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Obama to Candy Crowley: Putin Hasn't Rolled Me

"The gist of it is that you're naive and they (Russia, Syria, Iran) are rolling you"

Watch- O sounds a little angry at Putin here (and glad Russian Ruble is collapsing)


CROWLEY:
"So let me move you on to the other big story that we've had, and that is your reach out or Cuba's reach to you and your reach to Cuba.

Listening to the critics, part of this is they wrap it up in how you dealt with other sort of bad actors. Oh, this is what he's done. He's accommodated Syria by not crossing the red line. He has accommodated Iran by talking to them on nuclear weapons. You know, and sort of down the line, Russia - he's allowed Putin to move in and take Crimea.

And here's the gist of it. The gist of it is that you're naive and they're rolling you"
OBAMA:
"So this was said about Mr. Putin, for example, three or four months ago. There was a spate of stories about how he is the chess master and outmaneuvering the West and outmaneuvering Mr. Obama and this and that and the other. And right now, he's presiding over the collapse of his currency, a major financial crisis and a huge economic contraction.

That doesn't sound like somebody who has rolled me or the United States of America"


 

Obama: Guantanamo Contrary to Our Values, Expensive

President Obama tells Candy Crowley that he's going to do everything he can to close Guantanamo because it's contrary to American values


"Guantanamo continues to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world, the fact that these folks are being held"
Really? People being held in Guantanamo inspires jihadists but U.S. drone strikes on terrorists doesn't?
"It's wildly expensive"
It sure is expensive, especially when the U.S. spent nearly a million dollars to give these Jihadists a new soccer field


 

Vladimir Putin Invites Kim Jong Un to Visit Russia


Another jab at the U.S.


washingtonpost
Officials in Moscow confirmed Friday that North Korean despot Kim Jong Un may attend ceremonies next year commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

It would be Kim's first public foreign visit since coming to power in December 2011.

"Yes, such an invitation was sent," confirmed Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, speaking to Reuters.

The news comes at a particularly conspicuous moment. On Friday, U.S. federal investigators accused North Korea of being behind the hacking attacking on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

An escalation of cyber threats has compelled Sony to cancel the release of "The Interview," a controversial comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that depicts the two being sent on a mission to assassinate Kim.



 

Former NYC Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik on Fox News: De Blasio & Sharpton Have Blood On Their Hands, "They Encouraged This Behavior"

Judge Jeanine reminds everyone that just last week, protesters walked through the streets on New York chanting, 'what do we want, dead cops...when do we want it? Now'

Kerik responds: "Those protesters out there saying, kill the cops. I hope they're happy, because they got what they wanted"





 

Video: NYPD Officers Turn Their Backs on Mayor de Blasio As He Walks In To Press Conference on Slain NYPD Officers






WATCH---->  Backs turned to Mayor Bill de Blasio as he walked into the police press conference about the two NYPD officers shot and killed execution-style in Brooklyn this afternoon



Bernard Kerik calls for De Blasio to resign


 

'Disgraceful Tone Toward Canada': Krauthammer, Charles Lane Blast Obama For Keystone Comments

Krauthammer: It's right in line with how he's abused our allies around the world...




 

'Merry Christmas' Sign on Side of Road Removed After One Person Complained (Video)


Imagine that. One week before Christmas, a sign says 'Merry Christmas' on the side of the road. How offensive.

CBS Boston
MARSHFIELD – Maybe it started when the Marshfield School Committee changed the name of the Christmas Break to the Holiday Break. Now, there seems to be a backlash in town.

“It’s a Christmas holiday, it’s a national holiday, not some random holiday,” said one man at the post office today.

Over the weekend, several DPW workers put an electronic sign on a friend’s property, right on the main road through the town. And the message? Merry Christmas.

“We work for the town, and we just wanted everyone to be in the Christmas spirit and there are few decorations,” said Steve Barber, a DPW worker.

But apparently, someone complained and sure enough, there are by-laws governing electronic signs. “We don’t object to the message,” said Building Commissioner Gerald O’Neill, “but the sign has to conform to size regulations, among other factors.”

So the sign had to go. But one DPW worker said next year, they’re going to put a large banner across Rt. 139. “There are fewer regulations about banners”, he said.

Watch the report-
The people who put up the sign are not happy.




 

CNN's Don Lemon: Obamas Are 'Closest Thing We Have to Royalty'



newsbusters
CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday insisted that Barack and Michelle Obama are the "closest thing we have to royalty." The anchor was discussing complaints by the First Lady that she had been mistaken for a Target employee during a visit. Lemon lamented, "But speaking to People magazine, according to the Obamas, they're sometimes treated less than like royals, or the first couple, and more like the help."

He began the segment by declaring, "They are America's first couple, the closest thing that we have to royalty" 




 

Marco Rubio: Rand Paul ‘Has No Idea What He’s Talking About’ On Cuba (Video)

Rubio on Fox News is asked about Rand Paul's support for Obama's new policy on Cuba



When it comes to Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) support for the Obama administration's new policy on Cuba, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said the senator from Kentucky doesn't know what he's talking about.

"Like many people who have been opining, he has no idea what he's talking about," Rubio said during an appearance on Fox News' "The Kelly Report" that was flagged by Politico.

The comments came a day after President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would open diplomatic relations with Cuba. Rubio has been one of the most energetic lawmakers bashing the move but Paul, slower than some of his Republican colleagues to weigh in, said that the U.S.'s half century embargo on Cuba "just hasn't worked."

"If the goal was regime change, it sure doesn't seem to be working," Paul said in an interview earlier in the week on West Virginia radio station WVHU. "Probably it punishes the people more than the regime because the regime can blame the embargo for hardship." (via TPM)


 

Obama Approval Rating For First 6 Years in Office Below Bush, Clinton and Reagan


Neville Obama at 50% for the first 6 years, that lags all three of his immediate two-term predecessors at this point in their tenure.




 

Americans Rate Nurses Highest on Honesty, Ethics, Members of Congress Lowest

Nurses- honesty, ethical standards 80%

Members of congress just below used car salesman


In 2014, Americans say nurses have the highest honesty and ethical standards. Members of Congress and car salespeople were given the worst ratings among the 11 professions included in this year's poll. Eighty percent of Americans say nurses have "very high" or "high" standards of honesty and ethics, compared with a 7% rating for members of Congress and 8% for car salespeople. (Gallup)




 

Obama Heads to Hawaii For 16 Day Vacation


6th trip to Hawaii since being president.


weeklystandard
President Obama and his family will head this evening to Hawaii, where he's expected to vacation until the new year.

"On Friday, December 19, President Obama and the First Family will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii. The arrival of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed media and closed to the public," the White House said in a statement.

"The President and First Family do not have any scheduled public events during their time in Hawaii. There will be travel pool coverage of their trip."

He leaves this evening on the direct Air Force One flight, according to the White House schedule:

5:45PM THE FIRST FAMILY departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base South Lawn


5:55PM THE FIRST FAMILY departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Honolulu, Hawai’i


11:25PM THE FIRST FAMILY arrives in Honolulu, Hawaii

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, HI
President Obama is expected to return to Washington on January 4, 2015.