January 13, 2018

Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent a text message to Hawaiians Saturday morning warning of an incoming ballistic missile, sending island residents into a panic for the 20 minutes it took to correct the false alarm.

"Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill," the original message said in all caps. "NO missile threat to Hawaii," the agency tweeted soon after.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) also took to Twitter to calm worried constituents. See a screenshot of the original alert in her post below. Bonnie Kristian

January 8, 2018
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On Monday, President Trump's former deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka published a column in The Hill defending the president against several explosive claims in Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff's new book about the Trump White House. Gorka's op-ed would likely please the president, as he gleefully bashes the "#FakeNews" and uses a paragraph-long parenthetical to scoff at the "outrageous assertion" that the Trump campaign and Russia worked together during the 2016 election.

There's just one problem: Gorka writes that he met Wolff in the White House on an unnamed person's orders and declined an interview with the author. While that may be exonerating for Gorka himself, given the furor the book has stirred, it directly refutes Trump's claim that he personally rejected Wolff's requests to visit the White House:

So, when I met Michael Wolff in Reince Priebus' office, where he was waiting to talk to Steve Bannon, and after I had been told to also speak to him for his book, my attitude was polite but firm: "Thanks but no thanks." Our brief encounter reinforced my gut feeling that this oleaginous scribe had no interest in being fair and unbiased. [Sebastian Gorka, via The Hill]

Gorka isn't the only Trump ally who remembers Wolff at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.; White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters last Wednesday that the author had "just over a dozen interactions" at the White House.

Still, Gorka deploys one of the president's favorite linguistic constructions in his efforts to discredit Wolff, calling the author a "partisan self-promoter with credibility issues the likes of which we haven't seen in a very long time." Read the op-ed in its entirety at The Hill. Kelly O'Meara Morales

October 13, 2016
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Leaked emails containing purported excerpts of speeches Hillary Clinton gave after leaving the State Department see her discussing Russian President Vladimir Putin in strikingly positive terms as recently as 2014.

Putin is an "engaging" man and a "very interesting conversationalist," Clinton wrote. "I would love it if we could continue to build a more positive relationship with Russia," she remarked during one speech at Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs in 2013, adding, "obviously we would very much like to have a positive relationship with Russia and we would like to see Putin be less defensive toward a relationship with the United States so that we could work together on some issues."

Those comments, made behind closed doors, are markedly different from her public takes on Putin both in 2014 and this year. In March of 2014, for instance, Clinton compared Putin to Hitler. In the 2016 race, she has argued that rival Donald Trump's admiration for Putin "raises national security issues" and released a video suggesting Trump is working with Putin to manipulate the U.S. election via Russian hacking and leaks. She reiterated the latter claim in the second presidential debate Sunday. Bonnie Kristian