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Does a total broad program bomber -- lookalike a -- Every dozens -- some about -- managerial lunch.
Yet it is so this is a story Politico is reporting they apparently have some audio -- and take this what their iPhone or something it was a private event and in Manhattan as I understand it was with John McCain.
Significant thing -- you know McCain has really been pressuring.
President Obama -- to get tougher on Syria that it to arm the rebels.
Just take more dramatic US actions so far the president has resisted that and I think the significance of course -- -- -- you know now you've got former President Clinton.
Democrat saying that you know but apparently that President Obama look like -- -- he doesn't do more.
But this is happening by the way after or -- a series of meetings at the White House behind closed doors this week.
Where we're told the Obama administration sort of rethinking whether or not they should arm the rebels and that they may be getting close to a decision -- -- -- reversal.
Where they might actually on the rebels they have made a final decision yet so this pressure from Clinton now.
We'll see what impact that has but I think the other interesting part of this is that you don't.
Obama always suggested they get along just fine and there are a couple of thousand.
And all of that and I think -- yet another sign that.
It's not exactly a perfect relationship that in private.
Might not feel as as warmly for President Obama as you suggest publicly.
Moment overlooked during the campaign when his life was running for a present there's got arguments.
You know what is don't ever have meetings that White House for the doors open.
Hello closed door this sense that they're not even letting cameras in it it's easy you know sometimes.
They will have a private meeting but then they'll let us -- -- they'll take a couple questions or whatever in this case there's been a lot of very special meeting.
Clinton out of control there are clear to IRS -- the NSA met this guy does is still not resolved a got a you got a record deal with -- The secretary of state and of course -- like gonna bother her afterwards you're on her husband's a president has staged a bomber drove an intern.
In an Oval Office in the White House approved -- served.
Did markers of Stockton patrols are all -- ranked.
Well we're really start.
To think that -- you -- I think I'm gonna take via less controversial you which would be.
Ironically -- Cutler but the IRS would normally be very country look.
There's a whole series of these things -- pop up for the administration what's fascinating to me.
You know it feels like a year and a half photo but it's really only what five months ago president delivered an inaugural address where he was sort of on -- the world.
Just reelected by a pretty wide margin it was -- out pretty aggressive agenda climate change gay rights.
-- -- -- you know the budget and they've -- control all these things he wanted to get done if you look at it in any objective way.
He's basically got zero over the last five months up on capitol some of that is.
The Republicans blockage it is did some of his and just not get it done and so immigration reform is starting to progress -- -- -- -- -- written this bill.
It looks like it might have some hope of getting dug by the of the -- he's gonna claim some victory there and rightly so -- if it gets done that's still big -- but.
Other than immigration reform right now because so in part because of all the controversy -- eight hours -- -- NSA surveillance.
-- god the all these other things have been popping up out there you have got a lot done.
Margaret and owners -- -- l.'s correspondent for partners.
It is seven gentle and -- -- an interest in discussion.
The -- -- Clinton a merger between.
And James Carmelo mr.
And there was a some added.
Good discussion over whether you can classify.
It all the IRS is an -- -- And Gaza's situation -- scandal -- another dimension -- difference.
But -- -- -- of scandals as wanted to it was a scandal -- Iran Contra -- durable all hurdles -- My view is that in general.
I think people.
Rushed to call things Skittles sometimes too much -- as a reporter I called controversies we think it becomes -- well -- -- -- call everything scandal.
You know the case of the IRS want.
I think that you can get a pretty clear cut case it's -- scandal in the that people were targeted the IRS was abusing the -- -- it has.
-- on some of these other issues like it SA can't really call this scandal.
You -- sure there -- people outraged maybe -- privacy is being violated but there's legitimate case that the president is making.
And by the way that Republicans on Capitol Hill are making who.
He also Republican quickly to -- literally -- the -- -- the president actually defending him on the NSA -- think wait second yes privacy is important.
The baby's been violated in some cases but on the flip side is that there's a legitimate policy.
You know perspective that suggest.
We're saving lives in preventing terror attacks by doing this surveillance I would also like that -- -- to controversy there's.
Legitimate arguments on both sides but I think for the president would you call the scandal or controversy at the end of the day these have become big distraction for him that.
They'll have contributed to the fact that you know he's becoming -- -- that each -- getting closer and closer to lame -- the time is running out from the get some of these big things done.
And a lot of these other controversy overshadowed his agenda.
President controversy -- -- -- -- -- thing for -- I don't.
Did you -- James clapper when he testified and.
That that that's a disaster having their clothes that fit guys understand that he got a question.
In public about a program that was classified at the time to get be careful but did he say look I can answer I'll talk to -- I've seen many -- -- a couple of let's talk in closed session about that there's a lot of serious issues here but instead he basically misled.
And by the way this is the democratic senator was a Republican senators Ron Wyden a Democrat Morgan asked that question.
-- wasn't playing gotcha he wasn't politically trying to beat but with a Democrat.
And it will swell so fascinating is this week -- -- came out said.
She gave James clapper office the question the day before.
So that they knew it was coming.
And then after he gave them misleading answer why they call -- office back and said look I've ridicule the chance to correct the record you get points for hours to submit a new answered right and it didn't do it so.
Well when when the White House says they've been transparent they tried to tell the American people -- they can't when he Director of National Intelligence.
Mislead congress and by extension the public like that that's -- problem.
-- You know I doubt that they'll pursue something like that because he'd he'd he'd say well there were programs that could talk about public but I I think the more important -- -- just.
Telling the truth and being straight with the American people to not forget the White House keeps saying Jakarta keeps telling -- -- -- -- second.
No president -- want to have this debate you can -- this big speech about terror policy two or three weeks ago before all this came out and it is -- Ed -- -- and they say look you know he was transparent there about drones and all that.
But he didn't pocket any great detail about these surveillance -- it's saying he was transparent he -- talk in general about the surveillance programs in that -- couple weeks back.
But the fact is he has that this debate that he allegedly want to have he's only having it now because there's -- decided to leak all the classified information the president.
Did not initiate this debate.
He he he's doing it defensively now because all the -- -- Compared to -- and you know Blake Shelton got desires -- neutral voodoo doll that's prosecutor and extol on them.
Associate Claire Shipman who look at around.
-- -- the -- is not the best should come -- -- Jay -- -- all above.
Yeah you know I think -- what -- -- what's being.
And that's -- and its.
Iron you can I think that you know I have voice could be in agreement with respect you know I'll say this did I go back report -- but I think Claire Shipman is terrific she's great journalism has a lot of times so.
I think I'm gonna try to give you James clapper.
It's misleading the.
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I admit it wouldn't let it -- most -- pleasure to have.
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