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Best Quotes from the Sunday Shows – 6.22.14

In a pre-recorded interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Norah O’Donnell sat down with President Barack Obama to discuss the threat of ISIS on the United States: ”But I think it’s important for us to recognize that ISIS is just one of a number of organizations that we have to stay focused on al-Qaeda in Yemen is still very active and we’re staying focused on that. In North Africa, you’re seeing organizations including Boko Haram that kidnapped all those young women that is extreme and violent. And this is going to be a global challenge and one that the United States is going to have to address but we’re not going to be able to address it alone. And as I said yesterday, what we can’t do is think that we’re just going to play whack-a-mole and send US troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up. We’re going to have to have a more focused, more targeted strategy and we’re going to have to partner and train local law enforcement and military to do their jobs as well.”

On whether ISIS is more dangerous than al Qaeda, Sen. Marco Rubio told O’Donnell: “Well certainly, potentially more dangerous today than al Qaeda. They are an extremely radical group with increasing capabilities and a very clear design. They want to establish an Islamic caliphate in sections of both Syria and Iraq and other places, potentially Jordan is next at some point. And then they want to launch attacks in the exterior, external operations, including targeting our homeland. This is an extremely serious national security risk for the country if they were to establish that safe haven of operation.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on ABC’s “This Week:” “Now, I don’t intend any disrespect for the president, but I fundamentally disagree with him. I think he’s dead wrong in terms of the course he’s taken this nation and I think we’re in for big trouble in the years ahead because of his refusal to recognize reality and because of his continual emphasis upon getting the U.S. basically to withdraw from that part of the world.”

On the growth of ISIS, as a guest on “FOX News Sunday,” California Congressman Kevin McCarthy said in his first interview since winning the House Majority Leader position vacated by Eric Cantor: “I think the key part is lay out what we want to do for the entire region, to stop the momentum of this growth, we cannot allow them to continue to grow. By not acting, now, they have half a billion dollars. They’re growing each and every day…By our lack of action has allowed them to grow. So, build an overall strategy that moves that momentum backwards.”

On what he would do given the situation in Iraq, Sen. Rand Paul told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union:” ”I think we have to understand first how got here and then we have to decide as a country where we are going…I think there’s chaos in the Middle East, and I think the chaos is because we have created a vacuum. Before the Iraq war, I think there was somewhat of a standoff between Sunni and Shiite, had been for maybe 1,000 years off and on…But now we have a chaotic situation. We have a vacuum. And I think one of the reasons why ISIS has been emboldened is because we have been arming their allies. We have been allied with ISIS in Syria. They have had a safe haven because we have been arming the rebels to keep Assad away from them.”

President Obama Accepts Resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

Screen Shot 2014-05-30 at 11.55.30During an address from President Obama at the White House this hour, he announced receiving and accepting Eric Shinseki‘s resignation as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Obama spoke for nearly 22 minutes and answered three questions. Before concluding, he explained what he expects from Shinseki’s replacement.

“At this stage, what I want is somebody at the VA who’s not spending time outside of solving problems for the veterans. I want somebody spending every minute of every day, figuring out, ‘Have we called every single veteran that’s waiting? Have they gotten a schedule? Are we fixing the system? What kind of new technology do we need? Have we made a realistic assessment of how long the wait times are right now and how are we going to bring those wait times down, in certain facilities where wait times are too long. If we need more money, how much more money do we need to ask from Congress? And how am I going to make sure Congress delivers on that additional funding?”

 

10:15 Meeting – President Obama and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

925272_247729215428390_231041769_aOn this morning’s “LIVE with Michael and Kelly,” President Obama foreshadowed a 10:15 am meeting he has scheduled for today with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

“I’ll have a serious conversation with him about whether he thinks he’s prepared and has the capacity to take on the job of fixing it, because I don’t want any veteran to not be getting the kind of services they deserve.”

Secretary Shinseki has been under pressure to resign after at least 40 veterans died awaiting health care in Phoenix.

Video of Obama’s sit down on “LIVE with Michael and Kelly,” after the jump. Read more

Live Q&A with Edward Snowden Today at 3pm

edward-snowden-nsa-06-10-13-cropped-proto-custom_282Edward Snowden will answer the public’s questions at 3pm EST today during a Q&A hosted by The Courage Foundation. Questions can be submitted on Twitter using the hashtag #AskSnowden and his responses will then appear at http://www.freesnowden.is/asksnowden.

The live chat comes exactly a week after President Barack Obama gave an address in response to the public concerns raised by Edward Snowden’s revelations about U.S. surveillance practices. In the live chat, Edward Snowden is expected to give his first reaction to the President’s speech.

Courage, formerly the Journalistic Source Protection Defence Fund, is a trust, audited by accountants Derek Rothera & Company in the UK, for the purpose of providing legal defence and campaign aid to journalistic sources.

We’ll be sure to monitor the Q&A and will report back highlights of the online exchange. If you’d like to participate but prefer to stay anon, email your questions to fishbowljames@gmail.com and we’ll consider asking on your behalf.

Metro Weekly Named ‘Best Local Gay News Outlet’ By Gay Hookup App

It’s an award that might be best held at arms length, but Metro Weekly was named D.C.’s “best local gay news outlet” by the smartphone application Grindr yesterday.

Grindr is a type of GPS for gay and bisexual men, notoriously known as a tool for those who want sex at the drop of a leather hat.

“If Grindr members in the D.C. area think Metro Weekly is the best local source for gay news, I’m perfectly happy to say ‘Thanks!’ in return,” Metro Weekly publisher Sean Bugg told FishbowlDC. “Having my magazine read by sexually active gay men who look for boyfriends and hookups — and chats! sometimes we’re on just for chat! — is a plus, not a negative.”

Positive news to be proud of, for sure.

“I also enjoy being read by sexually active lesbians,” Bugg added. “Should they give us an award, too, I’d be happy to accept it.”

A few other notable awards from Grindr… Read more

President Obama Invites Mitt Romney to the White House for Lunch: Who’s Covering it Best?

It’s a big deal that POTUS invited Mitt Romney over for lunch at the White House this afternoon. The event is closed to press, so outlets tried to have some fun with the story. HuffPost’s Sam Stein tweeted, “Tomorrow, I will dress up as a waiter/butler and will try to maneuver my way in towards serving Obama/Romney during their lunch.”

Fantasyland…WaPo’s Alexandra Petri imagined what the lunch would have been like if she was there. Imagine lots of awkward banter and nervous laughter from Romney.

Others took the matter more seriously… Read more

Politico’s Allen Delivers Powerful Message

Tuesday’s election is the culmination of a LOT of hard work from reporters. Many have been on the road for months on end. Barely ever sleeping in their own bed. Not being able to eat a home cooked meal. We get it. It’s a rough schedule to keep up and we thank you for it. Don’t ever say it’s a thankless job. (All that being said, it’s not exactly ditch digging.)

In Tuesday morning’s Politico Playbook, Mike Allen pays tribute to all the hard working journos who have lived the road life and comes across like a Hallmark card…

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Ronnie Cho Bares (Almost) All at HBO Screening of “By the People”

“By the People” may be a documentary on the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, but the real break-out star of last night’s HBO premiere is Ronnie Cho.

DC media types like Chris Matthews, Candy Crowley and Richard Wolffe, and Team Obama- David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, David Plouffe- all make frequent appearances, but Cho, the former campaign staffer turned admin staffer, was filmed working early morning hours in his boxer shorts. Now that is dedication. He tells FBDC, “I did it for him, I did it for America.”

The film is by Amy Rice and Alicia Sams and produced in part by actors Edward Norton and Tate Donovan, who were both at last night’s DC screening.

“We always hoped to get the opportunity to show it,” Norton said in comments after the film aired. “I look around the room and think this is our government now,” he said to laughter.

It was standing room only at the Park at Fourteenth– the White House’s Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau and Obama’s Iowa political director Mike Blake were there, as well as NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny and Chicago Sun-Times Lynn Sweet, who were all featured in the HBO documentary.

“Shower scene is coming up,” Vietor joked, maybe one too many times. “That line is getting old” was friends’ response.

Photos continue after the jump…

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GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC” List: One Degree of Obama


Photo from GQ.com.

Forget Kevin Bacon.

President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden may be excluded from GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC,” but looks like most of the list’s top half are one degree of separation from the West Wing.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers (tie), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former VP Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts round out the top ten. The list may be a changing-of-the-guard from the Bush administration, but it’s a DC no-brainer.

Your DC media types are represented by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos at #31, Politico‘s John Harris #43 and The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer and NYT‘s Scott Shane tied at #27.

Politico points out White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, though #20 on the last list, did not make the cut this time around.

The mag will celebrate the list with a party tonight at 701. And though obviously overlooked for “50 Most Powerful,” FBDC will be there. Check back tomorrow for dets.

The complete list, as polled by “journalists, congressmen, lobbyists, think tankers, and influence peddlers,” can be found here.

Senator Kennedy’s Death Comes One Year After Historic DNC Speech

AgencySpy: Senator Ted Kennedy died exactly one year after he gave a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention in support of then Senator Barack Obama.

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