Posts by Olivier Knox

  • Eric Holder announces resignation, sets up confirmation battle

    Olivier Knox, Yahoo News at Yahoo News5 days ago

    After a stormy 5½-year tenure, Attorney General Eric Holder formally announced Thursday that he plans to resign as the nation’s top law enforcement officer. Holder's decision sets up what will likely be a bruising confirmation battle for his successor as President Obama's second term winds down.

    The resignation robs Obama of one of his longest-serving aides — one of the handful who have been with him since the dawn of his history-making first term. Holder will stay on until his successor is confirmed.

    "This is bittersweet," the president admitted as he formally announced the move in the White House's State Dining Room. "Eric has done a superb job."

    Obama gave no hint of whom he might name for the job, but some administration officials have floated figures like Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and two-term Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

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  • Obama urges public to back open-ended war on Islamic State

    Olivier Knox, Yahoo News at Yahoo News20 days ago

    On the eve of Sept. 11, President Barack Obama on Wednesday made a prime-time plea for Americans to support an open-ended war on the brutal fighters of the Islamic State — an escalating Middle East campaign with ill-defined conditions for victory and a timetable that will likely take it into his successor’s term.

    Obama made certain to distinguish his approach from his predecessor’s large-scale invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. He promised that there will be no American ground troops taking the fight to the terrorist group also known as ISIL or ISIS.

    “This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground,” he said. The model? Smaller-scale conflicts in Yemen and Somalia where U.S. drone strikes and special operators have targeted extremists “for years,” he explained.

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