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Biden Giving Big Role to a Familiar Face

President-elect will bring in Susan Rice to guide domestic policy

(Newser) - Joe Biden is bringing a familiar ally back to the White House. Politico reports that he has picked Susan Rice to guide domestic policy. More formally, she will run the White House Domestic Policy Council and thus have a big say in everything from health care to immigration to programs...

DNC Releases Speakers' List, and the Hunt for Clues Begins

Susan Rice is absent, setting off some chatter

(Newser) - The list of speakers is out for next week's Democratic convention, and it's making news for who isn't on it as well as who is. Much of the buzz centers around Joe Biden's pending announcement of a running mate, with people looking for hints. Sen. Kamala...

Are We Down to 2 VP Picks?


Biden's 
Short List
May Be 
Even Shorter
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Biden's Short List May Be Even Shorter

Reports say Kamala Harris and Susan Rice are the VP finalists

(Newser) - Joe Biden's announcement of his running mate has to come soon—the Democratic convention gets underway in less than two weeks on August 17. As the vetting process winds down, Biden has dropped a few hints, including that four Black women are on his short list. But now the...

New VP Buzz Centers on a Familiar Name
New VP Buzz Centers
on a Familiar Name
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New VP Buzz Centers on a Familiar Name

Susan Rice, former national security adviser, seen as a top contender

(Newser) - Susan Rice is suddenly the topic of a lot of speculation in Joe Biden's running mate sweepstakes. The 55-year-old worked with Biden in the Obama administration as national security adviser and as ambassador to the UN, but she was also was embroiled in the controversy over the attack on...

These 2 Names Are on the Rise as VP Candidates

Sen. Tammy Duckworth and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice

(Newser) - Two new names are increasingly getting buzz as possibilities for Joe Biden's running mate: Sen. Tammy Duckworth and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. As Politico reports, Duckworth, who is of Thai and Chinese descent, ramped up the speculation on Sunday when she declined to say...

A Bolton Predecessor Gives Him a Hard Time

Ex-national security advisers face off

(Newser) - Two former national security advisers faced off at a Vanderbilt University event Wednesday, with the Obama administration's Susan Rice taking former Trump staffer John Bolton to task for not testifying in the impeachment process against President Trump. NBC News reports that Bolton scoffed at the idea his testimony regarding...

This Gayle King Battle Is Now Full-Blown War

With Snoop Dogg and Susan Rice piling on, it's getting ugly

(Newser) - The ruckus over a Gayle King interview clip has morphed into a vicious social-media battle including harsh words from Snoop Dogg and Susan Rice, NBC News reports. The spark was a clip of King interviewing WNBA legend Lisa Leslie, and asking her about the 2003 rape allegation against Kobe Bryant....

Susan Rice Calls Chinese Diplomat a 'Racist Disgrace'

He brought up US race relations in defense of Xinjiang policy

(Newser) - Former national security adviser Susan Rice called a Chinese diplomat a "racist disgrace" after he brought up race relations in Washington, DC, while defending China's detention of an estimated 1 million Muslims in Xinjiang province. In a now-deleted tweet, Zhao Lijian said: "If you’re in Washington...

Anti-Collins Groups: As She Spoke, the Cash Poured In

Activists say they now have more than $3M to offer to the Maine senator's 2020 opponent

(Newser) - She was deemed the Democrats' "last big hope" to derail the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice. But as it became clear Friday during Susan Collins' 45-minute-long speech on the Senate floor that Maine's GOP senator was going to greenlight Kavanaugh, money started flowing in to...

Obama's Security Adviser Sees Way Out of Korean Crisis

It starts with stopping the 'bluster,' writes Susan Rice

(Newser) - A quick peek online reveals that some people's nerves are starting to fray over the looming nuclear scenario in North Korea. But former National Security Adviser Susan Rice says "we need not face an immediate crisis if we play our hand carefully," and she offers some suggestions...

Gore on Trump's Tweets: It's Not 'Time to Be Divisive'
Gore Accuses
Trump of Being
'Divisive' With
London Tweets
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Gore Accuses Trump of Being 'Divisive' With London Tweets

Trump criticized and misquoted London mayor in tweet

(Newser) - Al Gore appeared on CNN's State of the Union Sunday to take President Trump to task for criticizing and misquoting London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a tweet while the latter attempts to deal with the aftermath of Saturday's deadly attack. “I don’t think that a major...

Susan Rice's Claims on Syria Fail Fact-Checker's Test

In January, she suggested Assad had turned over all his chemical weapons

(Newser) - The Fact Checker blog at the Washington Post has taken the unusual step of looking at a months-old statement made by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice about Syria's chemical weapons. She won't be happy to learn that she earned the worst ranking of Four Pinocchios (only "...

Susan Rice: No, I Didn't Use Intel Reports for Politics

Former national security adviser refutes allegations by critics

(Newser) - Conservative critics say Susan Rice sought to improperly " unmask" the identities of Trump associates caught up in intelligence surveillance while she was still working in the previous White House. Nope, she says. "The allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes, that is absolutely...

New Figure in Trump Surveillance Story: Susan Rice
New Figure in Trump
Surveillance Story: Susan Rice
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New Figure in Trump Surveillance Story: Susan Rice

Right and left disagree on how big a deal this is

(Newser) - Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice is back in the news again , this time regarding President Trump's wiretapping allegations. On the right, she is being accused of abusing her power while in office to "unmask," for political advantage, the names of Trump associates caught up in...

You're Up, Netanyahu
 You're Up, 
 Netanyahu 

You're Up, Netanyahu

Last-minute guide to Bibi's speech to Congress

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu presents his much-debated thoughts on Iran to Congress this morning after what CBS News calls "extensive hand-wringing" and tensions between himself and the White House. Some final context:
  • President Obama's thoughts: While Bibi's appearance isn't "permanently destructive" to US-Israeli relations, "it is
...

Susan Rice Slams Netanyahu Visit as 'Destructive'

Says PM is damaging Israel's relationship with Washington

(Newser) - Controversy has been swirling over the Israeli prime minister's upcoming speech to a joint session of Congress, which John Boehner planned without Obama administration approval and comes shortly before Israeli elections. Now, National Security Adviser Susan Rice is bashing the visit as having "injected a degree of...

House Panel Rejects Benghazi Conspiracies

Two-year inquiry finds no wrongdoing by CIA, military, White House

(Newser) - The House Intelligence Committee spent two years investigating conspiracy theories about the 2012 Benghazi attack and has concluded they're mostly just hot air. Here's the takeaway paragraph from the AP :
  • The investigation "determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team,
...

GOP Rips Bergdahl Deal: 'We Have Now Set a Price'

Susan Rice again sent to face fallout for White House

(Newser) - Republicans are weighing in on the US-Taliban trade that yesterday set POW Bowe Bergdahl free, and they are decidedly not in favor. A sample of reactions on today's talk shows, as per Politico :
  • Mike Rogers : "The No. 1 way that al-Qaeda raises money is by ransom—kidnapping and
...

Email Shows White House Coaching Rice on Benghazi

Critics have long said her talk show appearance was a political move

(Newser) - The White House did coach Susan Rice on how to discuss the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, a newly released email shows. The email was sent on Sept. 14, 2012, three days after the attack, from deputy national security adviser Benjamin J. Rhodes to Rice, who was then...

McCain: Ukraine Ought to Make Putin 'Nervous'
 McCain: Ukraine 
 Ought to Make 
 Putin 'Nervous' 
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McCain: Ukraine Ought to Make Putin 'Nervous'

Susan Rice warns getting involved would be 'grave mistake'

(Newser) - John McCain had some stern words for Vladimir Putin today, saying that it was clear that the people of Ukraine "want to be Western" and not "Eastern," and that the protests there ought to make the Russian strongman, an ally of Viktor Yanukovych, more than a little...

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