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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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Guantanamo Liquidation Picks Up Pace as Reports Swirl of Hagel’s Recalcitrance on Releases

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Saudi Arabia sends al-Qaeda fighter to counseling center, wants nine more detainees for rehab project.

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Obama: Executive Actions ‘Not’ Amnesty; ‘Amnesty Is the Immigration System We Have Today’

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

GOPs say they need the fine print to have a counterattack plan, while Dems want legislative backup.

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Obama Aide Nominated as Kerry’s No. 2 Compares U.S. Foreign Policy to It’s a Wonderful Life

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Blinken grilled by senators on Iran deal, "JV" ISIS, Israel security, and potential unilateral change in Cuba policy by Obama.

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Dem Blocks Bill to Give Congress Say on Nuke Deal Because It Sent ‘Chilling Message’ to Iran

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Co-sponsor retorts that ayatollah had the "chilling message" when he outlined this week steps to annihilate Israel.

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Climate Deal with China: U.S. Makes Cuts, PRC Can Increase Emissions for 16 Years

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

"The president has gotten very little and he's given away much in the agreement."

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Obama’s ‘Dear Ayatollah’ Letter: White House Won’t Talk on ‘Secret Conversations’

Thursday, November 6th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

"This is not a nation-state you want to get in bed with," Intelligence chairman warns. "If you do that, somebody is not going to get a good night's sleep."

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The Great Midterm Foreign Policy Comeback

Monday, November 3rd, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

An issue that has barely registered a blip in recent years now has voters paying attention. Will it last?

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U.S. Chides Israel for Closing Temple Mount After Shooting of U.S. Citizen

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

"The international community needs to stop its hypocrisy and take action against inciters," Netanyahu said.

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Hispanic Caucus Lobbies for Perez to Replace Holder; Pick Coming ‘Shortly After the Election’

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Holder lays out timetable "so that by early February we'd have a new attorney general," while Earnest defends lame-duck nods.

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GOP Senators: Admin Being ‘Wholly Misleading,’ ‘Belittling’ Critics to Push Through EPA Water Rules

Monday, October 27th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Lawmakers also contend that the EPA may be running afoul of the Anti-Lobbying Act in drive to regulate all waters with downstream connections.

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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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