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  • Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

    08/26/2014 2:36:42 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    AOL News ^ | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and KARIN LAUB
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory. Hamas declared victory and bursts of celebratory gunfire erupted across Gaza, but the terms of the deal fell far short of Hamas' demand that Israel and Egypt open Gaza's borders. Under the Egyptian-brokered deal, Israel is to ease imports into Gaza, including aid and material for reconstruction. It also allows Palestinians to fish six nautical miles...
  • Dear FRiends: Please help us wrap up this FReepathon within the next week. [Thread XLII]

    08/26/2014 9:54:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 111 replies
    Dear FRiends, Time is running short for our FReepathon. We're nearing the end of the second month and we still have $12k to go. We need to wrap this up soon. If you enjoy using FR and find it worthwhile and would like to help keep it going, please consider making your donation today. Thank you very much!! FR is funded solely by contributions made by liberty loving people like you who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party, no advertisers, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers, no government subsidies, no outside influences. We are...
  • Judicial Watch: DOJ Admits Lois Lerner’s Emails Exist

    08/25/2014 12:24:26 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 177 replies
    National Review ^ | 8-25-2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Judicial Watch: DOJ Admits Lois Lerner’s Emails Exist By Joel Gehrke August 25, 2014 3:11 PM A Justice Department official admitted that former IRS official Lois Lerner’s apparently missing emails actually exist on a backup server, but the government doesn’t plan to retrieve them. “A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that it turns out the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington and there’s a catastrophe, so the government can continue operating,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told Fox News’ Shannon Bream. “But it would be too...
  • ‘All clear’ issued after earlier ‘active shooter incident’ at Fort Lee in Virginia

    08/25/2014 6:49:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 74 replies
    Fox 8 ^ | 8/25/14
    <p>An “active shooter incident” has been reported at the Army base in Fort Lee, Virginia, according to multiple reports.</p>
  • U.S. Journalist Held by Qaeda Affiliate in Syria Is Freed After Nearly 2 Years

    08/24/2014 11:49:37 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 46 replies
    new york times ^ | August 24, 2014 | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
    The journalist, Peter Theo Curtis, was abducted near the Syria-Turkey border in October 2012. He was held by the Nusra Front, the Qaeda affiliate in Syria, which has broken with the more radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 August 2014

    08/24/2014 4:34:00 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 78 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 24 August 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows August 24th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.; Rev. Al Sharpton; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and his medical mission to Guatemala to perform eye surgery; Peter Westmacott, Britain's ambassador to the United States. FACE THE NATION (CBS): William Lacy Clay Jr., D-Mo; Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; Clay.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Nixon; Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Detroit's police...
  • Buchanan: Obama Will 'Set the Country Completely on Fire' with Executive Amnesty by Labor Day

    08/24/2014 4:25:41 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 161 replies
    brietbart ^ | 24 Aug 14 | IanHanchett
    On the Friday broadcast of “The McLaughlin Group,” columnist Pat Buchanan predicted that President Obama would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants via executive order by Labor Day and that such an action would “set the country completely on fire.” After Washington Examiner Chief Congressional Correspondent Susan Ferrechio argued that “Democrats could gain from Hispanic voters turning out, especially if the president decides to take key executive actions in this summer that would help Hispanics who are here in the country, perhaps living here illegally. That could boost popularity for the party,” Buchanan responded “executive amnesty will set the country completely...
  • M 6.1 Earthquake, 6km NW of American Canyon, California [CA Freepers please check in]

    08/24/2014 3:39:32 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 180 replies
    USGS ^ | August 24. 2014 | No Attribution
    An earthquake with magnitude 6.1 occurred near American Canyon, CA at 10:20:44.00 UTC on Aug 24, 2014. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
  • Mitt Romney Helping Paul Ryan Promote Pro-Amnesty Book

    08/21/2014 5:19:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | by DAN RIEHL
    Mitt Romney and his former running mate, Paul Ryan, will be making their first public appearance together since losing to Obama/Biden two years ago. Ryan is traveling the country to promote a book and is also said to be considering a run for the White House himself. Romney will interview Ryan Thursday night on stage at the Union League Club of Chicago. Ryan's book has met some criticism given its handling of the immigration issue - which is increasingly being exposed as a stone cold loser of an issue in the very mid-term elections Ryan suggested it be used by...
  • Truth and Justice Needed in Ferguson, MO [Nightly LIVE RIOT thread]

    08/20/2014 5:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 188 replies
    The following statement was released by Keith Kelleher, president of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri & Kansas, in response to the shooting of Ferguson, MO, resident Michael Brown and the unrest that is occurring there:The aftermath of the tragic shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, reveals the urgent need for justice to prevail in order to bring a level of calm back to the community. The initial lack of information coming from the Ferguson Police Department and its militarized response to protesters has clearly erased any faith in local authorities to uncover the truth. To that end, the members...
  • US special forces tried to rescue hostages earlier in 2014, officials say

    08/20/2014 3:45:09 PM PDT · by McGruff · 89 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2014
    Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed to find them.
  • Supreme Court Puts Hold on Same-Sex Marriages in Virginia

    08/20/2014 12:21:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 73 replies
    Supreme Court Puts Hold on Same-Sex Marriages in Virginia WASHINGTON — Aug 20, 2014, 3:09 PM ET http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/ap-newsalert-25043930
  • Live Thread: I am Mike Brown Live from Ferguson, MO

    08/19/2014 6:11:08 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 692 replies
    Livestream ^ | 8/19/2014 | UNK
    For 8/19/2014
  • Officer Darren Wilson Suffered “Orbital Blowout Fracture to Eye Socket” During Mike Brown Attack

    08/19/2014 8:22:57 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 806 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 19 Aug 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The Gateway Pundit can now confirm from two local St. Louis sources that police Officer Darren Wilson suffered facial fractures during his confrontation with deceased 18 year-old Michael Brown. Officer Wilson clearly feared for his life during the incident that led to the shooting death of Brown. This was after Michael Brown and his accomplice Dorian Johnson robbed a local Ferguson convenience store. Local St. Louis sources said Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.” This comes from a source within the District Attorney’s office and confirmed by the St. Louis County Police.
  • Ferguson 8/18/14 - swat and police getting ready to disperse crowd [gunshots, tear gas, flash bangs]

    08/18/2014 7:56:23 PM PDT · by backpacker_c · 656 replies
    vanity
    well, at 10:50 pm eastern, the police have moved in their vehicles and started to try to disperse the crowd again. visible rocks and other objects are flying
  • PROTESTERS STORM GOVERNOR’S ST. LOUIS OFFICE – Demand Removal of National Guard in #Ferguson

    08/18/2014 3:25:07 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 252 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/18/14 | Jim Hoft
    PROTESTERS STORM GOVERNOR’S ST. LOUIS OFFICE – Demand Removal of National Guard in #Ferguson
  • National Guard Ordered Onto Streets of Ferguson, Missouri

    08/18/2014 12:17:02 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 229 replies
    Missouri's governor ordered the National Guard onto the streets of Ferguson early Monday after another night of violence following the shooting by police of an unarmed black teen. "Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk," Gov. Jay Nixon said in a statement. "Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and...
  • Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times (All shots in front-witness lied)

    08/17/2014 8:19:23 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 209 replies
    New York Times ^ | AUG. 17, 2014 | FRANCES ROBLES and JULIE BOSMAN
    FERGUSON, Mo. — Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found. One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was...
  • All Hell Breaking Loose in Ferguson

    McDonald's being overrun; 1000s marching on the CP; shootings
  • Ebola patients flee armed attack on Liberian isolation ward

    08/17/2014 7:29:39 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 90 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 August 2014 | Sam Webb for MailOnline
    Armed men attacked an Ebola isolation ward in the Liberian capital Monrovia overnight, prompting 29 patients to flee the facility, witnesses said Sunday. 'They broke down the doors and looted the place. The patients all fled,' said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed by residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberian, George Williams. Meanwhile, a Nigerian man was today at the centre of an Ebola health scare on the Spanish Costas, which contains an estimated British population of more than 82,000.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 August 2014

    08/17/2014 5:14:12 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 99 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 17 August 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows August 17th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo.; Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Michael Turner, R-Ohio; Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore; City Councilman Bernard Parks of Los Angeles. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.; NAACP president Cornell William Brooks.THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Nixon; Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and William Lacy Clay Jr., D-Mo.
  • Ukraine forces destroy most of a column of Russian military vehicles, president says

    08/16/2014 4:52:59 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 234 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Aug 14 | Michael Birnbaum
    KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that Ukrainian forces had attacked and destroyed part of a column of Russian military vehicles on Ukrainian territory, a step that, if confirmed, would represent a significant escalation of hostilities between Ukraine and Russia. Poroshenko told British Prime Minister David Cameron that “the majority” of a column of Russian military vehicles “had been destroyed by the Ukrainian artillery at night,” his office said in a statement. The announcement came as NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday that the defense alliance had seen an “incursion” into Ukraine the previous night.
  • Report: U.S. airstrikes carried out as part of Iraqi effort to retake Mosul Dam

    08/15/2014 8:11:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | 8-15-2014 | Anna Coren and Chelsea J. Carter
    U.S. warplanes carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq near ISIS-controlled Mosul Dam early Saturday morning, the Kurdish news agency Rudaw reported, citing eyewitnesses. CNN confirmed that a U.S. and Iraqi military operation aimed at retaking the country's largest hydroelectric dam from the so-called Islamic State was scheduled to begin early Saturday morning (Friday at 6 p.m. ET). The operation was to begin with U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes against ISIS positions, with Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces following up on the ground. U.S. fighter jets began carrying out the strikes early Saturday morning local time, Rudaw reported
  • Exclusive: Friend Of Officer Darren Wilson Speaks Out On Shooting Of Mike Brown

    “Josie,” a friend of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, called into The Dana Loesch Radio Show today. Josie gave Officer Wilson’s side of the story. Here’s the transcript: “He pulled up ahead of them. And then he got a call-in that there was a strong-arm robbery. And, they gave a description. And, he’s looking at them and they got something in their hands and it looks like it could be what, you know those cigars or whatever. So he goes in reverse back to them. Tries to get out of his car. They slam his door shut violently. I think he...
  • Gov. Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power for carrying out threat to veto prosecutors' funds

    08/15/2014 3:57:33 PM PDT · by bgill · 256 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | August 15, 2014 | WILL WEISSERT
    The Republican governor is accused of abusing his official powers by publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit at the Travis County District Attorney's office. He was indicted by an Austin grand jury Friday.
  • Ukraine Says Russian Armored Vehicles Destroyed

    08/15/2014 9:11:50 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 100 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 15, 2014 12:08 p.m. ET | James Marson
    MOSCOW—Ukrainian artillery destroyed a large part of a column of armored vehicles that had been seen entering Ukraine from Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday. Ukraine, backed by Western capitals, has for weeks accused Russia of sending men and heavy weapons to pro-Russia rebels that hold several towns and cities in Ukraine's east.
  • New Info on Michael Brown and his "Associates"

    08/15/2014 8:19:53 AM PDT · by Towed_Jumper · 121 replies
    CharlestonThugLife ^ | August 14, 2014 | Chief
    Wow! So, another police officer jumped out of his car in the ghetto for absolutely no reason, put a black guy on the ground with his hands up and then filled him full of lead? What a shame. Well, no, more like “what a sham”.
  • Darren Wilson identified as the officer who shot Michael Brown

    08/15/2014 7:39:25 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 281 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/15/14 | By Mark Berman and Wesley Lowery
  • Ferguson police say Michael Brown fit description of strong-arm robbery suspect

    08/15/2014 7:19:37 AM PDT · by McGruff · 323 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | August 15, 2014
    Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb, fit the description of a strong-arm robbery suspect that police were responding to the night he was shot, the Ferguson police chief said at a Friday press conference. Police have said Brown was shot after an officer encountered him and another man on the street. They say one of the men pushed the officer into his squad car, then physically assaulted him in the vehicle and struggled with the officer over the officer's weapon. At least one shot was fired inside...
  • Maliki Agrees to Relinquish Power in Iraq

    Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki said Thursday night that he had agreed to relinquish power, state television reported, potentially ending a crisis in which his deployment of extra security forces around the capital had raised worries of a military coup.
  • Ukraine crisis: Rebel military chief Strelkov 'quits'

    08/14/2014 9:33:36 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 155 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 Aug 14 | Unknown
    The military leader of pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Igor Girkin - known as Strelkov - has resigned. Alexander Borodai, the former PM of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, confirmed the news but denied reports Mr Strelkov had been wounded.
  • Obama To Deliver Statement Thursday At 12:15

    08/14/2014 8:39:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 195 replies
    ....Obama will deliver a statement from Edgartown, Mass. on Thursday at 12:15 ...
  • U.S. Weighs Military Rescue Mission for Yazidi Refugees

    08/12/2014 6:31:36 PM PDT · by kristinn · 77 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Updated 8:40 p.m. ET | Dion Nissenbaum
    The U.S. is weighing a military mission in Iraq to rescue thousands of Yazidi refugees, a move that risks putting American forces in direct confrontation with Sunni fighters for the Islamic State. The proposal is still under development and hasn't been approved by President Barack Obama. U.S. officials said the rescue mission is one of many options the U.S. military is weighing after dropping food and water to dying refugees over the past six days. "People are looking at ways to do something more than just drop water and supplies," one senior U.S. official said. "You can only do that...
  • BREAKING: FAA Issues Flight Warning Over FERGUSON, MO – Effective Immediately

    08/12/2014 12:19:36 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 190 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-12-2014 | Jim Hoft
    BREAKING ALERT—–FAA WARNING –Airspace restriction over Ferguson, Missouri– All commercial pilots in the country are getting this notice.Notice to Airmen: Airspace restriction over Ferguson.FYI: Ferguson, Missouri is located right next to Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri.A local commercial pilot and former military aviator informed The Gateway Pundit that there is a no fly zone and this is extremely uncommon.
  • Group plans to occupy Ted Cruz’s Houston office for ‘bullying’ undocumented immigrants

    08/12/2014 11:29:40 AM PDT · by DiogenesLamp · 114 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 12, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    A group representing young immigrants is planning to take over the Houston office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday, to protest Cruz’s attempts to stop immigration reform from passing in Congress.
  • SEC announces fraud charges against state of Kansas

    08/12/2014 8:27:27 AM PDT · by Kansas58 · 28 replies
    Kansas City Business Journal ^ | Updated: Aug 11, 2014, 2:03pm CDT | Brianne Phannenstiel
    "Governor Brownback's administration took prompt action in 2011 to adopt new disclosure policies and procedures and to include the relevant KPERS information in the CAFR (comprehensive annual financial report)," Kansas Secretary of Administration Jim Clark said in a statement. "The SEC has considered these changes and we are pleased that the SEC did not seek any financial penalties or make any claims of intentional misconduct based on the actions of former administrations. We remain committed to complying with all disclosure requirements and require training and updating of the policies and procedures annually."
  • Obama to Speak soon (Live Stream Link)

    08/11/2014 1:47:57 PM PDT · by blueyon · 132 replies
    Wavy10.com ^ | 8/11/14 | blueyon
    Pres Obama to speak soon
  • President Massoum asks al-Ibadi to become Iraq PM

    08/11/2014 7:37:05 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 24 replies
    On Monday, Iraq's president asked Ibadi to form a new government, despite opposition from Maliki, who has said he wants a third term as prime minister. "The country is now in your hands," Massoum told deputy parliamentary speaker Ibadi, in a televised ceremony. "I hope you will be successful in forming a broader-based government." Massoum's request came despite a legal ruling by Iraq's highest court earlier on Monday declaring that Maliki's Shiite-led State of Law political bloc was the largest grouping in parliament.
  • Riots, looting, gunfire and chaos in Ferguson, Missouri following police shooting of teenager

    08/10/2014 8:30:23 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 719 replies
    KMOV ^ | 08/10/2014 | Staff
    <p>FERGUSON, Mo.(KMOV.com) -- Protests in Ferguson reportedly turned violent Sunday night.</p>
  • Military Coup Rocks Iraq

    08/10/2014 2:40:05 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 360 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 8/10/2014 | by Thomas Ferdousi
    Iraq’s parliament just chose a new President who refused to rename Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki to a third term. Maliki declared the move unconstitutional and his own State of Law Party pulled support from him. Now his forces are seizing government buildings in Iraq, have closed the airport, and are surrounding the Green Zone.
  • Troops surround Baghdad ‘Green Zone’ as embattled Prime Minister Maliki appears to cling to power

    08/10/2014 3:11:57 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    News.com.au ^ | 8-10-2014 | News.com
    UNCONFIRMED reports suggest troops have sealed off Baghdad’s “Green Zone” in an apparent coup. Controversial Iraqi PM Maliki won a fresh round of elections, but does not hold a clear majority in parliament. He technically remains prime minister until parliament sits and votes. But Mr Maliki has this morning lashed out against his opponents, calling them “ministers for ISIS”. “Today I will file a formal complaint to the federal court against the president,” he said, in a surprise address at midnight Iraq time. Controversial Iraqi PM Maliki won a fresh round of elections, but does not hold a clear majority...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 10 August 2014

    08/10/2014 4:58:46 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 76 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 10 August 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows August 10th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Ben Cardin, D-Md.; John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Coverage of the crisis in Iraq. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization's assistant director-general for health security and environment.THIS WEEK (ABC): Army Gen. Carter Ham (retired), former commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Mosul, SIM medical missionary Dr. Frank Glover, Jr. and Amb. Robin Sanders, former ambassador to...
  • U.S. airstrikes begin on ISIS militants in Iraq

    08/08/2014 7:39:00 AM PDT · by Jonah Vark · 100 replies
    CNN ^ | August 8, 2014 | Jim Sciutto, Ben Brumfield and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
    Washington (CNN) -- Two U.S. F/A-18 jet fighters bombed artillery batteries of Sunni Islamic extremists in Iraq on Friday, escalating America's military involvement more than two years after President Barack Obama brought home forces from the country. Obama authorized "targeted airstrikes" if needed to protect U.S. personnel from fighters with the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The U.S. military also could use airstrikes to prevent what officials warn could be a genocide of minority groups by the Islamic State fighters. The U.S. aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a "mobile artillery...
  • Obama Authorizes Limited Airstrikes in Iraq

    08/07/2014 7:13:13 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 73 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07 August 2014 | Helen Cooper, Mark Landler, Alissa J. Rubinaug
    President Obama said Thursday that United States military aircraft had dropped food and water to thousands of Iraqis besieged by Islamic militants on a mountaintop in northern Iraq. Speaking from the State Dining Room at the White House, the president said he had directed the United States military forces to conduct targeted airstrikes on the militants if they moved to take Erbil, threatening the American citizens and military personnel there.
  • President approves mission to drop humanitarian aid in Iraq

    08/07/2014 6:06:35 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug 7, 2014 | Fox News
    President Obama has approved a mission to to drop humanitarian aid in Iraq for the 40,000 or so religious minorities stranded on a mountaintop in the country's north after Islamic militants forced them to flee, senior U.S. officials told Fox News Thursday night. However, the officials said the air drops had not yet begun. If all goes well, they said, the mission will be completed following a single pass of U.S. military cargo jets. The officials did not disclose the planes' starting point due to host nation sensitivities. It was possible the mission also could include air strikes to protect...
  • President Obama speaks on the ongoing violence in Iraq

    08/07/2014 6:30:45 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 105 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2014-08-07 | Fox News
    Obama speaks from the White House
  • US Begins Humanitarian Airdrop Mission in Iraq

    08/07/2014 3:35:34 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    The United States is sending cargo planes to drop pallets of humanitarian aid and supplies to stranded Iraqi citizens threatened by the militant Islamic group ISIS, U.S. officials said today. The air drop mission has begun, officials told ABC News
  • American Forces Said to Bomb ISIS Targets in Iraq

    08/07/2014 2:36:01 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 61 replies
    NYT ^ | AUG. 7, 2014 | ALISSA J. RUBIN
    <p>American military forces bombed at least two targets in northern Iraq on Thursday night to rout Islamist insurgents who have trapped tens of thousands of religious minorities in Kurdish areas, Kurdish officials said.</p> <p>Word of the bombings, reported on Kurdish television from the city of Erbil, came as President Obama was preparing to make a statement in Washington.</p>
  • Walsh drops out of U.S. Senate race (Montana)

    08/07/2014 1:16:00 PM PDT · by jalisco555 · 70 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | 8/7/14 | Charles S. Johnson
    HELENA — Sen. John Walsh said Thursday he is pulling out of the Senate race because his campaign was distracted by the controversy over allegations that he plagiarized a U.S. Army War College research paper. Walsh, a Democrat, said he decided to drop out of the race. He had canceled campaign events this week as he and his family discussed what he would do. The New York Times reported July 23 that Walsh had plagiarized large portions of the research paper in 2007. Walsh will serve out the rest of his Senate term, which ends in early January 2015. “I...
  • Official Primary Live Thread (KS, MI, MO, WA, TN)

    08/05/2014 3:00:45 PM PDT · by Dacula · 262 replies
    Should be an interesting night.