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  • Congressional Democrats PAID BY IRANIAN LOBBY to support Obama’s nuke deal

    09/04/2015 5:18:03 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 9 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 9/4/2015 | Pamela Geller
    Every senator who accepted money from the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IPAC) should be impeached and removed from office — or at very least, soundly defeated the next time he or she comes up for reelection. But the enemedia, true to form, will cover for them and do everything it can to keep them on the government payroll. (“Gillibrand and other pro-Dealers got Iran cash,” by Jeff Dunetz, The Jewish Star, September 3, 2015 (thanks to Banafsheh One of the many unanswered questions about P5+1 agreement with Iran is why so many Congressional Democrats are rallying behind the President...
  • Donald Trump Stumbles and Bristles During Foreign Policy Interview

    09/04/2015 5:08:53 AM PDT · by wolfman23601 · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/3/15 | Michael Barbaro
    Donald J. Trump revealed gaps in his mastery of international affairs during a radio interview on Thursday, appearing to mistake the Quds Force, an Iranian military group, for the Kurds, a Middle Eastern people, and growing testy over questions about foreign leaders. “You’re asking me names that — I think it’s somewhat ridiculous,” Mr. Trump told Hugh Hewitt, a popular conservative radio show host. “As far as the individual players, of course I don’t know them. I’ve never met them. I haven’t been, you know, in a position to meet them.” At one point, Mr. Hewitt asked Mr. Trump if...
  • Longtime Clinton aide before House committee on Benghazi (didn't remember til shown emails)

    09/04/2015 4:37:52 AM PDT · by Liz · 14 replies
    NYPOST.COM ^ | 9/3/15 | GEOFF EARLE
    Hillary's longtime aide, Cheryl Mills, was grilled for hours behind closed doors before Rep Trey Gowdy's House committee investigating Benghazi. Mills’ appearance followed the release of 7,000 pages of ­e-mails from Clinton’s private server — many were to and from Mills and heavily redacted. The day before it was revealed that Clinton tech expert, Byran Pagliano, would refuse to answer questions. Pagliano was responsible for Clinton’s private server during her 2008 presidential campaign; he followed her to the State Dept as a “special ­adviser.” “She has made ­every effort to answer questions and be as helpful as possible, and has...
  • India keen to test-drive Australia’s Bushmaster PMVs

    09/04/2015 1:49:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 | Amanda Hodge
    Australia will send technical details to India as early as next week on the indigenous Bushmaster armoured protection vehicle — or protected mobility vehicle — after the country’s most senior defence officials expressed interest in using them to police India’s restive borders. A defence procurement contract for the Australian-made armoured vehicle, which has an unblemished record of no casualties in a decade of use in the ­Afghan battle theatre, would be a significant export for Australia as it builds its trade and defence relationship with India. Defence Minister Kevin Andrews, at the end of a three-day visit to India, said...
  • Tokyo’s First Major Military Export Will Be a Seaplane

    09/04/2015 12:09:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 3, 2015 | James Simpson
    In April 2014 the Japanese government finally lifted its postwar ban on the export of defense products. Tokyo approved its first arms export this summer — the supply of PAC-2 missile parts to the U.S., which will then sell the completed Patriot missiles to Qatar. It’s only a matter of time before Tokyo sells a major military platform rather than just parts. With a wealth of experience in manufacturing armor, ships, submarines and helicopters, there’s a lot for potential buyers to choose from. But Japan’s first sale will probably be a search-and-rescue amphibious aircraft — a seaplane — called the...
  • Trump Gets Dinged in Interview for Not Knowing Much About Who’s Who in the Middle East

    09/03/2015 11:39:56 PM PDT · by z taxman · 62 replies
    Slate Magazine ^ | Sept. 3, 2015 | Elliot Hannon
    Donald Trump found himself briefly cornered during a call-in radio interview on Thursday. The presidential candidate was a guest on the The Hugh Hewitt Show when conservative host Hugh Hewitt began examining the real estate magnate’s foreign policy chops. Trump seemed to know something was coming, as Hewitt has a nose for generating news (most recently by asking Republican candidates if they would attend a gay wedding), but it was not a flattering exchange for Trump, who confessed to gaping holes in his foreign policy understanding. Trump managed to emerge only slightly bloodied from the interview and the damage was...
  • China Building 2 Aircraft Carriers in Secret Project: Report

    09/03/2015 10:37:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 03, 2015
    TAIPEI: China is building two aircraft carriers that will be the same size as its sole carrier, a 60,000-tonne refurbished Soviet-era ship, according to a new Taiwanese Defence Ministry report on the capabilities of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Little is known about China's aircraft carrier programme, which is a state secret, although Chinese state media have hinted new vessels are being built. The Pentagon, in a report earlier this year, said Beijing could build multiple aircraft carriers over the next 15 years. One of the new vessels is being built in Shanghai and the other in the northeastern city...
  • Putin’s Russia. Do traces of KGB, FSB and GRU lead to Islamic State?

    09/03/2015 10:23:59 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 11 replies
    DELFI, the Lithuania Tribune ^ | 1/9/2015 | Marius Laurinavičius
    Putin’s Russia. Do traces of KGB, FSB and GRU lead to Islamic State? Marius Laurinavičius, Rytų Europos studijų centras ir DELFI Friday, January 9, 2015 This time I decided to draw attention to a significant role (which was a surprise for many experts) of Chechen terrorists in a battle of Islamic state that has become a main threat to the West. Based on this role, it is not only possible, but vital to examine the potential links between the Islamic state and Russian secret services. One of the inspiration sources was the article published in ‘The Huffington Post’ called ‘You...
  • Russia’s involvement in Syria might be ramping up

    09/03/2015 8:46:43 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 9-2-2015 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    While the tweeted images have no landmarks on the ground as reference points, the Iranian state-sponsored FARS news agency released a report that Syrian aircraft bombed opposition forces in Idlib, including al-Nusra fighters on Wednesday. The possible sighting of Russian aircraft in Syrian skies comes just two days after the Jerusalem-based newspaper YNET released a report indicating that Russian pilots and aircraft would be arriving in Syria in “the coming days” with the purported mission of flying airstrikes against the Islamic State and opposition forces that are threatening the Assad regime.
  • India's Light Combat Helicopter Gets Hot & High

    09/03/2015 7:45:56 PM PDT · by cold start · 3 replies
    LIVEFIST DEFENCE.COM ^ | 3 AUGUST 2015
    These great photos and statement out of HAL today on the LCH's progress, including hot & high tests in Ladakh. Here's what they sent out: HAL successfully carried out the hot and the high-altitude trials of indigenously designed, developed attack chopper Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) at Leh recently. “These seasonal trials - including cold weather trials carried out at Leh during February this year - have been completed as part of the certification process. The flight trials at Leh have established hover performance and low speed handling characteristics of the helicopter under extreme weather conditions at different altitudes (3200...
  • U.S. Sets Voluntary Evacuation for Dependents in Turkey

    09/03/2015 7:43:18 PM PDT · by kristinn · 19 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Thursday, September 3, 2015 | James Rosen
    The U.S. government is offering families of American service members and diplomatic employees voluntary evacuation from Turkey in a sign of the increased threat caused by the start of U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria from a key Turkish air base. The Defense Department said about 900 dependents of American troops based at the Incirlik Air Base in southeastern Turkey will be able to fly home on commercial airliners at government expense. The State Department said roughly 100 families members of people stationed at the U.S. Consulate in nearby Adana, Turkey, are eligible to leave. “This decision was...
  • Sinai Blasts Injure Six Peacekeepers, Including Four Americans: Pentagon

    09/03/2015 7:38:47 PM PDT · by kristinn · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, September 3, 2015 | Doina Chiacu and Phillip Stewart
    Six soldiers including four Americans were injured on Thursday in two blasts in northeast Sinai caused by improvised explosive devices, the Pentagon said. The Multinational Force and Observer peacekeepers were evacuated "by air to a medical facility where all are receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries," Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement. The four Americans were struck by the second blast as they were en route to help the soldiers hurt in the first, according to Major Roger Cabiness. The MFO was created as a result of the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel and is based in Sinai,...
  • Former CIA Officer Just EXPOSED OBAMA… Our Worst Fears Are TRUE!

    09/03/2015 6:29:12 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 71 replies
    Clare Lopez is a former CIA officer, and she is risking her professional career to call out President Barack Obama in the biggest way possible. Lopez is well respected in the intelligence community and worked in the Reagan White House. After two decades in the field with the CIA, and as an instructor for special forces and intelligence students, Lopez is now with the Center for Security Policy managing the counter-jihad and Shariah programs. Now, she is claiming Obama is why America has completely “switched sides” during the war on terrorism. America is now supporting the enemy, especially through the...
  • Hungarian PM: Migrants Are Mostly Muslim, And This Threatens Christianity in Europe

    09/03/2015 6:41:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Hungary’s Prime Minister has told German news outlets that he does not want large numbers of Muslims in his country. The news follows his comments that the hundreds of migrants at Hungarian train stations are “Germany’s problem”. Large numbers continue to gather in Hungary with some of the European migrant crisis’s most distressing scenes emerging from the country.In an opinion piece authored for Germany’s Allgemeine Zeitung, Viktor Orban revealed that the country’s total number of immigrants has risen by more than 70 per cent compared to the first half of last year.He said that Europe needs to “come to their...
  • Migrant crisis spurs European interest in Israeli border barriers

    09/03/2015 5:35:46 PM PDT · by I Hired Craig Livingstone · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/3/2015 | Dan Williams
    Faced with a surge in migration from the Middle East and North Africa, two European countries are exploring the possibility of erecting towering steel security fences along parts of their borders, similar to Israel's barrier with Egypt. Hungary and Bulgaria have made preliminary inquiries about buying the Israeli-designed fences, according to an Israeli business source who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the discussions. Both EU countries are beefing up their borders to deter migrants, many of them refugees from wars, who are seeking to use them as gateways to richer countries further north and west, particularly...
  • Iran thumbs nose at US even as Obama rallies support for nuke deal

    09/03/2015 5:28:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | September 3, 2015 | Paul Aster
    Even as President Obama was securing the Senate support necessary to assure passage of the nuclear deal with Iran, Tehran's top defense officials were scoffing at U.S. claims the pact will restrict the Islamic Republic's military ambitions. The president has been twisting arms and Secretary of State John Kerry reassuring lawmakers that the deal between Iran and the P5 +1 - members of the UN Security Council plus Germany - will ensure international inspections and bar Iran from ever developing nuclear weapons. This week, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., became the 34th member of the Senate to back the controversial and...
  • Tech specialist who helped Hillary Clinton set up her private email server was paid with TAXPAYER..

    09/03/2015 5:00:37 PM PDT · by maggief · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 3, 2015 | Martin Gould and Kieran Corcoran
    The IT specialist who set up Hillary Clinton's controversial private email was paid with taxpayer dollars after he helped the former Secretary of State skirt the law. And Bryan Pagliano is finding his own words could be coming back to bite him. 'Some things that look like good ideas…may actually have bad consequences,' he told an IT webinar last year. Pagliano, 39, was taken on by the State Department when Clinton was appointed the nation's top diplomat in 2009. He had previously worked for her presidential campaign. Now the married father of two, says he will plead the Fifth Amendment...
  • Jorge Ramos Illustrates Why Trump’s Border Wall Is Utterly Pointless

    09/03/2015 4:53:08 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 91 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3 Sep 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    During his press conference in New York on Thursday, Donald Trump reiterated his dedication to building a massive wall along the entire southern border of the United States with Mexico. Univision anchor Jorge Ramos thinks this idea is not merely absurd but also a “complete waste of time and money.” “As you can imagine, for the last few days, I’ve been thinking a lot about Donald Trump and his plan to deport more than 11 million undocumented immigrants from the United States,” Ramos said in a segment for his Fusion show America, following his confrontation with the GOP frontrunner a...
  • Iran Deal Scorecard (37 Senate Democrats Stand With Iran, 2 Stand with USA, 7 remain undeclared)

    09/03/2015 4:46:46 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    7 on the Fence 37 stand with Iran 56 stand with America
  • Savage Enemy: How ISIS Wants to Start Armageddon

    09/03/2015 3:23:55 PM PDT · by robowombat · 12 replies
    CBNNews.com ^ | Wednesday, September 02, 2015
    Savage Enemy: How ISIS Wants to Start Armageddon CBNNews.com Wednesday, September 02, 2015 ISIS, or the Islamic State, is in the news every day. The brutal terrorist army burst on the scene in 2014 when it gobbled up huge swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. Today, ISIS controls a land area the size of Great Britain and is the wealthiest jihadist organization in the world. As ISIS expands, it brings with it chaos and savagery everywhere it goes, beheading its enemies, destroying cultural artifacts and treasures, and displacing millions of Christians and other non-Muslims. Despite all that we do...
  • Has Yemen war handed Aden to jihadists?

    09/03/2015 3:11:06 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 Sep 2015 | Frank Gardner
    Unseen by most of the world, the once tranquil port of Aden is being steadily infiltrated by jihadists from both al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) and the so-called Islamic State (IS). They are not in charge of the city, the military forces of the UAE are. But in the last few days disturbing reports have emerged of the summary executions of prisoners by the jihadists, along with their black flags hoisted onto public buildings.
  • Donald Trump: Nuclear deal calls for US to defend Iran against Israeli attack

    09/03/2015 3:01:29 PM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    "If Israel attacks Iran according to that deal, I believe... that we have to fight with Iran against Israel," Republican presidential candidate tells CNN. In a telephone interview with CNN Tuesday, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said that under the auspices of the Iran nuclear agreement, if Israel were to attack the Islamic Republic, the United States would have to come to the Tehran's aid.
  • Father of drowned Syrian toddlers prepares to take bodies home

    09/03/2015 2:47:42 PM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    MSN news ^ | 9/3/2015 | Ece Toksabay
    The distraught father of two Syrian toddlers who drowned with their mother and several other migrants as they tried to reach Greece identified their bodies on Thursday and prepared to take them back to their home town of Kobani. Abdullah Kurdi collapsed in tears after emerging from a morgue in the city of Mugla near Bodrum, where the body of his three-year old son Aylan washed up on Wednesday.
  • The Chinese military will reportedly cut forces by 300,000

    09/03/2015 2:42:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    BEIJING (Reuters) - President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders. China's confidence in its armed forces and growing military assertiveness, especially in the disputed South China Sea, has rattled the region and drawn criticism from Washington. Xi, speaking on a rostrum overlooking Beijing's Tiananmen Square before the parade began, said China would cut by 13 percent one of the world's biggest militaries, currently 2.3-million strong. He...
  • Clinton aide says he doesn’t know what 'wiped' server means (Press Sec. Brian Fallon)

    09/03/2015 12:34:56 PM PDT · by maggief · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 3, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Hillary Clinton’s press secretary says he doesn’t know what the word “wiped” means in reference to his boss’s private email server. “I don’t know what ‘wiped’ means,” Brian Fallon told CNN’s Brianna Keilar on Thursday in response to whether the server Clinton handed over to the FBI was “wiped.” “There’s been no — I don’t know what ‘wiped’ means, literally the emails were deleted off of the server, that’s true,” he repeated later in the interview. Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, previously joked that she also did not understand the word in that context. “Like with...
  • Migrant crisis: PM says UK will fulfil moral responsibilities

    09/03/2015 12:30:47 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    bbc.com ^ | Sept 3, 2015 | bbc
    David Cameron has said "as a father I felt deeply moved" by the image of a Syrian boy dead on a Turkish beach. As pressure mounts on the UK to take more of those fleeing to Europe from Syria, the PM added that the UK would fulfil its "moral responsibilities". BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said she expected the prime minister to promise more action in the coming days. Earlier, Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon accused the government of a "walk on by" attitude.
  • Trump and tea party rally against Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol still on, growing in scope

    09/03/2015 12:06:35 PM PDT · by don-o · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 3, 2015 | Jennifer Harper
    The upcoming rally at the U.S. Capitol against the U.S. nuclear agreement with Iran is still on - and has gained much momentum despite the fact that President Obama has secured enough support in the Senate to prevent Republican forces from blocking it. Some star power is involved. The speaker’s roster for the event on Wednesday afternoon now includes Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz, Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Louie Gohmert, Steve King, Mike Pompeo, Ted Yolo; Donald Trump, broadcasters Glenn Beck and Mark Levin, American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, Citizens United founder David Bossie, Mort Klein, president of the Zionist Organization...
  • China shows military might in victory over Japan celebrations

    09/03/2015 11:41:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    The massive parade through the heart of Beijing commemorated Japan's World War defeat seven decades ago. But the event also underlined President Xi Jinping's determination to make China the pre-eminent Asian power. Although Xi said the 2.3-million-member People's Liberation Army would be cut back to about 2 million, it will still remain the world's largest standing military and the reduction comes at a time when growing technological capabilities reduce the need for large numbers of troops. ... Of special interest was the appearance of the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile, potentially capable of sinking a US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in a...
  • Hacker Removes Hillary’s UNRELEASED Emails From Sale, Turns Over To FBI

    09/03/2015 11:11:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 158 replies
    RadarOnline ^ | Sep 3, 2015
    The person who hacked into Hillary Clinton‘s email server has pulled the emails off the block and turned them over to the FBI, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned. “After speaking with my lawyers” the hacker told Radar exclusively, “I was advised I could not legally sell these, and to get rid of them and turn in everything I had to FBI.” The hacker, a self-proclaimed computer specialist, exclusively told Radar that their legal team’s decision came after hours of analysis. As Radar previously reported, the hacker had initially requested $500,000 for a collection of more than 32,000 emails of the presidential...
  • Ben Carson on the issues: Inside the mind of the retired neurosurgeon surging in polls...

    09/03/2015 10:50:42 AM PDT · by Freeport · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 2, 2015 | Michael Walsh
    The red-blooded Republican base of America is fed up with career politicians and ready to hit reset — if poll numbers are any indication. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has been surging in the early polls for the GOP presidential nomination. His reserved and soft-spoken personality is a far cry from the bombastic rhetoric that’s largely defined the primary race so far. Like real estate tycoon Donald Trump and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Carson has never held elected office, but that might actually be a boon rather than a hindrance in appealing to conservatives frustrated with politics as usual. Without...
  • Search of freighter stopped in Greece nets 5,000 shotguns, nearly 500,000 bullets __ so far

    09/03/2015 10:44:53 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 63 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 2, 2015
    ATHENS, Greece – Greek authorities say a partial inventory of unregistered weapons found on a Libya-bound freighter includes nearly 500,000 rounds of ammunition and 5,000 "police-style" shotguns. A coast guard statement Wednesday said that so far two of the 14 containers found on the Bolivian-flagged Haddad 1 have been searched. A coast guard special unit stopped the ship early Tuesday off Crete, and took it to the island's port of Iraklio.
  • Germany and France demand binding refugee quotas for EU members

    09/03/2015 10:09:25 AM PDT · by McGruff · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3 September 2015
    France and Germany have called on the EU to force member countries to take obligatory quotas of refugees and asylum seekers. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said the French-German position represented a “sharing of duty … the principle of solidarity” while on a visit to Switzerland on Thursday.
  • The Iran deal must be stopped, and we can do it (DC rally organizer)

    09/03/2015 9:47:09 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 03, 2015, 10:30 am | Jenny Beth Martin
    It seems the more we learn about the Obama-Iran nuclear deal, the clearer it becomes that it is a rotten deal for the United States and our allies. Americans by a 2-to-1 margin oppose the Iran deal and even high-profile Democrats in Congress are beginning to see President Obama’s folly in striking this deal with Iran. The deal is a complete “win” for Iran, a country that sponsors terrorism. One of the biggest weaknesses of the deal is that Iran has the right to deny international inspectors access to nuclear sites. So much for international oversight. The deal will also...
  • Clinton Foundation looked to bring in sanctioned Malaysian oil company CEO (what did Obama know?)

    09/03/2015 9:42:26 AM PDT · by Liz · 12 replies
    NYPOST.COM ^ | 9/3/15 | Geoff Earle
    The Clinton Foundation sought but failed to receive State Dept approval for the CEO of a Malaysian oil company doing business with Iran to come to the US, unsealed emails reveal. The Foundation wanted Shamsul Azhar bin Abbas, CEO of state-owned Petronas, to attend the annual meeting, despite the company’s sanctioned Iran dealings ......sanctions Clinton, himself, signed as president in 1996. Foundation employee Amitabh Desai's August 2012 email to Cheryl Mills, Hillary's COS, made the request. David Bossie's Citizens United, got the ­errant email through a FOIA lawsuit.
  • Muslims threaten Europe’s Christian identity, Hungary’s leader says

    09/03/2015 9:17:32 AM PDT · by NRx · 43 replies
    WaPo ^ | 09-03-2015 | Rick Noack
    ...On Thursday, Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper published an op-ed by Orban in which he claimed that he was defending European Christianity against a Muslim influx by stopping thousands of refugees from leaving Hungary. “Everything which is now taking place before our eyes threatens to have explosive consequences for the whole of Europe,” he wrote in the op-ed. "We must acknowledge that the European Union’s misguided immigration policy is responsible for this situation." "We shouldn’t forget that the people who are coming here grew up in a different religion and represent a completely different culture. Most are not Christian, but Muslim.......
  • PBS Ombudsman: More Self-Inflicted Wounds. Gwen Ifill’s “Take that, Bibi” tweet was inexcusable

    09/03/2015 8:36:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    PBS ^ | 09/03/2015 | Michael Getler
    More Self-Inflicted Wounds By Michael GetlerSept. 2, 2015This column is not about me, but I start by acknowledging that I am something of a technological dinosaur. I still read printed newspapers and I don’t have a Twitter account or Facebook page. But the reason I don’t engage in social media is only in part because I’m a little challenged technologically. The real reason is that I’m the ombudsman at PBS and I don’t want to be glib or dash off something on Twitter that I would quickly regret, or that could easily be misunderstood, or could be used to...
  • Jeb Bush Fires Back At Donald Trump: Speaking Spanish ‘Reality Of America’

    09/03/2015 7:58:24 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/3/15 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is defending his use of Spanish on the campaign trail, calling Donald Trump’s criticism of him a “joke” that made him laugh. “I laughed. I mean this is a joke,” Bush said when asked by ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos about his response to Trump’s attack. “Part of it is, you laugh, because it’s so bizarre but it’s hurtful for a lot of people and Mr. Trump know there is. He’s appealing to their angst and fears rather than higher hopes.” In an interview with Breitbart News, Trump chided Bush for speaking Spanish to attack...
  • Donald Trump: Nuclear deal calls for US to defend Iran against Israeli attack

    09/03/2015 7:58:56 AM PDT · by yoe · 17 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | September 3, 2015 | Staff
    "If Israel attacks Iran according to that deal, I believe... that we have to fight with Iran against Israel," Republican presidential candidate tells CNN. In a telephone interview with CNN Tuesday, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said that under the auspices of the Iran nuclear agreement, if Israel were to attack the Islamic Republic, the United States would have to come to the Tehran's aid. Trump has vocally opposed the deal since announcing his run for president, saying that the United States "should have doubled up the sanctions for another couple of months" and that the 24-day notice Iran receives...
  • Ex-Clinton aide expected to plead the Fifth before House panel

    09/03/2015 7:20:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 03, 2015, 08:03 am | Staff
    A staffer who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she was secretary of State is expected to plead the Fifth rather than testify before Congress. Lawyers for Bryan Pagliano indicated the former IT employee will assert his constitutional right under the Fifth Amendment not to answer questions from the House Select Committee on Benghazi, citing the "current political environment." Pagliano is scheduled to appear before the House Benghazi Committee on Sept. 10. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the panel, said in a statement that the panel's investigation of Clinton’s private email server while at State...
  • U.S. Shadowing Russian Ship In Atlantic Near Nuclear Submarine Areas

    09/03/2015 7:17:36 AM PDT · by Fennie · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 3, 2015 | By Bill Gertz
    U.S. intelligence ships, aircraft, and satellites are closely watching a Russian military vessel in the Atlantic that has been sailing near a U.S. nuclear missile submarine base and underwater transit routes, according to Pentagon officials. The Russian research ship Yantar has been tracked from the northern Atlantic near Canada since late August as it makes its way south toward Cuba. Defense officials familiar with reports on the Russian ship say the Yantar is believed to be gathering intelligence on underwater sensors and other equipment used by U.S. nuclear submarines based at Kings Bay, Georgia. The submarines, their transit lanes, and...
  • Canada PM pledges rebound as recession rocks reelection bid

    09/03/2015 7:08:22 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/1/2015 | Leah Schnurr
    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Having staked his reputation on strong economic management, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided that the best way to win re-election when the headlines say recession is to convince the country it is no longer in one. Tuesday brought the worst kind of news for a prime minister campaigning for a rare fourth term in office: government data that confirmed Canada's economy contracted for the second quarter in a row, the technical definition of recession. But Harper shrugged off the data from the first half of the year, saying Canada had a "couple of weak months,"...
  • Nuclear Deal Calls for US to Defend Iran Against Israeli Attack

    09/03/2015 7:05:18 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 25 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/3/15 | STAFF
    .....under the auspices of the Iran nuclear agreement, if Israel were to attack the Islamic Republic, the United States would have to come to the Tehran's aid. ..."there is something in the Iran deal that people don't think really understand or know about. And nobody is ever to explain it that if somebody attacks Iran, we have to come to their defense."
  • U.S. Shadowing Russian Ship in Atlantic Near Nuclear Submarine Areas

    09/03/2015 7:03:14 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 2 replies
    (Washington) Free Beacon ^ | September 3 | Bill Gertz
    High-tech spy vessel carries cable-cutting gear, mini-subs U.S. intelligence ships, aircraft, and satellites are closely watching a Russian military vessel in the Atlantic that has been sailing near a U.S. nuclear missile submarine base and underwater transit routes, according to Pentagon officials. The Russian research ship Yantar has been tracked from the northern Atlantic near Canada since late August as it makes its way south toward Cuba.
  • Europe sells the hangman's rope - again: The continent is hoping the crocodile will eat it last

    09/03/2015 6:56:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/03/2015 | James Lewis
    It was V.I. Lenin who sneered that the last capitalist would sell communists the rope to hang him with. That's what happened in the Soviet Empire, which ran Eastern Europe for half a century. But even in the 1930s most European nations were ready to surrender preemptively to the Nazi war machine. Today Europe has suicidally imported more than 50 million Muslims -- just as Obama wants us to do here. With America failing to provide international leadership, Europe has simply collapsed and surrendered -- hoping the crocodile will eat it last. Remember how well that worked the last...
  • Confrontation as Hungary police force migrants off train

    09/03/2015 6:41:18 AM PDT · by McGruff · 25 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sep 3, 2015 | MARTON DUNAI
    Hungarian police halted a train packed with migrants bound for the Austrian border and tried to force them to disembark in a town with a detention camp on Thursday, a confrontation that has become a focus of Europe's migration crisis. After shutting migrants out of the main train station in the capital Budapest for two days, authorities allowed exhausted and confused migrants to board a westbound train. Hundreds crammed aboard clinging to doors and squeezing their children through open carriage windows.
  • Defense Ministry to replace F-5 tiger aircraft with Sukhoi-35 jets

    09/03/2015 6:32:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    ANTARANEWS.com ^ | 3 September 2015
    Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Defense Ministry has decided to replace a squadron of aging American-made F-5 E/F Tiger jet fighters with Russian-made Sukhoi SU-35 aircraft. "We have agreed to buy a squadron of Sukhoi SU-35s from Russia to replace the F-5 Tiger jet fighters," Defense Minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu, said after conducting an impromptu inspection of weapons owned by the Army in Jakarta on Wednesday. Ryacudu explained that the reason for purchasing the Sukhoi jets was that the Indonesian Air Force's (TNI AUs) pilots were more accustomed to operating the Russia-made jet fighters. "Now we have jet fighters made by...
  • Saudi, US near deal for two Lockheed warships

    09/03/2015 6:29:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 03, 2015
    WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia is in advanced discussions with the US government about buying two frigates based on a coastal warship that Lockheed Martin Corp is building for the US Navy, and could reach agreement by the end of the year, according to sources familiar with the talks. The frigate sale, valued at well over $1bn, will be the cornerstone of a long-delayed multibillion dollar modernisation of the Royal Saudi Navy’s Gulf-patroling eastern fleet of ageing US warships and would include smaller patrol boats. It underscores the strong business and military ties between the two countries, despite tensions over the US-led...
  • Refugees threaten Europe's Christian roots, says Hungary's Orban

    09/03/2015 6:20:45 AM PDT · by mykroar · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/3/2015 | Reuters
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The influx of refugees into Europe threatens to undermine the continent's Christian roots and governments must control their borders before they can decide how many asylum seekers they can take, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. In an opinion piece for Germany's Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung, Orban said the people of Europe were at odds with the majority of governments on the refugee crisis. "The people want us to master the situation and protect our borders," he wrote. "Only when we have protected our borders can questions be asked about the numbers of people we can take in,...
  • How the Dominoes Will Fall After ISIS Takes Damascus

    09/03/2015 5:44:39 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    Observer/NEWS ^ | 2 Sep 15 | Riyadh Mohammed
    For more than four years, the Assad regime in Syria has resisted its people’s cry to be freed from dictatorship. During the last several weeks, the Assad regime has shown signs of vulnerability punctuated by a weakened relationship with Iran. Iranian advisers who had supported Assad for years are now consumed with supporting the Iraqi government in its war against ISIS and the Houthis in Yemen in their war against a Saudi-led coalition of Arab nations. Iran’s economy has been damaged severely after a decade of international sanctions and Iran cannot support the Syrian regime financially forever. Hezbollah, the best...
  • Drowned Syrian boy's family was reportedly trying to get to Canada

    09/03/2015 5:16:13 AM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    CBC News ^ | Sep 03, 2015
    The B.C. relatives of a Syrian toddler whose body was shown in images circulated around the world after it washed up on a Turkish beach had been trying to help the young boy and his family get refugee status in Canada, according to relatives and a member of Parliament. Aylan Kurdi, 3, drowned along with his five-year-old brother, Gulip, and mother, Reham. The father, Abdullah, survived, according to B.C. relatives who have been trying to get the family to Canada.