President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai hope to finalize an agreement on how many U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan soon, the White House said in a statement Friday released just moments before the two will hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House. Obama and Karzai met privately in the Oval Office earlier in the day, where the two "discussed the possibility of a post-2014 U.S. presence that is sustainable, that supports a capable and effective Afghan National Security Force, and that continues to pressure the remnants of al Qaeda and its affiliates,"
Part of the deal? The Kenyan klown has agreed to turn over the filthy islamofascist terrorist pigs, now in U.S. military prisons in afghanistan, to the afghan government. That will be absolutely insane.
Secretary of State John Kerry will appear on all five Sunday talk shows this weekend, setting up the opportunity to make President Obama´s case on Syria to the public and to members of Congress. Kerry will appear on the Sunday talk shows for NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and CNN. The practice of sweeping the whole Sunday lineup — known as the "full Ginsburg," for Monica Lewinski attorney William Ginsburg, who was the first to accomplish the feat in 1998 — is rare, and typically occurs when significant national or international news events develop. Kerry´s appearances will allow him to elaborate
ORLANDO, Fla. –Republican activists are taking solace in success stories by governors and legislatures in GOP-leaning states as their party tries to regroup after the disappointments of a bruising presidential contest and a stalled agenda in Washington. Here´s what fired up Washington-weary GOP stalwarts at a weekend conference of conservatives in this perennial swing state: pension overhauls in Wisconsin, tax cuts in Indiana and labor losses in Michigan. Some of the biggest applause was reserved for governors who did not attend the event. The mere mention of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a tea-party favorite who won national attention for his
The saga of open-border advocates in the federal government using the Department of Justice (DOJ) and federal courts to attack those enforcing immigration laws has heated up recently, with a federal judge considering appointing a monitor to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow found in May that "the Maricopa County Sheriff´s Office singled out Latinos and [its] deputies unreasonably prolonged detentions,” according to the Associated Press on the matter of Arpaio’s Sheriff’s Deputies checking the immigration status of those whom they pull over. Open-border advocates in the American Civil Liberties Union helped a small
WASHINGTON- Demonstrators have gathered outside the White House as President Barack Obama says he´ll seek congressional authorization for the use of force in Syria.Anti-war protesters congregated outside the White House fence Saturday, holding yellow signs and chanting slogans against military intervention. Syrian-Americans assembled nearby to demand U.S. action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Military action would be in response to a chemical weapons attack the U.S. says Bashad´s government carried out against civilians. Roman Kishi, a Syrian-American doctor in northern Virginia, says the only available option is to take out Assad. He says now is the right time.
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi´s office clarified on Friday her apparent disinterest in returning to her old job as House speaker. Her spokesman suggested she would be open to resuming the speakership if elected to the position, and said they asked for a correction to the edited version of the interview published in The National Journal on Thursday. "Do you want to be speaker again?" the edited question read. "No, that´s not my thing. I did that," she replied. Drew Hammill, her communications director, said the full question was "Do you wish for the chance for the speaker position again?"
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that it would be ´utter nonsense´ for the Syrian government to use chemical weapons and urged the U.S. to hold off on any punitive military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad. ´While the Syrian army is on the offensive, saying that it is the Syrian government that used chemical weapons is utter nonsense,´ he said. ´I would like to address Obama as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate: before using force in Syria, it would be good to think about future casualties.´ He challenged the U.S. to provide any evidence tying Assad´s forces to the
WASHINGTON -- Senior administration officials say President Barack Obama planned to take military action against Syria without congressional authorization, but told aides Friday night that he changed his mind. (Snip) But these officials say the president spent much of the week wrestling with Congress´ role in authorizing force and made the decision Friday night after a lengthy discussion with his chief of staff, Denis McDonough. The administration officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss Obama´s decision-making by name.
WASHINGTON - The US House of Representatives will consider a measure on military action against Syria the week of Sept. 9, House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders said in a statement after President Barack Obama spoke on Saturday. "In consultation with the president, we expect the House to consider a measure the week of September 9th. This provides the president time to make his case to Congress and the American people,"
President Barack Obama referred to the country´s troops as "my military" in Friday remarks about how the United States may respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria that Obama asserted violated international norms. "Now, I have not made a final decision about various actions that might be taken to help enforce that norm," Obama said. "But as I´ve already said, I have had my military and our team look at a wide range of options. We have consulted with allies. We´ve consulted with Congress. We have been in conversations with all the interested
BOSTON– Tim Tebow has been released by the New England Patriots, according to multiple reports. Tebow played in three of the Patriots four preseason games this season, finishing 11-for-30 (36.7 percent) for 145 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was sacked four times for a loss of 48 yards, and rushed for 91 yards on 16 carries for a 5.7-yard average. Tebow said following Thursday’s preseason win over the Giants that he was not worried about the impending roster cuts. “I’m blessed because of my faith, because you don’t have to worry about the future, because I know who
World Net Daily has a report on an incident involving a police raid on a private home whose family home schools its children in Darmstadt, Germany that resulted in the kids being forcibly removed by armed police officers. Apparently the raid stems from a Nazi era law still on the books in the Federal Republic of Germany that requires all children to be educated in state sanctioned schools, no exceptions. Dirk and Petra Wunderlich preferred that their children be home schooled, a widely accepted practice in the United States, because of their religious convictions. The German state disagreed and made
WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama is getting ready to speak about Syria from the White House. Obama has been considering a limited military strike against Syria, but he said Friday that he hadn´t yet made a decision. The strike would be in response to a chemical weapons attack the U.S. says Syrian President Bashar Assad´s government carried out against Syrians. The U.S. says more than 1,400 Syrians were killed in that attack last week. The White House is also briefing senators Saturday about Syria. Obama´s statement is set for 1:15 p.m.
Washington -- Speaking from the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, US President Barack Obama said that he has decided to take military action against Syria-- but that he would seek the approval of Congress to do so. "I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets," he said, adding a second decision: "I will seek authorization for the use of force from American representatives in Congress." (Snip) Military leaders, Obama said, gave him the assurance that attack preparations were not "time-sensitive," and could occur "today, tomorrow or next month."
WASHINGTON — Facing faltering support in foreign capitals and Congress for a strike against Syria, the Obama administration on Friday made an aggressive and coordinated push to justify a military intervention on the grounds that American credibility was at stake. One day after the British Parliament voted against an attack on Syria, a stunning blow to White House plans for a broad coalition to punish President Bashar al-Assad of Syria for a mass killing in the suburbs of Damascus last week, President Obama and his top aides gave every indication that they were in final preparations for an attack that
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer predicted on Friday that should President Barack Obama make a misstep when dealing with Syria, he could spark a “major regional war.” In his column published in Friday’s Washington Post, Krauthammer alluded to the “guns of August,” a reference to 1914 and the build-up that led to the start of World War I. That reference was a comparison to the current situation in Middle East involving Syria and a pending U.S. strike over the use of chemical weapons, and how those seemingly isolated events could unfold into something bigger.
The Obama administration is today still reeling from Thursday’s enormous setback to the Syria intervention effort, as the UK voted to reject military intervention in the war-torn nation. It is difficult to overestimate just how devastating this is to the President’s foreign policy. Britain has stood side by side with America in almost every post-war conflict. The one major exception was the Vietnam War, arguably America’s biggest ever defeat. Put simply, America wins when it goes in with Britain, it loses when it does not. And Britain almost always stands shoulder to shoulder with its strongest ally. So what happened?
David Cameron’s defeat in the Commons delivered a second serious embarrassment to US-UK relations, with American officials already “livid” with the British, according to Western diplomatic sources at the United Nations. But the White House made clear they would not change course in light of the Commons vote. “The President believes that there are core interests at stake for the United States, and that countries who violate international norms regarding chemical weapons need to be held accountable,” said Caitlin Hayden, a spokesman for Mr Obama’s National Security Council. US officials also said they would not be constrained by the collapse
The secretary of state boiled with moral indignation, American pride and war bluster. The defense secretary huffed that America has “moved assets in place” and is “ready” to punish the strongman. And though the president says he has yet to decide whether to attack, leaked details of the coming military action were all over the newspapers: Within “days,” US Navy ships will launch a barrage of Tomahawks at selected targets. Have George W. Bush and his band of cowboy neo-cons retaken the White House? If only. This time the secretary of state is John Kerry, who launched a political career opposing the
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama released a video message congratulating American Muslims on the many achievements and contributions they have made to American society from its early history to present day. The video, which will be aired today at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) annual convention, highlights the myriad of ways the American Muslim community, and specifically ISNA leadership, has served as an effective partner in promoting inter-religious initiatives in the U.S. and religious freedom for minorities around the world. DC Mayor Vincent E. Gray, one of the convention´s keynote speakers, also recognized the significance of the American Muslim experience
On Thursday, two women ages 32 and 24, were allegedly gang-raped by 10-12 black juveniles at Kosciuszko Park in Wilmington, Deleware. The attack reportedly happened at 6:54 PM when the women were sitting on a bench. The boys, who range in age from 12 to 17-years-old, allegedly assaulted the women and then fled. One woman called 911 and both were taken to Christiana Hospital. From MyFoxPhilly: "Initial investigation suggested the victims were in Kosciuszko Park when they were approached by a group of juveniles. The juveniles assaulted the victims and fled in an unknown direction," police said in a news
Iowa Democrat gubernatorial candidates joined abortion activists in a prayer for increased access to abortion at a rally held Wednesday. Creative Minority Report notes the following video: [snip video] Similarly, Life News reports the “prayer:” We give thanks, oh Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care. We pray for increased financial support for low-income women to access contraception, abortion and childcare. Today, we pray for women in developing nations, that they may know the power of self-determination. May they have access to employment, education, birth control and abortion. Today we pray for the families
Having leaked to the world, and thus to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a detailed briefing of the coming U.S. air attack on Syria — (1) the source (offshore warships and perhaps a bomber or two), (2) the weapon (cruise missiles), (3) the duration (two or three days), (4) the purpose (punishment, not “regime change”) — perhaps we should be publishing the exact time the bombs will fall, lest we disrupt dinner in Damascus. So much for the element of surprise. Into his third year of dithering, two years after declaring Assad had to go, one year after drawing — then erasing
The Chicago Public Schools this year are mandating that the district’s kindergarten classes include sex education, fulfilling a proposal President Barack Obama supported in 2003 when he served in the Illinois state senate and later defended when he ran for president in the 2008 election cycle. At a Planned Parenthood convention at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., on July 17, 2007, a teenage girl who said she worked as a sex-education “peer educator” in the D.C. public schools asked then-U.S. Sen. Obama what he would do to encourage the teaching of “medically accurate, age-appropriate, and responsible sex education.”
After delivering a statement on Syria this afternoon, Barack Obama jumped in the presidential limo and hit the links. Via an NBC reporter: From the pool: Obama and Biden are now playing golf. — Carrie Dann (@CarrieNBCNews) August 31, 2013 UPDATE: Via the pool report: "Potus arrived at fort belvoir at 3pm to pay golf with VP Biden, Marvin Nicholson and Walter Nicholson."