Exclusive — Mook Spooked: Clinton Campaign Manager, Other Top Dems Dodge Questions on Whether Hillary Wants Obama to Withdraw TPP

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook and other top Democrats refused to answer whether Clinton wants President Barack Obama to withdraw the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) from consideration before Congress during interviews with Breitbart News in the spin room after the first presidential debate here at Hofstra University on Monday night.
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Donald Trump Kills It with Massive Florida Rally: ‘We Have One Magnificent Chance’

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Donald Trump scored with a massive rally Tuesday night in Melbourne, Florida before 10,000 enthusiastic fans. Defying cable news pundits who are still going on about his supposed stalemate in Monday’s debate against Hillary Clinton, Trump delivered arguably his greatest speech ever. He made clear exactly what is at stake on November 8th. “We have 41 days to make our country great again,” Trump said. “You have one magnificent chance and in our opinion our last chance.” Trump railed against the special interests propping up this country — the ones who all go to the same restaurants and conferences — and vowed that we will once again have a government of, by, and for the people. “Have you ever seen a greater embarrassment to our country? The people getting rich off the rigged system, and they don’t want it to change, are throwing money at Hillary Clinton,” he said. “She’s an insider fighting only for her donors.” “They nod along when Hillary slanders you and calls you deplorable and irredeemable. What she doesn’t understand is you’re the greatest people on Earth…You’re smart, you’re sharp. You really want one thing. You want to Make America Great Again.” Trump took a sideways shot
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TV Clip Shows Donald Trump Did Not Support Iraq War, Despite Lester Holt, ‘Fact Check’ Claims

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A rediscovered 2003 interview of Donald Trump has knocked sideways the Democrats’ media-magnified strategy to hide Hillary Clinton’s support for the 2003 Iraq campaign. The Democrats’ strategy is to divert attention from Clinton’s support for the war by arguing that Trump backed the Iraq campaign in 2003. They base that claim on a tepid 2002 endorsement by Trump when he was being interviewed on Howard Stern’s radio show. “Yeah, I guess so,” Trump said when asked if he supported the pending campaign. In sharp contrast to Trump’s comments as a New York real-estate developer, then-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton repeatedly spoke in favor of the campaign, and she cast her vote to authorize and fund the war. The new tape of Trump’s opposition comes from January 2003, before the operation was launched. “Well, I’m starting to think that people are much more focused now on the economy,” Trump told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “They’re getting a little bit tired of hearing ‘We’re going in, we’re not going in.’ Whatever happened to the days of [Gen.] Douglas MacArthur? Either do it or don’t do it.” “Perhaps he shouldn’t be doing it yet. And perhaps we should be waiting for the United
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Arctic Indigenous Leaders Share Priorities in Advance of White House Arctic Science Ministerial

Getting a hands on demonstration from salmon fisherwomen. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Getting a hands on demonstration from salmon fisherwomen. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) 

President Obama visited Alaska in 2015 to observe first-hand the extreme disruptions affecting the Arctic region due to climate change and highlight the role of science in understanding and responding to these changes. While there, he spent time listening to the people who live in Alaska, to learn how climate change is impacting their way of life. Communities around the world are dealing with the effects of climate change, but changes are happening most rapidly and dramatically in the Arctic region. Alaskan communities that have relied on traditional ways of life for centuries are seeing their homes threatened by storm surges and coastal erosion, their land altered by thawing permafrost, and their food security at risk as changes to the ecosystem threaten subsistence hunting and gathering. As President Obama said in Kotzebue, a town that sits 26 miles north of the Arctic Circle: 

“I don’t need to tell people here in Alaska what’s happening. Over the past few years, I’ve been trying to make the rest of the country more aware of a changing climate, but you’re already living it… I met Alaska Natives whose way of life that they’ve practiced for centuries is in danger of slipping away.” –President Barack Obama, Kotzebue, Alaska, September 3, 2015.

Moved by what he had seen in the Arctic, President Obama called for the convening of the first-ever Arctic Science Ministerial, to discuss Arctic research and drive forward the pace of international efforts to understand climate effects in the Arctic region. Tomorrow, delegations from 25 governments will meet in the White House to discuss how to respond to Arctic-science challenges; strengthen Arctic observations and data-sharing; expand regional resilience; and incorporate Arctic science in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Alaska Native and Indigenous leaders shared their concerns and priorities with the U.S. delegation to the Arctic Science Ministerial. (Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Connie Terrell)
Alaska Native and Indigenous leaders shared their concerns and priorities with the U.S. delegation to the Arctic Science Ministerial. (Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Connie Terrell)

Today, in order to inform discussions at the Ministerial and continue the important dialogue President Obama has had with Alaskans, more than 30 Alaska Native leaders and representatives from five Indigenous organizations from across the Arctic shared their concerns and priorities with the U.S. delegation to the Ministerial— Dr. John Holdren, the President’s Science Advisor and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Dr. France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation; and The Honorable Fran Ulmer, former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska and Chair of the Arctic Research Commission.

Attendees of the briefing represented organizations, communities, and issues spanning the Arctic. The unique opportunity for an open dialog with the U.S. delegation to the Arctic Science Ministerial highlighted the importance of science in addressing issues of ecosystem changes and food security. Beyond these fundamental issues, attendees drew attention to the need for increased capacity building to advance rural power production, sanitation, and economic opportunities. As an Arctic Nation—one of only eight—the United States must continue to advance global understanding of the changes taking place in the Arctic and how those changes impact people living there and worldwide.

Tomorrow’s Ministerial seeks to deepen international scientific collaborations while promoting an inclusive approach to decision making in the Arctic, ensuring that policies and actions are based on scientific evidence and the input of Indigenous peoples. Today’s meeting with Arctic Indigenous leaders highlighted the need to deepen collaborations with Alaska Native and Arctic Indigenous people in research and priority-setting. There is an urgency to the issues facing people of the Arctic and all Americans that makes it necessary to sustain and expand the momentum of research and the dialog with Alaska Native and Arctic Indigenous peoples. Only by working together can the emergent issues and challenges facing Arctic people, and all people, be addressed. The Administration’s dialogue with Alaska Native and other Arctic Indigenous peoples is critically important in order to inform ways to address the problems facing the Arctic region as a result of climate change.

Renee Crain Wagner is Policy Advisor and Executive Secretary of the Arctic Executive Steering Committee at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 

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CNN’s Bolduan: ‘Strong Point’ To Ask What Clinton Has Done For 30 Years, ‘She Did Not Answer’

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During an interview with Hillary for America Chief Strategist Joel Benenson on Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “At This Hour,” co-host Kate Bolduan asked, “what’s she been doing for 30 years? It’s a strong point. What’s the answer? She did not answer that question last night.” Bolduan said, “One thing he said last night, and they think it’s working, it’s a compelling argument. It gets to what you’re talking about. … He’s talking about — he started last night saying, if she’s been working on this for 30 years, where are the solutions, what’s she been doing for 30 years? It’s a strong point. What’s the answer? She did not answer that question last night.” Benenson responded, “I think it’s a sweeping — one of Trump’s sweeping attacks on people that lack credibility. She’s been in many different roles over 30 years. We weren’t going out there to recite everything she did. When he was stiffing working people in Atlantic City in the ’90s, she was helping children get healthcare, helping change the adoption system so more foster kids — and this is while she was First Lady, more foster care kids get adopted. … And she did it working with
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Fact Check: Robby Mook Lies About Clinton Cash Donations on ‘The View’

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Appearing on ABC’s The View on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook falsely asserted that all donors to the Clinton Foundation are public. When host Whoopi Goldberg asked if “all the information on the donations” has been made clear, Mook replied, “All the donations are public.” “They know where the donations went, who they came from, what they did, so those are not in question? That’s all there? All the money that she’s earned, where it came from?” Goldberg pressed. “It’s all public, yep,” Mook insisted. As Donald Trump’s presidential campaign pointed out with an instant fact check, this is not entirely accurate. For one thing, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, a Canadian operation run by Bill Clinton’s friend Frank Giustra, is not required to disclose its donors to tax authorities under Canadian law. It’s not even clear exactly how much money this partnership has taken in. A few of the CGEP donors were named after press scrutiny in 2015, but at least a thousand of them were not disclosed. The Hill reported on September 1st that the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership “sent more than $25 million of largely untraceable donations to the Clinton Foundation before being pressured into revealing some of
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