Jeff Sessions Reverses Obama-Era Policy on Marijuana, Unleashes Federal Prosecutors

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

January 1, 2018, was a special day for cannabis enthusiasts in California. This is because recreational weed finally went legal, after being passed on passed on November 8th, 2016. The feeling of victory was short-lived, however, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently rescinded a number of memos from the Obama administration that had adopted a policy of non-interference with states that have decriminalized cannabis.

“It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States, and the previous issuance of guidance undermines the rule of law,” said Sessions in a statement. The New York Times reports that in a memo to United States attorneys, Sessions called the earlier policy “unnecessary.” He also pointed to federal laws that “reflect Congress’s determination that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that marijuana activity is a serious crime.”

As CNN reports, the move essentially shifts federal policy from the “hands-off approach” adopted under the Obama administration to allowing federal procedures across the US to decide how to prioritize resources to crack down on weed possession, distribution and cultivation of the herb in states where it has been legalized.

Because marijuana has killed 0 people in our planet’s history, has components proven to remedy various types of cancer, and is safer than alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs, and even caffeine, the overwhelming response to Sessions’ statement has not been positive. Senator Cory Gardner (Rep. of Colorado), for instance, threatened to retaliate by “holding up Justice Department appointments that required Senate approval.” He also accused Sessions of violating promises he made to not interfere.

“With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states,” Mr. Gardner wrote on Twitter. He added: “I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the Attorney General lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation.”

Justice Department officials did not disclose whether or not they intend to conduct a crackdown and begin prosecuting commercial growers, distributors, and shopkeepers, or if they are merely attempting to spread fear to slow growth of the partially-legal industry.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders added no further clarification when she said that President Trump is “not going back on a campaign promise to refrain from using federal authority to shut down sales of recreational marijuana in states where they are legal,” according to The New York Times.  Rather, the Justice Department move “simply gives prosecutors the tools to take on large-scale distributors and enforce federal law. The president’s position hasn’t changed, but he does strongly believe that we have to enforce federal law.”

Pot advocates are not so sure. Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon, a Democrat, said Sessions’ intention is to “rip the framework from underneath us.” While this seems clear, activists will have to wait and see what action is taken as a result of Sessions’ latest move.

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Entertainment Weekly Marks 2017 By Praising Obama, Kimmel, Kaepernick, Tarring Trump

Entertainment Weekly’s year-end best of double issue (dated December 29, 2017 – January 5, 2018) came with its standard  anti-Trump and pro-Obama political slant scattered throughout the publication.

“The Trump Effect” included three anti-Trump entries in the list compiled by Chancellor Agard, referencing the shows Black-ish and Mr. Robot as well as the NFL protests (no link):

“Black-Ish Served Up Some Powerful ‘Lemons’” read, “Creator Kenya Barris penned and directed a sobering half hour that used the Johnson family to explore the disenfranchisement felt by half of the population after the election.”

“Mr. Robot Crafts Its Own Explanation For Trump’s Victory” read, “In the USA network thriller’s remarkable third season, the Dark Army, a cyberterrorist group led by BD Wong’s enigmatic Whiterose, plays a substantial role in getting Trump elected by hacking the DNC.”

“#TAKEAKNEE” read, “Football player Colin Kaepernick’s police-brutality protest began in 2016; however, the movement picked up steam this year when President Trump’s attacks on the NFL players who participated bolstered the movement and got widespread celebrity support.”

So “widespread” that NFL ratings tanked and the numbers protesting also suffered a sharp decline.

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There was a full-page appreciation by Dan Snierson of Jimmy Kimmel, the late-night host turned anti-Republican scold: “Jimmy Kimmel: In Trying Times, The Late-Night Jester Became A Surprising – And Compelling – Voice Of Reason.”

The list of “The 5 Worst Shows Of The Year” featured as its No. 1# something called APB that aired on Fox: “A swaggering billionaire fixes America using social media. A lame procedural, and unconvincing propaganda for everything ruining the country any given week.”

One of “The Year’s Best Albums” was Damn by Kendrick Lamar. A write-up by Eric Renner Brown offered an unsolicited compliment to former President Obama: “Like the president who praised it, Lamar’s jazzy 2015 opus To Pimp a Butterfly was an unflinching but optimistic force of hope.’”

The No. 4 position in “The 5 Worst Books Of The Year” list was a memoir of Ivana Trump, President Trump’s first wife: “This hilariously terrible memoir is just bizarre enough to merit curiosity. Come for Ivana ranting about her furs, stay for her puzzling commentary on Taco Bell and Michael Jackson.”

The politicization of the Year in Review issue culminated with “The Year’s Best Podcasts.” No surprise that the one put together by staffers from the Obama White House, “Pod Save America,” came in first. Marc Snetiker gushed:

In 2017’s tumultuous climate, the nascent podcast shingle Crooked Media and its flagship program Pod Save America offered a light in the storm for Americans who at one time or another found themselves wondering, ‘Is anyone else going as crazy as I am?’ The former Obama staffers are wickedly sharp and wildly entertaining…

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NYT’s Flegenheimer Misses Obama, Blames Trump for Scrambling Our Brains

Boy, do reporters miss Obama. New York Times political reporter Matt Flegenheimer’s “The Year the Traditional News Cycle Accelerated to Trump Speed” basically blamed Trump for 2017 in total.

Flegenheimer has established a reporting pattern of loathing Republicans like Sen.Ted Cruz while basically worshipping liberal Democratic presidential hopefuls. He began his Saturday story with ill-concealed regret that the former president was no longer in the White House,

Barack Obama was president earlier this year.

Really, eyewitness accounts from the period confirm this. It lasted nearly three weeks, it seems….

….Possibly around the time the president accused a female senator of doing “anything” for campaign contributions, touching off tremors in the #MeToo movement he helped inspire, and alleged another wide-scale conspiracy against him in the upper reaches of the F.B.I.

He gave Donald Trump perverse credit for all the headaches of 2017, a magician who can scramble citizens’ brains, and then slipped in a cheap crack at a news rival, Fox News.

One year out, this may be Mr. Trump’s greatest trick: His tornado of news-making has scrambled Americans’ grasp of time and memory, producing a sort of sensory overload that can make even seismic events — of his creation or otherwise — disappear from the collective consciousness and public view.

He is the magician who swallows a sword no one thought was part of the act, stuffs a dozen rabbits into a hat before the audience can count them — and then merrily tweets about Fox & Friends while the crowd strains to remember what show it had paid to attend in the first place.

Flegenheimer then consoled himself with a producer on a liberal Trump-bashing show.

“We get to the point where we’re just done dealing with something,” said Matt Negrin, a digital producer at The Daily Show, recalling unresolved maelstroms like Mr. Trump’s feud with a Gold Star widow, his baseless claim that Mr. Obama wiretapped him and his defense of white nationalist supporters amid the deadly violence this summer in Charlottesville, Va.

He predictably downplayed media misdeeds, in the most general terms.

Of course, Mr. Trump runs neither the networks nor the newspapers, much as he might prefer it at times, and the news media has come by its share of criticism honestly. Corralling the fire hose of White House doings has become a near-constant exercise in news judgment, with mixed returns.

Regular NewsBusters readers might disagree with his conception of NBC former anchor Tom Brokaw as a straight-shooter:

No one suggests the mandate is simple. Even Mr. Brokaw, a dean of meat-and-potatoes news delivery, allowed that the daily Trumpian churn is “not unimportant, and it’s got this Shakespearean quality about it.”

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He channeled the Daily Show producer again:

Mr. Negrin, from The Daily Show, has pursued social media performance art to combat the times, hoping to drill down on a single, elusive subject. His Twitter handle includes the number of days since Mr. Trump promised to clarify his position on Hezbollah within 24 hours — a pledge, like many presidential utterances of nontrivial consequence, that went largely ignored in the typical swirl of the moment.

That was July.

Mr. Negrin offered two predictions for the new year: Mr. Trump is unlikely to hold forth on Hezbollah anytime soon.

And: “2018 is going to be 10 times worse.”

One suspects a strong ideological component as to why Flegenheimer feels the political world in 2017 was so awful.

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Déja vu: Trump’s approval rating exactly matches Obama’s at the end of first year

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Let me begin with a rare tweet, courtesy of Matt Drudge, a guy who doesn’t tweet much and also the owner of world’s biggest news-aggregator, the Drudge Report obviously:

Rasmussen Poll shows Trump at 46% APPROVE this morning, with 53% DISAPPROVE… What about Obama at same exact date first year in presidency?? 46% APPROVE, 53% DISAPPROVE!

So, what do we have here? As per the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday, 46% of Americans approve of the job Donald Trump was doing during his first year in office. Why is that relevant? Well, the mainstream media made a huge deal with regard to the POTUS’ relatively low approval rates, yet the Donald managed to finish his first year in office with a bang, taking the news-world by surprise, as usual. His approval ratings are on par with dear leader Barry Obama from Honolulu, his predecessor, after the latter’s first year in the White House. Of course, there’s a little difference between the two. Barack Obama was mainstream media’s darling, while Donald Trump…well, I don’t have to explain it too much, do I?

After Barry’s first yer as POTUS, on December 29 2009 respectively, his approval rating was 46%. Considering that Obama’s approval rating on January 20th the same year, i.e. on his inauguration day was 67%, it looks like he had a significantly larger drop in terms of approval rating by the end of his first year as president. It’s interesting to mention that usually speaking, approval ratings for new presidents are at their highest during inaugurations, yet Donald Trump reached peak approval on January 26th, when he hit 59%. Barry never managed to beat his 67% approval rating on his inauguration day during his 1st year as POTUS.

So let me get this straight: after one year of being eviscerated daily by the corporate left-wing mainstream media and his political opponents from both parties, Trump manages to come out with the exact same ratings as Black Jesus, who was lauded as the Next Messiah by all his brain damaged sycophants? How can that be? The mainstream media spent every minute praising Barry Obama as a “light-bringer”. In Trump’s case, he was incessantly demonized and denigrated as a Nazi Russian owned evil racist puppet and literally Hitler. Now, if you ask me, numbers don’t lie (when it comes to honest accounting at least), but liars use numbers, so you know Trump is way above what is reported, just like before the election. If the MSM was generally fair to Trump, his approvals would be in the 50’s at least.

And before starting criticizing this poll, you should know that Rasmussen Reports was the closest of all major pollsters in predicting the presidential election’s popular vote, pointing to final results posted by RealClearPolitics. On its final poll released Nov. 7, the day before Election Day, Rasmussen had Hillary Clinton up 2 points on Donald Trump. Clinton won the popular vote by 1 percentage point, even though Donald Trump beat her on electoral votes. No other pollster tracked by RealClearPolitics came as close to the final results.

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Obama edges Trump as most admired, Gallup finds

Former President Barack Obama is the most admired man among Americans, narrowly edging President Trump for the title, Gallup’s annual poll finds. Trump’s opponent in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, is the most admired women.

According to the results of the annual survey released Wednesday, 17 percent of U.S. adults polled named Obama as the man they admire most in the world, while 14 percent named Trump. It was the third year in a row that Trump finished second to Obama, who has been the most admired man 10 years running. Pope Francis, with 3 percent, was a distant third.

Trump is one of just seven incumbent presidents to not claim the most admired mantle. Presidents Harry Truman (in 1946-1947 and 1950-1952), Lyndon Johnson (1967-1968), Richard Nixon (1973), Gerald Ford (1974-1975), Jimmy Carter (1980) and George W. Bush (2008) each failed to achieve most admired status in those years. And like Trump, all but two (Truman in 1947 and Ford in 1974) had job approval ratings well below 50 percent, per Gallup.

Vice President Mike Pence, at 1 percent, finished tied for seventh alongside Sen. Bernie Sanders, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Dalai Lama.

Meanwhile, Clinton was the most admired woman in the world in 2017 — the 16th consecutive year the former first lady and secretary of state has captured the honor. She finished just 2 points ahead of former first lady Michelle Obama, 9 percent to 7 percent. The current first lady, Melania Trump, was tied for seventh.

Most Admired Man

• Barack Obama 17%
• Donald Trump 14%
• Pope Francis 3%
• Billy Graham 2%
• John McCain 2%
• Elon Musk 2%
• Bernie Sanders 1%
• Bill Gates 1%
• Benjamin Netanyahu 1%
• Jeff Bezos 1%
• The Dalai Lama 1%
• Mike Pence 1%

Most Admired Woman

• Hillary Clinton 9%
• Michelle Obama 7%
• Oprah Winfrey 4%
• Elizabeth Warren 3%
• Angela Merkel 2%
• Queen Elizabeth II 2%
• Condoleezza Rice 1%
• Melania Trump 1%
• Nikki Haley 1%
• Kate Middleton 1%
• Beyoncé 1%

Source: Gallup, Dec. 4-11, 2017

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Sessions Investigating Obama for His Role In Project Cassandra

The above comment needs no elaboration except to say that Jeff Sessions is now looking into Project Cassandra which links former President Obama and much of his former cabinet with overt acts of terrorism.




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10 Obama regulations Trump has overturned

Over the past 12 months, President Trump has been on a mission to try to erase Barack Obama’s legacy. 

“I’ve been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor,” Trump boasted in November before lamenting that he could not go so far as to reverse Obama’s pardon of two Thanksgiving turkeys.

By that point in his presidency, however, Trump had already taken aim at what he and many Republicans regarded as executive overreach by the Obama administration, dismantling dozens of actions put in place by the previous White House occupant.

Whether a necessary philosophical corrective or a vindictive obsession, Trump’s executive-order counteroffensive carries more than mere symbolic value and represents a dramatic policy shift that will impact the nation and the world for years to come.

Here are the 10 most significant Trump reversals of Obama orders so far.  


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Hundreds of students skipped school on Nov. 9 to demand that Congress pass a clean Dream Act. (Photo: Astrid Riecken for the Washington Post)Hundreds of students skipped school on Nov. 9 to demand that Congress pass a clean Dream Act. (Photo: Astrid Riecken for the Washington Post)

Signed in 2012, Obama’s executive order offering legal protections from deportation to children brought into the country by undocumented immigrant parents offered a legal respite for nearly 800,000 people. While it was not a permanent solution, many Republicans in Congress sided with Democrats in the view that children protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should ultimately be granted U.S. citizenship. But on Sept. 5, 2017,  President Trump put that possibility in doubt. “Make no mistake, we are going to put the interest of AMERICAN CITIZENS FIRST!” Trump tweeted ahead of an announcement by his attorney general that he was rescinding Obama’s action. The matter now rests with Congress.


Transfer of surplus military equipment to local police  

In 2015, in the wake of what some viewed as the outsize police response to the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., Obama issued an order banning the sale of surplus military equipment such as grenade launchers and armored vehicles to local police forces. On Aug. 28, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Trump was scrapping the restriction “to make it easier to protect yourselves and your communities.”


Normalizing relations with Cuba

Denouncing the Obama administration’s 2014 decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Trump announced on June 16, 2017, that he was putting travel and trade restrictions with the island nation back in place. “The previous administration’s easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people — they only enrich the Cuban regime,” Trump said in a Florida speech.


The Paris climate agreement

Trump has said he believes that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. His June 1, 2017, decision to walk away from the Paris climate agreement signed by his predecessor ultimately left the United States isolated as the only country in the world not onboard.


Offshore and Arctic oil drilling

Making good on the long-held Republican slogan “Drill, baby, drill,” Trump overturned a 2016 Obama executive order banning oil drilling in parts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic.

“This is a great day for American workers and families,” Trump said at a signing ceremony on April 28, 2017. “And today we’re unleashing American energy and clearing the way for thousands and thousands of high-paying American energy jobs.”



Net neutrality

Obama’s rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet — aka net neutrality — were enshrined in 2015 with a vote from the Federal Communications Commission. But new FCC commissioners are appointed by whichever president is serving, and when Trump took office he installed new leadership, which voted on Dec. 14 to scrap the policy, opening up the internet to what critics fear will result in a tiered system of information and entertainment.


The Clean Water Rule

On Feb. 28, 2017, President Trump began his assault on Obama’s executive order that expanded federal oversight of pollution in the nation’s rivers, streams and lakes. Trump’s first step was to order the EPA to “review and reconsider” the restrictions. Then, in June, the administration officially rolled back the environmental protections for over half of the nation’s tributaries.


Caps on greenhouse gas emissions at power plants 

Keeping a campaign promise to the coal industry, Trump signed an executive order on March 28, 2017, intended to begin dismantling Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which required power plants to reduce carbon emissions. Trump’s new “Energy Independence” order also reversed a ban on coal leasing on federal lands and loosened restrictions on methane emissions. Several states immediately filed a lawsuit against the administration, claiming the move endangered the health of citizens.


Scope of national monuments

Applauded by industry and decried by environmentalists, Trump signed an executive order on April 26, 2017, that swept away Obama’s use of the 1906 Antiquities Act to protect federal lands from oil drilling, mining and other development. “Today we’re putting the states back in charge,” he said at the signing. In December, the administration announced it would reduce the size of the Obama-created Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent, and the Bill Clinton-designated Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by 50 percent.


Bathroom protections for transgender students

One month into his term, Trump rescinded an Obama directive that allowed students to use school bathrooms that matched their self-identified gender. Trump’s rationale for the reversal was that states, rather than the federal government, should decide how to handle the question.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten decried the move, telling the Associated Press that it “tells trans kids that it’s OK with the Trump administration and the Department of Education for them to be abused and harassed at school for being trans.”


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Peace Prize-winning Obama exposed for aiding Hezbollah terrorist drug-running scheme that smuggled cocaine into the USA

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For eight years I stood back helplessly and watched as I saw an American president and his Democratic Party do everything they could to weaken our country.

Whether it was via destructive, anti-growth regulations and policies like Obamacare domestically or foreign policy initiatives and objectives that left the United States far more vulnerable and less safe, I never wanted to believe that President Obama hated his own nation enough to inflict direct harm on our people.

And yet, because of his hatred for Israel and his desire to “transform” America, that’s precisely what he did, all while putting U.S. national security at risk.

A bombshell report that virtually no one in the corrupt, disgustingly biased “mainstream” media is talking about was published by none other than Politico earlier this week describing how the Obama regime purposely tanked U.S. intelligence and law enforcement efforts to disrupt Iranian proxy Hezbollah’s global, billion-dollar criminal enterprise consisting primarily of drug-trafficking so he could make his precious “nuclear deal” that won’t do anything to prevent Iran from eventually obtaining nuclear weapons.

From the report’s first paragraph, which essentially sums up the other 14,000 words in the story:

In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.

The campaign was dubbed Operation Cassandra and, as The National Sentinel reported, “was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration collected evidence that Hezbollah had grown from a regional Middle Eastern terrorist and political organization into a global crime syndicate that some U.S. investigators say led to $1 billion annually in drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities.”

In case you don’t know, Hezbollah is a militant and terrorist group with a major foothold in Lebanon. The organization is well-armed, thanks to its benefactor, Iran, and is a mortal enemy of the Middle East’s principal power and democracy, Israel. (Related: Netanyahu tells Russian defense minister Israel cannot allow Iranian bases in Syria.)

The report noted further that U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies were able to follow Hezbollah-initiated cocaine shipments from Latin American to West Africa and Europe to the Middle East, while others traveled through Venezuela and Mexico destined for the United States.

But as Project Cassandra uncovered more of the conspiracy, officials within the Obama administration and White House began to put up one roadblock after another making it difficult if not impossible to not only continue tracking Hezbollah’s activities but learning who the key players in the organization were and then going after them.

Because after all, doing the right thing for the American people and his own country would have meant that Obama would have ‘angered’ Iran, and he couldn’t have that because he had a dirty deal he had to make.

“This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision,” David Asher, who helped establish and oversee Project Cassandra as a Defense Department illicit finance analyst, told Politico. “They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.”

Now mind you, Obama and his minions were doing this — allowing tons of cocaine to come into the U.S. — while the country was battling an opioid outbreak, and while hundreds of millions in profits were going to a group that has vowed to destroy Israel and the U.S.

Because of this callous disregard for his country and the Jewish state, an Israeli leader is demanding that Obama give back his Nobel Peace Prize (which he won after just a few weeks as president before he had even done anything).

“Obama must return his Nobel Peace Prize,” Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid said following the report, according to The Jerusalem Post. “Israel warned repeatedly that there can be no connection between the nuclear deal and anti-terror activity, certainly against Hezbollah. … We also warned of this specifically, because of the proven link between Hezbollah and Iran.”

Obama won’t give it back, of course, because of his narcissism.

J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.

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Nets Cover for Obama, Omit ‘Sabotage’ of Anti-Terror Efforts for Iran Deal

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BRET BAIER: A very serious charge tonight against the Obama administration. A bombshell report alleges the government deliberately sabotaged its own efforts to fight terrorist drug and money laundering operations. Doug McKelway tells us why.

[Cuts to video]

BARACK OBAMA: Today the United States, together with our allies and partners, has reached a historic understanding with Iran.

DOUG MCKELWAY: At what cost was the nuclear deal with Iran reached? A Politico investigation alleges the Obama administration, in an effort to reach the agreement, drastically curtailed efforts to interdict cocaine shipments in the U.S. by Hezbollah, a terrorist organization closely allied with Iran.

For years it’s been known Hezbollah have been active in the Latin American drug trade. In 2016, a DEA official told a congressional panel that Operation Cassandra, a massive law-enforcement effort to stop the Hezbollah drug trade, was inextricably curtailed.

MICHAEL BRAUN: For some unknown reason, we seem to have missed out on one opportunity after another. We seem to have forgotten about the importance of disrupting the supply chain.

MCKELWAY: Politico reports, quote: “When Project Cassandra leader sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests, and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury Departments delayed, hindered, or rejected their request.”

GENERAL JACK KEANE (RET): There is clearly a huge pattern. We pull out of Iraq largely because the Iranians want us out of there. And President Obama has no political and moral commitment to in the Iraqi end state that’s in the United States interests. From 2009, January to the tire eight years of the Obama administration, hands off anything to do with the Iranians and their proxies.

MCKELWAY: Several Obama administration officials did not respond to our requests for comment. A spokesman for Mr. Obama told Politico the administration was hard on Hezbollah, quote: “Through tough sanctions on law enforcement actions.”

[Cuts back to live]

The Trump administration has taken an entirely different tack in its Iran policy. That course change reflected in some sober comments from Secretary Mattis here on Friday to reporters when he told them, quote: “Everywhere you find turmoil you find Iran’s hand in it.”

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