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  • Ukraine Operation to Retake East Unravels Ahead of Talks

    04/16/2014 9:45:26 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 20 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 4 16 14 | Nicolas Miletitch and Germain Moyon
    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - An operation by Ukrainian forces to reassert control over its eastern regions floundered Wednesday in the face of pro-Russian resistance, a day ahead of international talks on the escalating crisis. A concerned NATO said it planned to deploy more forces in eastern Europe and called for Russia to stop "destabilising" the former Soviet satellite, which has been in deep turmoil since the ouster of the pro-Kremlin leadership in February.
  • Pro-Russians Take Control of Ukrainian Troop Carriers

    04/16/2014 9:17:47 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 26 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Apr 16, 2014 | THOMAS GROVE AND GABRIELA BACZYNSKA
    (Reuters) - Armored personal carriers driven into the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk had been under the control of Ukrainian armed forces earlier on Wednesday, pictures taken by Reuters photographers showed. A soldier guarding one of six troop carriers now under the control of pro-Russian separatists told Reuters he was a member of Ukraine's 25th paratrooper division from Dnipropetrovsk. "All the soldiers and the officers are here. We are all boys who won't shoot our own people," said the soldier, whose uniform did not have any identifying markings on it. "They haven't fed us for three days on our base....
  • Marsha Blackburn To "Test The Waters" For 2016 Presidential Bid

    04/11/2014 7:22:35 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 91 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | SCOTT CONROY
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn will consider running for president in 2016 -- if she sees an opportunity to do so, an aide to the 7th District Republican told RealClearPolitics. Blackburn is scheduled to be one of the speakers at a New Hampshire Republican rally this weekend but was not previously known to be mulling a White House bid. "If there's a door to kick down, she's willing to kick it down," the aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said. "These are the kinds of events you go to -- test the waters, and see what...
  • Rand Paul: We Need Guns In The Cockpit

    04/10/2014 4:54:59 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 52 replies
    politico.com ^ | 4/10/14 | TAL KOPAN
    Sen. Rand Paul says he wants “100 percent” of pilots carrying weapons, as it’s the best way to prevent another attack like Sept. 11, 2001. “The goal of my bill is to have 100 percent of American pilots armed, because I think it’s a very cost effective, it’s the most cost effective way of deterring another attack on our planes,” Paul said on Fox News’s “Hannity” on Wednesday night. The Kentucky Republican says he supports recent calls to allow concealed weapons on military bases in the wake of the recent shooting at Fort Hood, but he is dealing with another...
  • In Iowa, Mike Huckabee Drops Serious Hints to Supporters About 2016

    04/09/2014 4:13:38 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 55 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 4 9 14 | Michael Falcone
    A source close to Huckabee confirmed to ABC News that while in Iowa, Huckabee met behind closed doors with Gov. Terry Branstad, a fellow Republican, and other state GOP leaders and officials. In addition, he also huddled with several members of his 2008 campaign team based in the state. His message to those he encountered Tuesday, according to the source familiar with the discussions, was clear: Keep your powder dry.
  • Why Did US Send Comedians to India: Senator Asks John Kerry

    04/09/2014 5:41:04 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 25 replies
    financialexpress.com ^ | Apr 09 2014,
    A Republican Senator has questioned the utility of sending comedians to India at the expense of tax payer's money, at a time when the US is experiencing economic crunch. The question was raised by Senator Rand Paul yesterday, during a hearing of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wherein Secretary of State John Kerry, testified on the foreign policy priorities for the year 2015. "Throughout the six months preceding the attack on Benghazi, though, a lot of money was spent on things that I think most Americans would say are frivolous and maybe not part of the immediate mission of the State...
  • Jeb Bush Will Bring Apocalypse If He Wins White House in 2016

    04/07/2014 1:14:16 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 77 replies
    Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | April 7, 2014 | Michael Cantrell
    Jeb Bush, if he decides to run for president in 2016, and by some horrific nightmare, wins the White House, will bring about the apocalypse that will officially make America a footnote in history books that chronicle once great civilizations. This may sound a bit dramatic, but the truth of the matter is that the United States will not survive another Bush presidency. Many conservatives will bristle, arch their backs, pop out the claws, and start hissing at the mention of such a statement, but the fact is the Bush family are not true liberty-minded folks, but rather big government...
  • Jeb Bush to Decide on 2016 by End of Year

    04/06/2014 2:41:45 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 106 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 04/06/14 | Erin Delmore
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will make a decision on whether he’ll enter the 2016 presidential race by the end of this year, he said during an interview on Fox News Channel Sunday during the 25th anniversary celebration of his father’s presidency in College Station, Texas. ... He said in the Fox News interview that illegal immigration is, for many people, an effort to provide for their families, and “not a felony.” “It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family,” Bush said. “I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should...
  • Letter: Graham Not a True Republican

    04/06/2014 9:10:28 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 14 replies
    aikenstandard.com ^ | April 6 | Steve Bright
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s massive advertising blitz has only one objective: To make South Carolina Republicans forget the massive pro-Obama voting record he’s accumulated over the last six years. Graham voted to confirm every single one of Obama’s left-wing Supreme Court nominee’s. Graham waxes eloquent over Hillary Clinton, yet blasts such friends of our constitutional liberties as U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. Graham cast key votes to end filibusters against gun control and Obamacare. Graham supports cap-and-trade legislation, the cornerstone of the mythical global warming hoax,
  • Huckabee Leads Early Iowa Poll

    04/04/2014 10:26:48 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 3 | AARON BLAKE
    Mike Huckabee, whose win in the Iowa caucuses in 2008 put him on the national political map, holds an early lead there if he were to run again in 2016, according to a new poll. The WPA Research poll shows the former Arkansas governor on top of a field of potential candidates at 14 percent. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is in second place at 10 percent, while the rest are in single digits.
  • Poll: Paul, Huckabee Lead GOP Hopefuls for 2016

    04/03/2014 11:19:28 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 71 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 31 Mar 2014 | Aaron Stern
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee lead the field of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, according to a poll released Saturday. Huckabee and Paul each won support from 13 percent of likely Republican voters when asked whom they would vote for if the 2016 Republican primary were held today. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was close behind with 11 percent, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz each received 9 percent. Rand Paul tallied 13 percent again when respondents were asked which candidate they thought could defeat Hillary Clinton in the general...
  • Rand Paul: The most intriguing man in today’s Republican Party

    03/26/2014 5:37:47 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 35 replies
    Rand Paul is the most intriguing — and for Democrats, perhaps the most frightening — figure in today’s Republican Party. The Kentucky senator, who is more than flirting with a 2016 presidential run, is making a smart play for the millennial generation that was key to President Obama’s twin victories and that his own party has convincingly repelled. Paul’s unlikely pilgrimage to the progressive precincts of the University of California at Berkeley offered the most convincing evidence so far that he is serious about carving out this (sorry, President Clinton) third way space — and a demonstration of his potential...
  • Marijuana Farmers Unlikely To See Farm Tax Perks

    02/10/2014 4:34:39 PM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 14 replies
    CBS ^ | February 9, 2014
    DENVER (AP) — Marijuana farmers and agricultural tax breaks are the next wrinkle facing the states that have legal weed as lawmakers debate how to tax the product while it’s growing. Legislatures in both Colorado and Washington are taking a look at pot farmers this session. The states have already decided how to tax finished marijuana. But they are still mulling taxes as pot is produced, such as how the land on which marijuana is grown should be assessed for property taxes. Some lawmakers in both states say marijuana growers shouldn’t be eligible for any taxation perks afforded to farmers...
  • Claire McCaskill: Rand Paul remarks ‘infuriating’

    02/02/2014 2:53:29 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 77 replies
    Politico ^ | 1 28 14 | Tal Kopan
    Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday slammed recent comments by Sen. Rand Paul tying President Bill Clinton’s infidelities to the so-called war on women as “infuriating,” saying Republicans keep getting into trouble talking about women. The Missouri Democrat was talking about comments from Paul this Sunday on “Meet the Press” that Democrats decrying a “war on women” give Clinton a pass. “The Democrats — one of their big issues is they’ve concocted this, ‘Republicans are committing a war on women,’” the Kentucky Republican said. “I think, really, the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this. He took...
  • Who Tops Cruz in Early Iowa 2016 Poll?

    12/16/2013 1:44:43 PM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 75 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/16/2013 | Alexis Levinson
    Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is the most popular of the would-be 2016 Republican contenders among Iowa Republicans, handily outstripping his potential competition in the state that holds the first nominating contest every four years, according to a new poll. ... Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, sits at the bottom of the pack. Just 46 percent of Iowa Republicans say they have a favorable view of him, compared to 17 percent who hold an unfavorably view. Despite frequent trips to the state in recent months, he is still not well known to many Republicans: 37 percent still say...
  • Pope: America Should Be ‘Prepared to Accept Human Life From the Mother’s Womb to Old Age'

    12/13/2013 9:43:50 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 11 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 12, 2013 | Barbara Boland
    CNSNews.com -- In a message sent to the Americas on Dec. 12, a day the Catholic Church celebrates in honor of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, Pope Francis, who was named Person of the Year this week by Time magazine, said that America is called to be “a land prepared to accept life at every stage, from the mother’s womb to old age.” The Pope made his remarks during the course of the weekly general audience on Wednesday, and the message for the Americas was subsequently broadcast on Vatican Radio.
  • Palin Apologizes For Comments About Pope Francis

    12/11/2013 11:04:51 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 55 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | BY AARON BLAKE
    <p>Sarah Palin on Thursday apologized for comments that suggested Pope Francis might be adopting liberal positions.</p> <p>Palin had said on CNN on Tuesday that the Pope has "had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me."</p>
  • Falling Satellite Expected to Crash Into Earth Soon

    11/10/2013 6:42:16 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 114 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11 09 13
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- A satellite about the size of a Volkswagen van is on its way back down to Earth. The over one ton satellite is expected to crash land sometime Sunday night or Monday morning. But at this point, it's not clear where.
  • Rand Paul Stumps With Ken Cuccinelli

    10/28/2013 11:52:52 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 11 replies
    politico.com ^ | 10/28/13 | JAMES HOHMANN
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Michael Bloomberg has become the Republicans’ favorite punching bag in the closing days of the Virginia governor’s race. Rand Paul seized on the New York City mayor’s new $1.1 million TV ad buy, which attacks Republican Ken Cuccinelli for opposing gun control, during a Monday afternoon rally here. “Once he takes your guns, he’s coming after your Big Gulp,” the Kentucky senator said. Cuccinelli told the crowd of several hundred people that he and Paul stopped for Slurpees on the way over to the Filipino Cultural Center, their second of three stops together. “You want to...
  • Jeb Bush on Ted Cruz’s Tactics: ‘Have a Little Bit of Self-Restraint’

    10/20/2013 10:13:23 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 105 replies
    ABCNews ^ | Oct 20, 2013 | By Benjamin Bell
    During an interview for “This Week,” former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush encouraged Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz – who told ABC News that he would do “anything” to stop Obamacare – to come up with an alternative and show some restraint if his aim was to repeal the president’s signature healthcare law. “I think the best way to repeal Obamacare is to have an alternative; we never hear the alternative…we could do this in a much lower cost with improved quality based on our principles, free market principles…and two, show how Obamacare, flawed to its core, doesn’t work,” Bush...
  • New Gop Shutdown/Debt Plan, But No Agreement Yet

    10/11/2013 12:24:50 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 73 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 11, 2013 | By ALAN FRAM and DAVID ESPO
    In addition to ending the shutdown and increasing the debt limit, under the proposal Congress and the White House would explore ways to ease across-the-board federal budget cuts that began taking effect a year ago, and replace at least part of them with benefit-program curbs that have been included in recent presidential budgets. Officials who described the approach did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss private conversations. With the weekend approaching, and the deadline for raising the debt limit five days away, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said it was time to "put this...
  • Speaker Boehner: Shutdown is 'not some damn game'

    10/04/2013 10:42:34 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4 Oct 2013
    House Speaker John Boehner denounced the political stalemate that has shut down Washington for the fourth consecutive day Friday, insisting that Congress isn't playing "some damn game." In an animated press conference, Boehner chided both President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for what he called their refusal to negotiate over Republicans' concerns about Obamacare. Boehner, R-Ohio, insisted the Congress would will not vote on a "clean" spending bill without conditions to end the government shutdown, and demanded spending cuts in exchange for raising the government's borrowing limit. Blasting reports depicting the impasse as a tally of winners...
  • Moderate House Republicans Failed to Line up Votes for Separate Plan

    09/30/2013 5:09:34 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 9 30 2013 | Dana Bash
    <p>Washington (CNN) – Moderate House Republicans who wanted to fund the government with no strings attached failed to line up votes against a House GOP plan to renew federal coffers while chipping away at Obamacare.</p> <p>Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, and others feverishly made calls to stage what would have been effectively a revolt.</p>
  • Who'll Blink? Democrats, GOP in Shutdown Staredown

    09/29/2013 2:07:00 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 44 replies
    deseretnews.com ^ | Sept. 29 2013 | Andrew Taylor
    "If the Senate stalls until Monday afternoon instead of working today, it would be an act of breathtaking arrogance by the Senate Democratic leadership," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. "They will be deliberately bringing the nation to the brink of a government shutdown." In the event lawmakers blow the Monday deadline, about 800,000 workers would be forced off the job without pay.
  • DOD Issues Detailed Shutdown Guidance

    09/29/2013 12:31:39 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 37 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/27/13 | KATE BRANNEN
    American troops would continue fighting in Afghanistan if the government shut down next week, the Defense Department said Friday — but if any were killed, the Pentagon could not pay out their death gratuities until the government reopened. That is just one ugly reality of the government shutdown for which DoD has been preparing, Pentagon Comptroller Bob Hale said. ... The Pentagon has also decided to exempt funerals and dignified transfers of remains from a shutdown if one happens, he said — so if troops were killed during a shutdown, the Air Force could fly them to Dover Air Force...
  • Hagel calls threat of govt shutdown ‘shortsighted’ warns of US becoming ‘ungovernable country’

    09/29/2013 11:37:49 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 57 replies
    ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel criticized Congress on Saturday as “astoundingly irresponsible” and said that using threats to shut down the government to satisfy a political whim is dangerously shortsighted. Hagel, who oversees as much as half of the government civilians who would be furloughed next week if Congress doesn’t reach a budget agreement, told reporters that the impasse threatens to delay paychecks to troops serving in Afghanistan. More business news Reston firm builds a reputation as well as Web sites Thomas Heath 2:56 PM ET Perfect Sense uses its local Rolodex, chock-full of technology...
  • Defiant House Delays Obamacare; Government Shutdown Looms

    09/29/2013 5:58:57 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 141 replies
    CNN ^ | September 29, 2013 | Tom Cohen and Holly Yan
    In a move that makes a government shutdown very likely, House Republicans approved a spending plan early Sunday morning that would delay Obamacare for a year and repeal its tax on medical devices. The temporary budget resolution now goes back to the Senate, where Democrats have consistently said any changes to President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law is a deal-killer. ... The decision to vote on the House amendments overnight emerged from a rare weekend GOP caucus meeting called by House Speaker John Boehner. The votes, taken after midnight, were 231-192 for the Obamacare delay, and 248-174 for the medical...
  • Rand Paul Wins 2016 Presidential Straw Poll, Trounces Chris Christie

    09/22/2013 10:48:35 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 45 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 09/22/2013
    Sen. Rand Paul decisively won a straw poll held over the weekend in Michigan at a bi-annual gathering of Republicans, earning more than double the votes of rival New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Paul, the libertarian-leaning Republican from Kentucky, won 188 votes, or 36 percent, in the 2016 Mackinac Presidential Straw Poll. Christie came in at second with 82 votes, or 16 percent, in the poll. “It’s always exciting to place first in anything,” Paul told The Daily Caller in a phone interview Sunday morning from Mackinac Island after the results were announced. He noted that the Island is “overrun...
  • New plan to defund ObamaCare: Filibuster the House bill that … defunds ObamaCare

    09/20/2013 3:20:14 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 18 replies
    hotair.com ^ | SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
    I thought I misread this at first, but no, apparently that’s the plan. Having convinced the House to bite the bullet and pass a CR that defunds O-Care, the Cruz/Lee “defund” contingent in the Senate now has no choice but to filibuster it. As David Freddoso, an opponent of the Cruz strategy, puts it, “You need to prevent a vote on defunding Obamacare in order to defund Obamacare.” Here’s what Cruz said about it this morning:
  • 2016 Presidential Race: Rand Paul And Chris Christie Lead Republicans In New Hampshire

    09/18/2013 10:47:21 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 45 replies
    theglobaldispatch.com ^ | Sep 18th, 2013 | By Robert Herriman
    Yes it’s only 2013, but the race for the Republican Presidential prospects for 2016 is alive and well, and this early on the two at the top in New Hampshire are Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie, according to a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Wednesday. According to the poll, Paul and Christie are neck-and-neck in the Granite State garnering 20% and 19% of the vote, respectively. Following the top two are Jeb Bush (14%), 12% for Kelly Ayotte, 10% for Ted Cruz, 7% for Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, 3% for Bobby...
  • Rand Paul, 2016 Republican Front-Runner

    09/15/2013 7:01:45 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 92 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | September 13, 2013 | Chris Cillizza
    The first eight-plus months of 2013 have convinced us of one thing: Rand Paul acts and the rest of the potential 2016 Republican presidential field reacts. On drones, Paul led a 13-hour-long filibuster that drew Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (among others) to the floor in support. On Syria, Paul was out front in his opposition to a military strike — a position that 30 of his Senate Republican colleagues shared as of this writing. Those 30 include both Rubio,who voted against the use-of-force resolution in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. ... Below are our rankings...
  • CA Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Illegals To Practice Law

    09/14/2013 9:49:45 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 22 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 9 13 2013
    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A California bill to let undocumented immigrants become lawyers passed its last legislative hurdle on Thursday and will be sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.
  • New Survey Suggests Cruz, Libertarian-Leaning Republicans Gaining Support

    09/13/2013 8:06:03 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 60 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 12, 2013
    Sen. Ted Cruz and his libertarian-leaning comrades in the Republican Party seem to be gaining support with the American people, according to a recent survey conducted by the polling company, inc. The economic conservatism paired with a socially moderate outlook that characterizes the libertarian wing of the Republican Party may be signifying a sift in the party’s politics in the years to come. “The perfect storm is being created between the NSA, the IRS, the implementation of Obamacare and now Syria,” said Republican pollster Kellyanna Conway who ran the poll, according to Politico. “People are looking at the government more...
  • Rand Paul Rips Booker, Praises Lonegan, Spares Christie

    09/13/2013 7:43:10 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 11 replies
    nj.com ^ | September 12, 2013 | By Matt Friedman/The Star-Ledger
    Paul accused Booker of having an “imaginary friend,” referring to a story in the conservative National Review magazine that questioned whether T-Bone — a drug dealer Booker frequently talks about in stories — was real. A 2007 Star-Ledger story also cast doubt on the character’s veracity. “I’ve been reading a lot about Cory Booker’s imaginary friend and I wanted to come up there and see if New Jersey would elect real workers or someone with imaginary friends,” Paul said. Booker and Lonegan are running in the special Oct. 16 election to fill the remaining year-and-a-half of the late U.S. Sen....
  • Pigs Fly, Ted Cruz Full of Obama Praise

    09/11/2013 5:14:55 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 23 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9 11 13 | By BREANNA EDWARDS
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), praised President Barack Obama on Wednesday for bringing the Syria strike to Congress, saying that the move gave the chance for the voices of Americans to be heard. “I want to commend President Obama for two different things. Number one, I want to commend President Obama for listening to the bipartisan calls to submit to the constitutional authority of Congress. That was significant, it was the right thing to do and I’m glad he did so,” Cruz said in a detailed foreign policy speech at the Heritage Foundation’s 4th Annual Jesse Helms Lecture Series. “And secondly,...
  • Foreign Fighters Head to Syria to Join Al Qaeda

    09/11/2013 4:13:53 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 19 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | September 11, 2013
    NBC’s Richard Engel speaks to Abu Abdul Rahman, a Tunisian man who dropped out of college to fight with al Qaeda in Syria.
  • Sen. Rand Paul Responds To Obama: "May God Help Us Avoid An Unnecessary War"

    09/11/2013 4:59:02 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 8 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | September 10, 2013
    SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY): Twelve years after we were attacked by al-Qaida, 12 years after 3,000 Americans were killed by al-Qaida, President Obama now asks us to be allies with al-Qaida. Americans by a large majority want nothing to do with the Syrian civil war. We fail to see a national security interest in a war between a leader who gasses his own citizens and Islamic rebels who are killing Christians. Some argue that American credibility is on the line, that because President Obama drew a red line with chemical weapons, America must act or lose credibility. I would argue...
  • ‘Putin Shipping Assad More Weapons to Crush Rebels’

    09/10/2013 1:22:47 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 65 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | September 10, 2013 | TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
    Russia is stepping up weapons supplies to Syria’s President Bashar Assad, to help him prevail in the civil war, as part of the arrangements under which the Assad regime has agreed in principle to have its chemical weapons stockpiles placed under international supervision, Israel television reported on Tuesday night.
  • Rand Paul Sends Letter To Senators Urging "No" Vote On Bombing Syria

    09/09/2013 1:22:59 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 1 replies
    opposingviews.com ^ | September 09, 2013 | Nina Kate
    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul vehemently opposes going to war with Syria, and he outlined his thoughts clearly in a letter to his fellow senators on Monday. As a libertarian, Paul believes that America should stay out of most foreign affairs, and in general promotes a smaller government that does not take action when there appears to be no immediate security risk. Paul also questioned the wisdom of taking limited action, as Obama has suggested. The president has previously vowed not to put any “boots on the ground,” and to make any attack narrow in scope to avoid a full-fledged war...
  • State Department Reveals Hillary Clinton Received $500K Worth of Jewelry from Saudi King

    09/09/2013 8:55:58 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 56 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | AUGUST 30, 2013 | BILL HUTCHINSON
    Foreign diplomacy doesn’t always resolve world-class problems, but it sure does rake in the swag. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was given a half-million bucks worth of diamond and ruby jewelry by Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and received $58,000 worth of bling from Brunei. The lavish gifts were among a treasure trove of keepsakes bestowed upon U.S. leaders in 2012, the State Department disclosed Thursday. ... Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden got a bare-breasted female bust from Liberia. The Constitution prohibits U.S. government employees from keeping presents worth more than $350. But officials at the U.S....
  • Charlie Rose Interviews Bashar Assad

    09/08/2013 9:39:52 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 7 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/8/13 | DYLAN BYERS
    Charlie Rose interviewed Syrian President Bashar Assad at the presidential palace in Damascus on Sunday morning. --- UPDATE (11:05 a.m.): Rose's preview of the interview as relayed by phone from Beirut, Lebanon, on CBS's "Face The Nation" on Sunday: [Assad] denied that he had anything to do with the attack. He denied that he knew there was a chemical attack, notwithstanding what has been said and notwithstanding the videotape. He said there’s not enough evidence to make a conclusive judgment. He would not say even, even though I read him the lead paragraph of the New York Times today in...
  • Obama-backed rebels dismember live Christian girl (Video)

    09/08/2013 9:16:02 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 69 replies
    examiner.com ^ | September 8, 2013 | Deborah Dupre
    Barack Obama-backed Syrian rebel terrorists this week have dismembered a girl while she was alive along with other similar atrocities in a Christian village in Syria, according to Russia Today. Hit-and-run attacks on the ancient village of Maaloula, one of the few places in the world where residents still speak "the original language of Christ," Aramaic, has intensified fears among Syria’s religious minorities about the growing role of U.S.-backed rebel extremists among those fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.. President Barack Obama has aimed to topple Assad with support from Congress and the public, first using US-backed rebels to...
  • White House: 'Common-sense test' makes Assad government to blame for Syrian chemical attack

    09/08/2013 8:45:19 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 146 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 9 8 2013
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough asserted that a "common-sense test" rather than "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" makes the Syrian government responsible for a chemical weapons attack that Obama says demands a U.S. military response. McDonough acknowledged the risks that military action could drag the U.S. into the middle of a brutal civil war and endanger allies such as Israel with a retaliatory attack.
  • The New Republic Bashes Rand Paul for Caring About Syrian Christians

    09/08/2013 5:59:25 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 37 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 09/05/2013
    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is being criticized by The New Republic for concern over Christians after Syrian rebels attacked a Syrian Christian village. In an article titled “Rand Paul’s Syria Bible Thumping: Why does he only seem to care about the country’s Christians?” journalist Julia Ioffe rails, “Paul’s emphasis on Syrian Christians is more than a simple reminder of a neglected aspect of an already complicated situation.” Ioffe continues, Rand’s concern over Christians in Syria “sounds distinctly like the garbage about America being a Christian nation, like the unnerving evangelical support of Israel, like the not-too-subtle hum on the right...
  • Lindsey Graham: Attack Syria or Iran Will Nuke Charleston

    09/08/2013 5:13:33 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 48 replies
    fitsnews.com ^ | 06 Sep 2013
    At an invitation-only breakfast for establishment Republican types in Mount Pleasant, S.C. this week, Graham said that if America doesn’t take military action against the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Iran will acquire a nuclear weapon by the end of 2014. “I believe that if we get Syria wrong, within six months – and you can quote me on this – there will be a war between Iran and Israel over their nuclear program,” Graham said, according to U.S. News and World Report. But the fear-mongering didn’t stop there. Graham says this conflict will come home to – of...
  • Putin Calls Kerry a Liar on Syria

    09/05/2013 4:23:44 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 39 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | September 4, 2013
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, claiming he had denied that al Qaeda was fighting with the Syrian opposition in that country's civil war. Speaking to his human rights council, Putin recalled watching a congressional debate where Kerry was asked about al Qaeda. Putin said he had denied that it was operating in Syria, even though he was aware of the al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra group. Putin said: "This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them (the Americans) and we assume they are decent people, but he...
  • Kerry: Arab Countries Offered to Pay for Invasion

    09/04/2013 2:50:13 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 158 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 09 04 2013 | Aaron Blake
    Secretary of State John Kerry said at Wednesday’s hearing that Arab counties have offered to pay for the entirety of unseating President Bashar al-Assad if the United States took the lead militarily. “With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes,” Kerry said. “They have. That offer is on the table.” Asked by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) about how much those countries would contribute, Kerry said they have offered to pay for all of a full invasion.
  • Congress' Top Republicans Praise Obama on Syria

    08/31/2013 1:24:02 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 36 replies
    sanluisobispo.com ^ | August 31, 2013 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON — Leading congressional Republicans praised President Barack Obama's decision to seek lawmakers' approval before punishing Syria for a chemical attack. But it was far from clear whether they would support such a strike in a region rife with warfare and the specter of retaliation. "I do believe (Syria) should not have impunity," for the Aug. 21 attack near Damascus, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said by telephone. "But we need to understand what the whole scope of consequences is. What the president may perceive as limited...won't stop there."
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham Wants Aggressive U.S. Strike in Syria

    08/31/2013 11:43:47 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 70 replies
    McClatchy ^ | August 30, 2013 | James Rosen
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called Friday for a strong U.S. response to last week’s use of chemical weapons outside Damascus, urging multiple missile strikes aimed at destroying Syrian President Bashar Assad’s major military assets and rendering him largely powerless. While Graham, in a statement with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, said the attack could be done “in a limited way, without boots on the ground,” the breadth of the two Republican senators’ suggested action would significantly increase U.S. involvement in a two-year civil war in Syria that has left 100,000 people dead and sent 1 million refugees into neighboring...
  • Obama to Seek Congressional Approval on Syria

    08/31/2013 10:58:48 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 121 replies
    boston.com ^ | August 31, 2013 | DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in the Obama administration and on Capitol Hill say President Barack Obama intends to seek congressional approval for action against Syria. Obama will speak on the developments in Syria from the Rose Garden on Saturday. The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak ahead of the president