(CNSNews.com) — As U.S. Marines withdraw from Operation Enduring Freedom (the Afghanistan war), CNSNews.com’s database on casualties shows that 418 Marines have given their lives in the conflict and that 92% of those casualties, 385 deaths, have occurred since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009.
“U.S. Marines and service members from the United Kingdom left Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan’s Helmand province today, turning their facilities over to the Afghan security forces,” reported the Department of Defense on Oct. 27.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says he would be willing to repeal Obamacare with a simple majority if he takes over as majority leader in January, his spokesman told the Washington Examiner on Thursday.
The announcement comes just days before Tuesday’s midterm congressional election, in which Republicans have a strong chance of seizing the upper chamber from the Democrats and putting the Kentucky senator in charge.
“Leader McConnell is and has always been committed to the full repeal of Obamacare, and he’ll continue to lead efforts to repeal and replace it with patient-centered reforms that enable greater choice at lower costs. He knows it won’t be easy, but he also believes that if Republicans are fortunate enough to take back the majority we’ll owe it to the American people to try through votes on full repeal, the bill’s most onerous provisions, and reconciliation,” McConnell spokesman Brian McGuire wrote in an emailed statement.
After Hillary Clinton emailed you this morning to ask for help, we really thought we would be in a better place.
But we aren’t. The Koch Brothers are pummeling us spending millions against us. Republicans are spending $26 MILLION against us this week alone — the most of the entire election. So big — it doesn’t even look like Hillary Clinton’s email can dig us out of this hole.
There is still time, though. Things are rough, but we’re not ready to accept defeat. If we can bring in 35,OOO donations before tomorrow’s fundraising deadline, we can get back on track before Tuesday’s election.
What are the top concerns of the chief diplomat of the most powerful country in the world? For one thing, people under the age of 35.
In a conversation with The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons at the Washington Ideas Forum on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry cited a world of “masses of young people”—concentrated especially in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia—where “if these kids are left to no devices, or their own … something is going to come along and say, ‘The world is disappointing you, and we’re a better alternative.’ How else do you get young kids to strap themselves in suicide vests and think thing are better on the other side? But that’s happening.”
Even better, the woman was wearing a “Stop the Violence” T-shirt.
WASHINGTON, PA. — Two “Stop the Violence” organizers allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition.
Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, accused their former roommate of stealing their property, and allegedly punched and kicked him in the street until he had seizures. Arrested moments later, Ardeno was still wearing the same “Stop the Violence” T-shirt she had on the night before when she coordinated a march protesting two recent shootings, Washington Police Chief Chris Luppino said.
The victim, Joshua Magraff, also is a community organizer with the anti-violence group, and shared an apartment with the suspects until recently.
Online court records don’t list lawyers for the defendants, who face a preliminary hearing Nov. 10 on charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy, simple assault and disorderly conduct.
A religious freedom watchdog organization is suing the University of North Georgia (UNG) for praying to the ‘Christian God’ during a 9/11 memorial service.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) says it is “dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.” Following the university’s 9/11 ceremonies, MRFF issued a complaint to UNG.
“MRFF was notified that at the UNG Corps of Cadets 9/11 mandatory memorial service, an invocation was issued invoking the Christian god, religious messages were included during the body of the service, and a benediction was rendered again to the monotheistic patriarchal god of choice of the Catholic Campus Ministry. This was not an optional religious formation.”
MRFF later notified university officials on Oct. 20, of its intention to seek litigious options for the “illegal actions” demonstrated during the commemorative service.
The Palestinian government has called on its “fighters” to launch a “day of rage” against Israel on Friday that will include armed attacks in Jerusalem, a move that has sparked fears that widespread riots could wreak havoc on the holy city.
Israeli authorities shut down access to Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque late Wednesday following the shooting of a Jewish citizen by Palestinian terrorists.
Israel’s call to block access to the Temple Mount area of Jerusalem’s Old City—the first such closure since 1967—led the Palestinian government to call for armed resistance and accuse Israel of declaring war.
“Fatah calls to its fighters and to the masses of the Palestinian people to aid the Al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied Jerusalem,” the Palestinians’ main political party said in a statement published Thursday and translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
First Wendy Davis claimed her wheelchair-bound opponent Greg Abbott doesn’t like the disabled. Then she claimed that Abbott, whose wife is Mexican-American, would support a state ban on interracial marriage.
Now she’s claiming he doesn’t want African-Americans to vote.
In a new radio ad paid for by the Davis campaign, a man calls Abbott “bad news” and accuses the Republican attorney general of trying to “overturn the Voting Rights Act.”
“Take a guess about who Abbott doesn’t want to vote,” the man adds.
Ooh, ooh, I know! It’s anyone that’s not a white man, right?
Today’s global political landscape makes the Cold War look simple, according to John Kerry.
“The Cold War was easy compared to where we are today,” the secretary of State said Thursday, during an appearance at The Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum, an annual event that features high-profile speakers in government and the private sector.
For the U.S. as a superpower, Kerry said, managing many countries’ competing interests is more difficult than dealing with just one other superpower, like the Soviet Union back then.
“So now, you have more countries with more economic power in a globalized world. … They’re going to automatically react and say, Well, wait a minute, now. Do we really want the behemoth United States, superpower of the world, telling us all the time what we have to do?” Kerry said. “So you have to approach these things a little differently. It requires more diplomacy. It requires more dialogue. It requires more respect for people, more mutual interests.”
After nearly a month of defending them, Lincoln Public Schools District in Nebraska has finally agreed to stop using the infamous “purple penguin” transgender training handouts.
At Tuesday’s Lincoln Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Steve Joel conceded that the handouts were not “appropriate, purposeful” or “clear,” and that he “directed them to be removed” from the district’s schools, according to an article in the Lincoln Journal Star.
The announcement came after 16 people commented that they felt their concerns about the matter were not heard when they initially raised them at the October 14 board meeting.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed hope Wednesday that next week’s midterm election would deliver an outcome that enables Congress to “work together,” in order to deal with critical security issues, including “global warming.”
Hagel, speaking at the the Washington Ideas Forum, argued that climate change presents significant security challenges.
“From my perspective, within the portfolio that I have responsibility for – security of this country – climate change presents security issues for us.”
He cited as an example melting glaciers in the Arctic, saying that was having an effect on exploration for oil, natural gas and minerals.
“As the oceans increase it’ll affect our [military] bases, it’ll affect islands, it’ll affect security across the world,” he said. “So, just from my narrow perspective, what I have responsibility for, that’s happening now, and we have to be prepared for that.”