Goodbye Illinois, Residents Are Leaving It For Other States

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Going, going, gone….

Via Chicago Tribune:

Even on days when the temperature is above zero, Illinois struggles to keep people here. They’re leaving, in droves, for states with sunnier economic opportunities.

New census data and other figures reveal the cold hard truth: More people are moving away than coming, tipping Illinois last year into the dreadful category of states with declining populations. From July 2013 to July 2014, Illinois shrank by about 10,000 residents in all, joining other states in decline such as West Virginia, Connecticut and Alaska.

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Asians Penalized 50 Points On SAT, Blacks Given 230 ‘Bonus’ Points…

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MLK’s dream has turned into a nightmare, judged based on the color of their skin. In the future will a black running for POTUS get ‘bonus’ electoral college votes?

Via LA Times

In a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation.

Her primer on college admissions begins with the basics: application deadlines, the relative virtues of the SAT versus the ACT and how many Advanced Placement tests to take.

Then she eases into a potentially incendiary topic — one that many counselors like her have learned they cannot avoid.

“Let’s talk about Asians,” she says.

Lee’s next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to measure how race and ethnicity affect admissions by using SAT scores as a benchmark. It uses the term “bonus” to describe how many extra SAT points an applicant’s race is worth. She points to the first column.

African Americans received a “bonus” of 230 points, Lee says.

She points to the second column.

“Hispanics received a bonus of 185 points.”

The last column draws gasps.

Asian Americans, Lee says, are penalized by 50 points — in other words, they had to do that much better to win admission.

“Do Asians need higher test scores? Is it harder for Asians to get into college? The answer is yes,” Lee says.

“Zenme keyi,” one mother hisses in Chinese. How can this be possible?[…]

Lee is the co-founder of HS2 Academy, a college prep business that assumes that racial bias is a fact of college admissions and counsels students accordingly. At 10 centers across the state, the academy’s counselors teach countermeasures to Asian American applicants. The goal, Lee says, is to help prospective college students avoid coming off like another “cookie-cutter Asian.”

“Everyone is in orchestra and plays piano,” Lee says. “Everyone plays tennis. Everyone wants to be a doctor, and write about immigrating to America. You can’t get in with these cliche applications.”[…]

Complaints about bias in college admissions have persisted since at least the 1920s, when a Harvard University president tried to cap the number of Jewish students. In November, a group called Students for Fair Admissions filed a suit against Harvard University for admissions policies that allegedly discriminate against Asian Americans. The group cited the 2004 Princeton study and other sources that offer statistics about Asian Americans’ test performance.

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Uber Driver Data Hacked Last May, Thousands Of License Plates And Names Of Drivers Exposed

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Via CS Monitor:

Uber says a database containing the names and drivers’ license numbers of 50,000 of its drivers was breached in May.

The ride-sharing service says it has notified the drivers and hasn’t received any reports of the information being misused. Uber says it will offer a one-year membership in Experian’s ProtectMyID Alert identity theft protection service to the drivers involved.

The company said Friday the breach affects drivers in multiple states, but involves only a “small percentage” of its current and former drivers.

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GA Dem Votes With The GOP On DHS Short-Term Funding Extension, Verbally Assaulted By CBC

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How dare Representative Scott to have the audacity of listening to his constituents instead of the Overseers in the CBC.

Via National Journal

Rep. David Scott sat through a tongue-lashing from his Democratic colleagues Friday afternoon after casting one of the caucus’s few yes votes in favor of a three-week funding bill for the Homeland Security Department.

Seated in front of the fireplace in the House Speaker’s lobby—a position he’d held most of the afternoon—Scott suddenly found himself on the receiving end of a tirade from Rep. Corrine Brown. “You are making a mistake!” Brown shouted, in full view of reporters. “The strength of the wolf is in the pack. You are voting with these damn Republicans! What is wrong with you?”

Scott pleaded that he had to vote for his constituents, only to find Rep. John Lewis on the other side of him, saying that he too had plenty of DHS workers in his district. Soon, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver joined the huddle, begging Scott to change his vote.

“I’m not voting with them,” Scott said, meaning Republicans. “I’m voting for my district.” Butterfield countered: “You’ve been here 16 years. You can explain.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi briefly joined the scrum, leaning in behind Scott to say something out of earshot of reporters. As the group started to break up, Rep. Lacy Clay looked over his shoulder at Scott. “You know what you’ve got to do,” he said.[…]

Asked what he told his colleagues, Scott said his message was the same. “I’m just voting for my district, the people that vote for me,” he said. “Hey, you’ll have to just excuse me on this one.”

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Fox Statement On Bill O’Reilly: Media Matters, Mother Jones, Go Pound Salt

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Update to this story. Nice job, Fox tells them where to go.

Via Fox Nation:

“Bill O’Reilly has already addressed several claims leveled against him. This is nothing more than an orchestrated campaign by far left advocates Mother Jones and Media Matters. Responding to the unproven accusation du jour has become an exercise in futility. FOX News maintains its staunch support of O’Reilly, who is no stranger to calculated onslaughts.”

Warren Buffett Says Gender Not An Issue In Decision Of Who His Successor Will Be

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Guy who pays less tax than his secretary says what?

Via USA Today:

In his much-anticipated annual letter to stockholders, Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, celebrated his golden anniversary of ownership of the company and teases about talk of a successor — making it clear that gender is not a factor.

The Oracle of Omaha sized up the U.S. economy and takes a genial swipe at “preachers of pessimism.”

Buffett reported that the per-share value of the company he bought in 1965 has rocketed from $19 to $146,186. That, he noted in passing, amounts to a “rate of 19.4 percent compound annually.”

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Documents Reveal Top Hillary Advisers Knew Immediately That Assault On Benghazi Was Armed Attack, Not Some Guy Out For A Walk With An RPG…

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Hillary was suffering from amnesia after taking a header into a cocktail table.

Via Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch announced today that on February 11, 2015, it uncovered documents from the U.S. Department of State revealing that top aides for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including her then-chief of staff Cheryl Mills, knew from the outset that the Benghazi mission compound was under attack by armed assailants tied to a terrorist group. The documents were produced as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State ((No. 1:14-cv-01511). The documents make no reference to a spontaneous demonstration or Internet video, except in an official statement issued by Hillary Clinton.

Judicial Watch lawsuit focused on Mrs. Clinton’s involvement in the Benghazi scandal:

Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to notes, updates, or reports created in response to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S, Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. This request includes but is not limited to, notes, taken by then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton or employees of the Office of the Secretary of State during the attack and its immediate aftermath.

The chain of internal emails tracks the events surrounding the terrorist attack in real time beginning immediately upon its inception.

On September 11, 2012, at 4:07 PM, Maria Sand (who was then a Special Assistant to Mrs. Clinton) forwarded an email from the State Department’s Operations Center entitled “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi is Under Attack (SBU) [Sensitive But Unclassified]” to Cheryl Mills (then-Chief of Staff), Jacob Sullivan (then-Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy), Joseph McManus (then-Hillary Clinton’s Executive Assistant), and a list of other Special Assistants in the Secretary’s office:

The Regional Security Officer reports the diplomatic mission is under attack. Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four COM [Chief of Mission] personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support.

On September 11, 2012, 4:38 PM, State Department Foreign Service Officer Lawrence Randolph forwarded Mills, Sullivan and McManus an email from Scott Bultrowicz, who was the former director of the Diplomatic Security Service (ousted following review of the attack), with the subject line, “Attack on Benghazi 09112012”:

DSCC received a phone call from [REDACTED] in Benghazi, Libya initially stating that 15 armed individuals were attacking the compound and trying to gain entrance. The Ambassador is present in Benghazi and currently is barricaded within the compound. There are no injuries at this time and it is unknown what the intent of the attackers is. At approximately 1600 DSCC received word from Benghazi that individuals had entered the compound. At 1614 RSO advised the Libyans had set fire to various buildings in the area, possibly the building that houses the Ambassador [REDACTED] is responding and taking fire.[…]

Despite her three top staff members being informed that a terrorist group had claimed credit for the attack, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, issued an official statement, also produced to Judicial Watch, claiming the assault may have been in “a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.”

Cheryl Mills asks that the State Department stop answering press inquiries at 12:11 am on September 12, despite the ongoing questions about “Chris’ whereabouts.” In an email to State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland, Jacob Kennedy, and Phillipe Reines (then-Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Strategic Communications and Senior Communications Advisor), Mills writes:

Can we stop answering emails for the night Toria b/c now the first one [Hillary Clinton’s “inflammatory material posted on the Internet” statement] is hanging out there.

Earlier in the chain of emails, Nuland told Mills, Sullivan, and Patrick Kennedy (Under Secretary of State for Management) that she “ignored” a question about Ambassador Steven’s status and whereabouts from a CBS News Reporter.

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Pentagon Scrubs Major Attack On ISIS

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What have they been doing for last eight months in preparation, baking cookies?

Via Daily Beast:

Just days ago, the generals were trumpeting plans to knock ISIS out of its most important stronghold in Iraq. Now, those plans are on indefinite hold.

The U.S. military’s goal to retake Iraq’s second largest city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State has been pushed back several months at least, defense officials told The Daily Beast. That’s a major shift for the Pentagon, which recently announced that the first major ground offensive in the war against ISIS could come in the next few weeks.

Defense officials once hoped that Iraqi troops could move into Mosul by the Spring and reclaim the city from ISIS. Now, those officials say, Fall is more realistic. And even that date was tenuous.

“It is an Iraqi decision but we don’t want to do anything until they are ready and can win decisively,” a military official explained to the Daily Beast. “They cannot now.”

It’s another sign that the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS isn’t going nearly as smoothly as the American government had hoped. At the Pentagon Friday, Defense Department spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby shied away from any kind of timeline, saying: “I can’t put a date certain…nor say April is out.”

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CAIR-Organized ‘Moderate Muslim’ Day At Oklahoma Capitol Hit By Counter Protest…

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Alton Nolen wasn’t able to attend as a ‘Moderate’.

Via JPost

A rally by hundreds of American Muslims at the Oklahoma Capitol on Friday to promote religious tolerance was interrupted by anti-Islamic protesters holding signs proclaiming the United States a Christian nation.

While an American Muslim girl sang the “Star Spangled Banner” inside the statehouse in Oklahoma City, about two dozen anti-Islamic protesters outside hurled insults at the group, mostly students, as they visited the Capitol to speak with lawmakers. There were no reports of violence.

“If they had a sword, they’d cut your head off,” protesters shouted. Some carried signs saying “Islam equals Death.”[…]

The “Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol” was organized by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and supported by the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma, whose members helped escort attendees into the Capitol and past the protesters.[…]

A few lawmakers in the socially conservative state have previously made statements against Muslims, including Republican Representative John Bennett, who has said Islam is “a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out.”

He posted on Facebook that he was attending the organized protest in response to the rally.

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Obamacare Takes A Bite Out Of Tax Refunds

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We need to bite it back…

Via NY Post:

More than half of those who signed up for ObamaCare in 2014 underestimated their income — and now have to pay back an average of $530 in subsidies when they file their taxes, according to H&R Block.

The tax-filing company said 52 percent of the people who enrolled in the national health-care program and used its preparers to do their taxes owed money, reducing those individuals’ average refund from $3,100 to $2,750.

“It’s costing taxpayers a large percentage of their refund — a refund many of them count on to pay household expenses,” said H&R Block Vice President of Health Care Mark Ciaramitaro.

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Wasserman Schultz: Helms Amendment Banning Foreign Aid Being Spent On Abortions Has Become ‘A Total Ban on Funding for Abortion’ – Imam Kerry Has A New Mission…

With Debs, it is always about ‘The Children’.

Via CNS News

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) urged Secretary of State John Kerry this week to look into what she says is the misapplication of 42-year-old legislation that bans U.S. foreign aid from being spent on abortions.

“There has been, not on the part of the administration, but an issue surrounding the misinterpretation of the Helms Amendment that prohibits the use of funds ‘for the performance of abortion as a method of family planning,’” she told Kerry during a House Appropriations’ subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.

“But it’s been incorrectly implemented, essentially to become a total ban on funding for abortion.”[…]

As Kerry offered to investigate the matter, Wasserman Schultz interjected to stress that the situation “predates this administration,” to which Kerry replied, “I’m not taking it personally, I assure you.”

“I remember this debate, you know, when I was up here,” added Kerry, alluding to his 28-year Senate career. “I just want to find out exactly, because I’m not – I haven’t been part of any conversation that has examined some shortfall in it, so let me find out …”

Earlier Kerry told Wasserman Schultz that the administration evaluates the situation “in every single country, in every program where we are.”[…]

Wasserman Schultz’ request to Kerry comes at a time when Planned Parenthood is pressing President Obama to change the way the amendment is implemented, arguing that it is being applied as a total ban on abortion, even in cases of incest, rape, and life endangerment.

“Ultimately, we must get rid of the Helms Amendment entirely, which will require congressional action,” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards wrote in an op-ed last fall.

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Chicago Downgraded Again – This Time, Two Steps Closer To Junk Status

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Chicago, where the policies of hometown son Barack Obama have been in force for decades. How’s that working for you, guys?

Via Yahoo (Reuters):

(Reuters) – Chicago drew closer to a fiscal free fall on Friday with a rating downgrade from Moody’s Investors Service that could trigger the immediate termination of four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million and raising the prospect of more broken swaps contracts.
The downgrade to Baa2, just two steps above junk, and a warning the rating could fall further still, means the third-biggest U.S. city could face even higher costs in the future if banks choose to terminate other interest-rate hedges against fluctuations in interest rates.

All told, Chicago holds swaps contracts covering $2.67 billion in debt, according to a disclosure late last year.
“This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still asleep over the fiscal cliff facing the city of Chicago,” said Laurence Msall, president of the Chicago-based government finance watchdog, The Civic Federation.

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Christian Bureaucrats At Duke Behind Controversial Broadcast Of Islamic Prayer…

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Via Daily Caller:

Last month, as part of a bid to promote religious pluralism on campus, Duke University’s iconic, 200-foot-tall Duke Chapel was going to be the site of a series of calls to Islamic prayer to be broadcast on Friday afternoons.

That plan was rescinded at the last minute after massive public outrage.

But wait! There’s so much more! An impressively thorough investigation in The Chronicle, Duke’s student newspaper, shows that employees of Duke Chapel’s Christian and interfaith ministries came up with the idea to transmit the Islamic call to prayer on the campus.

The Christian-hatched plan was formulated back in September because, advocates for the sounding of the Muslim prayer call proclaimed, the stately Duke Chapel has traditionally accommodated events for a diverse array of religious groups and student groups.

“The idea of a call to prayer from the Chapel tower is just a continuation of what already has been,” Luke Powery, dean on the Chapel, told The Chronicle.

Powery — Rev. Dr. Powery — is an associate professor at Duke Divinity School. He was ordained by the Progressive National Baptist Convention, The College Fix notes.

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More From The Global Warming Files: February Coldest NYC Month In 80 Years

Save the Polar Bears!

Via NY Times:

It will end. Allegedly.

It will get warmer. One day. Someday.

Won’t it?

We have reached the 69th day of winter. It seems like the 6,669th. Pretty much the same nonsense is reprised day after day. Miserable, punishing, obnoxious, teeth-rattling, bone-numbing weather. Unmitigated, merciless, are-you-kidding-me cold.

New Yorkers cannot recall the last time they walked with their eyes trained forward, rather than watching for ice patches waiting to send them flying, which leaves them vulnerable to ice sliding off buildings from above. And in the evenings the snowplows screech past, drowning out the television in the middle of a Letterman cold joke.

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Facebook Adds “Fill In The Blank” Gender Option Because The Current 58 Gender Identities Wasn’t Enough…

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No words.

Via Truth Revolt:

Facebook has determined that the 58 gender identity options it offers to users is not enough. In part in response to guidance from the transgender community, the social media giant has added a 59th option: “fill in the blank.”

“Now, if you do not identify with the pre-populated list of gender identities, you are able to add your own,” Facebook announced online Thursday morning.

Last year, Facebook dramatically expanded the options for gender to include Neither, Transgender, Intersex, and Gender Fluid, among scores of others. But the social media site has decided that the even those might not satisfy its users’ self-identification needs.

One of the transgender members of the Facebook team who created the new option said that they hoped the move would “open up the dialogue” about gender. ABC News reports:

Facebook software engineer Ari Chivukula, who identifies as transgender and was part of the team that made the free-form option, thinks the change will lead to more widespread acceptance of people who don’t identify themselves as a man or woman.

“We’re hoping this will open up the dialogue,” Chivukula said.

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Leonard Nimoy On The Secret Jewish Origins Of Spock

Do you think Obama knew about the Jewish blessing he was giving when he flipped the Live Long and Prosper Sign?

Via Vulture.com:

Spock may have been half-human and half-Vulcan, but Leonard Nimoy was all Jew. His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, and they raised him in the Orthodox tradition — and that meant regular visits to his local synagogue in the Boston area.

When he was a boy, he had a particularly profound experience during one such visit: At a point in the service when he was supposed to cover his eyes, he peeked out and saw some men performing a prayer that included a hand gesture that is familiar to geeks everywhere as the Vulcan Salute.

A few years ago, Nimoy recounted the whole story to the Wexler Oral History project, and it’s well worth a watch. We’re saying a mourner’s kaddish for you, Leonard.

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ISIS On Verge Of Defeat! Obama State Department Goes On “Twitter Offensive”…

We’re coming for you Caliph al-Baghdadi!

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‘Vandalism’ In Arizona Shuts Down Internet, Cellphone And Telephone Service Across The State

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Complaining about water quality can be terrorism, but this, this is just ‘vandals’, read in the effort, planning and time it would take to do this…

Via WFB:

Cellphone, Internet, and telephone services across half of Arizona went dark on Wednesday after vandals sliced a sensitive fiber optic cable, according to those familiar with the situation. The incident is raising concerns about the safety of U.S. infrastructure.

The outage shut down critical services across large parts of the state, preventing individuals from using their phones, bank and ATM cards, and the Internet. Critical services, such as police and state government databases, as well as banks and hospitals, also were affected as a result of the vandalism.

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HT: Feet2Fire, American Mom

Top Iranian Cleric Vows To “Raise The Flag Of Islam Over The White House”…

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I can’t see Obama having a problem with that.

Via JPost:

A senior Iranian cleric with close ties to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Friday that “we will raise the flag of Islam over the White House” in response to the killing of Hezbollah and Revolutionary Guards operatives on the Golan Heights last month.

According to foreign media, Israeli attack helicopters killed six Hezbollah terrorists along with six Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) operatives, including a high-ranking general.

Among the Hezbollah operatives killed in the strike was Jihad Mougniyeh, the son of Hezbollah’s former military leader, Imad Moughniyeh, who according to Western intelligence sources, was in the midst of setting up a terrorism base on the Syrian Golan and plotting rocket attacks, bombings, anti-tank missile strikes, and cross-border infiltrations against Israel.

The cleric, Ali Shirazi, made the remarks to the official Revolutionary Guards web site. His comments were reported by the Saudi-owned news network Al Arabiya.

Jen Psaki On Islamists Hacking American Writer Avijit Roy To Death: We Have No Idea Why He Was Killed

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Ah, Jen Psaki, festival of fail, we will miss her in this role…

American writer Avijit Roy was hacked to death on the street, his wife who was with him was also attacked when she tried to defend him. She survived. Ansar Bangla, an Islamist group, has claimed responsibility. Roy had written critically of Islamic radicals and had been on their hit list for years.

Those are all known facts.

Yet you’d never know it from Psaki’s statement. Here’s the full statement to reporters in all its brief glory. One scant paragraph, that’s all an American life is worth to the Obama regime. Then “With that, Matt”, we’re done, and it’s on to congratulations to one of the reporter’s friends for getting married soon.

MS. PSAKI: On Bangladesh, the United States condemns in the strongest terms the brutal murder of Avijit Roy, which was horrific in its brutality and cowardice. Avijit was a journalist, a humanist, a husband, and a friend, and we extend our condolences to his family and friends. He was taken from us in a shocking act of violence. This was not just an attack against a person, but a cowardly assault on the universal principles enshrined in Bangladesh’s constitution and the country’s proud tradition of free intellectual and religious discourse.

With that, Matt.

QUESTION: All right. Well, just on the Bangladesh —

MS. PSAKI: Oh, can I add one more thing?

QUESTION: Yes.

MS. PSAKI: We have a couple of friends in the back here – hello – who are visiting with us today. So we have two ladies, Jennifer and Ali, visiting, and Joe, who is one of Ryan’s friends, who is also getting married soon.

Okay. Go ahead, Matt.

QUESTION: So on the Bangladesh murder —

MS. PSAKI: Yes.

QUESTION: — does the – is the Administration at a point where it can ascribe any kind of motive to this? Do you believe that it was anything more than just a murder? It certainly seems that the circumstances surrounding it would indicate that it is.

MS. PSAKI: We don’t have more information at this point. We, of course, will provide consular assistance as is appropriate. We’re also – stand ready to assist in the investigation if asked. Clearly, we know his background, which was why I outlined it, but don’t have anything to ascribe in terms of a motive in this case.

Of course, absolutely no mention of the “I” word. No mention of the claim of responsibility by Islamists. Not even an empty promise of retaliation.