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Obama to play up national security record at Democratic convention

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The Democratic Party will play up what it sees as President Barack Obama’s shining national security credentials at its party convention next week, aides to the president said Wednesday.

The party will “highlight the significant role President Obama’s strong record on national security and veterans issues” during the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, which runs from next Tuesday to Thursday, said Adam Fletcher, a campaign spokesman.

Fletcher cited Obama accomplishments such as “ending the war in Iraq responsibly, to refocusing on al-Qaeda and decimating its leadership, to taking care of our men and women in uniform when they return home.”

He said these themes would be touched on throughout the week but especially on its last evening Thursday in an address by Senator John Kerry, a former presidential candidate and foreign policy heavyweight.

A Vietnam veteran who lost to George W. Bush in 2004, Kerry is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee.

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Kerry has been mentioned often as a possible successor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if Obama defeats Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the November 6 election.


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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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