DHS Secretary Kelly: ‘You’d Never Leave the House’ If You Knew What I Know About Terrorism

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Friday on Fox New Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said if Americans knew what he knew about terrorism threats they would “never leave the house.” Kelly said, “It’s nonstop. The good news is, for us in America, we have amazing people protecting us every day, DHS, obviously, FBI, fighting the away game is DOD Department of Defense, CIA, NSA, working with these incredible allies we have in Europe and around the world. But it can happen almost here anytime. I was telling Steve on the way in here if he knew what I knew about terrorism, he’d never leave the house in the morning. But the good news is again we have the finest men and woman in uniform, out of uniform, police officers, local law enforcement New York City cops protecting us.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Hillary: Chardonnay Helped Me Get Over the Election Loss


Friday during her commencement speech at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listed some of the things, which included wine, that helped her get over her loss to President Donald Trump. Clinton said, “You may have heard that things didn’t exactly go the way I planned. But you know what? I’m doing okay. I’ve gotten to spend time with my family, especially my amazing grandchildren. I was going to give the entire commencement speech about them but was talked out of it. Long walks in the woods, organizing my closets. I won’t lie, Chardonnay helped a little, too.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Scarborough: Trump Is What Some Would Call the ‘Ugly American’


Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough reacted to President Donald Trump apparently pushing Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic out of the way at this week’s NATO summit in Brussels and said during his overseas trip, Trump has acted like “what some in Europe would call’ the ugly American.” Partial transcript as follows: SCARBOROUGH: President Trump, he kind of struck a really different tone on Sunday when he was in Saudi Arabia, and actually even when he was in Israel compared to how he actually talks to our allies in Europe. The President’s “America first” policy was on full display in Belgium. Look at this, manhandling the representative from Montenegro and reportedly calling the German ‘very, very bad.’ Look at this move. DEUTSCH: This is amazing. “Get out of the way!” HAASS: Gives a whole new meaning to America first. SCARBOROUGH: That is what some in Europe would call “the ugly American,” that sort of action. And then he ripped off the poor president of France. He’s a young guy, Macron. He tore his arm off. GEIST: He pulls you. That’s his move. SCARBOROUGH: He tried it on Gorsuch. Gorsuch was “No, I’m going to stay right here.” (h/t
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Zuckerberg Calls for Government to Give Everybody ‘Universal Basic Income’

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Thursday during his commencement speech at Harvard, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called for a “new social contract” with a “universal basic income.” Zuckerberg said, “Every generation expands its definition of equality. Previous generations fought for the vote and civil rights, they had the  New Deal and the Great Society. And now it’s time for our generation to define a new social contract. We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful.” “We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas,” he continued. “We’re all going to change jobs and roles many times so we all need affordable childcare and healthcare that’s not tied to one employer.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Pelosi Vows Dems Will Pass $15 Minimum Wage If They Retake the House


Thursday at a press conference House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) vowed to pass a $15 minimum wage within 100 hours if Democrats retake the House of Representatives Pelosi said, “I’ll tell you one thing for sure: we win the election and in the first 100 hours we will pass a $15 minimum wage.” (h/t NTK) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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John Kerry: There Is Nothing ‘Normal’ or ‘American’ About Trump’s Presidency


Wednesday during a commencement speech at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, former Secretary of State John Kerry criticized the presidency of the Donald Trump as “not normal” several times, and added, “In the end, there is nothing American about it either.” Partial transcript as follows: Distinct from the hurly burly of any presidential visit, my travel to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East these past few months has informed me that the global community is watching and unsettled about the leading nation in the free world.They see us gridlocked and politically trapped in a low-intensity internal conflict of our own. They see us unilaterally disarming in the battle of values. They see us walking away from a century of thoughtful, carefully conceived economic and strategic leadership. They see volatility and unpredictability that causes confusion. They see a budget proposal that eviscerates diplomacy and reduces America’s engagement, which has traditionally defined our leadership in the world. And in this last year, our discourse, if you can dare to call it that, rose to a new level of the outrageous, coarse, and ugly. The public dialogue has become no dialogue at all. It is a shouting match that alienates citizens
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Woodward Warns ‘Smug’ Media: Trump Will Probably Be President for Full Term, Maybe Even More


Wednesday during an Axios interview, veteran Washington Post reporter of Watergate fame Bob Woodward said the press has a “kind of smugness” about President Donald Trump. When asked about press “smugness,” Woodward said, “Yes. I think that is a giant problem. On television particularly, you will see a White House correspondent deliver a report and then say ‘the Trump White House said…’ and then there’s a kind of smug smile, which is the correspondent undermining what the White House says. And there may be grounds for that, but it should be reported. It should be straight.” He added, “I think there are so many people that are treating the Trump presidency as if it’s a tryout—as if it’s provisional. I was reading a column this morning that said Trump half won the presidency because he did not get the popular vote. He is president. Odds are he is probably going to be president for a full term, four years and maybe even more. There is hyperventilation. There is this kind of sense of too many people writing things like—when is the impeachment coming, how long will it last, will he make it through the summer, and so forth. No, there
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Hillary Clinton: Trump’s Budget Shows an ‘Unimaginable Level of Cruelty’


Tuesday in New York City at a Children’s Health Fund fundraiser, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declared President Donald Trump’s budget to have an “unimaginable level of cruelty.” Clinton said, “Instead of working together to lift children and families out of poverty and give them a fighting shot in life, this administration and Republicans in Congress are mounting an onslaught against the needs of children and people with disabilities, women, and seniors. And just this morning the administration released a budget that would slash funding for Medicare and funding for the Children’s Health Insurance program.” She added, “This budget along with the unrelenting attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act shows an unimaginable level of cruelty and lack of imagination and disdain for the struggles of millions of Americans, including millions of children every single day. None of us can remain silent in the face of these attacks.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Ryan: ‘I Don’t Agree’ With Trump on Former FBI Director Comey — He Is Not a ‘Nut Job’


Wednesday during an Axios interview, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) said he didn’t agree with President Donald Trump that former FBI Director James Comey was a “nut job.” Partial transcript as follows: MIKE ALLEN: You know the former FBI Director Jim Comey. Does it concern you the president referred to the former FBI director as a nut job? PAUL RYAN: I don’t agree with that and he’s not. ALLEN: Does it concern you that the president meeting in the oval office as vice president and the attorney general to leave and then he asked the FBI Director Jim Comey to let Flynn go? RYAN: I don’t know the veracity of these things but that — that’s what we have an investigation. What I’m not going to do is comment on things that are under ongoing review. We’ve got three investigations going on right now. You’re the House Intelligence Committee investigation, a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation and a special counsel run by Bob Mueller who I don’t think anybody, has any problems with his credibility. I don’t know them well but I’ve known him for 15 years I think. What I’m not going to do this to the armchair
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