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Hillary Clinton's anti-Wall Street pitch wearing thin with skeptical liberals - Washington Times

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton’s populist anti-Wall Street pitch is wearing thin with liberal activists who say her financial reform proposals are too weak and her record is too tainted by millions of dollars in campaign contributions from the financial sector.

After collecting $17 million in donations from big banks over the years, Mrs. Clinton is at risk of being seen as too cozy with Wall Street — an image Sen. Bernard Sanders, her chief competitor for the Democratic nomination, is hoping to capitalize on.


Loebsack joins GOP in refugee vote

Iowa’s lone Democrat in Congress defied a presidential veto threat and joined a contingent of his fellow liberal lawmakers in passing stricter requirements for Syrian refugees seeking to enter the U.S.

“The legislation that was voted on today does not stop that process, rather it simply asks our screening agencies to certify that those entering our country are not terrorists,” Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, said in a prepared statement.


Obama faces heightened pushback to GITMO closure - Yahoo News

MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Thursday to press ahead with the release of his plan on how he hopes to close the Guantanamo military prison but said last week’s Paris attacks would stoke further congressional resistance to his efforts.

Obama drew a link between a bid by Republicans to block the inflow of Syrian refugees to the United States, based on concerns they could ignite Paris-style violence in American cities, and their opposition to the closing of the Guantanamo detention center at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba.

While attending an Asia-Pacific summit in Manila, he spoke amid fresh delays in his administration’s submission to Congress of a plan aimed at meeting his long-standing pledge to shut the internationally condemned prison for foreign terrorism suspects.


House introduces bill to 'pause' Syrian refugees - Washington Times

Homeland Security, the FBI and the intelligence community would have to sign off on every Syrian refugee President Obama wants to bring to the U.S. under a bill House Republicans introduced Wednesday and are speeding toward a vote later this week.

Dubbed the American Safety Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 — or the American SAFE Act — the legislation would not stop Mr. Obama’s goal of admitting 10,000 refugees this year, but it would force him to impose new checks.


Obama takes heat over ISIS strategy as Francois Hollande pushes U.S.-Russia coalition - Washington Times

With his handling of the war on terrorism under fire from all sides, a defensive President Obama on Monday warned against overreacting to the Islamic State attacks on Paris, but appeared to be the odd man out as the French president called on the U.S. and Russia to form a more powerful coalition to wage war against Islamic extremists and his own CIA chief openly worried that more such strikes are “in the pipeline.”

The president flashed annoyance and impatience at repeated questioning of his strategy to defeat the Islamic State in the wake of the coordinated Paris attacks that killed at least 129 people and set off renewed fears that the terrorist group is planning to send more fighters to kill Westerners. He said the massacre was not a signal for him to change course.


More Governors Seek to Ban Syrian Refugees After Paris Massacre - NBC News

After the terror attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people, the placement of refugees fleeing Syria has come under scrutiny as at least 18 governors — mostly Republicans — have said they do not want the refugees in their state.

"The first and foremost responsibility of government is to keep its people safe," Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Monday. "We are working on measures to ensure ... that Texans will be kept safe from those refugees."

Nearly 2,000 refugees from Syria have relocated to the United States since 2012, the New York Times reports and President Barack Obama has said that the U.S. will accept 10,000.


Obama still plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees despite Paris terrorist attacks - Washington Times

The White House says it won’t let its plans to bring Syrian refugees to the U.S. be derailed by Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris, with a top official insisting Sunday that American authorities know how to weed out potential problems within the refugee community.

French President Francois Hollande has called the attacks, which killed at least 129 people and wounded more than 350 others, an act of war, and began retaliatory strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Raqqa, Syria.


Donald Trump: ‘O’Malley is a clown’; ‘Hillary is owned by Wall Street’

During Saturday’s Democratic debate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley called Donald Trump an “immigrant-bashing carnival barker.”

“Let’s say it in our debate because you’ll never hear this from that immigrant-bashing carnival barker Donald Trump,” O’Malley said during a discussion on border security and immigration reform. “The truth of the matter is net immigration from Mexico last year was zero.”

The real estate mogul and outspoken Republican hopeful responded via his preferred medium: Twitter.

Hillary and Sanders are not doing well, but what is the failed former Mayor of Baltimore doing on that stage? O'Malley is a clown.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
November 15, 2015


Bernie Sanders Is Asked After Paris Attacks What Greatest Threat to America Is — Here’s His Answer | Video |

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Saturday night that he “absolutely” still believes global warming poses the greatest threat to America, despite the deadly terror attacks in Paris taking place just one day prior.

The Vermont senator’s comments came in response to a question at the second Democratic debate.