The U.S. held him captive for a time in 2004 before an unconditional release put him back into Iraq’s growing Sunni insurgency.
Senior Obama administration officials this week trumpeted bilateral climate change talks with the Chinese in Beijing – one of the world’s most polluted cities.
However, one little-noticed initiative is creating security concerns that China may gain access to strategic data on U.S. electrical grids that could be used in a future cyberattack against the U.S. infrastructure.
The ink has barely dried on the U.S. Supreme Court’s final rulings this term, but already advocates on both sides of the church-state divide are looking at the religious freedom cases lining up to be heard later this year. Contraception coverage for nonprofits, church signage, gay marriage and even facial hair are expected to appear on the docket later this year, according to First Amendment watchdogs.
“It’s very likely that the cases involving nonprofit religious organizations that are challenging health care regulations will reach the court,” said Alex Luchenitser, associate legal director at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “It also seems same-sex marriage cases are very likely to come before the court next year, which also brings in religious liberty issues because most of these bans on same-sex marriages were enacted primarily based on religious motives.”
Hundreds of anguished pet owners gathered last week at the headquarters of the Salt Lake Police Department to demand justice for a dog. They were upset by the shooting of a 2-year-old Weimaraner named Geist. Weimaraners are typically tall, elegantly gray, and usually gentle enough.
A few days ago, Officer Brett Olsen, searching for a missing child, hopped a fence at a suburban home and leaped into the backyard. The dog approached, jealous of his turf, and instead of retreating, the officer shot and killed the animal.
Facing a crisis of illegal immigration on the Mexican border, President Obama welcomed 25 new U.S. citizens at the White House Friday and pledged to take steps “to make our immigration system smarter and more efficient.”
“If we want to keep attracting the best and the brightest from beyond our shores, we’re going to have fix our immigration system, which is broken, and pass common-sense immigration reform,” Mr. Obama said at an Independence Day naturalization ceremony for members of the U.S. armed forces and their spouses.
The rise of Islamist guerrillas in Iraq is forcing 2016 GOP presidential contenders to pick sides in the ongoing debate over whether the invasion of Iraq was worth it and whether the U.S. should re-engage in the Arab nation’s mounting problems.
It’s the latest round in what’s been an ongoing internal fight over foreign policy and military force that kicked into gear in the wake of the Bush administration’s 2003 invasion of Iraq, and which is shaping up as a key part of the battle for the GOP’s presidential race.
Not Surprised: Gen. Petraeus saw rise of ISIL, Sunni Islamists in Iraq, coming 「驚いていない」ＩＳＩＳ台頭でペトレアス氏
The former four-star general who led the U.S. troop surge that largely quelled the Iraqi insurgency says he is unsurprised by the return and success of a Sunni Islamist group even more extreme than al Qaeda.
President Obama’s dirty laundry is on display on the border for all to see. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is seeking 42,000 pairs of actual underwear on the border. It’s a bizarre consequence of the administration’s ill-conceived, badly executed immigration policies.
MOSCOW – It was a mere five years ago that smiling Kremlin officials welcomed President Obama’s ambitious bid to “reset” frosty bilateral ties between the U.S. and Russia. Today, the smiles are long gone.
When Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped in front of a podium this week to announce an initiative to train and hire unemployed young Americans, the background was plastered with familiar corporate logos, including JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft and Courtyard Marriott.
These are household names to many Americans, but to former President Bill Clinton and Mrs. Clinton, they are known as big-ticket entries in their personal checkbooks.
The ghost of master magician Harry Houdini lives at the Environmental Protection Agency, where agency officials routinely make common sense and tax money disappear without a trace. Now certain officials themselves are disappearing before our very eyes.
After a furious push to establish and appoint members to the House select committee on Benghazi, the panel’s official proceedings have hit slow gear, and committee members say they don’t expect to begin talking with witnesses until the fall.
“I think it’s going to take that long to get everybody staffed up and briefed as to where we’re at, making everybody familiar,” Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland, Georgia Republican and one of seven GOP members on the panel, said of the tentative post-August schedule. “You’re probably going to have to go through security clearance kind of stuff, and that just takes a while.”
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told lawmakers Wednesday that two entire Iraqi military divisions － roughly 60,000 troops － once trained by U.S. soldiers, simply dissolved in northern Iraq last week and in some cases even joined forces with advancing Sunni extremists militants in the nation.
Life in Hillaryworld is a lot like life in Oz. The former first lady says she knows what a tough life many Americans lead because she and Bill “came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt.” She should tell that to Toto. A lot of folks in Kansas would think hard times in Oz look pretty good.
“As I recall,” Mrs. Clinton told Diane Sawyer of ABC-TV, “we were something like $12 million in debt. What we faced when he got out of the White House meant that we just had to keep working really hard.”
Hillary’s book tour from Hell: ‘Broke’ comment, NPR flap likely tip of iceberg スタートでつまずいたヒラリー氏の新著ツアー
As soon as her new book hit store shelves Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton became one of Twitter’s biggest punch lines, mocked for her claim she and her husband were penniless when they exited the White House in 2001.
Cantor to officially step down as House Majority Leader on July 31, backs McCarthy as replacement カンター下院院内総務７月31日に退任、後任にマッカーシー氏推す
Rep. Eric Cantor said Wednesday that he will step down as House majority leader at the end of July, after losing a primary election Tuesday, igniting a short, spirited race to fill his post in a vote of the full House GOP next week.
President Obama insists his swapping an American soldier for terrorists is perfectly legal. Congress last year put language in the defense appropriations bill that limits the administration’s ability to transfer prisoners from Guantanamo. When Mr. Obama swapped five top Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl he defied both Congress and the law.
This conflict was set up with a stroke of a pen last year. “I continue to oppose this provision,” Mr. Obama wrote in a January 2013 signing statement, “which substitutes the Congress‘ blanket political determination for careful and fact-based determinations, made by counterterrorism and law enforcement professionals, of when and where to prosecute Guantanamo detainees.”
Delay for Obamacare website for small businesses forces states to rethink options 小企業のオバマケア登録に遅れ システムの利用を見直す州も
President Obama hailed the effects of his health care law this spring when 8 million Americans signed up on the individual market, but the Obamacare marketplace for small businesses remains a work in progress.
The small-business exchanges, or SHOPs, were supposed to be an easy way for employers of 50 or fewer full-time workers to gain leverage in the insurance market and provide coverage options to their employees.
Taliban calls Bergdahl prisoner exchange ‘great victory’ in viral video of swap タリバンが動画公開、捕虜交換は「大勝利」
A Taliban-produced video that juxtaposes the handover of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. Special Forces with images of five freed former Guantanamo inmates in Qatar went viral Wednesday across the Pakistani, Afghan and English-language media.
U.S. officials, who would only speak on background, said American intelligence analysts were closely monitoring the video’s spread, and a former senior Pentagon official acknowledged that the Taliban was exploiting it to push a message of victory – just as the Obama administration came under increased scrutiny over the secret nature and other details of the prisoner swap.
Michelle Obama has challenged congressional Republicans to a food fight. The first lady lashed out Tuesday at House leaders who have been assisting school districts trying to get out of federal school-lunch dictates. “It’s unacceptable to me,” she said, “not just as first lady, but also as a mother.”
The White House has busied itself confiscating school-cafeteria menus and replacing them with recipes imposed from Washington to limit calories, restrict sweets and processed foods, and force kids eat their fruits and vegetables. As every mother knows, an edict won’t get Miles or Olivia or Savannah to eat their green beans.
Liberals have been piling on Rep. Lamar Smith and his fellow House Republicans for failing to hold more committee hearings on climate change, but Thursday’s often-heated testimony probably wasn’t what the movement had in mind.
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee heard from scientists who poked holes in the prevailing catastrophic theory of man-made climate change and said researchers are under pressure to support more alarming scenarios.
First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday chided congressional Republicans for attempting to roll back her school lunch standards, calling the effort “unacceptable” and accusing lawmakers of playing politics with the health of young students. The unusual step by Mrs. Obama, who largely has avoided political scuffles during her husband’s time in office, underscores the growing unrest around the initiative and a real chance that the standards, at least in their current form, may not survive much longer.
If Maryland veers farther left, it might one day fall into Deep Creek Lake, out where there’s room for an empty wasteland. Marylanders weary of do-good taxes and the notions and policies of the looney left have been packing up to leave. It’s good for the U-Haul business, but not for anyone else.
Alex X. Mooney, once a Maryland state senator, took his bags and furnishings to West Virginia, where last week he won the Republican nomination for that state’s open 2nd District congressional seat. Mr. Mooney was narrowly defeated for a fourth term in the Maryland Senate in 2010 after a lot of liberal Democratic voters were transferred to his district.