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CNN, by Jim Sciutto* Posted By: Dreadnought- Tue, 23 13 2014 04:13:12 GMT U.S. jets began airstrikes in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, early Tuesday, a U.S. official told CNN. It´s the first strikes against the terror group inside the country since President Barack Obama´s announcement this month that he was prepared to expand the American efforts beyond targets in Iraq. All foreign partners participating in the strikes with the United States are Arab countries, a senior U.S. military official told CNN. Those nations are Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. The U.S. and "partner nation forces" began striking ISIS targets using fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles, Pentagon spokesman
MSNBC, by Trymaine Lee Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 23 06 2014 04:06:58 GMT City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, have billed a series of upcoming town hall meetings beginning Monday night as a way to continue dialogue with members of the beleaguered community and an opportunity to clear up misconceptions still swirling a month after Ferguson police shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. (Snip) But at some point between then and now, the Community Relations Service, a little-known agency within the Department of Justice that is working behind the scenes to cool racial tensions in the city, stepped in and closed off the meetings to the media and non-residents.
CNN, by Julian Zelizer Posted By: Dreadnought- Tue, 23 05 2014 04:05:30 GMT Should we worry about mission creep? Only one week after President Obama said that he would not send combat troops to fight ISIS, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate that U.S. forces could "accompany Iraqi forces in attacks" if the situation deteriorated. As President Obama prepares to address the United Nations General Assembly this Wednesday, Americans are naturally wondering where this will all end. Some have raised the specter of Vietnam. After all, President John F. Kennedy sent fewer advisors to Vietnam during his presidency than President Obama is sending to Syria right
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee Posted By: Dreadnought- Tue, 23 00 2014 04:00:15 GMT On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden promised that President Barack Obama would "do an awful lot" for illegal immigrants with executive actions toward amnesty. He said if Republicans don´t "see the lord" on immigration after the midterm elections, then they will feel some "lightning." According to pool reports, Biden spoke at a Hispanic Heritage Month reception at his residence and reportedly called up a student who had received temporary amnesty due to Obama´s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Biden then said that Obama is going to enact executive amnesty before the end of the year if Congress does
New York Times, by Patrick McGeehan Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 23 57 2014 03:57:57 GMT With the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaching, federal officials announced on Monday that New York and New Jersey will receive about $3.3 billion to prepare their transportation networks against future storms. The biggest pieces of the funding package will go to the New York City subway system and commuter rail systems in the surrounding region. More than one-third of all the new money will go to the subway system for projects to make rail yards, stations and equipment less susceptible to flooding. In all, the two states will receive about 90 percent of the latest round of storm aid from the federal
New York Times, by Helene Cooper* Posted By: MDMuskrat- Tue, 23 37 2014 03:37:40 GMT The United States and allies launched airstrikes against Sunni militants in Syria early Tuesday, unleashing a torrent of cruise missiles and precision'guided bombs from the air and sea on the militants de facto capital of Raqqa and along the porous Iraq border. American fighter jets and armed Predator and Reaper drones, flying alongside warplanes from several Arab allies, struck a broad array of targets in territory controlled by the militants, known as the Islamic State. American defense officials said the targets included weapons supplies, depots, barracks and buildings the militants use for command and control. Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired
Washington Post, by Loveday Morris Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 23 36 2014 03:36:06 GMT Baghdad - The army base in Iraqs western Anbar province had been under siege by Islamic State militants for a week, so when a convoy of armored Humvees rolled up at the gate, the Iraqi soldiers at Camp Saqlawiyah believed saviors had arrived. But this was no rescue attempt. The vehicles were driven by militants on suicide missions, and within seconds on Sunday the base had become a bloody scene of multiple bombings. On Monday, a day after the attack, five survivors including three officers said that between 300 and 500 soldiers were missing and believed to be dead, kidnapped or in hiding.
Power Line, by John Hinderaker Posted By: Dreadnought- Tue, 23 27 2014 03:27:20 GMT The totalitarian impulse is all too familiar: since I represent Progress (and, of course, everyone who acts in the political realm fervently believes that he represents Progress) those who stand in my way are retrogradeevil, reallyforces, that belong in the dustbin of history. Therefore, I might have to lock them up or kill them to ensure that Progress prevails. Until recently, the totalitarian impulse has been blessedly absent from American politics. Now, however, the American left has caught the totalitarian bug that infected Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Castro, and so many others. A case in point:
Breitbart Big Government, by Ben Shapiro Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 23 13 2014 03:13:18 GMT Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been through the political battles more than any major politician since Richard Nixon and she has a lot in common with her former foe. But despite the blanket coverage of the former First Lady and her ubiquitous husband, there are still a good number of interesting facts about her that have been buried over the years. She likes to get her drink on. Hanging out in Cartagena in 2012 with her staff at the Summit of the Americas, then'Secretary of State Clinton was photographed with her hair down and a drink in
Washington Post, by Editorial Posted By: Dreadnought- Tue, 23 08 2014 03:08:33 GMT It didn't take long for the Islamic State to exploit the weaknesses in President Obamas campaign against it. Last week the militants launched an offensive against a Kurdish-populated area of northern Syria where Mr. Obama has yet to approve U.S. airstrikes or supply aid to local forces. By Monday, more than 130,000 people had fled across the border to Turkey, and local commanders said they desperately needed help to defend the strategic town of Kobane. Mr. Obama has been slow-walking the approval of a Pentagon campaign plan including airstrikes in Syria while seeking commitments from nations in the region.
Washington Post, by Carol D. Leonnig and Spencer S. Hsu Posted By: Dreadnought- Tue, 23 06 2014 03:06:03 GMT The Secret Service commissioned a classified mock attack two decades ago that found an easy way to pierce the White House security zone: Overwhelm Secret Service officers on the compound with six to eight attackers climbing over the fence at the same time. That vulnerability remains, despite the creation of specially trained counterassault and surveillance teams recommended at the time, according to government officials who were briefed on the findings and requested anonymity to discuss sensitive information. Securing the White House grounds has been further complicated over the past two years by severe staffing shortages and high turnover rates in
Washington Post, by Craig Whitlock Posted By: Dreadnought- Tue, 23 02 2014 03:02:16 GMT The U.S. military expanded its war against the Islamic State late Monday by sending waves of warplanes and launching Tomahawk missiles into Syria to attack an array of targets in an aggressive and risk'laden operation that marks a new phase in the conflict. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said late Monday that U.S. commanders had deployed a mix of fighter jets and bombers and had also launched ship'based Tomahawk missiles against Islamic State targets in Syria. He said the operations were ongoing and that more details would not be released until after the strikes were finished. Kirby
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer and Phillip Swarts Posted By: Dreadnought- Tue, 23 58 2014 02:58:11 GMT White House officials on Monday acknowledged for the first time that Americans whove fought alongside the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria and Iraq have returned to the U.S., raising concerns about an attack on the homeland as President Obama prepares to urge the United Nations to confront the threat overseas. Counterterrorism experts believe at least 100 Americans have traveled to the Middle East to join the terrorist group, and a senior administration official said the total includes those whove gone, those whove tried to go, some whove come back and are under active [investigation] the FBI is looking at
NBC News, by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 23 37 2014 02:37:01 GMT The United States launched airstrikes in Syria against ISIS targets, sources tell NBC News. The U.S. military plans to strike up to 20 targets logistics, fuel and weapons depots; training sites; troop encampments; command and control sites; and headquarters for the Sunni fighters. The U.S. military will deploy manned and unmanned air assets, including F-22s, B-1 bombers, F-16s, F-15s and F/A-18s. The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush is at the ready in the Persian Gulf, and the USS Arleigh Burke, a guided missile destroyer that fires Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), is in the Red Sea.
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Posted By: Hazymac- Tue, 23 33 2014 02:33:09 GMT Back in the 1930s intellectuals sometimes advised each other: dont give to beggars, youll delay the revolution. Socialism has been described as a method of loving humanity so that you can be indifferent to your actual neighbor. (Snip) One of the most interesting aspects of the now'famous confrontation between Robert F Kennedy Jr and PJTVs Michelle Fields is his argument that you can be a conservationist without being one. RFK Jr said we should lobby for government to economize on energy so we as individuals dont have to. Asked whether he would give up his car and gadgets, Kennedy retorted
Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 23 31 2014 02:31:01 GMT Ferguson, Mo. - A California-based group has distributed and trained some Ferguson residents on how to use body cameras to record police. We Copwatch raised more than $6,000 to purchase 110 of the small devices to give to residents over the weekend, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The organization joined Ferguson-based activists the Canfield Watchmen to meet with about two dozen residents near the site where Michael Brown was fatally shot last month by a Ferguson police officer. David Whitt, a spokesman for the Canfield Watchmen, said that the body cameras offer people the ability to challenge the
Associated Press, by Stacy A. Anderson Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 23 24 2014 02:24:50 GMT Washington - Vice President Joe Biden told frustrated Hispanic leaders Monday President Barack Obama is "absolutely committed to moving forward" on comprehensive immigration reforms "and he´s going to do an awful lot." Biden said Obama was determined to move ahead "with or without" Congress and "if they don´t get something done by the end of this year, the president´s going to do it." Biden´s remarks came as he and his wife, Jill, hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month reception Monday at their Naval Observatory residence. He honored Hispanic education administrators and counselors, calling them "heroes in the
New York Times, by Rukmini Callimachi Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 23 13 2014 02:13:05 GMT A jihadist group in North Africa aligned with the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of a Frenchman in a mountainous region of Algeria, hours after the Islamic State called for attacks on Westerners. In the video released Monday, the little-known group Jund al-Khilafah said France had 24 hours to halt attacks on the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, or see its citizen executed. The kidnapping confirmed by the French government was the first of a Westerner by an Islamic State-aligned group outside Syria. If copied, the tactic of kidnapping Westerners to pressure their their governments could expand the conflict
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 23 01 2014 02:01:16 GMT The US State Department announced late Monday that it plans to provide over $71 million in humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip, a large portion of which is earmarked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). "More than 58,000 people are still sheltering in United Nations facilities and basic necessities like food, clean water, and fuel remain in short supply throughout the territory," the State Department said in a statement. UNRWA has been a subject of controversy in Israel over its perceived sympathy toward Hamas and its actions during Operation Protective Edge.
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas Posted By: Hybernicus- Tue, 23 00 2014 01:00:26 GMT Lois Lerner says she is no Jeffrey Dahmer. The former Internal Revenue Service official referenced the infamous cannibalistic serial killer as she broke her silence for the first time about last years IRS scandal. Lerner told the website Politico that she has been the recipient of threats and hate mail, describing how one person called her the worst person ever in the United States. I just thought, Boy, worse than Jeffrey Dahmer? Lerner quipped. Lerner, who led the tax-exempt division of the IRS, was forced out of the agency after she found herself at the center of the scandal over the agencys targeting of conservative groups