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  • Hey John, Why the Long Face? (Kerry)

    03/31/2015 5:34:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    finance.townhall.com ^ | 3/31/15 | D.W. Wilber
    As Secretary of State John Kerry frantically tries to reach an appeasement agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran over Iran’s nuclear weapons program, yes it indeed is a nuclear weapons program, the security of Israel and the United States continue to hang in the balance. With tomorrow’s deadline rapidly approaching, ‘agreement at all costs’ appears to be the negotiating tactic employed by the United States negotiating team, led by Secretary Kerry. The Iranians certainly recognize the Obama Administration’s desperation and will exploit to their advantage as much as possible the negotiating weakness on display in Switzerland. Weakness they have...
  • Where the Red Line Came From -- Before it Was Crossed

    03/31/2015 5:26:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Michael Barone
    There are still nearly two years left in Barack Obama's presidency, but historians looking back on his record in foreign policy will surely identify one costly error: his refusal to follow through on the implied threat in stating that the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons would be a "red line." That statement was made in a press conference on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. The president was not scheduled to appear; press secretary Jay Carney said, "Looks like there's a surprise guest here." After fielding questions on other topics (Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, Mitt Romney's attack ads and tax...
  • Nuclear talks reach dead end. Partial document to be released

    03/31/2015 5:19:59 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | March 31, 2015, 3:16 PM (IDT)
    Officials close to the nuclear talks in Lausanne between the six power and Iran confirm that this round has come to a dead end, having failed to reach agreement on fundamental questions by the March 31 deadline.. DEBKAfile has reported consistently that supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s radical clergy and Revolutionary Guards had set their faces firmly against this deal, preferring to leave a diplomatic void for Tehran to continue to develop a nuclear weapon, without US interference. Sources in Lausanne report that the diplomats gathered there are working on a joint partial communiqué to mask the fiasco and...
  • Unease About Immigration at Core of UK Election Campaign

    03/31/2015 5:12:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 31, 2015 | By JILL LAWLESS
    BOSTON, England - Boston is a typical English town — ancient church, traditional shops, Polish supermarkets, Baltic bakeries. Amid the bargain-hunting crowds on market day, eastern European languages are almost as common as the local Lincolnshire accent. Immigration has transformed Boston in the last decade. At least one in eight residents comes from eastern Europe, and the population is growing at double the national rate. "I think there are a few too many of the foreign brigade here at the moment," said butcher Nigel Lote. His customers come almost exclusively from the long-settled English population of Boston, a town of...
  • India, France to jointly develop naval missile

    03/31/2015 4:57:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Hindu ^ | March 31, 2015 | DINAKAR PERI
    The Defence Acquisition Council has approved the ‘Maitri’ project for the co-development of a Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SR-SAM) by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) with MBDA of France, Navy officers said on Monday. “The DRDO has been directed by the government to engage Original Equipment Manufacturer for joint development,” a Defence Ministry official said. The project has been in the works since 2007 to meet the requirements of the Army and the Air Force. MoU with MBDA The DRDO had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MBDA in 2013, but there has hardly been any progress because...
  • Will deserter Bergdahl get a Rose Garden pardon?

    03/31/2015 4:38:24 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 27 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 3/31 | peter lucas
    It's a good day," President Barack Obama said, as he hugged Jani Bergdahl, mother of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, upon his announcement last May that Bergdahl had just been released from five years of Taliban captivity.
  • Iran Likely to Force Obama to Back Down on ‘Deadline Threat’ [Update: Obama Backs Down]

    03/31/2015 3:46:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 3/31/15 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    Talks between Iran and the P5+1 powers are likely to extend beyond President Barack Obama’s self-imposed deadline of midnight Tuesday night, the Associated Press reported. Quoting anonymous sources, AP said that marathon talks have produced “mixed results” but that both sides will issue a general statement to continue negotiations, exactly what President Obama said would not happen.
  • Official: Iran nuke talks to continue in new phase (No deal reached)

    03/31/2015 3:31:07 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 3 hours ago
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The joint statement is to be accompanied by additional documents that outline more detailed understandings, allowing the sides to claim enough progress has been made thus far to merit a new round, the officials said. One of the officials said the statement was general in part because differences...
  • Pakistani defense chief due in Riyadh, airlifts troops for Saudi Yemen war. Landings imminent.

    03/30/2015 11:39:49 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 16 replies
    DEBKAFile ^ | March 30, 2015 | Special Report
    The US-led world powers and Iran Monday, March 30, entered the last tense hours for a nuclear deal as though Lausanne was on a different planet from the Middle East, where the Yemen war, in which Iran is deeply involved, abruptly scooped up a power outside the region, Pakistan. A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday reaffirmed Pakistan’s “firm commitment to supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia.” Among those attending were Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Defense Minister...
  • Boehner makes stop in Baghdad (on way to Israel)

    03/30/2015 9:01:02 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/30/15 12:12 PM EDT | Jesse Byrnes
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) traveled to Baghdad on Monday, where he met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss the political and security situation there, according to the prime minister's office. In another meeting with Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, Boehner affirmed support for Iraq's democratic system and discussed the shared U.S. determination to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a parliamentary statement provided to The Hill by a local journalist. The Speaker's visit with a congressional delegation comes as local forces, including Iranian-backed Shiite militias, work to retake the city of Tikrit, about 100 miles northwest...
  • Poll: Clear majority supports nuclear deal with Iran (Washington Post Lies)

    03/30/2015 6:28:29 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 30 March 15 | Scott Clement and Peyton M. Craighill
    By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation’s nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds. But the survey — released hours before Tuesday’s negotiating deadline — also finds few Americans are hopeful that such an agreement will be effective. Nearly six in 10 say they are not confident that a deal will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, unchanged from 15 months ago, when the United States, France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia reached an interim agreement with Iran aimed...
  • Obama faces enormous stakes as Iran talks go down to wire [what about us?]

    03/30/2015 5:36:31 PM PDT · by upchuck · 13 replies
    the hill ^ | March 30, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    The centerpiece of President Obama’s second-term foreign policy agenda is hanging in the balance Tuesday as negotiators struggle to reach a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program.Obama has raised the stakes on the negotiations, and if a deal fails to materialize before the March 31 deadline, it will be a blow to his legacy and criticism of the White House will be intense. Deputy White House press secretary Eric Schultz on Monday acknowledged the talks “are going to go down to the wire.” “I’m not going to presuppose failure,” he told reporters aboard Air Force One. “Our folks are working...
  • Personal details of world leaders accidentally revealed by G20 organisers

    03/30/2015 5:19:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | March 30, 2015 | Paul Farrell
    The personal details of world leaders at the last G20 summit were accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department, which did not consider it necessary to inform those world leaders of the privacy breach. The Guardian can reveal an employee of the agency inadvertently sent the passport numbers, visa details and other personal identifiers of all world leaders attending the summit to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament. The United States president, Barack Obama, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Japanese prime...
  • Man Found Dead in Downtown Miami Was Scottish Soldier

    03/30/2015 4:40:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 3/31 | Cherine Akbari and Brian Hamacher
    Police are investigating after a man was found dead near a busy Miami intersection early Sunday morning. Oscar Aguilera first found the man's body on a sidewalk at Biscayne Boulevard and 81st Street around 7 a.m. "I saw him not moving and puddle of blood," Aguilera said. "I went and checked and saw when his eyes were wide open." The victim was later identified as 22-year-old Shaun Cole, a Scottish soldier who was in town with friends for the Ultra Music Festival. Cole served in the 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1SCOTS) and had served in Afghanistan and...
  • Malmstrom tests second Minuteman III missile this week at Vandenberg

    03/30/2015 3:39:16 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle today at 3:53 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The test reentry vehicle impacted in a pre-established test area in the Pacific Ocean near the island of Guam approximately 40 minutes after launch. All test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent. The launch team, under the direction of the 576th...
  • Opinion: Could the anti-immigrant loudmouths pass a U.S. citizenship test?

    03/30/2015 3:07:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | By TED RALL
    To listen to talk radio and cable television, which are dominated by conservatives, the national and state debates over immigration give the impression that most legal residents of the state of California oppose immigrant workers here illegally and might even be favorably disposed to Mitt Romney's suggestion that they "self-deport." As it turns out, however, the voices of anti-immigration forces are disproportionately louder than their actual numbers. A new poll of likely California voters shows that a whopping 73% support granting citizenship to immigrants here illegally if they agreed to pay back taxes, pass a background check and learn the...
  • Shiite Saudi Researcher: Rule of Saudi Royal Family May Come to an End following Yemen War

    03/30/2015 2:49:15 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 21 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 3/26/15 | Press TV (Iran)
    Shiite Saudi researcher Ali Al-Ahmed, director of the Washington-based Institute for Gulf Affairs said in a March 26 interview with the Iranian English-language TV channel Press TV that the Saudi campaign against the Houthis in Yemen may bring the rule of the royal Saudi family to an end. He also said that the US will lose influence in Yemen following its "miscalculation" of supporting the Saudi campaign. Following are excerpts: Ali Al-Ahmed: The Saudis and their allies have a huge battle on their hands. They have entered the hornet's nest. In fact, the founder of Saudi Arabia warned his children...
  • Joe Biden’s Israel stunner: American Jews should let Israel protect them

    03/29/2015 6:05:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 45 replies
    Salon ^ | 3-29-15 | Corey Robin
    "No matter how deeply involved you are in the U.S. … there’s only one guarantee ... and that's the state of Israel" In the April issue of The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg reports on a remarkable incident last fall at the residence of Vice President Joseph Biden. Speaking before guests—including leaders of Jewish organizations and Jewish officials in the Obama administration—invited to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Biden recalled meeting Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir when he was a young man in the Senate: “I’ll never forget talking to her in her office with her assistant—a guy named Rabin—about the Six-Day War,” he...
  • Of Course: Iran Makes Another Last-Minute Demand, West Looking to Achieve 'Narrative'

    03/30/2015 2:48:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mar 30, 2015 | Guy Benson
    The 'P5+1' nuclear negotiations with Iran are coming down to the wire, with the Obama administration hellbent on attaining a deal before tomorrow's deadline (which Iran doesn't acknowledge, by the way). As Conn has reported, if an agreement is reached, it likely won't be formalized or written down for a period of months. What Western diplomats are scrambling to "achieve," therefore, is an informal consensus on the principles and outlines of a deal -- struck with an evil, untrustworthy regime. The British Foreign Minister told reporters last week that they're hoping to secure a "narrative," whatever that means: We envisage...
  • Biden: American Jews Can Only Rely on Israel, Not US

    03/30/2015 2:47:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    INN ^ | 3/30/2015, 1:40 PM | Ari Yashar, Tova Dvorin
    An incredible admission by US Vice President Joe Biden has been revealed, in which he told Jewish leaders that should the American Jewish community be in danger, it has only Israel to rely on—and not America. […] “You understand in your bones that no matter how hospitable, no matter how consequential, no matter how engaged, no matter how deeply involved you are in the United States…there’s only one guarantee. “There is really only one absolute guarantee, and that’s the state of Israel,” he stated. Responding to the statement, Corey Robin of Salon wrote how disturbing the statement is, given that...
  • Roby on CODEL: ‘I want the people of Israel to know we stand with them’

    03/30/2015 2:44:15 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Yellowhammer ^ | March 29, 2015 at 1:54 pm CDT
    MANCHESTER, UK — Alabama congresswoman Martha Roby is currently with eight of her colleagues, including House Speaker John Boehner, on a CODEL (congressional delegation trip) reinforcing the need for strong American leadership in the world, including in the fight to defeat ISIS. The CODEL began with British allies in Manchester, U.K., where more than 70 years ago General George S. Patton and the Third Army were stationed prior to the Normandy invasion. The delegation then traveled to Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently won re-election at a time of heightened tensions between Netanyahu’s government and the Obama administration over...
  • 4 Journalists Arrested During Ferguson Protests Sue Police

    03/30/2015 2:42:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 30, 2015 | By JIM SUHR
    Four journalists arrested during last summer's Ferguson protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown filed a federal lawsuit Monday against St. Louis County police and 20 of its officers, accusing them of violating the reporters' civil rights and unjustifiably detaining them. The lawsuit, filed Monday in St. Louis, alleges the arrests for the journalists' failure to disperse as demanded by police on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 were "undertaken with the intention of obstructing, chilling, deterring, and retaliating against (the) plaintiffs for engaging in constitutionally protected speech, newsgathering and recording of police activities." The plaintiffs include Ryan Devereaux of...
  • Hillary: I’d like to offer a reset button on Israel, or something

    03/30/2015 2:38:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The first time Hillary Clinton offered someone a reset button, it was to a geopolitical opponent that the Obama-Clinton State Department thought was a friend. The next time, Hillary promises, the offer will go to a friend that the Obama administration has treated like a foe. Hillary told a group of Jewish leaders yesterday that she wants to put the US-Israeli relationship back on “constructive footing,” the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman reports: Mrs. Clinton’s comments, made in a phone call to Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, contrasted in...
  • Sowell: Etiquette Versus Annihilation (0bama & Iran)

    03/30/2015 2:28:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 31, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Recent statements from United Nations officials, that Iran is already blocking their existing efforts to keep track of what is going on in their nuclear program, should tell anyone who does not already know it that any agreement with Iran will be utterly worthless in practice. It doesn't matter what the terms of the agreement are, if Iran can cheat. It is amazing — indeed, staggering — that so few Americans are talking about what it would mean for the world's biggest sponsor of international terrorism, Iran, to have nuclear bombs, and to be developing intercontinental missiles that can deliver...
  • 12 Jewish House Dems Tell Obama: Stop the Bibi Bashing

    03/30/2015 2:10:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    INN ^ | 3/30/2015, 9:37 AM
    Twelve Jewish congressmen met Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes last week to convey a message of cease-and-desist to US President Barack Obama, regarding his persistent attacks on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu after the latter’s re-election. […] Obama and his aides, the Jewish congressmen said, “had to stop acting as if the Israeli prime minister’s comments are the only thing holding up a peace process that’s been abandoned for a year while not expressing a word of disappointment about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas—and openly toying with allowing the Palestinians their provocative recognition bid at the United Nations.” […] “You want...
  • In fight for Tikrit, U.S. finds enemies on both sides of the battle lines

    03/30/2015 1:30:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 27 March 2015 | Loveday Morris
    Since the U.S.-led coalition planes launched their first airstrikes in the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit on Wednesday night, threats and accusations from ­Shiite militias who were leading the battle there have grown. Several of the Iranian-backed groups accused coalition aircraft of bombing a headquarters for pro-government fighters in the city on Friday, promising retribution. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad released a statement Friday rebutting the claim, saying there were no coalition strikes in the vicinity at the time, and the Iraqi government also said no such attack took place. The claim was the latest in a long string of...
  • CODELs: Boehner to Israel, McCarthy to Tunisia, Pelosi to Asia

    03/30/2015 1:28:47 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4:08 p.m. March 30 | Emma Dumain
    Not everybody gets to travel overseas during the two-week House recess — just ask Louie Gohmert. However, many of those lawmakers who are participating in high-profile congressional delegations, or CODELs, will come back to Capitol Hill armed with new insights into some of the biggest policy issues facing Congress this year. Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, is leading a delegation that will culminate in a meeting in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who just won re-election and addressed a joint meeting of Congress earlier this month. According to readouts from the speaker’s office, the group started out in Manchester,...
  • Obama supports reduction in military retirement pay

    03/30/2015 1:08:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama said Monday he supports the recommendations of a military commission that would reduce the size of traditional military retirement pay by about 20 percent and offer a new defined-contribution benefit for troops who leave before 20 years of service. In a letter to congressional leaders, Mr. Obama said the proposals are “an important step forward in protecting the long-term viability of the all-volunteer force, improving quality-of-life for service members and their families, and ensuring the fiscal sustainability of the military compensation and retirement systems.” Mr. Obama said he has directed his advisers to refine some recommendations, and that...
  • John Kerry Says Nuclear Deal With Iran is Possible: “If Allah Wills It”

    03/30/2015 1:04:18 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 29 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/30/2015 | Jim Hoft
    John Kerry told reporter Laura Rozen this weekend that a nuclear deal with Iran is possible, “Inshallah.” (note: ‘Inshallah‘ in Arabic means – "If Allah wills it")...
  • Crash pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies

    03/30/2015 12:07:26 PM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Mar 30, 2015 | TOM KÄCKENHOFF
    The German pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps last week was treated for suicidal tendencies years ago before he received his pilot's license, German prosecutors said on Monday. This was the first acknowledgement from German officials that the pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had suffered bouts of depression and it is likely to intensify a debate about how airlines screen and monitor their pilots.
  • Churchill and De Gaulle, Explained

    03/30/2015 12:03:40 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 27, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Winston Churchill and Charles De Gaulle were eerily similar political figures, said Hillsdale politics professor Will Morrisey at a recent Kirby Center lecture in Washington, D.C. Both had to rally their people and country to fight against the German, Russian and eventually Soviet threats facing them. And, both went about it in different ways. It all began with geopolitics, which Morrisey defined as “the realm of necessity,” which “can be the realm of liberty.” Morrisey defined liberty as the “relationship of reciprocity, shared rule” like a household’s parent-child relationship. Both France and the United Kingdom were liberty-focused governments and were...
  • DHS Secretary: 'Thousands' of Unaccompanied Children Still Crossing Into U.S.

    03/30/2015 11:56:54 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 23 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | DHS Secretary: 'Thousands' of Unaccompanied Children Still Crossing Into U.S.
    (CNSNews.com) - Unaccompanied children crossing the southern border into the United States still number in the thousands, probably the tens of thousands, even though the percentages are lower, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Thursday. "For the kids, unaccompanied kids, it's running about 40 percent lower," Johnson said. "I hope it stays that way, but we have to be prepared in the event it doesn't."
  • King receives US senators’ delegation (McConnell in Jordan)

    03/30/2015 9:45:57 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Petra ^ | March 30, 2015
    Amman - His Majesty King Abdullah II, on Monday, received a delegation of US senators, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The meeting reviewed ways to strengthen Jordan-US relations in various fields, and the latest regional and international developments. His Majesty the King expressed his appreciation for the United States' efforts to support Jordan in dealing with various challenges facing the region, and the aid that the US provided to the Kingdom, which helps Jordan implement its comprehensive and development plans and programs. The meeting tackled the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly endeavors to combat the threat...
  • Who’s fighting for whom in Yemen’s proxy war?

    03/30/2015 9:43:30 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 27 March 2015 | Laura Kasinof
    The Saudi kingdom long was Yemen’s largest benefactor and held sway over powerful Yemeni tribal leaders. Yet following Saleh’s resignation in November 2011, Iran swiftly worked to increase its influence in Yemen by creating ties with whomever shared a common disdain for Saudi Arabia, including liberal anti-Saleh activists. The Houthi rebels, an oft-ignored militia from Yemen’s far north, were an obvious ally for Iran. Houthi fighters, who follow a sect of Shi’ite Islam known as Zaydism, consolidated power in the wake of the 2011 government collapse. They are staunchly anti-Saudi. They believe that the Kingdom was involved in the systematic...
  • USAREUR commander faces the cameras and Russia

    03/30/2015 9:36:52 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    stripes.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | John Vandiver
    SMARDAN TRAINING AREA, Romania — The one-on-one interview request was an unexpected curveball in a carefully choreographed itinerary, but Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges quickly dismissed any suggestion by a staffer that he politely decline. “Let’s do it,” said Hodges, marching off to meet a Romanian television journalist. As the camera crew struggled to get the sound right on the windy Romanian training ground, asking Hodges repeatedly to speak into the microphone for sound tests, Hodges complied without complaint. “This is very important. I am willing to do anything,” he said. Such occurrences are routine for Hodges. In nearly five months...
  • King, U.S lawmakers discuss Mideast, ties (Boehner delegation in Jordan)

    03/30/2015 9:18:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    AMMONNEWS ^ | 3/29/2015 6:02:57 PM
    His Majesty King Abdullah II received on Sunday, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, and his accompanying delegation to discuss Middle East issues. The meeting, which was attended by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein, dealt with Jordanian-US ties and ways to enhance these, especially in political and economic fields, in addition to regional and international developments, top of which are efforts to combat terrorism and extremist ideology and achieve peace in the region. The King said efforts should be ramped up to fend off the threat of...
  • WaPo: Even the backstory on Kerry’s climate-change brag was a lie

    03/30/2015 8:22:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 3/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler uses a “Pinocchio” scale to assign a level of egregiousness to lies he uncovers, with four Pinocchios as the maximum … until now. Secretary of State John Kerry earned himself the full complement two weeks ago from Kessler for bragging about his management of the first global-warming hearing in the Senate, a hearing that he not only didn’t arrange but didn’t even attend. Kessler dug deeper on the tall tales emanating from the event, and found that one of the real organizers has been lying about what took place in the hearing in order to...
  • Foreign Groups Outspent Israelis 2/1 in Israeli Election

    03/30/2015 7:57:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/29/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The whole Netanyahu demonization narrative is an attempt to distract from what really happened. A lot of money spent in a failed effort to steal an election. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign manager is predicting a wave of outside spending in future Israeli elections.“I think in every election campaign from this point onward, you’ll see external groups slugging the market. It’ll be very interesting,” Netanyahu’s top strategist, Aron Shaviv, told The Hill.During the campaign, Netanyahu allies decried the influence of foreigners, a group that saw a higher profile this year, arguing they found a loophole by not directly supporting...
  • Hillary Clinton Wants to Improve Ties With Israel

    03/30/2015 7:14:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/29/2015 | By MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a representative of a group of prominent Jewish leaders on Sunday that she wanted to put the relationship between the United States and Israel back on “constructive footing,” the representative said. Mrs. Clinton’s comments, made in a phone call to Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, contrasted in tone from recent remarks by members of the Obama administration, who have publicly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel amid tensions over a nuclear deal with Iran and comments Mr. Netanyahu made in the...
  • Netanyahu: 11th-hour Iran talks reward ‘aggression’

    03/30/2015 7:09:35 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 30, 2015, 4:55 pm
    In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Western powers that any agreement with Tehran would be seen as a reward for the country’s alleged “aggression” in Yemen. “The agreement being formulated… sends a message that there is no price for aggression and, on the contrary, that Iran’s aggression is to be rewarded,” Netanyahu said, referring to Iranian support for Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen. “The moderate and responsible countries in the region, especially Israel and also many other countries, will be the first to be hurt by this agreement,” said the prime minister, who has waged a campaign against a...
  • Obama to make first visit to Kenya as president

    03/30/2015 7:04:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies
    ap ^ | 3/30/2015
    Barack Obama will make his first trip as president to Kenya, the country of his father's birth. ... The resident's father came to the United States from Kenya for school and returned to his home country after his son's birth. The elder Obama died more than 30 years ago, though the resident has other family still living in Kenya
  • In Jordan, Boehner Delegation Discussions Focus on Iranian-Backed Violence, Growing Terrorist Threat

    03/30/2015 6:58:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | March 30, 2015 | Speaker Boehner's Press Office
    AMMAN, JORDAN – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and a delegation of senior lawmakers met with His Majesty King Abdullah II on Sunday during a visit to Jordan where talks focused on Iranian-backed violence in the region and the growing terrorist threat. King Abdullah hosted the delegation for a luncheon at Beit al-Urdun Palace. Lawmakers also met with U.S. Ambassador Alice Wells, Nasser Judeh, Jordan’s Foreign Minister, as well as senior embassy officials. Discussions focused on two major trends in the region: the violence caused by Iran’s allies and proxies, and the spreading of the terrorist threat. There was also...
  • Alps crash: Lubitz 'had treatment for suicidal tendencies'

    03/30/2015 6:58:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 30, 2015
    The co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings plane, Andreas Lubitz, had received treatment for suicidal tendencies years ago, investigators have said, but not in recent doctor visits. Officials in Duesseldorf said that the investigation had so far shown no clue to any motive.
  • Stumped: Urban Radio Reporter Can't Cite Obama Foreign Policy Successes

    03/30/2015 6:58:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Not even a lifeline could have helped her . . . There was a telling moment on today's Morning Joe when Joe Scarborough challenged April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks to cite some of President Obama's foreign-policy successes. Ryan was reduced to replying "that's kind of tough. Hmm, that's a tough one . . . I have to really ponder that." View the video here.
  • #BREAKING: Provisional agreement on key elements of Iran deal: diplomats

    03/30/2015 6:14:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | March 30, 2015 | Staff
    #BREAKING: Provisional agreement on key elements of Iran deal: diplomats
  • UK election campaign begins

    03/30/2015 6:00:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/30/15 | Susannah Cullinane
    David Cameron formally asked Queen Elizabeth II to dissolve his country's Parliament on Monday, opening the way for campaigning ahead of the May 7 general election. The procedural step means there are officially no members of Parliament until it reconvenes on May 18 for the swearing-in of members and the official state opening of Parliament on May 27.
  • The Long, Complicated Story of Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Subpoena

    03/30/2015 5:57:39 AM PDT · by kristinn · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Monday, March 30, 2015 | Byron York
    Now that the public knows Hillary Clinton destroyed all the emails on her secret server — her lawyer told the House Benghazi Select Committee that there's nothing left to search — a question remains: Did Clinton destroy documents that were under subpoena from Congress? The answer is more complex than it might seem. There's no doubt Clinton withheld information that Congress demanded she turn over, and some Republicans believe the documents she destroyed were covered under a subpoena as well. But a look at the story behind the subpoena and other document requests from congressional Benghazi investigators is a tale...
  • Canada: Three Muslims charged with sexual assault of 14-year-old girl

    03/30/2015 5:37:30 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 33 replies
    Pamela Geller.Com ^ | 3/30/2015 | Pamela Geller
    I have predicted that these Muslim “grooming gangs” would not be limited to Britain, and now here is one in Canada. Not a day goes by in the UK, where islamization is much further along, that these monstrous news stories emerge of sexploitation of non-Muslims by Islamic supremacists. The Brits have 20 years on us, but Obama is working hard to catch up. Expect a lot more of these cases to start popping up in North America — for example, the conviction in Tenneseee a few years ago of three Muslim men: A Tennessee federal jury split its verdict Friday...
  • Britain to blame for illegal immigrant crisis, says Calais mayor

    03/30/2015 5:25:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 30, 2015 | By David Barrett
    Britain is to blame for illegal immigrant problems on the French side of the Channel because of its lack of commitment to the “European project”, the mayor of Calais has claimed. Natacha Bouchart accused the British government of “despising” the native population of Calais and said the UK should be forced to sign up to Europe’s open borders agreement. Miss Bouchart intensified her war of words with Britain as the French port struggles to cope with thousands of illegal immigrants, mainly from African countries, who have gathered in the town to attempt illegal crossings into this country. She repeated previous...
  • The Bear and the Community Organizer

    03/30/2015 5:19:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    Vladimir Putin scheduled the war to retake the Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – for the first half of the last Final Four college basketball game. He anticipated, correctly, that the President’s focus would be on his brackets instead of Russia’s plan to recapture its former glory. The signs were all there – prior aggression in Georgia, the invasion of Ukraine, the unscheduled “maneuvers” in both Russia and Belarus adjacent to the panicking Baltic States’ borders, the provocative military flights into their airspace and that of nearby Sweden. And the administration, fixated on pushing through its domestic agenda...