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Scott Walker Declines To Say Whether He Thinks Obama ‘Loves America’ (VIDEO)

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CNBC’s Becky Quick asked Walker on Thursday morning to respond to a report that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) dissed the President at a private dinner, which the governor also attended.

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said, as quoted by Politico. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

“The mayor can speak for himself,” Walker said on “Squawk Box.” “I’m not going to comment on what the President thinks or not. He can speak for himself as well.”

“I’ll tell you, I love America,” he continued. “There are plenty of people, Democrat, Republican, independent, and in between who love this country. I think we should talk about ways we love this country and that we feel passionately about America.”

Co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin wasn’t going to let Walker evade the question.

“But did you agree with those comments? Were you offended? What was your reaction when you heard them?” he pressed.

“I’m in New York. I’m used to people saying things that are aggressive out there,” the governor responded.

Co-host Joe Kernen then turned back to Sorkin, sparing Walker the pressure of the hot seat. Kernen asked Sorkin whether he thought America was exceptional, then chided him for answering that he’d “like to think America is exceptional” instead of simply stating “yes I think America is exceptional.”

“That might be one of the reasons certain people might think — you know, that may play into that perception,” Kernen said before throwing his hands up. “I’m not going to touch this hot potato either.”

Watch below:

Abdul-Jabbar: ‘Islamic State’ Is As Islamic As The KKK Is Christian (VIDEO)

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That is one analogy I can agree with.  Definitely spot-on…

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“You can make parallels to things that have happened here in America,” Abdul-Jabbar said of ISIL to co-host Joe Scarborough. “Like the Ku Klux Klan saying they are the Christian knights of the Ku Klux Klan.”

“They do not practice Christianity,” he added.

Abdul-Jabbar then brought up the Crusaders, specifically Christian warriors of the First Crusade in the eleventh century.

“The first people that they sacked were Jews living in Europe,” he said. “They devastated them, took all their wealth, and kept on their way to the Holy Land.”

Co-host Mika Brzezinski changed the subject to Abdul-Jabbar’s new book.

The President made similar remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5,
saying that, “during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”

“In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ,” Obama added.

Watch the video, courtesy of MSNBC…HERE.

10 things you need to know today: February 14, 2015

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

 The Week

1.President Obama denounces killings of North Carolina Muslim students
President Barack Obama condemned the murders of three Muslim students earlier this week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. “No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship,” the president said in a statement on Friday. “We are all one American family.” Obama’s remarks on the killings come as federal investigators begin inquiries into whether or not the murders were a hate crime. Craig Stephen Hicks, who has been charged with the killings, had reportedly engaged in many parking space disputes with other residents of the Chapel Hill apartment complex where he and the students lived. But prominent Muslim groups have disputed that characterization of events, saying the murders were a hate crime and should be investigated as such.

Source: The New York Times

2.Argentine president charged for alleged cover-up of 1994 bombing
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina was charged on Friday with allegedly covering up Iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Federal prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita brought the charges, resuming the investigation that had been headed by Alberto Nisman, who died on Jan. 18 under suspicious circumstances and who had drafted a warrant for Kirchner’s arrest just four days before his death.

Source: BloombergBusiness

3.Fighting in Ukraine intensifies ahead of agreed-upon cease-fire
Fighting around rebel-controlled areas of Ukraine intensified on Friday, despite a cease-fire plan that is intended to end hostilities over the weekend. Both sides blamed the other for at least five civilian deaths in separate shelling attacks near Luhansk and Donetsk. The cease-fire is scheduled to begin on Sunday, at which point heavy weapons are to be withdrawn from the frontline in eastern Ukraine. The deals were signed early on Thursday after about 15 hours of talks involving Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Francois Hollande.

Source: Reuters

4.Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announces resignation
One month after being sworn in for a fourth term, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) officially announced his resignation on Friday amid an ethics scandal. Kitzhaber and his private-consultant fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, are under criminal investigation amid suspicion Hayes used their relationship for the benefit of her business. Secretary of State Kate Brown (D) will succeed Kitzhaber, whose resignation is effective Wednesday.

Source: The Oregonian

5.Arkansas legislature passes bill blocking anti-discrimination laws against LGBT people
On Friday, the Arkansas legislature voted in favor of a bill preventing cities and counties from passing laws which would criminalize LGBT discrimination in housing, job, and business situations. The Arkansas House of Representatives voted 57-20 in favor of the bill, which will be sent to Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R). Proponents of the bill said it would “create consistent policies” for employment laws across the state, but detractors called it a “proactive act of discrimination.”

Source: BuzzFeed News

6.South Sudan calls off elections as cabinet members try to extend presidential term
South Sudan’s June elections have reportedly been called off, and the country’s cabinet is now planning to request that parliament approve an extension of President Salva Kiir. An extension of the presidency would also extend the terms of parliament members; government spokesman Michael Makuei said he is confident the proposal would pass. The cabinet says an extension is necessary in the world’s newest nation because of ongoing fighting between supporters of Kiir, and his former vice president Riek Machar.

Source: Reuters

7.Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf puts moratorium on state death penalty
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) put a moratorium on the state death penalty on Friday. The moratorium will be in effect until the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment publishes its report on the state’s death penalty policy. The moratorium “is in no way an expression of sympathy for the guilty on death row, all of whom have been convicted of committing heinous crimes,” Wolf said, but rather is “based on a flawed system that has been proven to be an endless cycle of court proceedings.” Pennsylvania has 186 inmates on death row, and the moratorium will delay the execution of Terrance Williams, who was convicted of a 1984 murder and had been scheduled to receive the death penalty on March 4.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

8.Ray Rice apologizes for domestic violence incident, thanks Baltimore
In a statement to The Baltimore Sun on Friday, Ray Rice apologized for his “horrible mistake,” adding that “there is no excuse for domestic violence.” Rice thanked the city of Baltimore and the Ravens, saying he’ll “always be proud” to have been a member of the team. Sources told the paper that Rice, who found his $35 million contract with the Ravens terminated after a graphic video surfaced in 2014 showing him punching his then-fiancee Janay in an elevator, will move back to his home state of New York and try to reboot his football career.

Source: The Baltimore Sun

9. Northeast braces for another frigid, snowy winter storm
A fourth winter storm in as many weeks is expected to hit the Northeaston Saturday and into Sunday. Twenty-six states are under winter weather warnings; the system could bring some of the coldest air in the past 20 years, along with near-hurricane-force winds. Bill Simpson, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said people should expect a “monster storm.”

Source: NBC News

10.Fifty Shades of Grey on track to make more than $75 million in opening weekend
Based on current estimations, the big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is on track for a whopping $75 million to $85 million dollar opening weekend, smashing the record previously set by Valentine’s Day in 2010. The film is on track to gross another $75 million internationally.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

10 things you need to know today: January 10, 2015

People leave tributes near the Charlie Hebdo offices.

The Week

Three Paris terror suspects, four hostages dead following raids, prosecutors recommend felony charges against David Petraeus, and more

1. Three terror suspects, four hostages killed in France
Near-simultaneous raids on Friday night ended two hostage situations stemming from Wednesday’s terrorist attack on Paris satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. Amedy Coulibaly, who shot a policewoman on Thursday, took over a Paris kosher market on Friday, killing four hostages. Coulibaly was linked to Said and Cherif Kouachi, the brothers who carried out the Charlie Hebdoattacks and later entered a standoff with police at a printing plant. Both brothers, along with Coulibaly, were killed in the raids. Officials are still searching for Hayat Boumeddiene, the common-law wife of Coulibaly. [The Associated Press]

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2. Federal prosecutors recommend felony charges against David Petraeus
Officials announced on Friday that FBI and Justice Department prosecutors will seek felony charges against David Petraeus. The retired general stepped down from his post at the CIA in 2012, after it was revealed that he had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Prosecutors will reportedly recommend charges against him for revealing classified information to Broadwell while he was CIA director. An indictment could send Petraeus to jail. [The New York Times]

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3. House of Representatives passes Keystone XL bill
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 266-153 to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on Friday. The bill next goes to the Senate, where Republicans now hold a majority. In November, the last Senate came up just one vote shy of approval on a similar bill. But, President Barack Obama has vowed that should a bill approving construction of the pipeline make it to his desk, he will veto it. The vote came after the Nebraska Supreme Court upheld the legality of the pipeline’s route through that state earlier on Friday. [Bloomberg, Reuters]

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4. Cuba releases imprisoned dissidents as part of U.S. deal
Cuban President Raul Castro’s administration released more than 30 political dissidents on Thursday, according to Cuban human rights sources and journalists. At least some of those freed are part of the 53 prisoners Cuba agreed to release in a deal with the Obama administration aimed at thawing relations with the Communist island nation. Neither the U.S. nor Cuba is releasing a list of the freed prisoners’ names, some of whom had been held since 2012. [The New York Times]

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5. U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its December 2014 jobs numbers on Friday, and it showed that the American economy added 252,000 non-farm, private jobs over the course of the month. The December numbers beat the 230,000 new jobs economists were expecting. The unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent from 5.8 percent in November, although average hourly earnings fell by 5 cents. Still, the figures were strong enough to make 2014 America’s best year of job creation since 1999. [TheWeek.com, CNNMoney]

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6. China leads the pack in clean energy investments
Bloomberg released its annual report on clean energy investments on Friday, and it said China leads the pack. The country invested a record $89.5 billion in clean energy in 2014, while the U.S. invested $51.8 billion. Overall, investments in renewables, biofuels, and “energy-smart technologies” rose to $310 billion in 2014, up 16 percent from $268.1 billion in 2013. [Bloomberg ]

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7. Police Commissioner Bratton confirms NYPD work slowdown
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton admitted on Friday that a work slowdown had occurred in New York City in recent weeks. “We’re coming out of what was a pretty widespread stoppage of certain types of activity, the discretionary type of activity by and large,” Bratton said. Criminal summonses, along with traffic tickets, were down 90 percent compared to last year. The slowdown was viewed by many to be a protest against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — some officers who attended the recent funerals of two slain colleagues turned their backs on the mayor during his eulogies at each. [WNYC, The Washington Post]

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8. Mitt Romney tells donors he may run for president in 2016
Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told a group of donors on Friday that he is considering running for president in 2016. Romney had previously told reporters he would not run again. But he said unrest abroad and the health of the economy are issues that could force him to step into the race. [The Wall Street Journal]

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9. SpaceX successfully launches Falcon rocket toward ISS
SpaceX successfully launched its unmanned Falcon rocket toward the International Space Station on Saturday. The first-of-its-kind attempt to recover the leftover booster, however, was a failure. “Close, but no cigar this time,” billionaire SpaceX founder Elon Musk said on Twitter. The company attempted to land the Falcon’s leftover booster on a floating platform off the coast of Jacksonville, but the rocket missed its target. Due to arrive on Monday at the ISS, the Falcon rocket is carrying $133 million of much-needed supplies to the astronauts aboard. [The Associated Press]

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10. Exercise injury may have left Harry Reid blind in one eye
Senate minority leader Harry Reid announced on Friday that a New Year’s Day exercise accident may have blinded him in one eye. Reid, 75, broke three ribs and suffered a concussion after a resistance band he was using to exercise snapped. The band also hit him in the eye, which Reid said caused a blood accumulation that is currently making it “hard to see.” But, Reid added that the injury won’t stop him from running for reelection in 2016, and that “no one has to question my physical ability.” [USA Today]

NC Edges Toward Medicaid Expansion As GOP Guv Meets With Obama

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) | AP Photo / Matt Born

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“I’ve said from the beginning, even last year, that I will not close the door to keeping that option available,” McCrory said.

The governor has routinely left the door cracked open to expand Medicaid under the federal health care reform law, though he has rarely been specific about what kind of conservative plan he would be interested in pursuing to do so. His predecessor, Democrat Bev Perdue, had been hamstrung by the Republican legislature, and McCrory hasn’t prioritized the program since taking office in 2013.

McCrory’s latest overture comes as other deeply conservative states like Wyoming are moving steadily toward Medicaid expansion and even major holdouts like Texas have shown public signs of softening.

Nearly 320,000 low-income North Carolinians would be covered under the program.

 

Chicago Teen Writes Letter To Santa Wishing For ‘Safety,’ Obama Responds

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Malik Bryant | attribution not specified

This article is a couple of days old but the message from this kid is universal  and timeless within the African American community.  I can see why President Obama replied to the author of this very brief but poignant letter to Santa.

It literally broke my heart…

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Bryant’s letter was sent out to Chicago residents by the nonprofit DirectEffect Charities, in an effort to grant Christmas wishes of children living in the inner city, the Chicago Sun-Times reported this week.

But the charity’s CEO Michelle DiGiacomo was “floored” by Bryant’s note and plucked it out for a special delivery, she told the Sun-Times. She contacted her congressman, Rep. Michael Quigley (D-IL), who managed to pass the letter along to the White House.

“Someone bigger than Santa needed to see this letter. I thought the president of the United States needed to see it,” DiGiacomo told the paper.

Here’s Bryant’s letter:

Dear Santa:I would like to ask you sum[thing] but first imma tell you about me. I’m a black African American. I stand 5’10 I’m in 7th grade. My favorite subject is math. I have 2 siblings living with me and I’m the only boy on my Mom’s side of my family. But anyway all I ask for is for safety. I just wanna be safe.

On Saturday, the teenager received this letter from President Obama:

Dear Malik:
I want to offer you a few words of encouragement this holiday season.Each day, I strive to ensure communities like yours are safe places to dream, discover, and grow. Please know your security is a priority for me in everything I do as President. If you dare to be bold and creative, work hard every day, and care for others, I’m confident you can achieve anything you imagine.

I wish you and your family the very best for the coming year, and I will be rooting for you.

Sincerely,
Barack Obama

The Chicago charity also gave Bryant a Wii game console and a new computer — but as he told the Sun-Times, a letter from Barack Obama was the standout item.

“I’m excited the president of the United States wrote to me, and I can’t wait to show it off,” Bryant told the paper.

Watch Malik open and read the letter from the President, via the Chicago Sun-Times:

Police killings of unarmed blacks top story of 2014, poll shows

Grand jury decisions in Ferguson and in New York City have inflamed racial tensions across the US. Above, a demonstrator was arrested during a protest last month in NYC.

JOHN MINCHILLO/AP/FILE Grand jury decisions in Ferguson and in New York City have inflamed racial tensions across the US. Above, a demonstrator was arrested during a protest last month in NYC | JOHN MINCHILLO/AP/FILE

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NEW YORK — The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants.

Among the 85 voters casting ballots, first-place votes were spread among 15 different stories. The Ferguson entry received 22 first-place votes, Ebola 11 and the Islamic State story 12.

The voting was conducted before the announcement that the United States and Cuba were re-establishing diplomatic relations and Sony Pictures’ decision to withdraw its film ‘‘The Interview’’ in the wake of computer hacking and threats.

Last year’s top story was the glitch-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, followed by the Boston Marathon bombing. The continuing saga of ‘‘Obamacare’’ made this year’s Top 10 as well, coming in fifth.

The first AP top-stories poll was conducted in 1936, when editors chose the abdication of Britain’s King Edward VIII.

Here are 2014’s top 10 stories, in order:

POLICE KILLINGS: Some witnesses said 18-year-old Michael Brown had his hands up in surrender, others said he was making a charge. But there was no dispute he was unarmed and shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson. In New York City, another unarmed black, Eric Garner, was killed after a white officer put him in a chokehold during an arrest for unauthorized cigarette sales. After grand juries opted not to indict the officers, protests erupted across the country, punctuated by chants of ‘‘Hands up, don’t shoot’’ and ‘‘I can’t breathe.’’ In both cases, federal officials launched investigations.

EBOLA OUTBREAK: The first wave of Ebola deaths, early in the year, attracted little notice. By March, the World Health Organization was monitoring the outbreak. By midsummer, it was the worst Ebola epidemic on record, with a death toll now approaching 7,000, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. A Liberian man with the disease died at a Dallas hospital, followed by a few other cases involving U.S. health workers, sparking worries about the readiness of the U.S. health system.

ISLAMIC STATE: Militant fighters from the Islamic State group startled the world with rapid, brutal seizures of territory in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. and its allies responded with air strikes, hoping that Iraqi and Kurdish forces on the ground could retake captured areas. Revulsion toward Islamic State intensified as it broadcast videos of its beheadings of several Western hostages.

US ELECTIONS: For months, political oddsmakers sought to calculate if Republicans had a chance to gain control of the U.S. Senate. It turned out there was no suspense — the GOP won 54 of the Senate’s 100 seats, expanded its already strong majority in the House of Representatives, and gained at the state level, where Republicans now hold 31 governorships.

OBAMACARE: Millions more Americans signed up to be covered under President Obama’s health care initiative, but controversy about ‘‘Obamacare’’ raged on. Criticism from Republicans in Congress was relentless, many GOP-governed states balked at participation, and opinion polls suggested most Americans remained skeptical about the program.

MALAYSIA AIRLINES MYSTERY: En route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board. In the weeks that followed, aircraft, ships and searchers from two-dozen countries mobilized to look in vain for the wreckage on the Indian Ocean floor. To date, there’s no consensus as to why the plane vanished.

IMMIGRATION: Frustrated by an impasse in Congress, President Obama took executive actions in November to curb deportations for many immigrants residing in the U.S. illegally. GOP leaders in the House and Senate pledged efforts to block the president’s moves. Prospects for reform legislation were dimmed earlier in the year by the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors arriving at the U.S. border, causing shelter overloads and case backlogs.

TURMOIL IN UKRAINE: A sometimes bloody revolt that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February triggered a chain of events that continued to roil Ukraine as the year drew to a close. Russia, worried that Ukraine would tilt increasingly toward the West, annexed the Crimean peninsula in March and backed an armed separatist insurgency in coal-rich eastern regions of Ukraine. The U.S. and its allies responded with sanctions against Russia.

GAY MARRIAGE: Due to a wave of federal court rulings, 19 more U.S. states began allowing same-sex marriages, raising the total to 35 states encompassing about 64 percent of the population. Given that one U.S. court of appeals bucked the trend by upholding state bans on gay marriage, there was widespread expectation that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue and make a national ruling.

VA SCANDAL: The Department of Veterans Affairs became embroiled in a nationwide scandal over allegations of misconduct and cover-ups. Several senior officials were fired or forced to resign, including VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. At the heart of the scandal was the VA hospital in Phoenix; allegations surfaced that 40 veterans died while awaiting treatment there.

GOP State Rep Who Performed Exorcism on Obama Wants to Replace Obamacare With Jesuscare (VIDEO)

This is an example of the type of people Right-Wingers elected because the majority of Dems stayed home.  My polling place in suburban Atlanta was virtually empty with the exception of a sprinkling of people of color and a majority of senior citizens.  My county is strictly GOP based…

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Newly-elected Colorado GOP State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt has a revolutionary idea for health care — just replace the Affordable Care Act with faith in Jesus!

Klingenschmitt, who once tried to exorcise demons from President Barack Obama’s dark, filthy soul and was discharged from the Navy after he disobeyed orders and politicked in uniform, said on his Pray in Jesus’ Name show that people should rely on God for their health care:

We ought to look to the Lord for our health care. He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.’

“Isn’t that inspiring? I personally prefer to look to almighty God as my healer and not to the government as a substitute god or substitute healer,” Klingenschmitt said, before praying for those who support the Affordable Care Act.

“Will you pray with me? Let’s pray. Father in Heaven, we turn away from the idolatry that so many have in their hearts, that they think government is a better healer than Jesus. But, Jesus, we know you are the healer.

Klingenschmitt lated added in his prayer:

Lord, we repent of worshiping President Obama as if he is a god, and he is not, or depending entirely upon the government as if it is our provider, and it is not.

Klingenschmitt believes President Obama is filled with a number of demons, including “death,” “murder,” “child-murder,” “sexual abuse,” “genocide,” “paganism,” “witchcraft,” “homosexual lust,” and “anti-Christian oppression.”

According to Klingenschmitt, Obama is using his health care agenda to give Americans cancer. A rabid anti-LGBT warrior, Klingenschmitt claims that President Obama wants to force Christians to engage in anal sex. Recently, he also pushed an entirely unfounded bit of dumbf*ckery that gay soldiers are a liability because their horrible sodomy has forced them to wear diapers, which they must take breaks to change on the battlefield.

Obviously, Klingenschmitt is qualified to make suggestions on our health care system. Watch the clip below:

Watch President Obama’s Full Interview With Stephen Colbert On ‘The Colbert Report’

The full interview on The Colbert

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Shortly after crashing The Colbert Report to deliver his own version of “The Word,” President Barack Obama settled in with longtime faux-combatant Stephen Colbert for a lengthy chat.

The clip above covers the disappointing mid-terms (“the election didn’t go as I would have liked”), where he goes from here, the stunning recent jobs report and growing economy, and many of the factors revolving around the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Throughout the interview, Colbert’s trademark wit and humor were matched only by the President’s charisma — he snuck in a crowd-pleasing remark at nearly ever turn — and the screams of the young audience. After the break, the duo returned to continue their talk, this time discussing whether or not the POTUS still loves his job, his home life, the nuclear launch codes, and the temptation to push the limits of his office’s power.

Prince William Meets With President Obama

 

President Barack Obama meets with Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on December 8, 2014. | White House Photo

TIME

Prince William met President Obama for the first time Monday during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first official trip to the USA.

The Duke of Cambridge travelled to Washington to briefly meet with the President before speaking at the 3rd Biennial Meeting of the International Corruption Hunters Alliance, hosted by the World Bank. As the President of United for Wildlife, the Duke is expected to speak about the illegal animal trade in wildlife parks.

Prince William joked with the President that in all the fuss surrounding the 2013 birth of his son, George, “I didn’t work out whether it was a boy or a girl.” “You forgot to ask?” the President joked, according to The Telegraph. Prince George did not make an appearance this trip.

Kate Middleton did not accompany her husband to Washington D.C., and instead stayed in New York to visit Harlem’s Northside Center for Child Development with NYC First Lady Chirlaine McCray. The Duchess, who is five months pregnant with the couple’s second child, wore a Goat branded coat to meet McCray. The pair spent the morning wrapping Christmas gifts with the children.