NATO Says Over 1,000 Russian Troops Inside Ukraine’s Borders
Aug28

NATO Says Over 1,000 Russian Troops Inside Ukraine’s Borders

Update as of 8 a.m. EDT: A senior NATO official has said that there are over 1,000 Russian troops operating inside Ukrainian borders, BBC reported. Update as of 7:15 a.m. EDT: Russia is carrying out an invasion in Ukraine, Ella Polyakova, a member of Vladimir Putin’s advisory council on human rights, reportedly said. “When masses...

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Accidental Death Of Gun Instructor Re-Ignites Bitter Debate
Aug28

Accidental Death Of Gun Instructor Re-Ignites Bitter Debate

The accidental shooting of Arizona firearms instructor Charles Vacca by a nine-year-old girl, who he was teaching to use an Uzi machine gun, has renewed a debate in the United States about training children to handle guns. In the wake of the killing, social media erupted with comments from both sides of the debate. It’s...

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Law enforcement officers in Washington state using cell tower simulator to sweep up data
Aug27

Law enforcement officers in Washington state using cell tower simulator to sweep up data

For the past six years, the Tacoma, WA Police Department has used “controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away,” according to the Tacoma News Tribune. One of the more chilling aspects of this story: Tacoma has a nondisclosure agreement with the FBI. Given that agreement, I suppose this is not surprising: Earlier this month,...

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When mistakes become deadly
Aug27

When mistakes become deadly

WASHINGTON — To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we’ve seen so many times, can be fatal. The case of Michael Brown, who was laid to rest Monday, is anomalous only in that it is so extreme: an unarmed black teenager riddled with bullets by a white police officer in a community plagued by racial tension. African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of...

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What line to draw on beheadings?
Aug27

What line to draw on beheadings?

What line to draw on beheadings? by Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — “Don’t watch the video. Don’t share it. That’s not how life should be.” So tweeted Kelly Foley, a cousin of beheaded journalist James Foley, as the video of the brutal execution began to go viral — as the Islamic State intended. Beheaded journalist. How horrible to write a sentence featuring...

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Islamic State and the pitfalls of evil
Aug26

Islamic State and the pitfalls of evil

Sadly and ominously, some of the hardline American response to the Islamic State is trending towards a war of religions. It is the path terrorists want but is the worst on which to be. It is a time-tested labyrinth of inconclusive attrition. President Barack Obama took a step into the labyrinth after James Foley’s barbaric beheading. “There is evil in this world … Ugly, savage, inexplicable, nihilistic, and valueless evil. ISIL is the...

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Congressional Elections Are Too Frequent
Aug26

Congressional Elections Are Too Frequent

Sometimes change to a cherished tradition is necessary. When the Constitution was written in 1787, it was a kind of experiment. There was no history of previous similar central governments as were detailed in the Constitution. James Madison and other contributors to the document utilized the ideas of a number of enlightenment philosophers when they crafted the Constitution, but the specific structure of the government and the process...

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A legacy in question (Guest Voice)
Aug26

A legacy in question (Guest Voice)

A legacy in question by Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — I’ve thought for some time that the Obama administration could look better in the rearview mirror of history than it does in the bumpy ride of the day to day. That may still turn out to be correct. Yet events of the last few months — specifically, the rise of the Islamic State and the accompanying specter of a renewed terrorist...

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Dear MSM: this was no accident, it was incompetence
Aug25

Dear MSM: this was no accident, it was incompetence

“We got a complaint of a vehicle matching your description and your license plate, waving a gun out the window.” Here’s the problem. The car identified by dispatch: “It’s going to be a beige or tan colored Toyota…” The car the Forney TX cops pulled over: red Nissan Maxima. There’s more: Dispatch: “Do you have a license plate on the Toyota?” Caller: “We can’t catch up with it....

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Are We Really Teed Off at Obama’s Golfing?
Aug25

Are We Really Teed Off at Obama’s Golfing?

Shortly after he angrily denounced the obscene beheading of freelance journalist James Foley by a member of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a smiling President Barack Obama was photographed playing golf. And so it started — just like clockwork. Obama’s not really working… He’s ignoring the country’s crises.. He doesn’t really care about Foley… The optics are bad. In reality,...

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Report: British Intelligence Has Identified ‘Jihadi John’
Aug25

Report: British Intelligence Has Identified ‘Jihadi John’

British intelligence has identified the black-clad figure shown getting ready to behead U.S. journalist James Foley last week, a report said. In a grisly video, the figure who has become known as “Jihadi John,” said the execution was in response to the U.S. bombing of Islamic State positions near Mosul Dam in Iraq and threatened...

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No time to lead from behind (Guest Voice)
Aug24

No time to lead from behind (Guest Voice)

No time to lead from behind by Michael Gerson Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — Responding to the horrifying murder of photojournalist James Foley, Secretary of State John Kerry declared, “ISIL [the Islamic State] and the wickedness it represents must be destroyed.” President Obama said, “people like this ultimately fail.” The first is a pledge; the second an observation. Obama remains...

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James Foley’s masked killer resembles British fighter in video of Syrian soldier’s execution
Aug24

James Foley’s masked killer resembles British fighter in video of Syrian soldier’s execution

Security agencies hunting for the killer of James Foley, the American journalist, are investigating video footage of two British jihadists taking part in the execution of a soldier captured during fighting in Syria. British and U.S. counter-terrorism analysts believe one of the Britons bears a resemblance to the jihadist who beheaded Mr Foley. If they...

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Beheading Shows ‘Weakness’; Video Should Not Be Viewed (Le Nouvel Observateur, France)
Aug24

Beheading Shows ‘Weakness’; Video Should Not Be Viewed (Le Nouvel Observateur, France)

In a world in which few of our institutions in government or media are trusted to tell the truth, who should decide what the public is permitted to see – and not? The horrifying terrorist beheading of journalist James Foley is only the latest story to spark this debate, after the recent terrorist shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines MH17. In this column from France’s Le Nouvel Observateur, war correspondent Jean-Paul Mari...

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Islamic State: Obama needs friends
Aug23

Islamic State: Obama needs friends

The main reason for the rise of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is that Washington is losing influence over events in the Middle East. So forces hostile to the US are entering the power vacuum. Regaining control requires wining more friends among neighboring nations and peoples. Giving primacy only to American military power produces fear or fawning, not friendship. Most of the world’s people accept President Barack Obama as “the leader of the...

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The Multimillion-Dollar Private Investigation To Find James Foley
Aug23

The Multimillion-Dollar Private Investigation To Find James Foley

While the United States government has a policy against paying ransom to terrorists, the privately held GlobalPost and James Foley’s family were prepared to pay a ransom for the kidnapped freelance journalist’s release, according to GlobalPost co-founder and CEO Phil Balboni. “Jim was a special member of our family,” Balboni said of the longtime GlobalPost correspondent.… The Multimillion-Dollar Private Investigation To Find James...

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US Officials Rule That Monkey Selfies Cannot Be Copyrighted
Aug22

US Officials Rule That Monkey Selfies Cannot Be Copyrighted

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Bad news for the British photographer who allowed a curious monkey to take a selfie using his equipment – or, indeed, any of us looking to allow wild animals to borrow our smartphones or cameras to take self-portraits – US officials have issued new rules declaring that… US Officials Rule That Monkey Selfies Cannot Be...

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A Steep Hillary To Climb, or, Because She’s There …
Aug22

A Steep Hillary To Climb, or, Because She’s There …

Synchronicity: Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online Clintonphobia: Why No Democrat Wants to Run Against Hillary  —  Strong frontrunners have drawn challengers before.  But given the Clintons’ reputation for retaliating for betrayals, it’s just not worth it in 2016.  —  The mystery of the 2016 Democratic presidential race isn’t why Hillary Clinton seems likely to run…. I had been thinking abut this over the last...

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It’s now personal between Obama and the ISIS
Aug22

It’s now personal between Obama and the ISIS

No more Mr. (relatively) Nice guy. It’s now personal between President Barack Obama and the ISIS after the beheading of freelance journalist James Foley. That’s the quite-plausible analyst of The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake: When ISIS beheaded an American journalist, it meant to intimidate—and provoke—the United States. It should be careful what it wishes for. The gloves just came off. The Obama administration signaled...

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The Ebola Horror: No Comments, Just Prayers
Aug22

The Ebola Horror: No Comments, Just Prayers

I have seen first-hand the anguish and desperation of a young mother whose baby has been diagnosed with a life-threatening congenital heart disease for which, in her native country, there are few prospects for the specialized and prohibitively expensive open-heart surgery that is required. I have also seen first-hand the joy of the same mother when she is able to listen, for the first time, to the regular, healthy beat of her baby’s...

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