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West Trades Accusations Over Hostage Ransoms

West Trades Accusations Over Hostage Ransoms

By Henry Ridgwell- LONDON—As world leaders meet in Paris to try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to […]

September 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Vietnam Soldiers

President Barack Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.

At a ceremony in the White House Monday, the president gave the nation's highest military honor to retired Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins and deceased Army Specialist Donald Sloat. Congress granted an exception so the two men could receive the medal, because nominations for the honor normally must be made within two years of […]

September 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Launches Program to Apprehend Homegrown Terrorists

The Department of Justice and the White House have launched a program in some U.S. cities to identify and apprehend violent extremists and homegrown terrorists before they strike. The effort brings together community representatives, public safety officials, religious leaders, and federal law enforcement in support of the nation's counter-terrorism effort, according to U.S. Attorney General […]

September 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Starts Long Jail Term for Corruption

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leaves federal court with his wife Seletha Nagin after being sentenced in New Orleans, July 9, 2014.

By Jeffrey Young - Late August, 2005.  The city of New Orleans is battered, then drowned, by Hurricane Katrina, taking more than 1,800 lives. - In the aftermath of that historic storm, the city’s mayor, Democrat Ray Nagin, 58, became the man who would lead the city’s rebuilding over the next several years. His face […]

September 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

America's European Allies Wary About Airstrikes in Syria

FILE - Fighters from the Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, north Syria, earlier this year.

By Al Pessin - LONDON—President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday of his strategy for defeating the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria is being supported by Western allies and some Middle Eastern governments. Obama made clear that a key part of his strategy involves what he called a “broad coalition of partners.” That effort […]

September 11th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Obama's IS Strategy Gets Mixed Reaction

VOA News - President Barack Obama's proposed strategy for an expanded U.S. military effort against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria has drawn a mixed reaction from congressional lawmakers. Obama announced his plan late Wednesday in a nationally televised speech and urged Congress to support the mission against the group, which had previously been […]

September 11th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.

September 11th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Obama, Families of Sept. 11 Victims Pause to Remember

Reuters - NEW YORK— Politicians, dignitaries and victims' relatives were gathering in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on Thursday to commemorate the nearly 3,000 people killed in al-Qaida's attack on the United States 13 years ago on September 11. In what has become an annual ritual, relatives began slowly reciting the names of the victims […]

September 11th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Harry Reid and friends want to ‘fix’ First Amendment, raise money

POLITICS FIRST: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has his mind set on amending the First Amendment. Reid and supporters say it’s all about taking big money out of politics. Critics say the effort is all about politics and Harry Reid.
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By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org MADISON, Wis. — The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has served its citizens pretty well over the past 220-plus years. Now, Senate Democrats want to fix it. Fresh off summer vacation, Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and his pals could hold a procedural vote as soon as Monday evening on […]

September 8th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Romney Remains Favorite Among Some Republicans for 2016

FILE - Former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 15, 2013.FILE - Former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 15, 2013.

By Jim Malone - Mitt Romney may have come up in short in two tries for the presidency, but apparently there are plenty of Republicans out there who would support him should he decide to make another run in 2016. A recent poll by USA Today and Suffolk University found Romney the first choice of […]

September 8th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

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