WH flack hit with truth for claim ‘GOP hypothesis’ on Iraq ‘disproved’

http://twitter.com/#!/Calle_Elefante/status/497804193009135616

“White House Director of Progressive Media and Online Response” Jesse Lee took on what he said is a bogus “GOP hypothesis” that parts of Iraq are falling into the hands of ISIS because President Obama ended the U.S. presence on the ground there:

http://twitter.com/#!/jesseclee44/status/497802844830171137

What’s happening in Iraq has proven the GOP wrong? Too much!

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/497803090473791488

http://twitter.com/#!/spongeworthy2/status/497804701690519552

http://twitter.com/#!/Me_In_Jersey/status/497803630708527104

http://twitter.com/#!/skzdalimit/status/497804713694625792

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Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/08/08/you-own-this-white-house-flack-hit-with-truth-for-claim-gop-hypothesis-on-iraq-disproved/

White House: The Federal Government Still Opposes Legalizing Marijuana

“The Federal Government opposes drug legalization because it runs counter to a public health and safety approach to drug policy,” a White House official tells BuzzFeed News after Loretta Lynch testifies.

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WASHINGTON — When Loretta Lynch told senators “I do not support the legalization of marijuana” during her confirmation hearing for Attorney General Wednesday, she upset a delicate balance for an Obama administration that has expressed support for current federal law banning pot use while also signaling a desire to loosen federal restrictions on the drug.

A White House official told BuzzFeed News Wednesday evening that Lynch’s unequivocal opposition to marijuana legalization didn’t set a new tone.

“Our position has been clear — marijuana remains illegal under Federal law,” the official said in an email when asked if Lynch stated the administration position in her confirmation hearing. “The Federal Government opposes drug legalization because it runs counter to a public health and safety approach to drug policy.”

But Obama has not been as hardline about marijuana as Lynch was Wednesday. Speaking to YouTube vlogger Hank Green last week, Obama said that pot was not a priority as the legal landscape has become muddied by states legalizing recreational use.

“The position of my administration has been that we still have federal laws that classify marijuana as an illegal substance,” Obama said. “But we’re not going to spend a lot of resources trying to turn back decisions that have been made at the state level on this issue.”

Obama told the New Yorker last year that he doesn’t think marijuana is any more dangerous than alcohol or cigarettes. In the interview with Green, he openly questioned the government’s current approach to marijuana enforcement.

“You know, what we have done is instead of focusing on treatment, the same way we focused, say, with tobacco or drunk driving or other problems where we treat it as a public health problem, we’ve treated this exclusively as a criminal problem,” Obama said. “And I think that it’s been counterproductive, and it’s been, you know, devastating in a lot of minority communities. It presents the possibility at least of unequal application of the law. And that has to be changed.”

As he has in the past, Obama pivoted the question about marijuana to the push for changes to federal sentencing laws for drug offenders, which he has supported since the beginning of his presidency.

Since Colorado and Washington passed their state laws legalizing pot, the Justice Department has promised not to make prosecutions of recreational or medicinal users of marijuana a priority.

The White House official reiterated that stance after Lynch’s testimony Wednesday. If confirmed, Lynch would be in charge of managing the prosecutorial discretion rules as Attorney General.

“The Administration’s position on enforcement has been clear and consistent: while the prosecution of drug traffickers remains an important priority, targeting individual marijuana users — especially those with serious illnesses and their caregivers — is not the best allocation of limited Federal law enforcement resources,” the official wrote.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/white-house-the-federal-government-still-opposes-legalizing

‘She’s got the sledgehammer out': Sharyl Attkisson nails WH for withholding info

http://twitter.com/#!/eriContrarian/status/408291663803858944

Sharyl Attkisson embodies everything the media is supposed to be: tireless, tenacious, truth-driven, and utterly fearless. Despite knowing well how the Obama administration treats reporters who get in the way, Attkisson has nevertheless refused to let the White House off the hook for its systematic stonewalling. Today, she took to Twitter to remind her followers that the White House has a major transparency problem — and she didn’t hold back:

http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/408289181303963648

http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/408289298794835969

Funny, that.

http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/408289611010408448

http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/408289677284614146

Of course they are.

http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/408290164440449024

http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/408290524462723073

That should outrage every American.

http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/408291068145201152

Maybe we sound like a broken record, but in this case, we don’t care. We can’t emphasize this enough:

http://twitter.com/#!/MangyLover/status/408291480390729728

Do it.

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‘Not even one page’: FBI, WH deny Sharyl Attkisson’s requests for Benghazi info

Sharyl Attkisson told on Obamacare enrollment figures: ‘There aren’t any’

The adventure continues: Sharyl Attkisson checks in for FOIA status update

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Twitchy coverage of Sharyl Attkisson

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/12/04/shes-got-the-sledgehammer-out-sharyl-attkisson-nails-wh-for-withholding-info/

Here’s a PERFECT hooker scandal spin suggestion for White House

http://twitter.com/#!/Bookwormdearlor/status/520094063840997376

Heh. No need to even wait until you wake up! Twitchy was on the case. As we reported, White House press secretary Josh Earnest immediately got his spin on after the Washington Post exclusive about the Obama administration’s “full court press cover-up on” the Secret Service prostitution scandal.

The White House deputy press secretary quickly parroted the pitiful spin. Guys, it’s old and stuff. Because shut up.

Citizens continued to rightly school the fools.

It’s almost like the @presssec had a damage control plan in place for the day this story broke.

— RB (@RBPundit) October 9, 2014

@RBPundit @PressSec He's not doing a very good job of it.

— Popehat (@Popehat) October 9, 2014

Yep. But, hey, we are all givers. So here is a perfect suggestion for the White House communications team.

.@PressSec Psst… “The agents were only conducting thorough Ebola exams.” #YoureWelcome

— jon gabriel (@exjon) October 9, 2014

Beautiful.

And another entry:

@exjon @PressSec "Of course Fox News and the Koch Brothers want you to ignore all the middle-class jobs that were created that night"

— Jason Hart (@jasonahart) October 9, 2014

Snort. Get Harry Reid on that one!

And an exit suggestion for the aide at the center of the scandal:

Someone needs to photoshop a picture of Jonathan Dach holding up a sign saying #BringBackMyGirls. @exjon

— Lee Ritz, M.D. (@lee_ritz) October 9, 2014

Never change, Twitter.

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This journo is SHOCKED the WH can’t be trusted; This has to be the most unreal statement ever

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Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/09/heres-a-perfect-hooker-scandal-spin-suggestion-for-wh-press-secretary-josh-earnest-we-are-givers/

President Obama’s Budget Cuts $50 Million From Vaccine Program For Underinsured

The White House told BuzzFeed News on Monday that the expansion of health insurance decreases the need for the 317 immunization program.

President Obama’s fiscal year budget for 2016 cuts $50 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 317 immunization program, which provides provides vaccines at no cost to those eligible, typically the uninsured and underinsured.

The proposed cut from the program comes during a measles outbreak in California and other western states, which has reignited the debate over mandatory childhood vaccinations.

In a statement, the White House defended the proposed cut, saying the Affordable Care Act’s coverage makes the program less necessary.

“Health insurance expansion will further increase access to immunizations and decrease the number of uninsured and underinsured individuals in need of Section 317 vaccine for routine immunizations,” a White House official told BuzzFeed News.

The line item cutting $50 million from the 317 immunization program:

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/kyleblaine/president-obamas-budget-cuts-50-million-from-vaccine-program

White House fence jumper had 800 rounds of ammo in car, no gun

http://twitter.com/#!/petermaercbs/status/514125854189051906

The fence-jumper who managed to make it inside the front doors of the White House Friday night armed with a knife had 800 rounds of ammo in his car, prosecutors say.

Prosecutors say WH fence jumper suspect had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in car, along with two hatchets and a machete

— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) – Prosecutor: more than 800 rounds of ammunition found in car of alleged White House intruder.

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutor: more than 800 rounds of ammunition found in car of alleged White House intruder

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) September 22, 2014

Yesterday, fence-jumper's former stepson told @AP the man has heavy artillery. "He's got all kinds of weapons & he was trained to use them"

— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) September 22, 2014

Initial word from Secret Service was that Gonzalez was unarmed. Day later, it came out he had a knife. Today, 800 rounds of ammo in his car

— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) September 22, 2014

This was not Omar Gonzales’ first run-in with the law and White House security.

In an unrelated July 19 incident in VA Gonzalez was arrested carrying a sawed-off shotgun & map of Washington with the White House circled

— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) September 22, 2014

Accused WH fence jumper Omar Gonzales stopped by WH August 25. Had a hatchet with him. Was not arrested.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 22, 2014

In addition to White House, prosecutors say Gonzalez also had Masonic temple in Alexandria circled on DC area map found in car in August.

— Kara Rowland (@kararowland) September 22, 2014

News that Gonzalez had 800 rounds of ammo didn’t help boost Americans’ sense of security.

@AP @HGGolightly Whoa!

— 3ChicsPolitico (@3ChicsPolitico) September 22, 2014

Wooooow, no. Wow. @AsiaChloeBrown

— Tọ́pẹ́ (@graceishuman) September 22, 2014

@graceishuman @AsiaChloeBrown What. The. Fuck.

— New Black Woman (@NewBlackWoman) September 22, 2014

@AP huh..!!! OMG..!!

— Pallavi Baruah (@25rby) September 22, 2014

Good Lord. RT "@AP: BREAKING: Prosecutor: More than 800 rounds of ammunition found in car of alleged White House intruder."

— Brian Fleurantin (@BrFleurantin) September 22, 2014

@AP The one who was armed with only a pocket knife?

— Razor (@hale_razor) September 22, 2014

@NewBlackWoman @AsiaChloeBrown I can't even…wow. Got over the fucking gate. HOW

— Tọ́pẹ́ (@graceishuman) September 22, 2014

@BreakingNews this is serious

— Uttamkumar Isurdeen (@UttamkumarI) September 22, 2014

@BreakingNews "Jumpers" are out of control. There needs to be a shoot to kill mentality now!! Breaching a secured area is not a joke!

— R&C Lara (@RichardLara562) September 22, 2014

The president told the press today he’s grateful for the Secret Service.

"The Secret Service does a great job" Obama tells pool. "I'm grateful for all the sacrifices they make on my behalf & on my family's behalf"

— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) September 22, 2014

POTUS: "The Secret Service does a great job. I'm grateful for all the sacrifices they make on my behalf and on my family's behalf."

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 22, 2014

What’s Gonzalez’ current status?

Omar Gonzalez charged with unlawfully entering restricted bldg while carrying a dangerous weapon. Punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 22, 2014

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/22/white-house-fence-jumper-had-800-rounds-of-ammo-machete-hatchets-in-car/

French reporter takes selfie in White House, is Photoshopped

http://twitter.com/#!/GlobalPost/status/434010174916149248

French reporters covering the visit between President Obama and President Hollande couldn’t help but take a few selfies along the way. Thomas Wieder of Le Monde managed to catch a selfie with both presidents in the background.

http://twitter.com/#!/anthpezz/status/434089143233036288

Here he is pretending to be White House spokesperson Jay Carney.

http://twitter.com/#!/ThomasWieder/status/433234069829484544

And, thanks to some quick Photoshop work, here he is at Princess Diana’s funeral service.

http://twitter.com/#!/JeanneCordy/status/433898715011510273

We’re not sure where this one was taken.

http://twitter.com/#!/Wilfrid_Esteve/status/434018828821884928

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/02/14/french-reporter-takes-selfie-in-white-house-is-photoshopped/

Breaking: Another security incident at the White House; Suspect arrested

There are multiple reports of a security incident at the White House:

NEW: Another man arrested for trying to unlawfully enter the White House, day after fence-jumper got into building. http://t.co/bWFGV2v6rU

— 99.1 WNEW (@WNEW) September 20, 2014

"In 2nd security incident at White House in as many days, driver fails to stop at complex entrance, Secret Service says." via @cnnbrk

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 20, 2014

There isn’t much information out yet, but the incident looks to be over. From the AP:

The Secret Service says a man has been arrested for trying to unlawfully enter the White House, less than 24 hours after a fence-jumper made it all the way into the building.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says a man showed up at one of the White House gates on foot, then showed up in his a car at another gate and pulled into the vehicle screening area. He refused to leave and was arrested for unlawful entry.

We’ll update this post if necessary with any new information.

 

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/20/breaking-another-security-incident-at-the-white-house-suspect-arrested/

Josh Earnest: Travel restrictions for West Africa still off the table

Or at least that’s what the White House wants everybody else to believe:

"Shutting down travel to that area of the world would prevent the expeditious flow of personnel and equipment into the region." – Earnest

— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) October 15, 2014

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said again today that any proposals for restricting travel from West African countries where there are Ebola outbreaks aren’t being considered.

Josh Earnest says that a flight ban is “not on the table”

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 15, 2014

White House still not even putting travel restrictions on the table. Unreal. #Ebola

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 15, 2014

White House: Travel ban from countries with Ebola outbreaks 'not on the table' at this time pic.twitter.com/tjE6hYFADu

— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 15, 2014

And if that’s not comforting enough, here’s the reason:

WH spox Earnest: No need for Ebola air travel restrictions, because 'there is a multi-layered screening protocol that is in place…'

— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 15, 2014

So far the CDC’s “protocols” have failed to impress.

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Twitchy coverage of the latest Ebola news here.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/15/josh-earnest-travel-restrictions-for-west-africa-still-off-the-table/

Joe Bastardi slams ‘bankrupt of thought’ White House ‘science’ initiative

http://twitter.com/#!/realbillneville/status/421694885536600064

Forecaster Joe Bastardi isn’t thrilled in the least with the White House’s latest climate science educational outreach:

Its unbelievable how they are pushing this
whitehouse.gov/we-the-geeks
I have never seen anything this bankrupt of thought in my field— Joe Bastardi (@BigJoeBastardi) January 10, 2014

Bastardi was referencing this White House “We the Geeks” initiative:

Coming Up: “Polar Vortex” and Extreme Weather

Join us this Friday, January 10th at 2:00 p.m. ET for We the Geeks: “Polar Vortex” and Extreme Weather, for a conversation with leading meteorologists, climate scientists, and weather experts about why temperatures dipped to such frigid lows this week, how weather experts turn raw data into useful forecasts, and what we know about extreme weather events in the context of a changing climate.

The White House’s version of “science” didn’t fly with Bastardi, who called it “delusional”:

A tweeter summarizes, Gore-style:

It’s as if they’re back to “global cooling” but have sold “warming” for so long they’ve got to convince people the cold is hot, or something.

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Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/01/10/never-seen-anything-this-bankrupt-of-thought-joe-bastardi-slams-white-house-science-initiative/