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Obama "Familiar" With Gosnell, Can't Comment On An "Active Trial"

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SAVANNAH GUTHRIE, NBC: Have you been watching the Gosnell trial? It's a Philadelphia abortion doctor accused of gruesome crimes. Are you following it and do you think it animates a larger debate about abortion in this country? PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I am familiar with it. I can't comment on it because it's an active trial. What I can say is this: I think President Clinton said it pretty well when he said, 'abortion should be safe, legal and rare.' If an individual carrying out an abortion, operating a clinic, or doing anything else is violating medical ethics, violating the law, then they should be prosecuted. Send to a Friend |

Obama On Gun Control: After Newtown, "I Feel Personally Responsible"

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"I feel personally responsible the same way I hope every parent out there feels responsible for all our kids. The key thing for me, is every once in a while we are confronted with an issue that should transcend politics," President Obama said in an interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie that aired on the network's Wednesday broadcast of "Today." Send to a Friend |

Obama: "Unimaginable" That Congress Would "Defy" Americans And Not Pass Gun Control

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"I think we’ve got a good chance of seeing it pass if members of Congress are listening to the American people," President Obama said in an interview on NBC's "Today Show" that aired on Tuesday. "The notion that Congress would defy the overwhelming instinct of the American people after what we saw happen in Newtown, I think, is unimaginable." Obama was then asked by Savannah Guthrie how he could expect Democrats in red states to vote on this bill when he, as a Senator, didn't have to himself. "I think that all of us had to reflect on what we did or didn't do after Newtown," Obama observed. "If the question is 'is this potentially difficult politically because the gun lobby is paying attention and has shown no willingness to budget?' Then the answer is yes, that's a given. Now, if the question is what's the right thing to do and what the American people believe in, overwhelmingly. If that's what's guiding members of Congress during the next couple of weeks, then this will pass." Send to a Friend |

Jessica Lynch: Ten Years Later, Iraq Still Haunts My Dreams

“I know that there was a lot of fabricated, misconstrued stories, but I did what I had to do,’’ former POW Jessica Lynch told NBC's Savannah Guthrie. “I came out and tried to tell the world what really happened. I set the record straight as much as I can and what people still want to believe or not believe, that’s on them, but I felt it was important to just let the truth be known. I did Congress and testified to really just let everyone know none of this happened, this is the real story.’’ Send to a Friend |

Former Gov. Jeb Bush Not Ruling Out 2016 Campaign For Presidency

"I have a voice, I want to share my beliefs about how the conservative movement and the Republican party can regain its footing, because we’ve lost our way," former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) told Matt Lauer of NBC's "TODAY Show" on Monday. "I won’t [rule out running] but I’m not going to declare today either," Bush also said. Send to a Friend |

NBC News: Rare Glimpse Inside Pakistan's Ground Zero For Terrorists

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan -- It's been called the most dangerous place in the most dangerous region on the planet. A rugged swathe of tribal territory nestled between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Waziristan is ground zero for some of the region's most notorious militant groups and warlords, including the Pakistani Taliban and Haqqani network. North and South Waziristan are hit by more U.S. drone attacks then anywhere else in the world. NBC News obtained rare access to South Waziristan and last week became the first foreign team of journalists to report from North Waziristan.  (Read More at NBC News) Send to a Friend |

Valerie Jarrett Admits Obama Hasn't Talked To GOP Leaders About Sequester

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE, NBC NEWS: When is the last time the president sat down with Congressional leaders to try to work out some kind of compromise to avoid this? VALERIE JARRETT, WHITE HOUSE: Well as you saw at the end of the last year, we made a great deal of progress. We were so close, Savannah. The president and Speaker Boehner were really just moments apart in reaching a deal and unfortunately, Republicans were unwilling to do the deal we proposed. The president proposed a balanced approached, one that includes both spending cuts as well as rate increases and that's the way we have to get ourselves to a healthy budget. GUTHRIE: Have there been any recent meetings along those lines? JARRETT: Well, there haven’t. We had the issue at the end of last year, and over the last few weeks we’ve been preparing and gearing up. Send to a Friend |

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