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As US Airstrikes in Iraq Grow,
Details Stay Thin

Associated Press, by Robert Burns

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/21/2014 3:50:55 AM

America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin. Some questions and answers about the mission, which began Aug. 8: Q. What U.S. forces are involved? A. The specifics are hard to pin down in part because, as in any U.S. overseas conflict, many of the contributors work behind the scenes, sometimes in secret. We do know that the U.S. has about 750 military personnel in Iraq,

      


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As US Airstrikes in Iraq Grow,
Details Stay Thin
Associated Press, by Robert Burns    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 3:50:55 AM     Post Reply
America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin. Some questions and answers about the mission, which began Aug. 8: Q. What U.S. forces are involved? A. The specifics are hard to pin down in part because, as in any U.S. overseas conflict, many of the contributors work behind the scenes, sometimes in secret. We do know that the U.S. has about 750 military personnel in Iraq,

   

 

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Eric Holder: ´I Am the Attorney
General... but I´m Also a Black Man´
Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 3:37:46 AM     Post Reply
When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to investigate the controversial shooting incident between a city policeman and a black teen, he said he was both the highest law officer of the nation "and a black man." He further claimed he was himself a victim of racial harassment by law enforcement. In remarks made at a meeting of members of the Ferguson community, Holder stirred some racial strife of his own claiming that, even as he is Attorney General, he was once also a victim. "I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two

First-Term Congressman Aims to
Topple Pryor Dynasty in Arkansas
PJ Media, by Alan Goforth    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 3:22:07 AM     Post Reply
Arkansas has had its share of political dynasties, first and foremost the Clintons. The Pryor family may run a close second. David Pryor was a Democratic fixture in the state, serving in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, and as governor. His son, Mark Pryor, now holds the Senate seat he vacated in 1997 and is seeking a third term. Are Arkansans finally getting Pryor fatigue and ready for a fresh face? If so, few Senate candidates nationwide may be more attractive than Republican challenger Tom Cotton. “Roll Call just came out with an article that rated Pryor as the

ISIS Pressed for Ransom
Before Killing Journalist
New York Times, by Rukmini Callimachi    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 3:13:56 AM     Post Reply
Kneeling in the dirt in a desert somewhere in the Middle East, James Foley lost his life this week at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Before pulling out the knife used to decapitate him, his masked executioner explained that he was killing the 40-year-old American journalist in retaliation for the recent United States’ airstrikes against the terror group in Iraq. In fact, until recently, ISIS had a very different list of demands for Mr. Foley: The group pressed the United States to provide a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release, according to a representative of his

Secret July Mission To Rescue Foley
And Other Hostages Revealed
Daily Caller, by Rachel Stoltzfoos    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 9:25:41 PM     Post Reply
Senior administration officials revealed Wednesday that a special operations team authorized by President Barack Obama made a failed July attempt to rescue James Foley and other journalists held hostage in Syria. The announcement came a day after a video surfaced of The Islamic State (IS) beheading Foley and threatening to kill another journalist if the president doesn’t stop airstrikes in Iraq. (RELATED: ‘Apparent’ That James Foley’s Killer Is A Westerner) The operation ultimately failed, because the hostages were not where U.S. intelligence officials believed they were, officials told The New York Times. About 24 agents from all of the military

Officer who pointed rifle at Ferguson
protester suspended indefinitely
Chicago Tribune, by James Queally    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 9:07:11 PM     Post Reply
A police officer who pointed his assault rifle at a demonstrator in Ferguson, Mo., has been suspended indefinitely, authorities said Wednesday. The unidentified officer from the St. Ann Police Department pointed his weapon after he became involved in an argument Tuesday night with the protester, according to Officer Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department. Schellman said a supervising officer intervened, ordered the officer to lower his weapon and took him away from the area."The unified command strongly feel these actions are inappropriate, and not indicative of the officers who have worked daily, to keep the

   

 

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James Foley´s former boss claims
the White House knew where the
journalist was being held but that
his captors showed him ´no mercy´
Daily Mail (UK), by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 6:35:01 PM     Post Reply
The White House was aware of James Foley´s location before his death claims the murdered journalist´s former boss, who says he hired an international security firm to locate the kidnapped reporter. GlobalPost CEO, Philip Balboni, said today that his organization knew of Foley´s whereabouts in Syria and said it was safe to assume the US government knew of it too. The media executive also said Secretary of State John Kerry had been personally involved at some level of the search or negotiations for Foley´s return, but refused to go into details. In a press conference, Balboni revealed he had personally

Fallen Journalist James Foley
Wrote on the Power of Prayer
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 6:26:41 PM     Post Reply
MRC president Brent Bozell sent us an article today and insisted "If you haven´t read this piece, I recommend you do so." It’s a letter James Foley, the freelance American journalist abducted in Syria and beheaded by ISIS, to his alma mater Marquette University back in 2011 when he was captured in Tripoli, Libya. He was released after 45 days due in part to a campaign by his Marquette friends. It´s a testament to how his faith and his prayers (like the Rosary) helped Foley get through that trying time: One night, 18 days into our captivity, some guards brought

How does a grand jury
work in St. Louis County?
St. Louis Post Dispatch (MO), by Kim Bell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 5:26:08 PM     Post Reply
What goes on inside a grand jury room is secret. The prosecutor presents the evidence. No judge is in the room. No defense lawyer. The accused is invited to testify, but his lawyer can´t be in the room. Grand juries are known for doing what a prosecutor wants. As the old saying goes, a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich if that´s what the prosecutor asked. Prosecutors feeling the heat in a controversial case, some say, can avoid making a decision and give it to a grand jury. The standing grand jury in St. Louis County meets every Wednesday during a

´SNL´ Political Secrets Revealed:
Hillary´s "Entitlement," the Sketch
Obama Killed and the Show´s
"Karl Rove"
Hollywood Reporter, by James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 5:14:04 PM     Post Reply
In an exclusive book excerpt, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and even Sarah Palin recount the inner battle between the left and right- This story first appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. From Chevy Chase´s bumbling commander in chief to Tina Fey´s dim-witted veep wannabe, political satire always has been a part of Saturday Night Live. And over its 39 seasons, actual politicians have clamored to be in on the joke. President Ford, running for a second term against a peanut farmer named Jimmy Carter, appeared on the show´s very first season, in April 1976, to

State Department Asks For 300
Additional Military Personnel for Iraq
NBC News, by Jim Miklaszewski & Courtney Kube    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 5:07:15 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. State Department has asked for 300 additional American military personnel to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and at U.S. facilities at the Baghdad airport, a senior U.S. official told NBC News on Wednesday. The request was described as under consideration by the Pentagon. The official could not identify or discuss any additional threat to those facilities or to American personnel in Iraq. The U.S. military has 849 personnel in Iraq. The early planning suggests that about 150 of the personnel would be Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is aboard the USS

   

 



 
‘Racism Is Not a Major Problem!’
Larry Elder and Marc Lamont Hill
Shout at Each Other on CNN
Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 4:53:01 PM     Post Reply
Brooke Baldwin played an exasperated host to CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill and radio host Larry Elder, whose discussion over Barack Obama’s actions on the Ferguson protests quickly, quickly fell apart into them yelling past each other for the entire segment. It started off as two men taking two very different positions on the root causes of Ferguson: Hill argued that the debate should be centered on institutionalized racism in law enforcement, while Elder countered that the problem lay within the black community and the lack of paternal figures. But when the conversation turned towards mental health in the African-American



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