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Obama jokes he should make Clinton ‘Secretary of Explaining Stuff’

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PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire — US President Barack Obama joked Friday that he should appoint Bill Clinton as his “Secretary of Explaining Stuff” following his acclaimed speech at the Democratic convention.

Clinton is expected to follow his address, which even some Republicans admitted was a masterful summary of the election arguments and Obama’s presidency, with appearances for Obama in crucial battleground states.

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“President Clinton made the case in the way only he can. You know, somebody — somebody emailed me after his speech and said,’You need to appoint him secretary of explaining stuff,'” Obama joked in New Hampshire.

“That was pretty good. I like that. Secretary of Explaining Stuff.”

Obama’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One Friday that the campaign would be keen to have Clinton’s help again on the campaign trail ahead of the November 6 election clash with Mitt Romney.

“We’d love to have him out there as much as he is available,” Psaki said.

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“He’s been an incredible advocate for the president for quite some time,” Psaki said.

Clinton told Americans at the convention in North Carolina on Wednesday that Obama had placed them on a path to renewed prosperity and deserved four more years to finish the job.

Lending his signature dazzle to Obama’s re-election campaign, the two-term former president told the Democratic convention that he believed “with all my heart” that the 44th president had led a remarkable, if incomplete, recovery.

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“No president — not me or any of my predecessors — no one could have fully repaired all the damage he found in just four years,” Clinton said.

“He has laid the foundations for a new, modern successful economy of shared prosperity, and if you will renew the president’s contract, you will feel it. You will feel it.”

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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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