Cuccinelli fires back at O'Malley, calls behavior 'sad' and 'shocking'

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Acting Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli discusses efforts being made to secure the southern border. Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli fired back at former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday after the Democrat forced Cuccinelli to leave an event Thanksgiving eve, with Cuccinelli claiming O'Malley's "sad" and "shocking" outburst was so vitriolic his neck veins were "bulging." Cuccinelli, in a lengthy statement to Fox News, recalled Wednesday night's incident, which took place at the Dubliner--an Irish pub on Capitol Hill where he and O'Malley were attending an event with fellow graduates of Gonzaga College High School before O'Malley's "shame-invoking tirade" forced Cuccinelli to leave. "I arrived at The Dubliner to meet with some of my Gonzaga classmates last night, Cuccinelli said in the statement. "As I walked up to one of the bars among several in The Dubliner to order my Guinness, I heard screaming and cussing behind me to my left, which I did not immediately take notice of other than the fact that it was louder than everything else in the pub." Cuccinelli continued: "When I turned to look I saw O'Malley and he was obviously screaming at me.

Iran crisis could 'spin out of control': ex-U.S. military aide

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON - A former top U.S. military adviser warned Sunday that tensions with Iran "could spin out of control" after President Donald Trump's last-minute cancellation of airstrikes on the Islamic republic. Washington and Tehran have traded accusations since Iran shot down a U.S. spy drone last week, prompting a plan for retaliatory strikes that was shelved when Trump decided the resulting mass casualties would not be "proportionate." "My biggest concern is the president is running out of room, running out of options and while rhetoric goes back and forth on how close we came to hitting Iran just the other day, that this thing could spin out of control," former chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mike Mullen told ABC's "This Week." "The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran." Trump has labeled Iran a danger and in May last year pulled the U.S. out of an international accord on rewarding the country for allowing verification of its nuclear industry. Trump has repeatedly sought to downplay moments of tension, repeating his reluctance to see the dispute escalate to military conflict.

Trump signals he might pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. What's at stake?

PBS NewsHour

JUDY WOODRUFF: It has been just over two years since the Iran nuclear agreement was signed under the Obama administration. But President Trump may very well be on the way toward pulling the United States out of the deal. JOHN YANG: Candidate Donald Trump ran against the agreement, but President Trump has twice followed the State Department's advice, and certified that Iran is complying with it. But now, in a Wall Street Journal interview published today, Mr. Trump indicates he's willing to overrule the State Department when the next certification is due in October. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We have given them the benefit of every doubt.

With call for Russia to rejoin G7 framework, Trump unleashes diplomatic grenade

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday gave a foretaste of his convention-wrecking diplomacy at next weekend's Group of Seven summit by calling for Russia -- expelled from the group of democracies -- to be readmitted. Coming four days before he arrives in the French seaside resort of Biarritz, Trump's support for President Vladimir Putin was likely to be only the first diplomatic grenade unleashed on what used to be a cozy club of rich Western allies. "I could certainly" support that, he told reporters at the White House. "It's much more appropriate to have Russia in. It should be the G8, because a lot of the things we talk about have to do with Russia."

Does Congress stand a chance at successfully changing the Iran deal?

PBS NewsHour

JUDY WOODRUFF: Now we return to the second major decision President Trump announced today. He refused to certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement. NICK SCHIFRIN: Today, President Trump followed through on his vow to renounce one of his predecessor's signature achievements. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Today, I am announcing our strategy confront the Iranian regime's hostile actions and to ensure that Iran never, and I mean never, acquires a nuclear weapon. NICK SCHIFRIN: President Trump accused Iran of violating the agreement's nuclear restrictions.