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Bridget Johnson

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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$7 Billion in Drug-War Spending Later, Afghan Poppy Cultivation in Full Bloom

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Despite U.S. trying to develop "alternative livelihoods" for Afghan farmers, opium is winning big.

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Obama’s ‘Core al-Qaeda Concept… Now Coming Back to Bite All of Us’

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Intelligence Committee member Nunes, gunning for chairmanship in the next Congress, talks to PJM about White House terror narratives and "al-Qaeda 6.0."

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White House: Dem Operative Was Obama’s First Choice for Ebola Czar, Shows ‘Tenacious Approach’ to Outbreak

Friday, October 17th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Congress reacts to Obama's "unserious gesture at an incredibly serious moment"; calls mount to reconvene.

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Obama ‘Absolutely Confident’ U.S. Won’t Have ‘Serious’ Ebola Outbreak

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Says he kissed nurses who cared for earlier patients at Emory: "It is not like the flu; it is not airborne."

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Six Months After Girls’ Kidnapping, White House Says It’s Backing ‘Holistic’ Strategy Against Boko Haram

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Including counseling and TV programming "with themes that reject violent extremism"; U.S. ambassador says it’s "hard to believe" terrorists "motivated by religion."

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CDC Official Argues Travel Ban Would Make Ebola Grow, ‘Spill Over More Into the U.S.’

Friday, October 10th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Texas Dem on new screening procedures: "Can it not be assumed that someone comes here from Liberia, that they've been in contact?"

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Pentagon Admits Airstrikes Aren’t Enough to Save Kobane, But Hasn’t Started Ground Training Program

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Admin wants media focus on its Iraq strategy. House chairman says that's exactly the problem.

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ISIS ‘on NATO’s Doorstep,’ But Admin Makes Clear Saving Kobane Isn’t Part of ‘Strategic Objectives’

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Terrorist advance "has evolved over a period of weeks in broad daylight" and flooded Turkey with refugees. Psaki says airstrikes took out a few ISIS vehicles.

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‘We Don’t Have a Lot of Margin for Error’: Obama Announces ‘Additional Passenger Screening’ After Senators’ Requests

Monday, October 6th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

"The chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is extremely low," he says, calling the virus a "national security priority."

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Obama Eager for ‘Constructive’ Beijing Trip as China Lays Down ‘Very Firm’ Law on Hong Kong

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

"No one will allow those illegal acts that violate public order," Chinese foreign minister warns while standing next to Kerry.

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Cornyn to PJM: Time for ‘Arguments Within the Family… Has Passed’ If Conservatives Want to Win Senate

Monday, September 29th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Minority whip on what comes after Holder's resignation, where the Senate is moving with Syria, Reid's strategies, and "pretty good" midterm chances.

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Obama Vows to Dismantle ‘Network of Death,’ Not Base Foreign Policy on ‘Reacting to Terrorism’

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

"When it comes to America and Islam, there is no us and them. There is only us," he tells UN, warning ISIS to "leave the battlefield while they can."

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The ‘Immediate’ Threat of Khorasan and the Link to Iran

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

White House won't provide "granular detail" about training cell managed by Zawahiri's deputy as P5+1 nuclear talks resume.

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Ambassador Accused of Siding with Islamists in Egypt Now a Leader of ISIS Coalition Strategy

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Twenty days before the caliphate was created, Anne Patterson said "we can do much" to "contain and roll back the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant."

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Kerry Tells Skeptical Senators They’ll Hear ISIS Plan Details ‘at Appropriate Time’

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

"It's about taking out a network, decimating and discrediting a militant cult masquerading as a religious movement," Kerry testifies.

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Boko Haram Closes in on Its ‘Mosul Moment’

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Elders warn of no less than “the total annihilation of the inhabitants of Borno" as terrorists reportedly surround state capital.

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Lawmakers Offer Cautious Support to Obama’s ISIS Strategy, Don’t Want Congress Left Out Or Half-Measures

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

At least one vulnerable Dem says no to arming rebels, while other members want more details or worry about plan's implementation.

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Coburn: ‘Dangerous’ Military-to-Police Program Threatens ‘Very Principles That Built the Country’

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Senators study equipment grants in wake of Ferguson response: "You just shouldn't be giving out mine-resistant vehicles," Rand Paul said. "Bayonets, there's no excuse."

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Inspector General: U.S. Continues to Pay Afghan Contractors Aiding the Enemy

Friday, September 5th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

"Army permits deadly enemies and their sympathizers to get federal dollars which can be used to buy the means to kill our troops."

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Morphing Into ‘Conventional Army,’ Boko Haram Poised to ‘Explode Any Day, Like ISIS’

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Terrorist group's new "caliphate" makes lightning-fast gains, closing in on a state capital that, if seized, would tear Nigeria apart and create a huge al-Qaeda base.

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Congress Whips Up Own Strategies to Fight ISIS as GOPs, Dems Unite on ‘Threat to the Entire World’

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

While State Department official gives hint at administration strategy: counting on tribal leaders to tire of ISIS.

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‘Get Ready,’ Warns Hagel: ISIS ‘Beyond Anything That We’ve Seen’

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Dempsey says terror group "can be contained, not in perpetuity" -- as ISIS threatens to exterminate Turkmen town under siege.

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‘We Broke the ISIL Siege,’ Obama Declares; Pentagon Not Doing ‘Happy Dances’ Over Yazidis Left

Thursday, August 14th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Numbers questions: Ten of thousands stranded on mountain, 1,000 evacuated per night over past week, now U.S. estimates 5,000 remain.

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Somalia President to PJM: Al-Shabaab Part of a ‘Global Phenomenon That Needs to be Addressed’

Monday, August 11th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

In exclusive remarks, Mohamud stresses that North African terror groups are not just a regional threat: "They are linked, they live for each other, they support each other and they are connected globally."

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‘I Hope It’s Not Too Late’: Senator Hears Pleas from Anguished Iraqi Christians

Sunday, August 10th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Portman tells PJM that ISIS is marking the doors of the faithful with a large "N" -- for Nazareth.

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