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  • Jeb Bush: ‘I’m Upset’ About ‘False,’ ‘Dangerous’ Narrative of Civil Liberties Threat

    06/02/2015 7:04:29 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/2/15 | Pam Key
    Tuesday in in Orlando at the Florida Economic Growth Summit, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said he was “upset” and “deeply troubled” about the debate over the NSA encroaching upon American’s civil liberties by the warrantless collection of bulk data that has now been reformed by the Senate passing the Freedom Act. Bush said, “The simple fact is, we are safer today because of the Patriot Act, and this notion that somehow you create a false narrative, as many on the left, and a few on our team, but mostly on the left, that our civil liberties are being violated....
  • Syrian Druse could flee to Israel as Assad may abandon them to ISIS

    06/02/2015 6:46:42 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | June 1, 2015 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Syrian Druse near the Israeli border are under threat from the Islamic State as the Assad regime withdraws its forces from the area, Druse sources told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. President Bashar Assad’s forces are weakening in Druse areas, including near the village of Hader, close to the border on the Golan Heights, Channel 1 reported on Sunday evening. Israel is closely following developments in case Druse residents flee to Israel because of the jihadist threat.
  • Thousands of Arabs driven out by Kurds’ ethnic cleansing

    06/02/2015 7:27:51 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    The Times ^ | June 1, 2015 | Hannah Lucinda Smith
    Thousands of civilians have fled their homes in northern Syria as Kurdish forces carry out what appears to be a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Sunni Arabs. A source from one of the largest humanitarian organisations working inside Syria told The Times that the Kurdish people’s protection units (YPG) — the west’s closest allies in the war against Islamic State — have been burning Arab villages in areas of northeastern Syria under their control.
  • Earnest: Remember, We Can See Iran Increase Its Nuclear Stockpile Thanks to Our Monitoring Measures

    06/02/2015 7:45:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/2/15 | David Rutz
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest looks on the bright side. Pressed Tuesday by ABC’s Jonathan Karl about a New York Times report that Iran had increased its nuclear fuel stockpile 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations, Earnest reminded reporters the monitoring measures put in place were what allowed the U.S. to see Iran’s brazen behavior in broad daylight. “But you don’t dispute their finding that they have a 20 percent increase in uranium fuel over what they had at the start of these negotiations?” Karl asked. “Uh, no,” Earnest said. “You’re not concerned about that, you don’t...
  • HRC EMAILS: Federal officials voiced growing alarm over Clinton’s compliance with records laws...

    06/02/2015 5:54:27 PM PDT · by maggief · 16 replies
    FOXNews ^ | June 2, 2015 | James Rosen
    Over a five-year span, senior officials at the National Archives and Records Administrations (NARA) voiced growing alarm about Hillary Clinton’s record-keeping practices as secretary of state, according to internal documents obtained by Fox News. During Clinton’s final days in office, Paul Wester, the director of Modern Records Programs at NARA – essentially the agency’s chief records custodian – privately emailed five NARA colleagues to confide his fear that Clinton would take her official records with her when she left office, in violation of federal statutes. Referring to a colleague whose full name is unknown, Wester wrote on December 11, 2012:...
  • Harf: We’re All ‘Totally Perplexed’ by NYT Story on Iran’s Increased Nuclear Stockpile (Video)

    06/02/2015 7:31:47 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 59 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 2, 2015 2:46 pm | Andrew Kugle
    State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said she was “perplexed” by a New York Times story Tuesday on Iran’s 20 percent increase in nuclear fuel over the past 18 months. The United States has been in negotiations with Iran for a final deal about their nuclear program. The International Atomic Energy Agency issued a report on Friday that documented an increase of Iran’s nuclear fuel stockpile. A reporter asked Harf if Iran’s increased stockpiles has complicated the current negotiations. “Not at all. Our team read that story this morning and was quite frankly perplexed because the main contentions of it are...
  • Nothing But Bad News for Mrs. Clinton

    06/02/2015 5:06:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, bad news for Hillary Clinton. You know it's bad when the Drive-Bys lead with it, even though the Drive-Bys plug a story in the middle of the Hillary story about how difficult it is for certain Republicans out there, too, such as Jeb Bush. The fact is CNN and a bunch of Drive-Bys, they can't avoid the news. Hillary's unfavorables are now up to 50%. "More people have an unfavorable view of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton now than at any time since 2001." So that would be the last 15 years. This according to a new...
  • Bill Clinton’s foundation cashed in as Sweden lobbied Hillary on sanctions

    06/02/2015 5:21:56 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/2/2015 | John Solomon and Kelly Riddell
    Bill Clinton’s foundation set up a fundraising arm in Sweden that collected $26 million in donations at the same time that country was lobbying Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department to forgo sanctions that threatened its thriving business with Iran, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times. The Swedish entity, called the William J. Clinton Foundation Insamlingsstiftelse, was never disclosed to or cleared by State Department ethics officials, even though one of its largest sources of donations was a Swedish government-sanctioned lottery. As the money flowed to the foundation from Sweden, Mrs. Clinton’s team in Washington declined to...
  • ISIS ISSUES DIRE WARNING TO ISRAEL [Psalms 83]

    06/02/2015 4:41:18 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 30 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/2/2015 | AARON KLEIN
    TEL AVIV – If Hamas does not cease its crackdown on ISIS supporters in Gaza, the backers of the movement that has taken over half of Syria and one-third of Iraq will violate a truce with Israel and carry out more rocket attacks against the Jewish state, a leader of the jihadist organization that represents ISIS in Gaza told WND. Tuesday, supporters of ISIS in the Gaza Strip provided WND with a video they say proves they launched a rocket from the Gaza Strip that hit central Israel last week. The video, with an ISIS flag in the upper left...
  • Obama Threatens to Cut US Support at UN in Israeli Interview

    06/02/2015 1:58:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    inn ^ | 6/2/15 | Ari Yashar
    US President Barack Obama gave an interview with Israeli media on Tuesday, in which he threatened that an Israeli refusal to renew peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) will "make it hard" for the US to veto motions in the UN against Israel. In an interview with Ilana Dayan for Channel 2's "Uvda" (Fact) TV show aired Tuesday night, Obama commented on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's statements before elections in which he said that a Palestinian state won't be founded on his watch. Obama noted that later Netanyahu distanced from the statement and "suggested that there is the possibility...
  • Obama: World does not believe Israel serious about two-state solution

    06/02/2015 2:05:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 6/2/15 | HERB KEINON \
    The international community does not believe that Israel is serious about a two-state solution, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has placed so many conditions to its establishment that it is unrealistic to think it could come into existence in the near future, US President Barack Obama said Tuesday. Obama, in a Channel 2 interview, said that Netanyahu was “fairly unequivocal” in his statement the day before the election that a Palestinian state would not emerge under his watch. Since then, Obama said, Netanyahu has made comments indicating that there is a possibility of a Palestinian state, but added so many...
  • BILLIONAIRE: ‘CLINTON CASH’ REVELATIONS EVIDENCE OF ‘AN UNBELIEVABLE SHAKEDOWN’

    06/02/2015 1:31:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    Breitbart Sports ^ | June 2,2015
    Billionaire hedge fund titan Leon Cooperman says the Clinton Cash revelations about the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s constant bashing of hedge funds have cost her his support in 2016. “Just read about the stuff with the Clinton initiative. To me this is an unbelievable shakedown,” Cooperman told CNN Money’s Cristina Alesci. Cooperman says Hillary Clinton’s trashing of those who make their living from hedge funds is hypocritical—and he’s had it. “I don’t need anybody crapping all over what I do for a living,” said Cooperman. “[She] hangs out with all these people in Martha’s Vineyard and in the Hamptons...
  • Obama: “I am the Closest Thing to a Jew that Has Ever Sat in this Office”

    06/02/2015 1:28:14 PM PDT · by SJackson · 95 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | June 2, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama: “I am the Closest Thing to a Jew that Has Ever Sat in this Office”Posted By Daniel Greenfield On June 2, 2015 @ 12:21 pm In The Point | 19 Comments [1](Insert long string of Yiddish curse words here) David Axelrod recalled Obama venting in a moment of contemplation, telling him, ‘You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office. For people to say that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse,  anti-Semitic, it hurts.’ Either this quote is real [2] or it was made up by David Axelrod. I’m...
  • Most say Hillary not honest, doesn't care about people like them

    06/02/2015 11:24:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2 Jun 15 | Kelly Cohen
    Despite maintaining her dominance in the Democratic presidential nominee field, more people have an unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton now than at any time since 2001, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. Fifty-seven percent say the former secretary of state is not honest and trustworthy — up from 49 percent in March. Less than half feel she cares about people like them — 47 percent, down from 53 percent in July 2014 — and 50 percent now feel she does not inspire confidence, up from 42 percent in March 2014. The poll also shows how voters feel toward some major...
  • Poll: Hillary Clinton Plunging With Independents In Polls

    06/02/2015 10:28:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Support for Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is tanking, as more and more independents along with people from her own party are finding Clinton to be untrustworthy, according to both a CNN/ORC poll and Washington Post–ABC News poll.
  • Supreme Court sides with Muslim job applicant turned down after wearing hijab (Sharia at SCOTUS)

    06/02/2015 2:22:22 PM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 49 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | June 2, 2015 | David G. Savage - Tribune Washington Bureau
    Finding a civil rights cause that increasingly brings together conservatives and liberals, the Supreme Court told employers Monday that they had an "affirmative" duty under federal anti-discrimination law to accommodate the religious practices of employees and job applicants. By an 8-1 vote, the justices sided with a 17-year-old Muslim girl who was rejected for a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a head scarf. The court's liberal justices have long championed religious minorities in discrimination cases. But as Christian conservatives have more frequently been put on the defensive over issues such as abortion and gay rights, the court's...
  • Bomb Threats Made Against 5 Planes on Tuesday, Part of Memorial Day Hoax Wave

    06/02/2015 3:41:58 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 June 2015 | John Hayward
    Bomb threats were made against five different aircraft, from five different airlines, on flights either originating or landing in the United States on Tuesday. Officials say all five of the threats were “non-credible,” part of a surge in hoax bomb threats in progress since Memorial Day. NBC News says all the “threats of chemical explosives” were “phoned” in. UPI clarifies that at least one of the threats, against U.S. Airways Flight 648 from San Diego, California to Philadelphia International Airport, was received by telephone at the Transportation Security Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. Flight 648 was evacuated after landing, moved...
  • 101 busted in joint Lake, Polk sex sting (FL)

    06/02/2015 3:31:40 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | June 2, 2015 | By Christal Hayes
    Orlando community activist Ahmad Saleem drove to a Clermont-area house intending to meet a 12-year-old girl he had been chatting with online for sex in a vehicle with a specialty "Invest in Children" license plate, authorities said Tuesday. But when the door opened, there were no children in sight. Instead, detectives quickly brought Saleem to the ground and arrested him. Saleem, founder of the Saleem Academy, an organization dedicated to empowering Muslim youths globally, was one of the 101 people arrested in an undercover cybercrime prostitution and child-sex sting by the Lake and Polk county sheriff's offices. Lake County Sheriff...
  • New Battles Rage Near Aleppo Between Syrian Insurgents and ISIS

    06/02/2015 1:31:11 PM PDT · by McGruff · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | JUNE 2, 2015 | ANNE BARNARD
    Syrian insurgents rushed reinforcements into combat on Tuesday against rival Islamic State militants who have seized crucial territory near the northern city of Aleppo in recent days, building on the momentum the group has achieved in other battlefield successes in Syria and Iraq. Amid increased fears that Aleppo could be the next big prize to fall to the Islamic State in the latest twist to the four-year-old Syrian civil war, Syrian opposition leaders accused the government of essentially collaborating with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, by bombing other rival insurgent groups, even though the government and...
  • Feds: Threats Against Flights Do Not Appear to Be Credible

    06/02/2015 2:58:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 2, 2015
    PHILADELPHIA - Federal authorities say threats against several commercial airline flights do not appear to be credible. One of the threats Tuesday claimed multiple explosive devices were planted on US Airways Flight 648 from San Diego to Philadelphia. The Airbus A320 carrying 88 passengers and 5 crew members was held on a taxiway after landing safely around 6:15 a.m. at Philadelphia International Airport. Federal authorities would not identify the other flights involved.
  • Surprise: Iran’s supply of enriched uranium has grown 20% despite Obama's claim it was “frozen”

    06/02/2015 1:16:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/02/2015 | AllahPundit
    “Western officials and experts cannot quite figure out why,” notes the Times, despite the fact that UN inspectors have had “almost daily access” to Iranian nuclear facilities. These are the same inspectors we’ll be relying on to detect whether Iran’s cheating once the final deal is in effect. If they can’t tell why a stash of nuclear fuel right under their noses is growing, what don’t they know about projects that Iran has worked harder to conceal?As a preface to the news, here’s a suddenly memorable quote from this year’s State of the Union: “Our diplomacy is at work...
  • Poll: More now blame Obama’s policies for the current problems in Iraq than blame Bush’s

    06/02/2015 1:13:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/02/2015 | AllahPundit
    This may seem like a no-brainer — of course the guy who’s been in charge for six years bears more responsibility for the current state of affairs than his predecessor — but for much of the public, Iraq is “Bush’s war” unto eternity. That’s part of the media fascination with asking Republican contenders whether they’d order the invasion in 2003 knowing then what we know now. Implicit in that question is the idea that the last six years of Iraqi history were fated to happen once Bush gave the order to go 12 years ago. Republicans own this issue...
  • Terrorist Doubling as Soccer Official Points a Bloody Finger at Israel

    06/02/2015 11:21:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | June 2, 2015 | Stephen M. Flatow
    Palestinian soccer official Jibril Rajoub waives a symbolic red penalty card at Israel during the 65th FIFA Congress. Photo: YouTube. JNS.org – Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestine Football (Soccer) Association, was all over the news this past week, calling Israel various ugly names and, ever the showman, dramatically hurling red penalty cards in front of eager television cameras at the 65th Congress of FIFA (world soccer’s governing body). Most Americans and media consumers around the world don’t know the names of individual Palestinian Authority (PA) officials, so very few would have recognized Rajoub’s incredible hypocrisy. They had no way...
  • Nusra Front leader warns Alawite minority

    06/01/2015 4:46:51 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | May 28, 2015
    BEIRUT: Al-Qaeda’s Syria wing Nusra Front said members of the Alawite minority sect should renounce President Bashar Assad and change their beliefs in order to be safe, the group’s leader said in footage broadcast Wednesday. “If they drop weapons, disavow Assad, do not send their men to fight for him and return to Islam then they are our brothers,” Abu Mohammad al-Golani told Al-Jazeera TV in a rare interview. Golani said Alawites were part of a sect that had “moved outside the religion of God and of Islam. We will continue our focus on Damascus and on toppling this regime,”...
  • Paul joins crusade to expose secret 9/11 documents

    06/02/2015 10:44:33 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/02/15 | Julian Hattem
    The pages were blacked out by the Bush administration on national security grounds. “We cannot let page after page of blanked-out documents be obscured by a veil,” Paul said at a packed Capitol press conference on Tuesday, flanked by fellow lawmakers and families of victims of the 2001 attack. “We owe it to these families, and we cannot let this lack of transparency erode trust and make us feel less secure.” For years, Jones and other lawmakers have been fighting for the release of the pages, which are believed to paint senior officials within Saudi Arabia as complicit in the...
  • Boston police: Man killed by FBI agent, cop in terror probe

    06/02/2015 9:26:59 AM PDT · by islander-11 · 22 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/2/15 | Owen Boss
    An armed man in his 20s being surveilled by the FBI counterterrorism unit was shot and killed by an FBI agent and a Boston police officer in Roslindale this morning, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. "He was on foot, under surveillance," Evans said. "The officers have been surveilling him and again they wanted to speak to him ... and he turned and our officers gave several commands for him to drop the weapon and unfortunately he came at the officers and they did what they were trained to do and that's never an easy decision for any officer...
  • Former Imam Of Mecca's Grand Mosque: There Is No Escaping Reform To Bring Islam Back...[taqiyya]

    06/02/2015 9:20:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 6-2-15
    In a February 22, 2015 article in the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh, Sheikh 'Adel Al-Kalbani, the former imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, attacked the extremism of the Islamic State (ISIS) and groups like it. He said that it takes more than mere words, condemnation, and even fatwas to halt the spread of ISIS's ideas and prevent young people from joining its ranks – it requires reform in Islam that will restore its original tolerant character. Stating that Islam is fundamentally tolerant and that the Prophet and his Companions were lenient with those who disagreed with them, Al-Kalbani added that...
  • Egypt’s el-Sissi heads to Germany, seeking Western support

    06/02/2015 8:05:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 2, 2015 10:25 AM EDT | Brian Rohan
    Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi travels to Berlin on Tuesday, where German leaders are ready to roll out the red carpet for the ex-general despite his government’s abysmal human rights record. The trip, a first state visit long desired by the former army chief, will see him meet Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck, who as an activist played a prominent role in ending repressive Communist rule in East Germany. El-Sissi will also meet corporate leaders at a business conference Thursday. El-Sissi’s office said he seeks to boost economic, military and security cooperation, and highlighted €4.4 billion ($4.8 billion) in...
  • Egyptian historian calls for normalization with Israel-Palestinian cause brought nothing but harm

    06/02/2015 7:39:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-2-15 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Maged Farag: For 70 years, Palestinian cause has brought Egyptians nothing but harm. Egyptian historian Maged Farag called for normalizing relations with Israel in order to benefit economically and technologically, while saying the Palestinian struggle has caused “nothing but harm” for Egypt. According to a report by MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, Farag said in an interview aired last week on the Egyptian Mehwar TV station that Egypt could gain culturally, in trade, tourism, and from Israel’s advanced agricultural and industrial technology. “For over 70 years, the Palestinian cause has brought upon Egypt and the Egyptians nothing but...
  • Obama: There is no military option to stop Iran

    06/02/2015 5:27:02 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 44 replies
    www.timesofisrael.com ^ | june 1, 2015 | tamar pileggi
    US President Barack Obama told Israeli television that the emerging deal between Iran and world powers is the only way to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons, and that “a military solution will not fix it.” In a preview aired Monday on Channel 2 of an interview with veteran journalist Ilana Dayan, Obama said that military action against Iran would not deter its nuclear ambitions and that he could prove that a “verifiable” agreement with Iran was the best way forward. “I can, I think, demonstrate, not based on any hope but on facts and evidence and analysis, that the...
  • ISIS fighter was trained by State Department

    06/02/2015 4:04:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/30/15 | Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd
    An ISIS fighter who calls for jihad in a new online video was trained in counterterrorism tactics on American soil, in a program run by the United States, officials tell CNN. The video features a former police commander from Tajikistan named Col. Gulmurod Khalimov. He appears in black ISIS garb with a sniper rifle and a bandolier of ammunition. He says in the video that he participated in programs on U.S. soil three times, at least one of which was in Louisiana. The State Department has confirmed this claim.
  • Delivers 2,000 Rockets for Iraq But Holds Half for Now: Source

    06/01/2015 6:26:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    The United States has delivered 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank weapons destined for Iraq, sending 1,000 directly to the government in Baghdad, with the U.S.-led coalition holding the other half in the region for training Iraqis and for future contingencies, a U.S. defence official told Reuters on Monday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the delivery took place over the past several days. The official did not provide further details.
  • Obama's JV team ISIS now threatens the entire global oil supply.

    06/01/2015 5:32:38 PM PDT · by free_life · 11 replies
    Now the End Begins ^ | May 31, 2015 | Geoffrey Grider
    "We have very little food and ammunition, and we can't withstand the suicide bombers, snipers and rockets....All of us are thinking of committing suicide - Iraqi Federal Police Officer. Against this cataclysmic backdrop of bombs falling in Sana’a and with ISIS literally at the gates of the major Iraqi city of Ramadi, many US energy and security experts were shocked to hear President Barack Obama ignore the danger in a recent keynote speech in which he pinpointed global warming as an equally big risk for Americans. “Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our...
  • Obama Vowed to Renew Pressure on Israel after Iran Deal?

    06/01/2015 5:22:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 6/1/2015, 12:18 PM | Gil Ronen
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah broadly hinted in a Washington Post interview Monday that the US has promised the PA to renew pressure on Israel to negotiate the giveaway of its land, once the nuclear deal with Iran is signed. Hamdallah sat down in his Ramallah office with The Post’s Lally Weymouth and told her: “We hope negotiations will be resumed, but within a new framework. We need a time limit for the Israeli withdrawal from our territories and a date for the establishment of the [Palestinian] state—the leadership in Palestine has put the date as the end...
  • Obama: Under My Presidency, U.S. ‘The Most Respected Country In The World’ [VIDEO]

    06/01/2015 3:01:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/1/15 | Al Weaver
    President Barack Obama said Monday that his administration has lifted the U.S. to become “the most respected country in the world.” Obama made the claim during a discussion with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellows at the White House. PRESIDENT OBAMA: People don’t remember, but when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barley above Russia, and today once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth, and part of that I think is because of the work we did to reengage the world and say that we want...
  • White House: John Kerry Bicycle Accident Will Alter Nuclear Talks With Iran (no replacement named)

    06/01/2015 2:25:18 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Jun 2015 | by Charlie Spiering
    Secretary of State John Kerry’s severe bicycle accident might have foreign policy implications. He recently broke his leg while cycling in Switzerland. When asked by reporters about the accident, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest admitted that nuclear talks with Iran would be affected by the accident, but reassured them that Kerry would still play a prominent role in the process. “The fact is, we do continue to believe that we have the time and resources necessary to pursue and hopefully complete the Iran negotiations,” he said. “And I’m confident that those negotiations will be affected by the secretary’s injury,...
  • Rest easy, citizens: TSA finds almost 1 in 20 test bombs during screening

    06/01/2015 2:22:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/01/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    A few weeks ago I had to go back to DC yet again for the Right Online conference and it involved flying in and out of Reagan, as well as Newark. As usual, I stood in the long lines – even with my previous screening check mark on my boarding passes – and went through all the rituals of unloading some of my things and passing through a detector. When I arrived at the hotel I opened my bag to find the usual TSA greeting card indicating that they had searched my checked baggage, no matter how much of...
  • Russia to Start Construction On New Iranian Nuke Plant

    06/01/2015 12:07:44 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 1, 2015 1:48 pm | Adam Kredo
    Earthquake hits near Iran’s current nuke plant Russia announced on Monday that it would start construction this year on a second nuclear plant in Iran, according to regional reports. Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation made the announcement early on Monday, stating that it will begin building a second nuclear power plant in Iran’s southern region later this year, according to Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency. Meanwhile, an earthquake struck Monday morning near the site of Iran’s current nuclear power plant in Bushehr, near where the second plant will be built. Iranian media outlets reported the quake as hitting a...
  • Qods Force commander Soleimani reportedly spotted in Anbar province

    06/01/2015 10:58:32 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | June 1, 2015 | By Bill Roggio & Caleb Weiss |
    Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commanding officer of Qods Force, the special operations branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, has reportedly been photographed in Iraq’s Anbar province alongside Shiite militiamen. Additionlly, Soleimani was photographed with the head of the Popular Mobilization Committee, who is listed by the US as a terrorist, and the leader of the Imam Ali Brigade, an Iranian-backed Shiite terror group. The photographs of Soleimani in Anbar and Baghdad were published by Haidar Sumeri, an Iraqi who is supportive of Soleimani and the Iranian-suported Shiite militias that make up the Popular Mobilization Committee. The Long War...
  • [German FM] Steinmeier: Gaza is a ‘powder keg’ (so solution = open borders??)

    06/01/2015 11:09:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 01 Jun 2015 18:36 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    The impoverished Gaza Strip is a “powder keg” at risk of exploding, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday during a visit to the war-torn territory. […] “We shall only be able to decisively reduce the risks of a fresh escalation if we allow economic development in the Gaza Strip in addition to humanitarian aid and reconstruction,” he said on a visit to Gaza City’s fishing port. That would only be possible “with open borders”—a reference to the tough restrictions on the movement of goods and people that have been imposed by Israel and Egypt. “But none of this will...
  • Obama says no military solution to Iran nuclear program (Israeli TV Interview)

    06/01/2015 10:55:51 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 41 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 1, 2015, 1:13 pm EDT
    US President Barack Obama tells Channel 2 in an interview that he can “demonstrate” that a “verifiable” agreement with Iran will be the best way to contain Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. “I can, [I] think, demonstrate, not based on any hope but on facts and analysis, that the best way to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon is a verifiable tough agreement. A military solution will not fix it, even if the United States participates. It would temporarily slow down an Iranian nuclear program but it would not eliminate it,” he says. Asked whether Israel may attempt a military strike...
  • White House: Iran nuclear talks can continue despite Kerry's injury

    06/01/2015 10:51:04 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/01/2015 20:34
    WASHINGTON - The White House is confident it can still pursue Iran nuclear talks despite US Secretary of State John Kerry's injury over the weekend, a spokesman said on Monday. Kerry left Europe for the United States earlier on Monday after breaking his leg in a cycling accident on Sunday. "We do continue to believe that we have the time and resources necessary to pursue, and hopefully complete, the Iran negotiations," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing. He added that Kerry would continue to play a critical role in the talks, although it was unclear exactly...
  • Russia said abandoning Assad as Syria regime collapses further

    06/01/2015 3:43:10 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 33 replies
    YNet News ^ | 31 May 15 | Roi Kais
    Asharq Al-Awsat says Moscow has pulled military experts from Assad's war room in Damascus, evacuated non-essential personnel and stopped declaring there is no alternative to Assad. Russia is pulling away from its relationship with embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad and withdrawing key personnel from Damascus, the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported Sunday, citing senior Gulf and Western officials. "The Kremlin has begun to turn away from the regime," the newspaper said. The report also quoted Syrian opposition sources as saying that Hezbollah and Iranian military experts have left Assad’s war room in Damascus, along with Russian experts.
  • Hillary Clinton Isn't Ready to Disclose Who's Funding Her Campaign

    05/07/2015 6:34:51 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 22 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 6 May 15 | PATRICK CALDWELL
    On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has been pushing hard to overhaul of the country's broken campaign finance system. "We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccounted money out of it, once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment," Clinton said during one of her first official speeches in Iowa last month. Clinton's campaign finance rhetoric appears to be aimed at super-PACs, the quasi-independent organizations that bolster campaigns by buying ads. But when it comes to the major funders behind her own presidential campaign, the Democratic front-runner has yet to answer questions about how...
  • Sun sets on some NSA surveillance powers as Rand Paul foils extension

    06/01/2015 8:27:01 AM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    WaPo ^ | 06-01-2015 | Mike DeBonis and Ellen Nakashima
    The legal authority for several national security programs expired at midnight Sunday and will not be renewed for at least two days, after Senate Republicans leaders were unable to maneuver around Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a presidential candidate who followed through on a pledge to block an extension of the law. The Senate closed a rare Sunday session without approving the only legislation that would have averted a lapse in the authority — a House-passed bill that would provide for an orderly transition away from the most controversial program authorized under the current law: the National Security Agency’s bulk collection...
  • Don’t Exaggerate the Threat From ISIS or Escalate Involvement

    06/01/2015 8:29:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | JUNE 1, 2015 | Daniel Benjamin
    It is hardly surprising that many Americans see ISIS as a vastly more brutal, more threatening version of Al Qaeda -- especially given the many Republican presidential candidates climbing over each other with plans to obliterate the group. But the perception is mistaken. While Al Qaeda’s strategy focuses on catastrophic attacks against the United States, ISIS seeks to capture and hold territory for its caliphate and to stoke a sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shia. The group has no known experience carrying out long-distance covert operations, and no senior federal official has yet pointed to any ISIS plotting against the...
  • McCain, Paul scuffle amid NSA debate

    06/01/2015 6:06:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 31, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Republican Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) faced off late Sunday afternoon, as the Kentucky Republican tried to speak from the Senate floor about expiring provisions of the Patriot Act. McCain and Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) were speaking about the National Security Agency's (NSA) phone "metadata" collection program when Paul tried to ask a question. Coats said he had not yielded the floor to Paul, effectively blocking the 2016 presidential candidate from speaking. Coats then yielded to McCain for a question, instead. "The senator from Kentucky needs to learn the rules of the Senate," McCain said. "Maybe the...
  • Arizona Muslim group: “The Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam” [taqiyya]

    06/01/2015 3:56:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/31/15 | Robert Spencer
    Well, this is reassuring — and we’ve certainly never heard it before! There’s just one catch (well, maybe a few catches): note, first of all, that Ahmidiyya leader Shahzad Amjad, at least as far as this story goes, doesn’t offer a single specific example of how the Islamic State is misrepresenting the teachings of the Qur’an and Muhammad. Second, it is risible for Amjad to present himself as a representative of mainstream Islam, when the Ahmadiyya represent no more than three percent of Muslims worldwide, and are violently persecuted as heretics by Sunni Muslims in Pakistan and Indonesia. In Pakistan,...
  • Men brace for 'beard patrols' in Iraq's IS-held Mosul

    06/01/2015 3:44:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | 6/1/2015 | Jean-Marc Mojon
    Every time he looks in a mirror, Laith Ahmed is worried. As of Monday, the young Iraqi's hopelessly hairless chin could land him in an Islamic State group jail. The jihadist group has handed out leaflets in their stronghold of Mosul in recent weeks announcing that full beards become compulsory on June 1 and explaining why shaving is punishable. "My facial hair is just slow to come out for my age," said the 18-year-old, who like others in this story did not give his real name for fear of retribution. "I'm scared because they deal ruthlessly with anyone who opposes...
  • Ex-Ambassador Bolton Says Israel Must Strike Iran Soon

    06/01/2015 1:04:47 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    On the sidelines of the Israel Day Concert in New York's Central Park on Sunday, former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton gave a rundown of Iran's nuclear program and the impending deal on curbing it, in an exclusive Arutz Sheva interview. While negotiations between Iran and world powers have reached an interim agreement ahead of a June 30 deadline for a final deal, Bolton predicts that the Iran negotiations are "doomed to failure." "I don't think Iran has any intention of giving up its efforts to get deliverable nuclear weapons," said the former ambassador. "Even if a deal...