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Something Was Just Revealed About Every Single Reporter Covering the White House

Not a single member of the White House press corps is a registered Republican, according to survey results recently published by Politico.

Those results are buried in a story this week on President Barack Obama’s relationship with the press. An infographic posted in the story reveals that not a single one of the 72 members of the White House press corps surveyed by the Virginia-based trade publication identifies with the GOP.

Of the journalists surveyed, more than a quarter are registered Democrats and 13 percent are not members of any political party. Sixty percent are not registered to vote, but 72 percent of those polled said they think reporters should vote in elections they cover.

Twelve survey respondents said they plan to vote for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Three said they support her rival Bernie Sanders. Two plan to vote for Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Tex.) and one supports Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

Nearly 9 in 10 respondents said they expect Hillary Clinton to be the nation’s next president. (Read more from “Something Was Just Revealed About Every Single Reporter Covering the White House” HERE)

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Watch: WH Censors French President Saying ‘ISLAMIST Terrorism’

The White House website has censored a video of French Pres. Francois Hollande saying that “Islamist terrorism” is at the “roots of terrorism.”

The White House briefly pulled video of a press event on terrorism with Pres. Obama, and when it reappeared on the WhiteHouse.gov website and YouTube, the audio of Hollande’s translator goes silent, beginning with the words “Islamist terrorism,” then begins again at the end of his sentence.

Even the audio of Hollande saying the words “Islamist terrorism” in French have, apparently, been edited from the video.

(Read more from “Watch: WH Censors French President Saying ‘ISLAMIST Terrorism'” HERE)

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White House: Clinton Won’t Be Indicted [+video]

By Daniel Halper. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today that “based on what we know” it does not look like Hillary Clinton will be indicted. Earnest made the remarks the White House podium.

(Read more from “White House: Clinton Won’t Be Indicted” HERE)

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Former House Oversight Chairman: ‘FBI Director Would Like to Indict Clinton and Abedin’

By Gabby Morrongiello. California Congressman Darrell Issa, who previously led an investigation into Benghazi as former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, says the FBI “would like to indict both Huma [Abedin] and Hillary Clinton” for conducting sensitive government business on an unsecure, private email server.

“I think the FBI director would like to indict both Huma and Hillary as we speak,” the Republican heavyweight told the Washington Examiner Thursday, during a debate watch-party at Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s New Hampshire campaign headquarters.

“I think he’s in a position where he’s being forced to triple-time make a case of what would otherwise be, what they call, a slam dunk,” Issa said, referring to FBI Director James Comey, who previously told the Senate Judiciary Committee he would conduct a “competent,” “honest” and “independent” probe into Clinton’s handling of classified information during her tenure as secretary of state.

Still, Issa suggested Clinton’s wrongdoing is obvious. (Read more from “Former House Oversight Chairman: ‘FBI Director Would Like to Indict Clinton and Abedin'” HERE)

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Watch: ‘Siri’ Interrupts White House Press Briefing, Answers Iran Question

gty_iphone_siri_jp_113011_wg“Siri” tried to butt in on Thursday’s White House press briefing.

The virtual iPhone personal assistant unexpectedly interjected when a reporter was asking Press Secretary Josh Earnest about the Iran nuclear deal, and whether President Obama was “upset” he couldn’t get any Republicans on board.

A virtual voice could be heard in the room answering: “Sorry, I’m not sure what you want me to change.” (Read more from “‘Siri’ Interrupts White House Press Briefing, Answers Iran Question” HERE)

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White House ‘Monitoring’ Reports Russian Military Is in Syria

AAdVmATThe White House on Thursday said it was closely monitoring reports that Russia is carrying out military operations in Syria, warning such actions, if confirmed, would be “destabilizing and counter-productive.”

“We are aware of reports that Russia may have deployed military personnel and aircraft to Syria, and we are monitoring those reports quite closely,” said spokesman Josh Earnest.

“Any military support to the Assad regime for any purpose, whether it’s in the form of military personnel, aircraft supplies, weapons, or funding, is both destabilizing and counterproductive.”

The comments come after images appeared on a social media account linked to Syrian fighters purporting to show Russian aircraft and drones near Idlib province.

Unconfirmed reports suggested the aircraft may have included a Russian Sukhoi 34 advanced strike fighter, which Syria is not thought to own. (Read more from “White House ‘Monitoring’ Reports Russian Military Is in Syria” HERE)

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White House Spars With Koch Brother, Says ‘Chose to Squeal’ to Reporter

b340e83d-c32b-439a-aa80-dd3bcca9ba7eThe White House clashed anew with the Koch brothers on Wednesday, as spokesman Josh Earnest griped that conservative businessman Charles Koch “chose to squeal” to a reporter after President Obama criticized the brothers for opposing clean energy programs.

“When the president decides that we’ll take on a challenge that Washington has represented for too long, the special interests, including millionaires and billionaires who have benefited, start to squeal,” said Earnest, the White House press secretary. “In this case, one billionaire chose to squeal to a Politico reporter.”

Obama said Monday at an energy summit in Las Vegas that the country has a “problem” in that “massive lobbying efforts backed by fossil fuel interests, or conservative think tanks, or the Koch brothers” are pushing for new laws to roll back renewable-energy standards or prevent new clean-energy businesses from succeeding.

Charles Koch told Politico on Tuesday that he was “flabbergasted” by the attack and suggested it was for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat and Koch brothers critic who attended the event with Obama.

“It’s beneath the president, the dignity of the president, to be doing that,” Koch told Politico. “I was really dumbfounded. … We expect that with Harry Reid, but I didn’t expect that from the president.” (Read more from “White House Spars With Koch Brother, Says ‘Chose to Squeal’ to Reporter” HERE)

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Man Who Scaled White House Fence Earlier This Year Killed by Police for Doing This

washington_dc_the_white_houseThe same Pennsylvania man who jumped the White House fence in March was shot and killed at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse after attacking one of its guards.

ABC 6 News reports that Curtis Smith, 34, charged right through the entrance security checkpoint at the Chester County Courthouse just before noon. Witness Reiley Aikman recounted that the crazed, knife-wielding man yelled: “I’m gonna get ya, I’m gonna get ya.” And shortly thereafter: “I hear ‘POP, POP.’ And it was the sheriff shooting him.”

The assailant died from the gunshot wounds he received. The deputy attacked by Smith was being treated for injuries to his arm and hand. There were no other injuries reported during the incident.

District Attorney Tom Hogan stated: “In Chester County, we have trained intensively to deal with the threat of an attacker in the Justice Center or any other public building. Today, that training paid off. The armed attacker was immediately neutralized by the Sheriff’s Deputies. Law enforcement responded to make sure that all of the citizens, judges, and court staff were safe. This was a model response to a violent incident.” (Read more from “Man Who Scaled White House Fence Earlier This Year Killed by Police for Doing This” HERE)

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First Openly Transgender Official Hired at White House

images (73)By Associated Press. The White House has hired its first openly transgender staff member.

The White House announced Raffi Freedman-Gurspan’s appointment yesterday. Freedman-Gurspan is an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the Office of Personnel.

Transgender advocates say “she” is the first openly transgender official to serve in the White House.
Freedman-Gurspan previously was a policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender Equality’s racial and economic justice initiative. (Read more from “First Openly Transgender Official Hired at White House” HERE)

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HRC’s ‘Gender Inclusive Classrooms’ Guide: Say ‘Friends’ or ‘Students’ Instead of Girls and Boys

By Lauretta Brown. To help “create a classroom where students aren’t limited based on gender stereotypes,” teachers should address classes using words like “friends or “students” rather than girls and boys, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) advises in a new back-to-school guide.

The first tip suggested by the HRC’s Welcoming Schools Initiative is for teachers to avoid using gender to “divide and address students.” The guide claims that separating students for activities according to gender “can leave some students feeling out-of-place, making them distracted or isolated and not able to focus on learning.”

The guide recommends finding new, inventive ways of dividing students for activities. “When lining students up for lunch, rather than saying, ‘Girls line up first,’ try saying, ‘Anyone wearing a green shirt can line up,’ or ‘If your name has an E please line up.’”

The guide also advises teachers to “prepare for teachable moments” linking to suggested responses for questions that might come up in class such as: “How can a family have two moms [dads]? Which one is the real one?” and “Don’t you need a woman and a man to have a baby?”

The suggested responses to those questions are, “There are all kinds of families. Some have two moms or two dads,” and “Children come into families in many different ways, and the families that love the children may have a mom and a dad, some a mom, some a dad and some have two moms or two dads.” (Read more from this story HERE)

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Despite White House Lobbying, Senator Flake Opposes Iran Nuclear Deal

Flake speaks to reporters as Udall listens during a news conference in HavanaU.S. Senator Jeff Flake announced his opposition on Saturday to the nuclear deal with Iran despite White House lobbying to try to convince the Arizona Republican to break from others in his party and back the accord when U.S. lawmakers vote on it.

The agreement that Iran reached with the United States and other world powers on July 14 “does contain benefits in terms of limiting Iran’s ability to produce sufficient fissile material for a nuclear weapon for a period of time, particularly at its known nuclear facilities,” Flake said in a statement.

“But these benefits are outweighed by severe limitations the (agreement) places on Congress and future administrations in responding to Iran’s non-nuclear behavior in the region,” Flake added.

The White House had held out some hope that Flake, a Senate Foreign Relations Committee member, would buck his party and possibly bring some other Republicans with him in support of the agreement.

Flake was the only Republican lawmaker who traveled with President Barack Obama to Africa in July. White House officials lobbied him during that trip to support the deal. Flake had backed Obama’s moves on another important foreign policy initiative, establishing warmer relations with Cuba. (Read more from “Despite White House Lobbying, Senator Flake Opposes Iran Nuclear Deal” HERE)

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White House Staffer Accused of Taking Officer’s Gun, Firing It During Dispute

195100_5_A White House staffer has been placed on leave after she was accused of taking the gun of an off-duty U.S. Capitol Police officer and firing it at him during a domestic dispute.

Barvetta Singletary, 37, has been charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in connection with the incident Friday, Prince George’s County police said Monday.

The incident began Friday morning at Singletary’s home in Upper Marlboro, Md., after she and the officer argued, according to police charging documents. Singletary asked the officer about another woman he was dating and left her house to search his Cadillac Escalade for his cellphones, the documents state.

When she found the officer’s phones, she also retrieved his service weapon in his bag and demanded that he give her the passwords to his phones, charging documents state . . .

“We are aware of the matter and have temporarily placed the employee in question on unpaid leave and revoked her access to the complex until we have more information,” a White House spokesman said in a statement. “We will take additional actions as needed.” (Read more from “White House Staffer Accused of Taking Officer’s Gun, Firing It During Dispute” HERE)

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