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Live from CPAC, its Bannon and Priebus

Live from CPAC, its Bannon and PriebusPolished White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and pugnacious chief presidential strategist Steve Bannon took their strained buddy routine to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, reminiscing about Donald Trumps election victory, promising revolutionary change in Washington, denying their ongoing West Wing power struggle and naturally bashing the news media. Bannon, the rumpled adviser who never tires of calling reporters the opposition party, lasted not quite three and a half minutes after their awkward opening handshake before making sure everyone in the room knew that he was the scrappy one and the former Republican National Committee chairman was the softy. Priebus had just dismissed news reports about their rivalry as all just a big misconception and had embarked on a chummy description of their work day just a stumble away from the Oval Office we share an office suite together, were basically together from 6:30 in the morning until about 11 oclock at night when Bannon cut in.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:05:41 -0500
Scenes from CPAC 2017

Scenes from CPAC 2017Conservatives are all smiles this week at an annual convention in Washington, celebrating President Donald Trumps win, but beneath the surface lurk tensions central to how Republicans will govern in the next two years and the 2018 election outlook. At the four-day Conservative Political Action Conference, once a fringe event that is now decidedly in the Republican mainstream, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will drop by to help fire up an estimated 10,000 activists in attendance. Known as CPAC, the event is being held at a new MGM resort and casino located in Maryland, just outside Washington. So Trump, a former casino developer, should feel at home, despite certain unresolved differences with many of his hosts over issues such as trade, taxes and small government.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:59:21 -0500
A new generation of activists takes aim at Trumps pick for ambassador to Israel

A new generation of activists takes aim at Trumps pick for ambassador to IsraelA generation of young activists whose opposition to Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and what they consider its human rights violations has crystallized around the nomination of David Friedman, a Jewish American bankruptcy lawyer, to be Washington's ambassador to Israel.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:57:38 -0500
Tom Perez has a strategy to lead the Democrats. It just wont fit on a bumper sticker.

Tom Perez has a strategy to lead the Democrats. It just wont fit on a bumper sticker.Thomas Perez speaks during a Labor Department panel discussion in Washington, April 6, 2016. WASHINGTON Tom Perez is in the homestretch of a hotly contested race to lead a badly damaged Democratic Party. If Democratic delegates pick Perez at their winter meeting in Atlanta on Saturday, hell find himself leading a party thatis fractured, beaten, and in his own estimation, has strayed from its roots.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:27:45 -0500
Trumps national security adviser knows the pitfalls of his job he wrote the book on it

Trumps national security adviser knows the pitfalls of his job  he wrote the book on itOne of President Trumps first and most controversial foreign policy moves was to reorganize the National Security Council, removing the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a permanent member and effectively replacing him with his chief political strategist, Steve Bannon. Now, in an ironic twist, Trump has named a new national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster who once criticized an earlier president for essentially doing the same thing.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:18:00 -0500
U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians flee

U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians fleeU.S.-backed Iraqi security forces captured Mosul airport on Thursday, state television said, in a major gain in operations to drive Islamic State from the western half of the city. Elite Counter Terrorism forces advanced from the southwestern side and entered the Ghozlani army base along with the southwestern districts of Tal al-Rumman and al-Mamoun

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:45:07 -0500
Truly heartbroken: Sean Hannity honors longtime friend Alan Colmes after death at 66

Truly heartbroken: Sean Hannity honors longtime friend Alan Colmes after death at 66Fox News host Sean Hannity paid tribute to his longtime friend and colleague Alan Colmes on Thursday after the liberal commentators death at 66. According to a statement released by his family, Colmes passed away Thursday morning after a brief illness and leaves behind his wife Jocelyn Elise Crowley. Hannity and Colmes rose to national prominence as co-hosts of the Fox News Channels Hannity & Colmes, which ran from 1996 until 2009.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:57:58 -0500
Kellyanne Conway touts conservative feminism at CPAC

Kellyanne Conway touts conservative feminism at CPACAddressing the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway promoted herself as a model for an alternative to modern, progressive feminism. I look at myself as a product of my choices, not as a victim of my circumstances, and thats what conservative feminism is all about, Conway said.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:43:42 -0500
Resistance Report: Tom Cottons master class in holding a town hall

Resistance Report: Tom Cottons master class in holding a town hallON THE TOWN. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas held a town hall for the ages in Springdale, Ark., Wednesday night, drawing pointed questions from an Obamacare supporter, a Lutheran pastor, a descendent of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a 7-year-old boy.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:21:58 -0500
GOP congresswoman, mother of transgender son, denounces Trumps lamentable decision to rescind protections

GOP congresswoman, mother of transgender son, denounces Trumps lamentable decision to rescind protectionsCongresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen speaks during a news conference in Miami, Nov. 26, 2016. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., isnt afraid to break party ranks on issues of LGBT rights especially when her family is involved. Ros-Lehtinen, whose son Rodrigo is transgender, released a critical statement Wednesday after the Trump administration announced it was revoking federal guidelines that protect transgender students from sex discrimination.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:16:33 -0500
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