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  • (Madeleine) Albright: ‘Special place in hell for women who don’t help each... (Video)

    02/06/2016 12:28:39 PM PST · by maggief · 56 replies
    MSNBC ^ | February 6, 2016
    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joins Hillary Clinton on stage and campaigns for her in New Hampshire.
  • Marco Rubio Previously Paid Pollster Frank Luntz, Who Praised Rubio on Fox News

    01/29/2016 5:34:12 AM PST · by maggief · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 29, 2016 | PATRICK HOWLEY
    Fox News used a pollster to host a pro-Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)79% focus group after Thursday night's Republican debate, despite the fact that the pollster actually had Rubio as a client. Pollster Frank Luntz got significant airtime to direct a post-debate focus group that unsurprisingly was very favorable to Rubio, the GOP establishment pick in the primary race. "Megyn, you asked probably the toughest question of the debate. You gave the candidates no room to wiggle. You pressed him. And he responded," Luntz gushed to Megyn Kelly, awkwardly referring only to Rubio before even mentioning him by name. "I want...
  • FLASHBACK: THE KELLY FILE for July 27, 2015 ("... don't make me hurt you.")

    01/27/2016 11:49:06 AM PST · by maggief · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 27, 2015 | Megyn Kelly
    EXCERPTS Welcome to THE KELLY FILE, everyone. I'm Megyn Kelly. Just ten night from right now at this very hour, ten republican candidates from a field of 16 will stand on a stage in Cleveland, Ohio. (snip) Joining me now, FOX News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt who is intimately involved in the debate process, as I can attest firsthand working with you at length and already today, we had a lengthy meeting doing one of the most important things you can do in the presidential process which is to come up with questions for these guys and potentially gal,...
  • Blaze: We Asked Jeb Bush to Respond to Trump's 'Mommy' Attack - Here's What He Said

    01/23/2016 11:51:21 AM PST · by maggief · 22 replies
    The Blaze via YouTube ^ | January 23, 2016
    Published on Jan 23, 2016 Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush had a sharp answer Saturday when asked to respond to Donald Trump's tweet suggesting the governor needed his "mommy" to come in and rescue the campaign.
  • Prominent Jeb Bush Donor Questions Super PAC Strategist Over Negative Marco Rubio Ads

    01/16/2016 12:04:09 PM PST · by maggief · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 16, 2016 | Ashley Parker and Maggie Haberman
    A prominent donor to Jeb Bush pressed the chief strategist of the "super PAC" supporting Mr. Bush over the group's negative ads about Senator Marco Rubio during a closed-door meeting in Manhattan on Friday, according to three people familiar with the encounter. The exchange took place between Barry Volpert of the private equity firm Crestview Partners and the strategist Mike Murphy at a meeting of about 35 donors at the Palace Hotel in Midtown, according to one attendee. Mr. Volpert, who has associates who support Mr. Rubio, the senator from Florida, questioned Mr. Murphy "aggressively" about why the group was...
  • Politician Sends Busload of Refugees to Germany's Merkel

    01/14/2016 8:55:28 AM PST · by maggief · 44 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 14, 2016 | ANDY ECKARDT
    Officials in a small German community have sent a message to protest the government's open-arms refugee policy: A busload of migrants bound for Chancellor Angela Merkel's office. Bavaria's Landshut district put more than 30 migrants on a 340-mile journey Thursday to Merkel's office in an attempt to highlight the difficulties it is facing in coping with an influx of migrants. "The housing situation in our region is very difficult and there is a good chance these people will become homeless," Elmar Stoettner, a spokesman for the district, told NBC News by telephone on Thursday. All the migrants had chosen to...
  • Migrant Sex Pests: 'You Have To Treat Me Kindly! Mrs Merkel Has Invited Me',...

    01/07/2016 10:48:59 AM PST · by maggief · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 7, 2016
    Despite repeated denials by the mayor of Cologne that the men involved in a mass sex assault on German citizens at New Year's Eve were migrants, a growing body of evidence is increasingly confirming the speculation as fact. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Cologne chief of police Wolfgang Albers confirmed the ethnicity of the attackers as being mostly "North African and Arab", a rare expression of honesty from the German establishment which has seen him silenced and an apology issued from his bosses in the state police. Now police officers have confirmed that not only were the perpetrators...
  • FLASHBACK: Donald J. Trump Interview 25+ Years Ago (Video)

    01/03/2016 12:21:38 PM PST · by maggief · 19 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 28, 2015
    Published on Dec 28, 2015 Here is your GOP front-runner, Donald J. Trump in an interview approximately 25 years ago. Running for POTUS - as he said he would, if the country ever got so bad.
  • Angela Merkel's NY speech /w Arabic subtitles: "Hate in Germans who think Germany belongs to them"

    01/02/2016 4:55:17 PM PST · by maggief · 101 replies
    Youtube ^ | December 31, 2015
    Published on Dec 31, 2015 Due to the massive influx of over 1.5 million illegal immigrants this year, the yearly New Year's Eve speech of the chancellor Angela Merkel was provided with Arabic subtitles for the first time and can be seen at http://arabic.zdf.de/ar . Merkel stated that the immigration of "new citizens" who stay permanently is a huge chance for Germany and urged listeners not to "follow the others who have coldness and hate in their hearts" because they believe that "being German belongs to them alone". Germany belongs to everyone - she concluded that despite "costing huge amounts...
  • NYT: How Jeb Bush Hopes to Save His Candidacy

    01/01/2016 12:04:11 PM PST · by maggief · 86 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 1, 2016 | ASHLEY PARKER
    HIALEAH, Fla. - Jeb Bush and his supporters still have a pile of money to spend - remnants of $100 million raised when he seemed early this year to be a sure bet. They have an expansive ground operation in New Hampshire. And allies have just began a new ad campaign in Iowa. But nothing they have tried so far has lifted Mr. Bush's terrible poll numbers. And with just four weeks remaining until voting begins, Mr. Bush needs to do something to save his candidacy. It may be too late: Other campaigns appear to have counted him out altogether....
  • Clinton emails: Billionaire Soros said he regretted backing Obama

    12/31/2015 5:48:48 PM PST · by maggief · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 31, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    George Soros, a billionaire Democratic donor, told a close Hillary Clinton ally that he regretted supporting President Obama over her in the 2008 Democratic primary, according to an email released Thursday by the State Department. Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden said in a May 2012 email to Clinton that Soros made the admission to her during a dinner. "I told him I worked for you in the primaries and he said he's been impressed that he can always call/meet with you on an issue of policy and said he hasn't met with the President ever (though I thought...
  • Who's lying about Benghazi? 'Not me!' says Hillary Clinton...(casting blame on the families)

    12/31/2015 1:57:31 PM PST · by maggief · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 31, 2015 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Clinton told a newspaper's editors that she never told Benghazi victims' families that an anti-Muslim YouTube video had sparked the deadly attacks Four of them have said otherwise - including the father of one of the fallen who wrote Clinton's words verbatim in a notebook 'Somebody is lying,' a columnist told her Wednesday. 'Who is it?' 'Not me, that's all I can tell you,' Clinton replied, casting blame on the families and attributing any confusion to the 'fog of war' Hillary Clinton insists that if anyone is lying about the aftermath of the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks that left four...
  • State Dept. to miss target in Clinton email release

    12/31/2015 9:55:36 AM PST · by maggief · 37 replies
    POLITICO ^ | December 31, 2015 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    The State Department said on Thursday that it will fail to meet its court-ordered goal of releasing by the end of the day 82 percent of Hillary Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state. The agency is expected to release later on Thursday roughly 5,500 additional pages of emails from the private email account that Clinton exclusively used during her four years at Foggy Bottom. But it said schedule problems and the hefty workload prevented the agency from meeting its numerical target for this latest release - the eighth of its kind - and that the State Department...
  • Evacuations Ordered Along Mississippi River; Nat. Guard Activated in Missouri

    12/29/2015 12:28:16 PM PST · by maggief · 17 replies
    TWC ^ | December 29, 2015 | Sean Breslin
    No stranger to springtime flooding due to snowmelt, residents in states like Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Oklahoma are now preparing for something they aren't used to seeing: potentially historic floods in winter. Residents in several areas have already been pushed out of their homes by rising floodwaters, and the impacts are only expected to worsen in the coming days. The floods have already been responsible for at least 17 deaths in the Plains and Midwest. In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon activated the National Guard to support emergency personnel and protect communities affected by the floods. Late Tuesday morning, the Mississippi...
  • Donald Trump Plans to Ramp Up Campaign Spending

    12/29/2015 7:11:11 AM PST · by maggief · 15 replies
    Time ^ | December 29, 2015 | Tessa Berenson
    Donald Trump often brags about not spending any money on campaign ads, but that is about to change. According to a report by Fox News, Trump’s campaign is planning an ad blitz that could cost more than $2 million a week. The money for the ad buy will come out of Trump’s own fortune: “Our Super PAC is Donald Trump’s bank account,” an unnamed adviser told Fox.
  • Jeb Challenges Trump to Debate – Trump Posts Photo of Jeb Picking Nose

    12/28/2015 9:28:39 PM PST · by maggief · 266 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 28, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Jeb Bush, who is still running for president, challenged Donald Trump to debate today. "I'll take you on one-on-one in a debate. Anytime, anyplace, I'll do it." Later today Donald Trump posted a photo of Jeb picking his nose.
  • Paul Ryan's Christmas Warning: American Companies Will Shut Down Without More Foreign Workers

    12/24/2015 5:35:22 AM PST · by maggief · 96 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 23, 2015 | Julia Hahn
    In a Tuesday morning interview with radio host Bill Bennett, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)56% defended his omnibus bill's controversial expansion in the H-2B visa program, which would allow foreign workers to fill blue-collar American jobs, by arguing that if the provision were not included, American companies would be forced to shut their doors. Bennett pressed Ryan on the details of the H-2B visa expansion, slipped 700-pages into Ryan's 2,009-page omnibus spending bill-asking Ryan directly, "Do you believe there are not enough Americans to fill these jobs?" In response, Ryan described the H-2B visa expansion as "a very small, discrete provision."...
  • It's a very Trump Christmas

    12/24/2015 5:22:03 AM PST · by maggief · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 24, 2015 | Lisa Hagen
    Donald Trump may be getting the best gift of all this holiday season, as he enters 2016 firmly on top in the Republican race for the White House. The GOP presidential hopeful has proved the doubters wrong, solidifying a double-digit lead in national polls while running one of the most unorthodox campaigns in history. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) - who has seen his support plunge amid Trump's rise - predicted at a private Dallas fundraiser in mid-November that Trump would falter by the next GOP debate. "Come December 15, Trump will be in decline," Bush reportedly said. But...
  • Obama offers prayers for Christians persecuted by ISIS

    12/23/2015 3:31:21 PM PST · by maggief · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 23, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    President Obama lamented the persecution of Christians worldwide, specifically by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, in a statement the day before Christmas Eve. "In some areas of the Middle East where church bells have rung for centuries on Christmas Day, this year they will be silent," Obama said. "This silence bears tragic witness to the brutal atrocities committed against these communities by ISIL," he added, using an alternate name for the terror group. The president has often faced criticism from Republican rivals, including presidential hopefuls, for not doing enough to help Christians being persecuted in the Middle East...
  • David Brock: Trump Used ‘Schlonged’ To Portray Obama As A ‘Black Rapist’ [VIDEO]

    12/23/2015 7:43:19 AM PST · by maggief · 65 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 23, 2015 | Chuck Ross
    Hillary Clinton surrogate David Brock offered a mind-blowing assessment of Donald Trump's use of the term "schlonged" to describe Hillary Clinton's loss to then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, saying that the Republican's presidential candidate's comment was racist because it invoked the image of a "black rapist." "What we're gonna see, and what we got a taste of last night, was the misogynistic attacks on Hillary Clinton, which also had a racial appeal, as well," Brock, the founder of the pro-Clinton super PAC Correct the Record, told MSNBC's Alex Wagner during an interview Tuesday night. "The...
  • A frustrated Jeb Bush unloads on Donald Trump

    12/23/2015 6:11:38 AM PST · by maggief · 64 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | December 23, 2015 | Hunter Walker
    EXCERPT "They would be a danger for our country. To ban all Muslims coming into the country, it's - it would make it harder to destroy ISIS, which has got to be the first priority," Bush explained. "Insulting the third largest trading partner of the United States, Mexico, not going to work. It's not serious. It's not. ... It turns off a lot of people that are ultimately going to make the decision who the president's going to be." Bush is particularly dismayed by Trump's expressions of support for Putin. On this issue, Bush again attempted to contrast himself with...
  • POLITICO: Congressional cash dash

    12/22/2015 5:21:39 PM PST · by maggief · 1 replies
    POLITICO ^ | December 22, 2015 | ISAAC ARNSDORF
    'TIS THE SEASON: Among the lobbyists, companies and associations who opened their doors for congressional fundraisers this month: -Oracle for Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) -The American Trucking Associations for Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.). -Johnnie Walker parent company Diageo for Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) -John Weinfurter for Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) -Nike for Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) -UPS for Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) -The AFL-CIO's Tom Trotter for Reps. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) and Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) -The American Hotel & Lodging Association for Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) -The National Association of Realtors for Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) -The Twenty-First Century Group,...
  • Hillary Clinton Stands by Claim That ISIS Uses Donald Trump in Videos

    12/22/2015 2:48:19 PM PST · by maggief · 84 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 22, 2015 | JOSH HASKELL LIZ KREUTZ KEOTA
    While campaigning in Iowa today, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stood by her claim that ISIS operatives are using Republican front-runner Donald Trump in recruitment videos for the terrorist organization. "If you go on Arabic television, as we have, and you look at what is being blasted out, video of Mr. Trump being translated into Arabic, no Muslims coming into the United States, other kinds of derogatory, defamatory statements," Clinton said. "It is playing into the hands of the violent jihadists." (snip) In Iowa today, Clinton told her audience: "There is nothing they want more than to be able to...
  • Ravens kicker Justin Tucker beautifully sings Ave Maria

    12/12/2015 4:57:16 AM PST · by maggief · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | December 11, 2015
    Video: Ravens kicker Justin Tucker beautifully sings Ave Maria (The performance took place on Thursday night a concert of Christmas music for Catholic Charities in Baltimore.)
  • GOP lawmakers open door to brokered convention

    12/12/2015 4:07:55 AM PST · by maggief · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 12, 2015 | Scott Wong
    Next summer could see the first brokered convention in four decades. While still unlikely, the idea got a big boost from some Republicans in Congress who are grasping for some way, any way, to deny front-runner Donald Trump the party's presidential nomination. Capitol Hill was set abuzz this week by a Washington Post report that GOP party elders including Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had discussed the possibility of a contested convention. A small chorus of voices even floated new Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as a possible nominee if no-one captures the...
  • Nightmare scenario for establishment: Trump or Cruz

    12/10/2015 5:28:00 AM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 10, 2015 | Niall Stanage
    Three candidates for the Republican nomination have broken away from the rest of the pack, and two of them — businessman Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — give the GOP establishment nightmares. That leaves the third member of the trio, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, potentially well placed to pick up the support of center-right Republican voters who are looking for someone to stop Trump and Cruz at almost any cost. But Rubio is behind both of his top-tier rivals in national polling averages and is even further back in Iowa, home to the first-in-the-nation caucuses, where he holds...
  • The GOP Establishment Thinks Trump Can't Beat the Empty Pantsuit and They're Talking About Romney...

    12/10/2015 12:26:59 AM PST · by maggief · 82 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | December 9, 2015
    EXCERPT Anyway, Charlie Rose with Mark Halperin last night. Charlie Rose said, "Are you saying, Mark, that if the Republican Party unites against Donald Trump, that they can't stop him?" HALPERIN: The establishment now will not accept Trump as the nominee. They will fight him to the end, including at the convention if they need to and I think they'll run someone else if he does become the nominee. ROSE: Meaning somebody's in the field -- HALPERIN: No! Someone like Mitt Romney or Mitch Daniels, someone else to step forward to say, "We've got a safe place to vote because...
  • TIME's Person of the Year 2015 is German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    12/09/2015 5:18:37 AM PST · by maggief · 67 replies
    Today ^ | December 9, 2015 | Eun Kyung Kim
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named TIME's Person of the Year. TIME Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs revealed that the woman who courted controversy in 2015 by opening her nation's border to hundreds of thousands of refugees and managed Europe's debt crisis as the choice in a TODAY exclusive Wednesday morning.
  • ISIS has targeted refugee program to enter US, Homeland Security chairman says

    12/07/2015 12:02:40 PM PST · by maggief · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 7, 2015 | Julian Hattem
    Intelligence officials have determined that Islamic extremists have explored using the refugee program to enter the United States, the head of the House Homeland Security Committee said on Monday. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) declined to go into detail about the determination, which the Obama administration has not announced publicly. Yet the disclosure could add ammunition to critics of the White House's refugee plans who have warned that the program is vulnerable to infiltration by adherents of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). "ISIS members in Syria have attempted to exploit it to get into the United States," McCaul...
  • From Westernized daughter of a rich family to burka-wearing jihadi bride: Split from relatives ...

    12/05/2015 2:53:46 PM PST · by maggief
    Daily Mail ^ | December 5, 2015
    ISIS announced on radio that the couple were followers of the terror group Photos and details about the woman behind the San Bernardino massacre, Tashfeen Malik, 27, shed more light about what happened before shooting Malik and husband Syed Farook, 28, killed 14 in Southern California attack It was revealed she wore a burka and didn't speak to male relatives Family members in native Pakistan said she used to wear Western dress, but in recent years had begun wearing more conservative Muslim clothing FBI investigating shooting at Inland Regional Center as 'an act of terror' Investigators say Malik, 27, left...
  • ISIS Leader's Ex-Wife Freed in Swap With Al Qaeda-Linked Nusra Front (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's ex)

    12/05/2015 5:01:13 AM PST · by maggief · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 1, 2015 | ALASTAIR JAMIESON and MUSTAFA KASSEM
    An ex-wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was among 13 Islamists released in swap with al Qaeda's Syrian wing in exchange for Lebanese captives on Tuesday. Saja al-Dulaimi was seen being taken to eastern Lebanon in a convoy including Red Cross vehicles in footage aired by the Al-Jazeera television channel. She and 12 other prisoners were handed over to Syria's al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in exchange for 16 Lebanese security personnel who have been held hostage by the group since 2014, Lebanese security officials told Reuters and The Associated Press.
  • Black Friday in Chicago: ‘No Justice–No Shopping!’

    11/27/2015 12:16:18 PM PST · by maggief · 82 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 27, 2015 | LEE STRANAHAN
    Roughly 3,000 demonstrators have shut down a large portion of Michigan Avenue in Chicago-the "Magnificent Mile"-in the middle of Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, to protest the shooting of black teenager Laquon McDonald. The 17-year-old was killed in October 2014, and was apparently armed with a knife at the time. Video of the shooting released on Tuesday, however, shows that he was walking away from police at the time he was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke. Turnout was strong despite 39-degree weather and rainy conditions. Demonstrators shouted "16 shots!" and "No justice, no...
  • Obama: ISIS terrorism is 'a scourge that threatens all of us'

    11/24/2015 10:20:23 AM PST · by maggief · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 24, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    President Obama is vowing to step up efforts to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, declaring the group "must be destroyed." "This was not only a strike against one of the world’s great cities, it was an attack against the world itself," Obama said during a press conference at the White House alongside French President François Hollande. "It is a scourge that threatens all of us. And that’s why, for more than a year, the United States, France and our coalition of some 60 nations have been united in...
  • GOP fears Trump's Muslim comments could hurt

    11/22/2015 8:36:18 AM PST · by maggief · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 22, 2015 | Niall Stanage
    Donald Trump's rhetoric since the Paris terrorist attacks appears to have helped him with GOP primary voters, according to most polls. But Republican insiders are concerned that his words could come back to haunt the party as it seeks to appeal to a broader audience. In recent days, Trump has suggested that the United States could have "no choice" but to close mosques. Even more controversially, he told an NBC News reporter he would "certainly" implement a system to register and track Muslims, though it was unclear whether he was referring to new immigrants or all Muslims on American soil....
  • Kerry says U.S. can 'neutralize' Islamic State quicker than it did al Qaeda

    11/19/2015 2:16:38 PM PST · by maggief · 63 replies
    REUTERS ^ | November 19, 2015
    EXCERPT "We are going to defeat Daesh. We always said it will take time," Kerry said, using an alternative name for the Islamist militant group. "We began our fight against al Qaeda in 2001 and it took us quite a few years before we were able to eliminate Osama bin Laden and the top leadership and neutralize them as an effective force. We hope to do Daesh much faster than that and we think we have an ability to do that," he told reporters.
  • U.S. refugee chief tells lawmakers 'Syrians are less of a threat'

    11/19/2015 8:31:14 AM PST · by maggief · 25 replies
    REUTERS ^ | November 19, 2015
    The head of the State Department's refugee bureau told a congressional panel on Thursday that Syrians trying to enter the United States pose "less of a threat" than other populations, sparking a harsh exchange with a Republican lawmaker. Asked whether the U.S. government tracks Syrian refugees once they are in the country, Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, said authorities track them for three months after arrival. "They're not treated differently than other refugees. Syrians are less of a threat, actually, because they've fled their country. They've voted with their feet," Richard said.
  • Honduras says Syrians not part of terror cell, want refuge in U.S.

    11/19/2015 6:37:05 AM PST · by maggief · 27 replies
    REUTERS ^ | November 19, 2015
    TEGUCIGALPA, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Five Syrian men detained in Honduras this week traveling on doctored Greek passports do not belong to "any terrorist cell", four are university students, and all were fleeing war at home and seeking refuge in the United States, Honduran authorities said on Thursday.
  • Paris Terror Ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud Killed in Saint-Denis Raid

    11/19/2015 5:16:53 AM PST · by maggief · 46 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 19, 2015 | NANCY ING, JAKE CIGAINERO and ALASTAIR JAMIESON
    PARIS — The Belgian jihadist suspected of being the ringleader of the Paris terrorist attacks was killed during the explosive raid on a suburban apartment, officials said Thursday. Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, died during Wednesday's operation in Saint-Denis, according to the Paris prosecutor's office. He was identified by his fingerprints. Officials said his body was riddled with bullets.
  • Feds offer $5M for leader of ISIS travelers

    11/18/2015 1:54:48 PM PST · by maggief · 5 replies
    The Hil ^ | November 18, 2015 | Julian Hattem
    The federal government on Wednesday offered up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest of a man involved in smuggling and travel for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The reward offer comes amid increasing concern about ISIS’s ability to send foreign fighter extremists to Europe and the United States, following the group’s direction of Friday evening’s terror attacks across Paris, which killed 129 people. Abu-Muhammad al-Shimali has been associated with ISIS or its predecessor, al Qaeda in Iraq, since 2005, the State Department said. “He now serves as a key leader in ISIL’s Immigration and...
  • France bans massive marches planned during Paris climate talks

    11/18/2015 12:46:22 PM PST · by maggief · 19 replies
    REUTERS ^ | November 18, 2015
    PARIS (Reuters) - France will not allow planned marches to go ahead on Nov. 29 and Dec. 12 during international climate talks in Paris because of security concerns, the government said on Wednesday. However, it said in a statement that all demonstrations organized in closed spaces or in places where security can easily be ensured would be allowed to go ahead. (snip) Environmental activists have hoped the marches would attract perhaps 200,000 people to put pressure on governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
  • McCain: Focus on refugees 'misplaced'

    11/18/2015 12:14:13 PM PST · by maggief · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2015 | Rebecca Kheel
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned his fellow Republicans on Wednesday not to place too much emphasis on Syrian refugees following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, calling their focus misguided. “I believe the overwhelming focus on the refugee program in recent days is misplaced,” said McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in a written statement. “I especially encourage my fellow Republicans to recognize that refugees are not the problem – they are the symptom of the problem.” Since attacks credited to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed at least 129, Republicans have called for...
  • Islamic State shows photo of improvised Russian plane bomb

    11/18/2015 7:25:58 AM PST · by maggief · 26 replies
    REUTERS ^ | November 18, 2015
    EXCERPT The photo showed a can of Schweppes Gold soft drink and what appeared to be a detonator and switch on a blue background.
  • French president says places 'glorifying' terror to be closed

    11/18/2015 5:51:26 AM PST · by maggief · 31 replies
    AP ^ | November 18, 2015
    EXCERPT A bill to extend France's state of emergency for three months in the wake of last Friday's Islamic terrorist attacks that killed 129 people, includes a measure that enables authorities to close "any association or gathering" - which notably includes mosques and community groups - that would encourage people to carry out terrorist acts.
  • Drop Assad demands if you want to unite against Islamic State: Russia to West

    11/18/2015 4:09:16 AM PST · by maggief · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 18, 2015 | Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, Maria Tsvetkova and Lidia Kelly
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday the West had to drop its demands about the political exit of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if it wanted a genuinely international coalition against Islamic State militants. Lavrov, who said there was still no agreement about Assad's political fate after international talks in Vienna, said he had detected a change in the West's position since the Paris attacks and the bombing of a Russian passenger plane.
  • Jeb Bush just made a big break from many of his GOP rivals (Wouldn't ban Syrian refugees)

    11/17/2015 1:39:10 PM PST · by maggief · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 17, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) separated himself on Tuesday from some of the absolutist anti-Syrian refugee positions being offered by his Republican presidential rivals. During an interview with Bloomberg Politics, Bush said "if there's any kind of concern," refugees should not be allowed in. "But I don't think we should eliminate our support for refugees. It's been a noble tradition in our country," he added.
  • Senior Obama officials have warned of challenges in screening refugees from Syria

    11/17/2015 1:32:37 PM PST · by maggief · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 17, 2015 | Jerry Markon
    The Obama administration is fighting a growing national backlash against accepting Syrian refugees, saying the government’s exhaustive screening process and security checks for new arrivals mean they can be safely brought to American soil. Several high-level administration officials have warned in recent months just how challenging this can be. While they say U.S. security measures are much better than in the past, vetting Syrian refugees poses a quandary: How do you screen people from a war-torn country that has few criminal and terrorist databases to check?
  • Administration officials defend 'intensive,' 'enhanced' refugee screening

    11/17/2015 1:08:11 PM PST · by maggief · 28 replies
    The Hil ^ | November 17, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    Senior administration officials on Tuesday defended a federal refugee resettlement program amid criticism by lawmakers and governors who want to block Syrian refugees from coming to their states in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris. Three officials, speaking on background during a call with reporters, pointed to "intensive screening" that refugees undergo, including biometric, fingerprint and in-person screening and security checks across multiple federal intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies. The officials said Syrian refugee applicants undergo "enhanced review," and those who work on such cases go through additional training. "Iraqis and Syrians tend to be a very heavily...
  • So Far: Syrian Refugees in U.S. Include 2,098 Muslims, 53 Christians

    11/17/2015 6:08:25 AM PST · by maggief · 19 replies
    cnsnews ^ | November 17, 2015 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – President Obama said Monday that calls from some quarters for the U.S. to admit only Christian refugees from Syria were “shameful,” yet the reality is that today’s refugee system discriminates, not against Syrian Muslims, but against Christians and other non-Muslim minorities. Critics say this is because the federal government relies on the United Nations in the refugee application process – and since Syrian Christians are often afraid to register with the U.N., they and other non-Muslims in invariably left out. Fleeing persecution at the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other jihadist groups, Syrian...
  • Paul moving to halt refugee visas

    11/16/2015 1:23:48 PM PST · by maggief · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 16, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), a GOP presidential candidate, is proposing a bill to impose an "immediate moratorium on visas for refugees" in light of Friday night's terror attacks in Paris, which the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has claimed responsibility for. "The best way to defend the country from attackers that don't really have an army, but come here as individuals, is to prevent their access into this country," Paul told reporters on Monday. "It is about time, and I think Paris should wake us up to the fact that we can't just let anyone come to this country,"...
  • Feinstein breaks with Obama: 'ISIL is not contained'

    11/16/2015 11:12:20 AM PST · by maggief · 32 replies
    POLITICO ^ | November 16, 2015 | ELIZA COLLINS
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein sharply contradicted President Barack Obama on Monday, disagreeing with his claim that the Islamic State is "contained." "I've never been more concerned," the California Democrat and Intelligence Committee ranking member told Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC Monday. "I read the intelligence faithfully. ISIL is not contained. ISIL is expanding." "They just put out a video saying it is their intent to attack this country. I think we have to be prepared," she continued. On Monday, ISIL warned it could attack Washington if the U.S. participated in France's response to the events in Paris. "We say to the states...