BREAKING: McCarthy Withdraws
from Speaker Race, Vote Postponed
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the front-runner to replace John Boehner, stunned his Republican colleagues on Thursday by withdrawing from the race, a decision that will postpone the vote for speaker. McCarthy simply said it was not his time. McCarthy faced opposition from some conservative members and groups, but was thought to have more than enough support to win the party's nomination in the vote initially set for Thursday. It's unclear what specifically made McCarthy change his mind and drop out.
Russian Cruise Missiles Intended
for Syrian Target Hits Iran Instead
Four cruise missiles launched from a Russian warship aimed at targets in Syria missed their target and crashed in Iran Thursday, a senior defense official said. The "Kalibr" cruise missiles were fired for the first time in combat from warships in the Caspian Sea, the official said. There was no immediate word of any damage or casualties in Iran. Russia began launching missiles into Syria from warships on Wednesday.
Clinton Emails Were Vulnerable
to Hackers, Tech Firm Warned
A technology subcontractor that has worked on Hillary Clinton's e-mail setup expressed concerns over the summer that the system was inadequately protected and vulnerable to hackers, a company official said Wednesday. But the concerns were rebuffed by the company managing the Clinton account, Platte River Networks, which said it had been instructed by the FBI not to make changes. The FBI has been reviewing the security of the e-mail system.
Number of Sanctuary Cities Grows to 340
The list of sanctuary cities has grown to more than 340, and they shielded an average of 1,000 immigrants a month from deportation last year - and more than 2,000 of those released have already been arrested for yet more crimes, according to a report being released by the Center for Immigration Studies. Among those released are illegal immigrants accused of murders and brutal assaults, said Jessica Vaughan, the author of the report, which comes just as the Senate is poised to begin debating legislation to try to crack down on sanctuary jurisdictions.
FBI probe of Hillary Clinton Emails
Expands to Second IT Company
The FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's email has now expanded to include obtaining data from a second tech company, which is fully cooperating with the FBI probe that has threatened Clinton's bid for the Democrat presidential nomination. The FBI contacted Connecticut-based Datto, Inc. in September and asked them to preserve all data they had which may be connected to Clinton. Datto was hired to help back up data in May 2013 by Platte River Networks, the Colorado-based tech company that managed Clinton's server and has already been cooperating with the FBI investigation.
Chicago's Violence in September
Was Especially Brutal
A violent September in Chicago ended with more homicides than any other month this year and the second-most shootings, according to data kept by the Chicago Tribune's breaking news desk. Though the summer months in Chicago have traditionally been the most violent, shootings last month decreased little from August and there were about 50% more shootings than September 2014. Last month was the city's deadliest September since 2002. For two consecutive weekends there were more than 50 people shot, the first time that has happened in four years of tracking shootings.
US to Release 6,000 Inmates From Prisons
The Justice Dept. is preparing to release roughly 6,000 inmates from federal prisons starting at the end of this month as part of an effort to ease overcrowding and roll back the harsh penalties given to nonviolent drug dealers in the 1980s and '90s. About a third of the inmates are undocumented immigrants who will be deported. Because many of them were convicted of significant legal offenses, Pres. Obama is unlikely to be criticized as sharply for their release by those who have objected to past deportations by the administration. The release will be one of the largest discharges of inmates from federal prisons in American history.
Iran's Ayatollah Bans Direct Talks with US
Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei banned direct talks with the US on Wednesday because of what he described as "countless harm" to Iran's interests. Addressing elite Guard commanders in Tehran on Wednesday, Khamenei said that after direct bilateral negotiations, Washington "penetrated and harmed our national interests." Khamenei added, "Negotiations between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran means penetration. That is how they define such negotiations. They want to open the way for imposition."
Bill Clinton White House Suppressed
Evidence of Iran's Terrorism
Bill Clinton's administration gathered enough evidence to send a top-secret communique accusing Iran of facilitating the deadly 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist bombing, but suppressed that information from the American public and some elements of US intelligence for fear it would lead to an outcry for reprisal, according to documents and interviews. Before Mr. Clinton left office, the intelligence pointing toward Iran's involvement in the terror attack in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 US servicemen and wounded hundreds was deemed both extensive and "credible," memos show.
USCIS Official: 90% Syrian
Refugee Applications Approved
The Obama administration's approval rate for accepting Syrian refugees to the US is currently over 90%, a US Citizenship and Immigration Service official testified before a Senate panel Thursday. "Worldwide our average approval rate is about 80 percent," Barbara Strack, the head the Refugee Affairs Division at USCIS responded when pressed by Sen. David Perdue (R-GA)67% on the current annual approval rate for refugees. She noted that Syrian refugees are currently experiencing a higher approval rate.
The Scariest Thing Obama
Has Proposed to Date
Few people understand how Pres. Barack Obama has succeeded in pushing through initiatives, programs and legislation that are distinctly unpopular with the total of the American population. To that end, few people understand how such a divisive incumbent president achieved re-election. Common sense would have that if a majority of people stood against a program, initiative or legislation – or a candidate for that matter – that success in achieving a positive result would be scant, if not impossible. But, as we have come to understand – almost seven years after the fact, Barack Obama and the Progressive machine do not play by a traditional set of rules. Instead, they play by a set of rules that are foreign and unintelligible to mainstream America and, especially, the tone-deaf Republican establishment. Progressives have long understood the importance of not only the potency of “the message” but the need to control the message. They have become masters at crafting and controlling the framing of issues, and advancing talking points sympathetic to their cause. For many decades this consisted of touching Mr. and Ms. America in one of two vulnerable places, or both: the heart and/or the wallet. If a Progressive candidate, spin doctor or political operative could use a narrative to touch the voters’ hearts, making them sympathetic and/or angry to the allegory then they had succeeded – most of the time – in their call to action, in the political sense, to vote. Likewise, if they could demonstrate, via rhetorical example, how an opponent’s policy, legislation or platform would adversely affect their individual wallets the outcome was almost always in their favor. The truth seldom mattered. The end justified the means.
5,113 Days After the Falling Man
of September 11, 2001
It has been 5,113 days since the al Qaeda attacks on New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and the failed third assault that was intercepted into a farm field in Shanksville, Pennsylviania, by American patriots. To borrow a phrase from a past generation that certainly applies to this event, it is a day that will live in infamy. But few would believe where our country is today given the events of that fateful day. Today Americans stand viciously divided in our politics as a society that rationalizes Islamofascist aggression (and, in the case of Iran, facilitates it), even as we harbor ideological factions that stand in protest of our law enforcement officers. We have moved away from the cohesive and united front we embraced shoulder-to-shoulder at the smoking pile of rubble that was the remnants of the World Trade Center; the tomb that holds so many souls.
Impeach the IRS Director
GEORGE F. WILL
"Look," wrote Lois Lerner, echoing Horace Greeley, "my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best. He should [have] let the [S]outh go. We really do seem to have 2 totally different mindsets." Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, was referring to Southern secessionist states when he urged President-elect Lincoln to "let the erring sisters go in peace." Greeley favored separating the nation from certain mind-sets; Lerner favors suppressing certain mind-sets. At the Internal Revenue Service, she participated in delaying for up to five years - effectively denying - tax-exempt status for, and hence restricting political activity by, groups with conservative mind-sets. She retired after refusing to testify to congressional committees, invoking Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination. As the IRS coverup of its and her malfeasance continues, the Republicans' new House leaders should exercise this constitutional power: "The House...shall have the sole power of impeachment." The current IRS director, John Koskinen, has earned this attention. The Constitution's framers, knowing that executive officers might not monitor themselves, provided the impeachment recourse to bolster the separation of powers. Federal officials can be impeached for dereliction of duty (as in Koskinen's failure to disclose the disappearance of e-mails germane to a congressional investigation); for failure to comply (as in Koskinen's noncompliance with a preservation order pertaining to an investigation); and for breach of trust (as in Koskinen's refusal to testify accurately and keep promises made to Congress).
Why the Iran Deal Ensures War
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
There are several scenarios the Obama administration may be entertaining as it pursues its diplomacy in the Middle East. It may believe that the new agreement with Iran will lead to "engagement" with reform-minded theocrats. The idea is that this will insidiously liberalize the regime, empower a younger generation of pro-Western reformers, and put the theocracy on "an arc of history" back into the "family of nations." Or perhaps an Obama-inspired second green revolution will overthrow the regime, and we will see a Euro-socialist Iranian republic renounce nuclear weapons - or at least, having inherited custodianship of the existing arsenal, oversee it in the fashion of democratic Israel or France. Alternatively, the administration may imagine that a Shiite Axis - Iran, Syria, Iraq, Hezbollah, Hamas - empowered by Putin's Russia, will balance the region, either, strategically, convincing the Sunni monarchies to accept the new balance of power, or, morally, ensuring that formerly outlaw anti-American radical regimes find parity with the pro-American conservative and right-wing regimes in Egypt, Jordan, and the Gulf monarchies. Or, less concretely, the United States may simply wish to abdicate the Middle East and let the players there all fight it out, reentering when the players are worn out and defeated. All these scenarios are probably fantasies. In truth, the deal will make the world a much more dangerous place. Here are five reasons why.
Islam Will Conquer Europe
Without Firing a Shot
With the recent anniversary of Al-Qaeda's September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States last month, internal Palestinian discourse revolves around radical Islam and America's actions. It relates to the slaughter, rape and millions of refugees who have fallen victim to Al-Qaeda, the humanitarian calamity and the Islamist terrorist organizations to which it gave birth, such as ISIS. Today a disaster of apocalyptic proportions is unfolding in territories that used to be Arab states but are now the battle grounds for feuding Arab tribes, whose only objective is to destroy one another. In their heart of hearts, the Arabs living in Israel and the Palestinian Authority territories know, although it is a bitter pill to swallow, that we have been favored by fortune because under the State of Israel we live in security. This reality is brought home to us by the feeble international response and the strange behavior of US President Barack Obama and the leaders of the Western world who have abandoned the Arabs to the atrocities of the Sunni Islamists (and their supporters in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar), and to the murderous proxies of the Iranian Islamic Revolution (mainly in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon). In view of what is happening in neighboring countries, it is clear to us what will happen if Israel is in danger of destruction: no Western state will come to its aid and no Arab state will come to our aid. Our fate will be the same as that of our brothers beyond Israel's borders.
Facebook Censorship on 'Refugees'
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the state." ~ Euripides