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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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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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Congressman: White House ‘Underestimated the Magnitude and Scope of the Epidemic’

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Shuffled around between agencies, "no one could explain what actions would be taken to ensure the U.S. was prepared to respond."

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White House Defends Ebola on the Back Burner at Africa Leaders’ Summit

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Administration wants to keep focus on economic opportunity in Africa, says it's FDA's concern to fast-track Ebola drug or not.

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White House Finally Sanctions Some Venezuelan Officials, But Senators Want Asset Freezes

Monday, August 4th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

See which senator blocked a sanctions bill before recess -- in a hat tip to Citgo.

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House Dem on White House Iran Strategy: ‘The Imperial Presidency Grows Further’

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

"'Consultation' means we'll tell you no and you'll do it anyway," congressman fires at lead U.S. negotiator.

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Kerry: Naming Religious Freedom Violators Isn’t ‘to Make Us Feel Somehow That We’ve Spoken the Truth’

Monday, July 28th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

"The Abrahamic faiths, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, have to find new meaning in the old notion of our shared descent," he says while lecturing about Pilgrims.

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Incoming ISAF Commander Acknowledges ‘Inherent Risks’ of Pentagon Contracts with Russian Arms Giant

Friday, July 25th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Senators tighten up the national security loophole Obama used to circumvent ban on taxpayer cash lining Russia's pockets.

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Will Obama Heed Call Among Dems for ‘Stronger, Stiffer Sanctions’ Slapped Quickly on Putin?

Monday, July 21st, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Senate Dem chairman: "I'm not thinking about what Putin will do...we've seen what he'll do. It's what we in the West will do."

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Will the Deaths of Americans on MH17 Finally End $1B U.S. Relationship with Russian Arms Giant?

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Rosoboronexport, which has benefited from no-bid Pentagon contracts, recently tried to sell Buk missile system to Malaysia.

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Six More Months – or More – for Iran Nuclear Negotiations?

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

White House paves way for more time by waxing about Tehran's "surprisingly favorable" record, while Hill critics say no way to regime "ploy."

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‘Boko Haram Can Become Another al-Qaeda,’ Warns Florida Dem Reviving #BringBackOurGirls

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Rep. Frederica Wilson talks to PJM about her recent trip to Nigeria and how mainstream media has "abandoned" the kidnapped schoolgirls.

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Assad and ISIS More ‘Intimately Interwound’ Than Ever

Friday, July 11th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Administration officials consider getting into bed with the dictator even as former ambassador warns they don't understand the alliance.

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Obama in Texas: If You Want Any Border Relief, Pass $3.7 Billion Supplemental Now

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

"There's nothing that is taking place down there that I am not intimately aware of and briefed on... This isn't theater."

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Despite Fraud Fears, Washington Threatens to Yank Aid If Afghans Don’t Settle Presidential Election

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

But even lawmakers on the Hill get Abdullah's point, with one senator noting "all of the irregularities seem to favor one candidate."

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Khamenei: U.S. Hands ‘Empty in Both Fields of Sanctions and Threats’

Monday, July 7th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

As negotiators barrel toward July 20 deadline, administration insists they're working with "a series of easily achievable measures."

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Undaunted ISIS Begin Building Their New Caliphate Into a State

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Recruiting not just fighters but doctors, engineers, secretaries and translators as Washington still assessing.

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