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GOP Weekly Address: Obama Administration ‘Confused’ on National Security

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) — In this week’s Republican address, Senate candidate Scott Brown, from New Hampshire, spoke about the importance of defending American borders and defending the nation’s interests abroad.

Highlighting the growing number of international threats to American security — ISIS, the situation in Ukraine, continued Israeli-Palestinian tensions and the threat of a nuclear Iran, among others — Brown calls the Obama administration “confused.”

Brown recommends securing American borders, reversing the Obama administration’s drawdown to the number of U.S. military troops and “[keeping] faith with America’s veterans.”

Read the full transcript of the Republican address:

“Hello, I’m Scott Brown, Republican candidate for U.S. senator in New Hampshire.

“In these closing weeks of the 2014 campaign, Americans are realizing how much is on the line – especially when it comes to national security. We are at a dangerous moment for our country and our friends. It’s starting to feel like the world is on fire, with so many crises getting worse, so many adversaries gaining ground.

“In Iraq and Syria, an expanse of territory larger than New England has now been lost to a terrorist army, ISIS. Our closest ally in the Middle East, Israel, faced rocket attacks by Hamas all summer long. In Iran, the extremist regime is still intent on building nuclear weapons.

“In Ukraine, America’s friends are dealing with belligerence from Vladimir Putin and the Russian army. China, meanwhile, is bullying its neighbors, while also pressing ahead with a massive military buildup.

“So many challenges, so many threats and problems – and all at the same time. Yet the Obama administration seems only more confused as things unravel. This is what the world looks like without American leadership.

“So it’s hardly surprising that national security is a central issue in this election. I believe our state deserves an independent senator who will put party loyalty aside, and put our national interests first, each and every time—rather than simply voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time.

“Like many other Republicans, I’m running to restore American leadership. And how about we start by protecting our own borders?

“Isis thugs have been threatening for months to send people here to kill Americans unless their demands are met. Well, a porous border is an obvious pathway for terrorists to get in here. And yet, all we’ve heard from the administration is more talk of amnesty, by executive decree and right after the election.

“Let’s not kid ourselves: When the enemies of our country are planning attacks and our leaders in Washington are planning amnesty, something is wrong. We have got to get serious about guarding this nation’s borders and enforcing this nation’s laws.

“Second, we need to reverse the defense drawdown of the Obama years. We have seen massive reductions in personnel everywhere – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines. We’re now on track to have an Army smaller than it was before the Second World War.

“At a time when so much is expected of our military, we need to give it all the manpower, all the equipment, and all the support to succeed in every mission and come back safe. We owe that much at least to the people who defend us.

“Third, we need to keep faith with America’s veterans. The V.A. under this administration has been an outrageous failure. Even as the federal government tries taking over our whole health care system, it can’t even deliver on the most basic promise to take care of veterans. Well, this election is a moment of accountability – not just at the V.A., but all across the federal government.

“In every part of America, people have deep worries about national security and border security – and all this when so many are still worried about job security. Yet we’re asked to believe that this is the best America can do. I do not accept that defeatist attitude for one moment, and neither should you.

“We can secure our own border. We can maintain a military superiority that no rival will dare to question. We can restore this great country’s leadership in the world, and everything rides on our success.

“As President Obama said recently, he’s not on the ballot but his entire agenda is. That’s your invitation to send the clearest possible message to the establishment in Washington. Elect Republicans to the House and Senate, and we will bring that big-government agenda to an end. And we will set this country on a better, safer path.

“This is Scott Brown in New Hampshire. Thanks for listening.”

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Wendy Davis Attacks Wheelchair-Bound Texas Gubernatorial Opponent in New Ad

Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — Is this the nastiest campaign ad of the 2014 cycle?

The Wendy Davis gubernatorial campaign in Texas is out with its most negative ad of the campaign cycle yet, characterizing her opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, as a hypocrite for arguing against victims who sue for damages despite having reaped a high-figure amount himself after an accident paralyzed him 30 years ago.

The opening shot of the ad features an empty wheelchair. Abbott has used a wheelchair for 30 years after a tree fell on him while he was running and paralyzed him when he was just 26 years old.

“A tree fell on Greg Abbott,” says a narrator in the ad. “He sued and got millions. Since then, he’s spent his career working against other victims.”

“Abbott argued a woman whose leg was amputated was not disabled because she had an artificial limb,” the narrator says. “He ruled against a rape victim who sued a corporation for failing to do a background check on a sexual predator. He sided with a hospital that failed to stop a dangerous surgeon who paralyzed patients.”

Abbott’s campaign condemned Davis’ ad, calling it “disgusting” and said it should disqualify her from seeking the governor’s office.

“It is challenging to find language strong enough to condemn Sen. Davis’ disgusting television ad, which represents a historic low for someone seeking to represent Texans. Sen. Davis’ ad shows a disturbing lack of judgment from a desperate politician, and completely disqualifies her from seeking higher office in Texas,” said Amelia Chasse, deputy communications director for Abbott’s campaign.

The Davis campaign has run other negative ads this cycle, including one which said Abbott sided with a corporation over a sexual assault victim. Davis is trailing Abbott in most Texas polls on the governor’s race.

In another negative ad, the Davis campaign said Abbott picked the side of a hospital instead of patients.

Last month, Abbott ran a lighthearted positive ad highlighting his disability, joking that sometimes he moves faster in his wheelchair than Texas traffic.

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Jeh Johnson Announces Members of Panel to Conduct Review of Secret Service

US Dept of Defense(WASHINGTON) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the four panelists who will conduct an independent review of the U.S. Secret Service on Friday.

Johnson expressed “full confidence that these distinguished individuals will conduct a fair, thorough and unbiased assessment.”

Johnson named former Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli, former Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip, former Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to the President Danielle Gray and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Joseph Hagin to the panel.

On Oct. 1, Johnson stated that his deputy, Alejandro Mayorkas, with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security’s General Counsel, will have control of the ongoing inquiry into the Secret Service. The assessment will focus on the Sept. 19 fence-jumping incident at the White House in which Omar Gonzalez bypassed Secret Service and made it deep into the White House. Mayorkas will complete his review by Nov. 1.

The panel is expected to submit its assessment, primarily focusing on White House security by Dec. 15.

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Obama Praises Nobel Winners’ ‘Unyielding Commitment to Justice’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama offered congratulations and praise for Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, the winners of the 2014 Noble Peace Prize.

Obama, who won the award himself in 2009, called the announcement “a victory for all who strive to uphold the dignity of every human being.” Highlighting the importance of equal opportunity for all, “regardless of their background, or gender, or station in life,” Obama spoke highly of Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, who he said “has inspired people around the world with her passion and determination to make sure girls everywhere can get an education.”

Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago for insisting that girls have the right to an education.

“When the Taliban tried to silence her,” Obama said in his statement, “Malala answered their brutality with strength and resolve.”

“Michelle and I were proud to welcome this remarkable young woman to the Oval Office last year,” Obama noted. “We were awe-struck by her courage and filled with hope knowing this is only the beginning of her extraordinary efforts to make the world a better place.”

Obama also spoke of Kailash Satyarthi, the second winner of this year’s award. Satyarthi, Obama said, “has dedicated his life to ending child labor and wiping the stain of slavery from our world.” His work, the president added “reminds us of our shared responsibility to end the exploitation of others, especially the most vulnerable among us.”

The two winners “share an unyielding commitment to justice and an unshakable belief in the basic dignity of every girl and boy,” Obama’s statement read. “Even as we celebrate their achievements, we must recommit ourselves to the world that they seek — one in which our daughters have the right and opportunity to get an education; and in which all children are treated equally.”

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The Obama Quote Republicans Can’t Stop Repeating

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — A few sentences uttered recently by President Obama are fast-becoming the defining talking point of the 2014 election season for GOP candidates across the country.

“I am not on the ballot this fall … Michelle’s pretty happy about that,” Obama said during a speech to business students at Northwestern University. “But make no mistake, these policies are on the ballot — every single one of them.”

It didn’t take long for Republicans to use the president’s own words against their Democratic opponents in debates, campaign ads and stump speeches.

Almost immediately after the speech, Senate candidate Thom Tillis, R-N.C., took to Twitter to post a picture of Obama and his opponent Kay Hagan with a link to a blog post on his website titled, “28 words that Democrats really wish President Obama didn’t say today.”

By the next morning, Pat Roberts, Scott Brown and Mitch McConnell had released new campaign ads featuring the Obama remarks to attack their opponents.

Roberts has been fighting a tough battle for a Kansas Senate seat. His latest ad argues that Obama’s policies such as debt, Obamacare and unemployment are on the ballot — and that a vote for his opponent Greg Orman “is a vote for the Obama agenda.”

Arkansas Senate candidate Tom Cotton also used the quote at an event last weekend to link his opponent’s voting record to the president’s policies.

“He said last week that he may not be on the ballot, but his policies are on the ballot — every single one of them… more debt, higher taxes, Obamacare, a foreign policy of weakness and indecision,” Cotton told ABC News’ Jeff Zeleny. “Here in Arkansas the way you find those policies on the ballot is Mark Pryor — cause Mark Pryor’s voted for him 93 percent of the time.”

The quote has been a popular go-to line in debates too, and was used by Tillis and Georgia Republican nominee David Perdue in Senate debates this week.

David Axelrod, a former senior advisor to the president, said on NBC’s Meet the Press that he would not have included the line if he was still writing the president’s speeches.

“It was a mistake,” Axelrod said.

When White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked during a briefing if he agreed with Axelrod’s assessment he replied, “Well, I guess the short answer is no.”

Earnest sought to clarify the president’s comments, saying he meant voters have a choice this election between “candidates who are supportive of policies that will benefit the middle class, and candidates who are supportive of policies that will benefit those at the top in the hopes that the benefits will trickle down to the middle class.”

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Watch Mary Landrieu ‘Wobble’ for Louisiana Voters

US Senate(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Weeks away from what is quite possibly the tightest reelection bid of her political career, Sen. Mary Landrieu has found her rhythm.

The Louisiana Democrat was caught on camera doing “The Wobble” at a recent Southern University tailgate party.

This isn’t the first time this election season that Landrieu has let loose at a tailgate party. The video comes just weeks after a photo of Landrieu assisting a young man drinking from a keg at a Louisiana State University tailgate party went viral.

The senator is also not the first Landrieu to be filmed doing “The Wobble.” Her brother, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, was filmed doing the popular line dance at a Mardi Gras celebration in 2013.

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Watch Mary Landrieu ‘Wobble’ for Louisiana Voters

US Senate(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Weeks away from what is quite possibly the tightest reelection bid of her political career, Sen. Mary Landrieu has found her rhythm.

The Louisiana Democrat was caught on camera doing “The Wobble” at a recent Southern University tailgate party.

This isn’t the first time this election season that Landrieu has let loose at a tailgate party. The video comes just weeks after a photo of Landrieu assisting a young man drinking from a keg at a Louisiana State University tailgate party went viral.

The senator is also not the first Landrieu to be filmed doing “The Wobble.” Her brother, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, was filmed doing the popular line dance at a Mardi Gras celebration in 2013.

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Lawmakers Demand Obama Institute West Africa Travel Ban

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — More than two dozen members of Congress have told President Obama that it’s time to stop incoming flights from African countries where Ebola has killed and sickened thousands of people.

The letter, also signed by three Democrats, argues that Obama should not follow the lead of the World Health Organization, which contends that travel bans will only exacerbate the outbreak ravaging West Africa.

It says in part, “[The WHO] has no duty to protect the lives and well-being of Americans, as you do. Furthermore, it has utterly failed to stem the epidemic through its own action. The responsibility for this decision is yours, not theirs.”

The president has indicated that if the WHO reverses it policy, he would consider travel bans. Just this week, the administration announced enhanced screening at five major U.S. airports of passengers arriving from West Africa.

While it’s mostly been a GOP effort to restrict flights, Democrats are slowly joining the growing movement to keep people potentially infected with Ebola out of the U.S.

The three Democrats who signed the letter are Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack and Arizona Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, who is fighting to retain her seat in a largely Republican district.

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Hillary Clinton Steals the Show at Philly Campaign Rally

State Department photo(PHILADELPHIA) — New grandmother Hillary Clinton made her first public campaign appearance of the year Thursday for Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, giving passionate and personal remarks that if not for the “Wolf for Governor” signs prominently behind her could easily have been mistaken for a presidential stump speech.

While Wolf, a businessman from York County, has a strong lead in the polls against incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, the star of Thursday night’s “Women for Wolf” event at the National Constitution Center downtown was clearly Clinton.

To a crowd of nearly 1,000 people and with the “Ready for Hillary” bus stationed outside, Clinton took the stage to roaring applause (and Katy Perry’s “Roar” blasting overhead), and laid out a case that Wolf was the “fresh start” both Pennsylvania and the country needed, praising his “Made in America” success story and his commitment to working-class families.

“Tom Wolf stands for families, for working people, for fairness, and for justice,” Clinton said to a cheering audience.

Clinton went on to talk fervently about the need for affordable education, raising the minimum wage, equal pay, quality affordable childcare, reproductive rights for women, and even same-sex marriage equality, crying out: “We will never compare the marriage of two loving and committed partners to incest.”

But Clinton’s speech was also uniquely personal, with a number of her own anecdotes and Pennsylvania connections woven throughout.

When she championed for working families, she reminisced about her hard-working father who grew up in Scranton and the summers she spent with him in the Poconos.

When she talked about the importance of family values, she gave a shout-out to Marjorie Margolies, her son-in-law’s mother who was in the audience, joking they both have the same “grandmother glow.”

When she stressed the importance of helping women get work, she told a story about how when she and her husband, Bill Clinton, were waiting at the hospital for Chelsea Clinton to give birth last month, Mrs. Clinton claimed a nurse came up to her and thanked her for all she’s done in the fight for paid leave.

And when she spoke about the future, she spoke about little baby Charlotte: how, most importantly, she wants all children in the country to have the same opportunities she knows her new granddaughter will have. “You should not have to be the granddaughter of a president to get a good education and good health care,” she said.

But while Clinton made her own vision and hopes for the future clear, it was Wolf, she said, who would help bring the country there.

“Tom Wolf is the right leader at the right time for Pennsylvania’s hard working people,” she said. But, she warned, it will only happen if people go out and vote.

“You feel there is a ‘movement’ stirring across the country, you can see it from coast to coast, but nothing will matter if you don’t do everything you can in the next month to bring everyone you know to the polls,” she said.

The program also included remarks by Sen. Bob Casey, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, and former Pennsylvania governor and staunch Hillary Clinton supporter, Ed Rendell, who teased he knew what Clinton’s next job would be.

“I predict that Hillary Clinton’s next job will be…babysitter,” he joked.

Clinton, who has said she will not decide about running in 2016 until after the midterms, is traveling the country campaigning for Democratic candidates. Her fall schedule has roughly 25 events, including ones in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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‘Working Mother’ Gwyneth Paltrow Gushes to Obama: ‘You’re So Handsome That I Can’t Speak’

The White House(BRENTWOOD, Calif.) — It was the kind of fawning praise President Obama hasn’t gotten much of this campaign season — and might have left first lady Michelle Obama a bit jealous.

“You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly,” actress Gwyneth Paltrow told Obama before a crowd of several dozen deep-pocket Democratic donors at a glitzy fundraiser inside her Brentwood, Calif., estate.

“I’m one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest,” she said. “The life that you brought to this country and the passion will historically be the most looked at and scrutinized presidencies of all time.”

The 42-year-old star lavished Obama with compliments at a time when a majority of Americans — 52 percent — see his presidency as a failure, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. His rating for strong leadership also dropped to a new low in the poll last month.

Paltrow praised Obama’s advocacy for equal pay for women, which she called, “very important to me as a working mother.” She also called him an, “incredible role model for this generation.”

The fundraiser, which benefited the Democratic National Committee, included 200 guests at a $1,000-per-person reception and 50 attendees at a $15,000-per-person dinner, party officials said. A cool 32 grand bought the well-heeled a chance to meet the beleaguered president.

The event was closed to coverage by press cameras. Pool reporters who were allowed to hear Obama’s remarks provided the quotes for this report.

Spotted in the crowd were Paltrow’s kids Apple and Moses, as well as actress Julia Roberts, wearing black-rimmed glasses, and actor Bradley Whitford.

“I’m taking her to the next event,” Obama joked about the handsome remark as he took the microphone.

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