaida, retired Lt. Col. Oliver North says he isn’t sure he can tell families of fallen service members their sacrifice was worth it.

“This is a devastating blow to those who fought in this war,” North said Monday on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” 

“I look at those kind of events as a personal tragedy for those who’ve lost them,” North said. “But up until now, when they would ask the question, was that sacrifice worth it, I could answer yes.”

The victory America sought in Iraq, a stable country, a friendly government that respected its own people and was a place where terrorists could not reign again, was doable, North said.

“That’s not what we’re seeing happen there.”

North blamed the fall of the two towns on a failure of the Obama administration to close the Bilateral Security Agreement that had already been negotiated.

The sacrifice services members made for each other is still there and worth it, North said, but Obama’s refusal to use the word “victory” or to step up and do what needs to be done is “disaster for those families.”

More than 8,000 Iraqis, 90 percent of them civilians, have been killed in Iraq in 2013. The last U.S. troops were pulled out of Iraq in December 2011.

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Couple to Guest on Fox News Special.


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Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson will talk about his outspoken father as he helps Fox News Channel ring in the new year.

The network says Robertson and wife, Korie, will be guests on the “All-American New Year” special Fox News is airing Tuesday night.

The couple will appear live from Steamboat Springs, Colo., to discuss the recent brief suspension of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson from the hit A&E reality series. His nine-day removal resulted from anti-gay comments Robertson made in GQ magazine. A firestorm was set off among his legions of defenders who felt he was being censored by the network.

A&E reinstated him last Friday.

The Fox News special will be hosted by Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Eastern time.

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Rep. Chaffetz: Hardly Anyone Believes Video Prompted Benghazi.


Rep. Jason Chaffetz says only a small minority believe the Benghazi attack was fueled by an anti-Muslim video: former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and a New York Times reporter.

“The only ones that believe that are evidently Susan Rice and the author of this article, for a grand total of two people in this country,” Chaffetz said Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity.”

Rice was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the time, and appeared on all five Sunday-morning talk shows days later saying the attack was the result of a spontaneous street protest, much like protests that had happened in Egypt.

The Sept. 11, 2012, attack left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.

The debate over who was behind the Benghazi attack and why the United States was unprepared for it was rekindled over the weekend when The New York Times published a story by reporter David Kirkpatrick saying the video was indeed the impetus.

Members of the House Intelligence Committee, including Democrat David Schiff, have said the attack was planned and was linked to al-Qaida. Kirkpatrick told CNN on Monday that the truth is in the middle. The video did prompt the attack, but the attack was planned by local people.

Chaffetz told “Hannity” guest host Katie Pavlich that he went to Libya about three weeks after the attack and that no one he talked to about it brought up the video.

Neither has anyone else he has talked to, he said, including former AFRICON leader Gen. Carter Ham and the Accountability Review Board.

Chaffetz said the administration is not pursuing the Benghazi attackers with the same tenacity it used in hunting the Boston Marathon bombers earlier this year.

“These people are still out there,” Chaffetz said of the Benghazi attackers. “Are they going to do it again? I worry that they might.”

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By Greg Richter

Rep. Trey Gowdy: NY Times Report on Benghazi Protects Hillary.


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By Greg Richter

 

Rep. Trey Gowdy says a New York Times article that concluded al-Qaida was not involved in last year’s Benghazi attacks never mentioned then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but Gowdy had no problem quoting her to make a point of his own.

“First of all, I want to congratulate The New York Times. It only took 15 months for them to figure out how to spell Benghazi,” Gowdy, R-S.C., said Monday on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren.” 

“So, in another 15 months, maybe their reporting will actually catch up with the truth,” Gowdy said.

The Times concluded there was no evidence that al-Qaida was involved in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. It also said the attacks were not meticulously planned, as House Intelligence Committee members have said, but was a reaction to an anti-Muslim video produced in the United States.

“Whether it was al-Qaida or a subsidiary or a holding company or a limited partnership, to quote Hillary Clinton, ‘What difference does it make?’” Gowdy told Fox News. “Who cares whether it was al-Qaida proper or a subsidiary? Four Americans are dead, and it wasn’t a spontaneous reaction to a video. It was planned.”

Intelligence Committee members Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., both agreed on “Fox News Sunday” that al-Qaida was in some way involved and that there was planning.

People should believe Rogers, who is a former FBI agent, and Schiff, who is a former federal prosecutor, over The New York Times, Gowdy told guest host Dana Perino. Both men have dedicated their professional lives to following evidence wherever it leads, he said.

Gowdy also took issue with the assertion that the anti-Muslim video caused the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The video in question was translated into Arabic in early September 2012, Gowdy said, just days before the fatal attack.

That couldn’t explain a prior attack on the U.S. consulate or the attempted assassination of the British ambassador or attacks on the International Red Cross in Benghazi, he said.

“I thought we had no business being in Benghazi. We were the last flag flying in Benghazi,” Gowdy said. “But that begs a bigger question: Why were we there? Why was Chris Stevens in Benghazi that night?”

Gowdy didn’t explain whether he had any suspicions, but Sen. Rand Paul and others have suggested Stevens was in Libya because the CIA was using the area to run guns to Syrian rebels.

Gowdy did make clear that he suspects The Times published the article to bolster the expected presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton in 2016. Clinton, as secretary of state, came under fire after Benghazi for reportedly ignoring requests from Stevens for additional security.

“I’ve read this New York Times article, Dana, six times,” Gowdy told Perino. “I want you to read it six times and tell me if you can tell who the secretary of state was when Benghazi happened.”

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Keane on Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Attacks ‘Will Grow’.


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By Wanda Carruthers

The move by the army-backed government in Egypt declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization will not silence the radical elements in group, Ret. Gen. Jack Keane said Thursday.

He predicted during an appearance on Fox News that attacks on the Egyptian government “will grow in size and scale” as militants members of the brotherhood begin to assert themselves.

“There is a part of the Muslim Brotherhood that will wait for another political opportunity. But, then there’s another part of the Muslim Brotherhood, to the right and much more radical,” Keane said.

“They are already conducting armed violence, terrorist attacks. This will grow in size and scale.”

The Egyptian government formally declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization Wednesday. The move makes the group’s activities illegal, and is seen as an effort by the army-backed government to suppress opposition.

The Brotherhood played a significant role in the government itself before former President Mohamed Morsi was removed from power. Keane, a Fox News military analyst, said the Egyptian government was answering what they thought was the will of the people by getting rid of Morzi, who rose to power as a member of the brotherhood.

“The military regime believes that they are answering the clarion call of the people by suppressing the Muslim Brotherhood. They do not want them to participate in the political process again,” he said.

The current political tensions mask what Keane believes is the real problem facing Egypt — poverty among the majority of its people. He says the protests during the Arab Spring that eventually helped sweep Morsi into office were prompted by the nation’s economic and social problems.

“Remember the Arab Spring when they took to the streets a number of years ago? It was all about economic opportunity and social justice and political justice,” Keane said. ” And, hopefully, this regime will get back to trying to solve some of these problems.”

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Bolton: Judge’s NSA Ruling Puts U.S. on ‘Road to Doom’.


The ruling last week by a federal judge declaring the mass collection of phone records by the National Security Agency unconstitutional would put the U.S. on the “road to doom” if upheld, former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton said Tuesday.

“When we have federal judges making national security decisions, we are on the road to doom,” Bolton said on Fox News’America’s Newsroom.”

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“They are the last people who ought to be deciding what keeps America safe,” he added.

Oversight of the surveillance efforts by the NSA should be conducted by elected officials, Bolton suggested. He called for “more congressional oversight, more congressional involvement.”

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon promptly put his decision about the controversial intelligence program on hold, pending an appeal. A panel appointed by President Barack Obama also reviewed the NSA program. Their report found no indication of abuse by the NSA, but suggested more transparency and accountability at the security agency.

Bolton called the debate “unbalanced,” and said the NSA had a difficult time responding to critics, given the sensitive nature of what they do. He defended the program, saying there was “nothing that these workers have done in collecting intelligence that violated any order they were given.”

Ultimately, Bolton suggested, the NSA needs a leader to oversee the agency who can properly explain to the American people what the agency does and the contribution it makes to national security.

“What you really need is political leadership to say, ‘This is important,’ and to try, within the limits we’ve got, to explain why,” he said.

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By Wanda Carruthers

Reddit Moderator: Newspapers Should Ban Climate Change Skeptics.


The man who banned climate change skeptics from the popular social news forum Reddit, says newspapers should follow his lead.

Nathan Allen claims anyone who refuses to follow the orthodox view of global warming does not deserve to have his voice heard.

“These people were true believers, blind to the fact that their arguments were hopelessly flawed, the result of cherry-picked data and conspiratorial thinking,” Allen writes on Grist.org.

“They had no idea that the smart-sounding talking points from their preferred climate blog were, even to a casual climate science observer, plainly wrong.”

Allen, a moderator with Reddit, who describes himself as a “Phd chemist,” decided to ban climate-change skeptics from contributing to Reddit’s science forum.

“They were completely enamored by the emotionally charged and rhetoric-based arguments of pundits on talk radio and Fox News,” he said.

Allen went on to say that the “evidence simply does not exist to justify continued denial that climate change is caused by humans and will be bad.”

So, he explained, “We needed more than just an ad hoc approach to correct the situation. The answer was found in the form of proactive moderation.”

Which meant that “when a potentially controversial submission was posted, a warning would be issued stating the rules for comments (most importantly that your comment isn’t a conspiracy theory) and advising that further violations of the rules could result in the commenter being banned from the forum.”

“If a half-dozen volunteers can keep a page with more than 4 million users from being a microphone for the antiscientific, is it too much to ask for newspapers to police their own editorial pages as proficiently?” Allen asked

The move by the user-generated forum was blasted as censorship by critics. “The greenies—and their many useful idiots in the liberal media—are terrified of open debate on climate-change because the real world evidence long ago parted company with their scientifically threadbare theory,” James Delingpole, columnist and author of The Little Green Book of Eco Fascism, told Fox News.

Allen’s tactic, he argued, is part of a “classic liberal defense mechanism: If the facts don’t support you, then close down the argument.”

It is not the first time that “proactive moderation” at Reddit has stirred controversy. Earlier this year, its politics forum banned several sites, including Fox Nation, Huffington Post and National Review, to avoid what it called sensationalized headlines and “bad journalism,” reports Fox.

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By Lisa Barron

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